Royal Republic | Electric Ballroom | 2 March 2016
“Four Swedes walk into a room…” sounds like the setup to a really bad joke, especially when one of them’s wearing a Colonel Sanders bowtie. But saving rock ‘n roll is serious business and Royal Republic waste no time getting down to it.
As they rip into ‘When I See You Dance With Another’ it’s immediately obvious there’s a lot more to the Malmö quartet than that old “three chords and the truth” business. Sure, their snappy, no-nonsense songs are so instantly gratifying that, within 30 seconds, you’re shouting along with all the finesse of a lager-fuelled football supporter. Yes, they deliver those foot-stomping hooks and fist-pumping choruses with such power and precision that you can almost smell the testosterone wafting off the stage. But what really sets these men apart is a self-confident swagger and look-at-me charisma that won’t let you look away.
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Amber Arcades is set to take over London during the coming months, with a series of shows building up to the release of her debut album.
The Dutch musician born Annelotte de Graaf has just supported Palehound at The Shacklewell Arms and is due to appear at Moth Club on 12 March with Gwenno and at Electric Ballroom on 11 April with Nada Surf. She headlines The Lexington on 7 June with the launch party for ‘Fading Lines’.
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Nahko and Medicine for the People | Electric Ballroom | 21 January 2016
Music, believe Nahko and Medicine for the People, has the power to motivate, inspire, and change. And that’s exactly what it does during the musical collective’s uplifting two-hour show at Camden’s Electric Ballroom.
It’s a party from the off, as the already energised crowd welcome frontman Nahko Bear to the stage with a chorus of “Happy birthday” and set the mood for what turns out to be more celebration than gig. Backed by a five-piece band capable of metamorphosis from Jack Johnson surfer folk to jazzy hip-hop and Dave Matthews Band jams to classic reggae, the singer launches into joyous renditions of their biggest songs.
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Royal Republic are touring the UK early in 2016, kicking off their national trek the day after releasing their latest album.
“We’re absolutely stoked to announce our return to the UK,” the band said in a statement. “Very much looking forward to supporting Theory Of A Deadman on these dates, and very much looking forward to playing some new stuff! It’ll be brutal! Can’t wait!”
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EL VY | Electric Ballroom, Camden | 10 December 2015
Gone are the black suit and bottle of red wine. In their place, a comfortable white shirt and slacks, cocktail in a plastic cup, and a clearly more relaxed Matt Berninger.
Free of the pressures of his increasingly high-profile day job, the singer from The National is out to have a good time. Although that’s all relative; whether he’s hunched, eyes closed, over the mic stand or pacing up and down, flicking the microphone cord behind him, his vocal performance is as intense as ever. It’s the between-song exchanges with EL VY co-conspirator Brent Knopf that are as fun, loose, and idiosyncratic as the songs from their debut album.
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Photo credit: Reg Richardson
Glenn Hughes | Electric Ballroom | 1 November 2015
“Music is a healer,” Glenn Hughes tells a packed Electric Ballroom. “It keeps us all sane.”
Of course he’s right, driving home the point with a two-hour masterclass in its power to uplift. His source material: highlights of a four-decade career, spanning his first taste of success with Trapeze in the early ‘70s to the latterday powerhouse that was Black Country Communion. Classics from Deep Purple, Hughes/Thrall, and his expansive solo discography round out a far-reaching setlist, given total cohesion by Hughes’ magnificent vocals and Doug Aldrich’s shape-shifting playing.
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Refused return to the UK for the first time in three years with a show in London.
The legendary Swedish hardcore punk band play Electric Ballroom in Camden on 2 December 2015 with support from American alt-rock veterans Failure.
The show, part of a short European trek, ends six months of touring in support of ‘Freedom’, their first album since 1998’s seminal ‘The Shape Of Punk To Come’.
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