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  • Can’t see the amps for the beards!

    11 March 2009 ( #Live reviews )

    Pixel Race & Alkalys Soirée Cerises – Ixelles – 8th March 2009 Can’t see the amps for the beards! Alkalys: Oops – Late as usual and Alkalys are already in full flow. They’re a 4-piece from Le Havre in France and are on a DIY 12-date tour of Northern France...

  • Great songs score big for Cinderella

    12 March 2009 ( #Live reviews )

    Cinderella's Big Score Soirée Cerise, Théatre de la Flute Enchantée, Ixelles 25th January 2009 First gig in quite a while for Cinderella's Big Score. Jurgen (vocals, guitar), Valerie (drums, vocals), Bavo (bass) et Tom (lead guitar) have made the long...

  • Oh no! Garner is Dead!

    13 March 2009 ( #Live reviews )

    Garner News Café, Ixelles 12th March 2009 Tonight’s trip into the vaults of the Brussels rock scene is courtesy of Garner. Or to give them their full name in glorious Technicolor, The Garner Bought Drums Project. The News Café is not exactly heaving....

  • Tribute or not tribute? Is that the question?

    01 April 2009 ( #Live reviews )

    A Final Sound + Joy de Vivre Soirée Cerise – Ixelles – Sunday 29th March 2009 A Final Sound I wasn’t allowed out until I’d finished my homework, so I only caught the final 2 minutes of A Final Sound. I did get chance for a chat with a very jovial Jean-Marc...

  • Death by Cold Wave!

    30 July 2009 ( #Live reviews )

    Fantastique Night XXVI – Brussels – 27th June 2009 No Tears, De Volanges, Neon First up are No Tears, a band I’ve wanted to see for some time. I’d bought their 2008 album, Obsessions based on what I’d heard on Myspace, and it’s proved to be something...

  • My Bloody Valentine

    26 August 2009 ( #Live reviews )

    My Bloody Valentine Effenaar, Eindhoven, 25th May 2009 One of those things you just pick up on in passing on NME.com – My Bloody Valentine are doing loads of festivals in Europe this year, but they are doing 1 (one!) indoor gig as a test / warmup, and...

  • Electric Cherries

    24 September 2009 ( #Live reviews )

    Ext'inT + IKKo + Antilux @ Soirées Cerises - 20/09/2009 Antilux 2 guys, a couple of Korg Electribes and a few gadgets. I just caught the very end of the set. Pleasant ambient electro, with a melodica processed through a Korg MS20, and some other unusual...

  • This (Eden) House is on Fire!

    09 October 2009 ( #Live reviews )

    Sophya + The Eden House Le Fantastique, Botanique, Brussels 3rd October 2009 I’d been looking forward to this since Fred le Fantastique had posted a video on Facebook just after this year’s WGT festival in Leipzig and had second guessed that The Eden...

  • Perverted by Cubism

    14 October 2009 ( #Live reviews )

    Modern Cubism + Perverted by Language Soirées Cerise, Ixelles, 4th October 2009 Perverted by Language No, I’m not going to review myself. Make your own mind up. We bootlegged the gig and it’s available on Last.fm here: http://www.last.fm/music/PervertedByLanguage/Live+at+Soir%C3%A9es+Cerises...

  • Random musical night out

    26 October 2009 ( #Live reviews )

    Stars Like Fleas Witloof Bar, Botanique – 16th October 2009 Mail through Facebook from the Botanique offering free tickets to Stars Like Fleas. Never heard of them. And if there’s “free” places, it implies that the pre-sales have been so crap that the...

  • Girls with Guitars @ Soirées Cerises

    27 October 2009 ( #Live reviews )

    Victoria Tibblin, Faustine Hollander, Soho Grant Soirées Cerises, 25th October 2009-10-27 Soho Grant A lad & a lass? Drums & guitar? If that makes you think White Stripes, pass straight to the next act, and do not pass Soho Grant. The first 2 songs seem...

  • Rock'n'roll Fix!

    04 December 2009 ( #Live reviews )

    Needle and the Pain Reaction DNA – 28th November 2009 Quite a choice on tonight. There’s OMD & Simple Minds at Forest National, and The Musical Box (Genesis in their full prog-rock glory) at the Cirque Royal. Both at extortionate ticket prices. Or there’s...

