Mars Volta
10

  • London
  • United Kingdom
  • Brixton Academy
  • 2005-03-13

The robotic central groove of the song had people ducking and jiving in a convulsive manor, as if something was battling to escape from deep inside.

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ISIS
10

  • Brighton
  • United Kingdom
  • Concorde 2
  • 2005-04-30

They came onto the stage. They said nothing.

There was then a hastening within this extraordinary collective; they began to form their presentimental prerogative, a seemingly telepathic energy that ultimately enables them to never fail in one of the most prolific doom metal cohesions. For this reason, there would have to be an imbalance in the electro magnetic field of the relevant venue — for it surely is telepathy that constructs the insane coherence featured in the live performance of ISIS.

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Maximo Park
8

  • London
  • United Kingdom
  • ULU
  • 2005-05-07

All comparisons to the The Futureheads should be swept aside, Maximo Park are on their own road. Bring on the album.

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Wolf Eyes
6

  • London
  • United Kingdom
  • Barden's Boudoir
  • 2005-07-11

It’s certainly more interesting than yet another bastard twanging a guitar; accompanied by drums played in a flat four claiming to be ‘innovative’.

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Beck
10

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • United States
  • Gibson Amphitheatre
  • 2005-07-22

As Beck strummed on his hollowed out instrument, his band took a short siesta, sitting down at a table on stage, complete with food and glasses of wine.

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Devendra Banhart / Espers
8

  • London
  • United Kingdom
  • Koko
  • 2005-08-11

Devendra is a performer who is able to slow down or speed bits up, to change bits around, and go off on little flourishes on a whim.

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Ashton Court Festival

The giants of Bristol’s recent musical past have all played here, but Kosheen are shit, Massive Attack have become shit and Portishead and Tricky have just gone. How will the city’s new breed live up to their (mostly) glorious history?

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