Norwich seemed to shift on its axis just a little for the weekend, offering up one giant playground that not only changed the city but celebrated it. Meticulously curated, Wild Paths presented an astonishing (both in number and quality) array of actsRead full Article >
Tonight’s show is a mix of what I expected - superb musicianship from a group that is tight as hell, jaw dropping solos, complex rhythms, warm and rich vocalsRead full Article
All three bands enjoy themselves and the audience were well up for it too. The dancing and moshing was non-stop and I’m pretty certain everyone left with a smile on their face.Read full Article
A thoroughly listenable, contemporary take on doom, fans of dark, heavy music should give this a spin.
If the world were fair, The Primitives would be selling out the LCR, like some of their near contemporaries.
What a night......
A Great evening from three local bands that deserve your attention
The Quireboys do nowt new. They aren’t pushing the boundaries of music. What they do is play good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll with tinges of country and blues and they do it bloody well. For a rocking night out, go see the Quireboys. They will not disappoint.
Tonight has been exhausting, in a good way. Three great bands playing to a young ... and passionate crowd. How could it get any better?
You know you have witnessed a great gig at the Arts Centre when the security have been clappin’ and hollerin’ with as much, if not more, enthusiasm as anyone opinion the audience!
What a night.
Musically, Clown Smash Everything are hard, fast, heavy and intense, combining the best elements of hardcore, metal and desert rock.
What a weekend see Pavlis' journey, suffice to say ...his closing words "Here’s hoping there is more of the same next year (and that I manage to get my bike fixed between now and then). Kudos to Ben and the team for putting it together."
Was Wild Paths 2019 a success? Well, you had better believe it. With its incredibly ambitious goals for a first year, booking a ridiculously rich array of artists and venues, but by galvanising a fantastic team of organisers and volunteers, somehow Ben Street had pulled it off – four days and nights of remarkable shows that reinforced Norwich's position on the musical map, and gave the city's music fans plenty to talk about for months to come. Thank you, Ben.
..borders on great and well worth a listen
Ah I wanted to like this
Well he convinced me, initially I sceptical
See what Pavlis made of Free
The music is the classic NMA mix of punk, post-punk, folk, metal and soul but is also thoroughly contemporary and timeless
.. this has been a cracking evening showcasing three great local performers and some interesting, amusing and unusual film making
The words are, of course, powerful and thought-provoking but this is more about having fun than preaching Will also definitely make a point of seeing local acts Piers-Harrion Reid
With a 25 song main set and five song encore, picking highlights is next to impossible
The Unthanks take folk music, even in its apparently most traditional of forms, and take it to places new and exciting to deliver a captivating show
Picking standout tracks is nigh impossible but I have to go for Everlone, the mighty Caffeine Bomb and My Baby Is A Headfuck.
This is a thoroughly original, utterly enthralling album that deserves a place in your collection.
A month and dozens of plays after I first heard it, it just keeps getting better.
I’d rather listen to something unutterably awful - so bad that it makes me want to rip my ears off - than something that is merely okay. For better or worse, Sleeper’s first album in 21 years is, well, okay.
On first impressions, Pizzatramp are one of those bands that play at a billion miles an hour with no finesse or sense of melody. That impression is wrong.
At times difficult but, also, at times, utterly brilliant.
Whether with the band or solo, Darling has this audience spellbound and eating out of her hand
Skinny Lister Almost as soon as they start their set, I stop taking notes, I am too busy bouncing around. The Wood Burning Savages …..bordering on the brilliant Trapper Schoepp ...is simply high quality Americana for the most part
The fifteen - mostly instrumental - songs have their roots in old school English folk
Sometimes, something comes along out of blue that is just so damned good that it just has to be shared
Lau are, to paraphrase a Guardian review, one of the most musically adventurous bands exploring the outer edges of folk
They do what they do with some style and their songwriting is a notch or two above most metal bands
To say that De Staat have a diverse sound taking in a wide range of genres is, if anything, understating it.
I first saw Lucia support Sleeper at this very venue. I was blown away then. If anything, they have come back stronger....
is there really room for punk in 2019? Yes, punk has a place. And this is a bloody fine example of modern punk.
Ah man, this is a difficult review to do
The songs are well structured and pleasant, in a bucolic, verging on cosmic Americana, kinda way.
Algiers - 2019 has started with an absolute bang with tonight’s show… Sink Ya Teeth Tonight, the sound isstill the 80s inflected, hard electropop that I have fallen ...
Casual Nausea their sound takes in early Crass, Paranoid Visions and Subhumans, with maybe a touch of Half Man Half Biscuit in some of the guitar lines Nosebleeds The live show is, if anything, even better than that LP. On record, to me at least, the band come across as old school Rock ‘n’ Roll colliding with maximum R ‘n’ B Fanitest Idea Faintest Idea do deliver a cracker of a set,,
From the off, the crowd are putty in Allen’s (Ducking Punches) hands and the band can do no wrong
The Subs are still one of the best - and certainly one of the most reliable - live bands to come out of punk.
