LCD Soundsystem / Art Brut / Hot Chip / Waxed Apple
8

  • Brighton
  • United Kingdom
  • Event II
  • 2005-12-08

LCD Soundsystem, the rock’n’roll dance band brainchild of James Murphy (DFA), have always sounded a bit flat on CD, but their live show injects verve and excitement to every song thanks to Murphy’s almost obsessive enthusiasm to entertain every single person.

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Johnny Truant / Beyond All Reason / Blood Roses
8

  • Southampton
  • United Kingdom
  • Joiners
  • 2005-11-28

Starting with a fattened-up metal version of the more introspective “Vultures” before fully announcing their arrival by blasting into the frenetic “A Day in the Death” the new album tracks were impressively performed in the live show, and gained a whole extra intensity and loudness.

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Dungen / Fursaxa / Alexander Tucker
10

  • London
  • United Kingdom
  • The Highbury Garage
  • 2005-12-01

The crowd was quiet up to this point, but once “Panda”’s stuttering drum intro burst forth into driving Zeppelin-fuelled blues rock I knew any unbelievers would soon be converted. “Festival”’s bucolic Woodstock folk (that’s the original not the frat boy riot sequel) was an uplifting joy.

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The Chemical Brothers / Cagedbaby / James Holroyd
8

  • Bournemouth
  • United Kingdom
  • Bournemouth International Centre
  • 2005-12-06

Now on their third tour of 2005, The Chemical Brothers wasted no time laying down the heavy beats with “Hey Boy, Hey Girl” before getting everyone up to speed with newer tracks “The Big Jump” and “Galvanise”. They were already working up a sweat on the dancefloor as the crowd erupted into all manner of arm waving, pointing and jumping like loons on a basketball court.

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Kid Carpet / The Holloways / Betchadupa
8

  • London
  • United Kingdom
  • Camden Barfly
  • 2005-11-28

Kind of a strange, beautiful night really. It started with James Bourne from arena-touring, punk-pap fools Busted unable to blag into this grimiest of venues for free and having to pay like a mere mortal and ended with a fully grown man being applauded for swearing and playing with Fisher Price toys.

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Melt Banana / Hunting Lodge / Big Joan / Sodding Wolf's Head
10

  • Southampton
  • United Kingdom
  • Joiners
  • 2005-11-21

no matter how good the support seemed at the time, along came the Japanese mentalists and all were blown away. Playing basically the same set as that played in support of Cell-Scape on its release a couple of years ago the band blasted through material of that album and others such as the classic Charlie.

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Thrice
6

  • Los Angeles
  • United States
  • House of Blues
  • 2005-11-21

What happened to the Thrice we know and love? The band that would rock so hard that their guitar straps would tear apart mid song? The pop sensible hardcore band that was able to interchange gutteral screams with high flying sing along choruses? Tour. Tour happened.

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Asva
10

  • Brighton
  • United Kingdom
  • The Freebutt
  • 2005-09-09

the comfortably small Freebutt was filled and its foundations almost threatened by the mass barrage of sound created by the five men inhabiting its small stage

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Four Tet/Explosions in the Sky/Kid Koala/Faust
8

  • London
  • United Kingdom
  • Hammersmith Palais
  • 2005-11-10

organised by the wonderful Eat You Own Ears night and Kieran Hebden (Mr. Four Tet), and they put together a flawlessly cool line-up in support of Four Tet’s multiple-tronica’s (i.e. folk, jazz, glitch): German legends Faust, Aussie DJ Kid Koala and Texan sky scrapers Explosions in the Sky.

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Test Icicles / MC Lars
8

  • Southampton
  • United Kingdom
  • The Joiners
  • 2005-11-02

The music obviously draws from a range of sources from disco, house, hip-hop and electro to punk or metal and the noisier, dirtier sounds of all of the above came out. The show was pacy and energetic, more so than the recordings, and added an overall heaviness and volume which magnified its effect.

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Awful Sparks / The Fucks
10

  • London
  • United Kingdom
  • Nambuccas, Holloway Road
  • 2005-10-25

One thing they’re not is more of the same disco beat. Many art-rock bands are all cool and slick, all narrow eyed grove; Awful Sparks have the shambolic energy of a boarding school dormitory ten minutes before lights out.

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Lapsus Linguae / Hunter's Loaf
10

  • London
  • United Kingdom
  • Bull & Gate
  • 2005-10-19

What matters most about the music of Lapsus Linguae — for me at least — is that they evade every convention or expectation you could have in music. Yet they haven’t done this by releasing records that are purely a whisper or no sound at all; they’ve given the listener everything that’s fucking great in music wrapped in one picnic basket of joy.

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Kosmic Renaissance
10

  • San Jose, California
  • United States
  • Repertory Theatre
  • 2005-08-12

From squeaks and yelps to clicks and shouts, they busted the wall in my head of how an instrument can be played. There were no breaks in their set, rather, the music was orchestrated into movements

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Wives / Collapse
6

  • London
  • United Kingdom
  • Catch 22
  • 2005-10-11

That aura of intensity was reflected in their attitude, which was loose, and somehow feral. In fact, they embodied everything that is exciting about the punk aesthetic, but without the crap music that traditionally accompanies it.

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USAisamonster
8

  • London
  • United Kingdom
  • Tonic
  • 2005-09-20

In between tracks the drummer made some comments summarising some of the songs, which sounded quite interesting — something about the difference between the mythology of the American Dream, and the realities of the modern United States.

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Melvins
10

  • London
  • United Kingdom
  • Koko
  • 2005-10-04

When i got “Honey Bucket” it was fast and mental, Buzz Osbourne proving his power and presence as a guitarist and front man to be much more than just big hair

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Part Chimp / Deerhoof
10

  • London
  • United Kingdom
  • Koko
  • 2005-10-04

There’s nothing more impulsive in music right now than Deerhoof, an angular pop band that will throw books at you from a library full of strange variants and catchy, catchy tunes.

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Ex Models / Ack Ack Ack
8

  • Brighton
  • United Kingdom
  • The Freebutt
  • 2005-09-08

the two Ex Models launched at intervals into the staccato high-pitched vocals and careful guitar call and responses which have made the band so interesting

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Cove / I'm Being Good / Lords / Epideme
10

  • Brighton
  • United Kingdom
  • Freebutt
  • 2005-08-07

and so although Cove may continue in some form or another, this was the last to chance to catch the storming behemoth before a third of its body fell off.

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Electric Eel Shock / The Mutts
8

  • Brighton
  • United Kingdom
  • Freebutt
  • 2005-08-05

before the band start the PA blares out Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” and the guitarist/singer is seen on top of the speaker bending over underneath the roof miming along like an ecstatic crazy

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Under The Influence Of Giants
4

  • Los Angeles
  • United States
  • Key Club
  • 2005-09-27

What Under The Influence Of Giants is doing is far from a mesmeric concoction of clever musical patterns and phantasmagoric songwriting.

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Fingathing
8

  • Southampton
  • United Kingdom
  • The Brook
  • 2005-05-18

Unfortunately, there seemed to be a lack of the paramount Fingathing usually find some three quarters of the way through their show — a zenith that usually exposes itself during the intensity of the track “Superhero Music”.

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