  • A Factory Night - Part 1

    14 December 2009 ( #Live reviews )

    A Factory Night (and then again) 12th December 2009 Plan K (aka. La Raffinerie), Brussels The much awaited follow up to the first edition of the Factory Night from 2007 is finally here. Organised by the team behind the Fantastique Nights, the idea being...

  • A Factory Night - Part 2

    20 December 2009 ( #Live reviews )

    A Factory Night Biting Tongues + Section XXV Biting Tongues Following on from the BR ticket salesman, we have a scraggly looking roadie and someone’s dad onstage fiddling about with the kit. Hang on! There’s more of them! Bugger me – it’s the entire BR...

  • The Sun and The Moon + Bushhalf

    21 December 2009 ( #Live reviews )

    The Sun and The Moon + Bushhalf Manchester Academy 3 – 18th December 2009 I just happen to be back in the UK at the right time, and it’s just a short(ish) drive over from my Mam’s to Manchester, so seeing a full electric Sun and the Moon gig is something...

  • Shambolic + The Haands

    25 December 2009 ( #Live reviews )

    Shambolic + The Haands 19th December 2009 - Bar 1.22, Huddersfield Once upon a time in the late ‘80s, way back when I was a lad and used to get out quite a lot, I lived in Huddersfield. The local alternative scene at the time consisted of an indie band...

  • Metal for the Masses

    11 March 2010 ( #Live reviews )

    Set The Tone Boutik Rock - Feb 2010 Now, I don't really do Metal, but Boutik Rock is a showcase, Set The Tone had made an effort, not only to turn up, but also to bring some merchandizing, talk about what they do, and generally be just as passionate about...

  • Last Post Rock - Cecilia::eyes

    16 March 2010 ( #CD reviews )

    Cecilia::eyes - Here dead we lie Last Post Rock 2007’s Mountain Tops are Sometimes Closer to the Moon was always going to be one hell of a tough record to follow. 3 years on, and Cecilia::Eyes have been on a trip through the battlefields and conflict...

  • Another Belgian Band !?

    19 July 2010 ( #Live reviews )

    Another Belgian Band Benfest 2010 We are in the fortunate position of having friends who live out in the country with nothing but cows as next door neighbours. And we’re having the hottest, driest July for years. So Ben has organised a BBQ come mini-festival...

  • The Secret’s out!

    27 September 2010 ( #Live reviews )

    Morpheus Secrets Madame Moustache, 26th September 2010 I bumped into Samy Birnbach a couply of months ago in a bar in Brussels, and had a very engaging conversation with him about the state of the music industry. He gave me a brief runthrough of his Minimal...

  • Thun, Rosa Parks Private Bus Seat, Den Hemel, Ziechem

    18 November 2010 ( #Live reviews )

    Thun, Rosa Parks Private Bus Seat 13th November 2010 – Den Hemel, Ziechem Just to set the scene. Den Hemel is – err –in the bloody (or rather muddy) sticks. It’s pretty much the only thing open (let alone café) for like miles around and the ample parking...

  • Bootblacks + Monozid

    29 November 2010 ( #Live reviews )

    The Bunker, Rue de Plantes, 1000 BXHell, 25th November 2010 The rain is turning to sleet, announcing the first big chill of the winter on this empty November night at the edge of Brussels’ red light district. The girls in the windows are all busy with...

  • Err - "Jazz" marathon?

    30 May 2011 ( #Live reviews )

    Geez – I haven’t written for ages... Quickie then. This is the middle night of the 2011 Brussels Jazz Marathon, and the city is teaming. So much so that I managed to avoid anything remotely jazzy and had a proper rockin’ neet oot instead. Sound XS Live...

  • Bxl Vs BXHell

    03 October 2011 ( #Live reviews )

    Kampioenschap van Brussel 7th October 2011 Rits Café Indie/Rock night OK I've seen a load of good musicians tonight, but good musicians do NOT make a good band. In fact the best band of the night were represented through the exquisite company of Simon...

  • Old new school wave - aaaargh! It's a CONSPIRACY!

    08 October 2011 ( #Live reviews )

    Conspiracy La Porte Noire 7 Oct 2011 The voice is dry, the guitar is - let's say - "discrete", the synth practically inaudible. But we don't care, because it's the best sounding bas s we've heard in yonks, and some concessions need to be made to the neighbours...

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