It all gels incredibly well and it is clear that the duo are enjoying playing together.
So what did I think? Well, it was good but not excellent and I can’t really put my finger on why I did not enjoy it more.
I have been waiting for this gig for over thirty years
The Besnard Lakes take things into another dimension
An absolute triumph.
A wholly cathartic experience
An engaging, entertaining 75 minutes
Just about perfect
Go see it.
All in all, a damned good evening
This is a brave concept
A damned fine evening’s entertainment.
A band that every music fan should see
Some of the most carefree dancing I've seen
Decent songs and great, understated playing
I find my attention wandering..
One of the best live bands around.
Three local bangers.
It has to be said that there are similarities to Gogol Bordello
Simply, utterly compelling.
Haiku Salut, Inlay, Mat Riviera, True Adventuers & Tom Eagle
Ends my live music year on a high
As gigs go, it doesn't get much better.
A good night all round
An immense, immersive sound
Exhausting and punishing and cathartic but also thoroughly entertaining
Pony Up bring three bands to NAC
He may be 57 but the righteous anger still burns
I've waited years for this and I wasn't disappointed.
A grand finale to a wicked weekend
Day two in full effect
First day of the marathon that is NS+V
A great return
Bright stars of Americana deliver another great set.
What's it like to go on tour with a band? We found out.
Hannah Lou Clark, Emily Winng, Edward Jakenssen & Superglu
If there was any justice, the Owl would’ve been rammed full.
Two venues, six bands, a fair amount of walking.
This is a very strong set, full of excellent songs
Far from unbearable, Wonder(ful) stuff at Open
Guitars at NAC
GY!BE's fifth may not be their best but is a fine album none-the-less.
Interesting take on a Wedding Present classic
Enthralling set from Belle & Sebastian, at Open
Almost certainly a future classic
The sound is woozy and wonky.
An exceptionally strong album
Simple Minds are alive and kicking at UEA
Wells & Moffat deliver their second classic album.
90s shoegazers return with a decent album that can show more contemporary nu-gazers and dream poppers a thing or two.
Django Django storm back with an early contender for album of the year.
One of the best shows so far of what is already a good year for gigs
Anyone who does a Henry VIII rap can’t be bad.
Decent performances at Open
Polished country pop for the line dancers.
Both timeless and absolutely current.
She Makes War nails it at OPEN.
Best new band of 2015? Don't bet against it.
A bit of what you fancy at The Brickies
Next time out, a bit of variety wouldn’t go amiss.
Likeable if unexceptional.
A fine album from another decent local band that promises much.
This has the rock press in raptures. I don’t get it.
Local band deliver a promising debut.
Pavlis meets the DIY queen of Gloom Pop
EP launch from a band to watch.
The Unthanks confound this reviewer's expectations and produce the natural successor to Talk Talk's Spirit of Eden.
Local band The Grazing Saints turn in a debut of swamp-psyche-blues-rock bordering on greatness.
Sold out NAC for an evening of stomping folk, country, swing and Americana.
Decent debut from a local band that deserves our support.
Dr Clyde steal the night.
Third EP from BSE Rock City's RABAD.
Promising stuff from another promising young band from Norwich
OI! Oi! Oi! Oi without the baggage of the racism, bovver and Garry Bushell.
Harper turns 70, and looks like he'll keep going for ever.
The best rhythm section to come out of punk is back, and as good as ever.
Gravy (re)launches in style
Following a brief hiatus, this is a triumphant return from Norwich's own Girl In A Thunderbolt.
Two discs, two distinctly different interpretations of the same set of songs.
One woman supergroup
Where is everybody? Bad Apples deserve a much bigger audience than this.
No wave industrial noise that is sexy? Hells, yeah.
Well crafted but uninspired and uninspiring Britpop pastiche.
More fascinating folktronica from Jon Hopkins
Intriguing stuff from a local chap
Hang on, this could get trippy.
A good gig but not the classic I expected.
Another great night courtesy of Wombat Wombat.
Taiko drummers show that bug drums can be as subtle as they can be thunderous
Music for pleasure? Not if Scott Walker has anything to do with it.
Almost lives up to the title. As enjoyable as it is pompous.
Pleasant enough, but unlikely to set the world on fire.
Three days and nights of music makes Pavlis a happy but tired punter
Support bands overshadow the headliners.
Not perfect but the Sad nearly hit the sweet spot on album four.
18 acts in three rooms...too many acts, too many rooms, too little time.
At their skanking, skatistic best.
An enthralling, entertaining noise.
This will be an album that I will be revisiting for some time.
I’ll do my damndest to be back for longer next year.
Old punks hit the spot.
Second album from the long lost but soon to return cult dandies of Rock 'n' Roll
Punk most definitely ain't dead.
Mysterious bemasked septet rock out with a deliciously psychedelic take on world music.
Distinctly Gothy, distinctly good,
Hardcore will never die.
Loud and hot.
Another great night, thanks to Rosie and Pony Up
Three duos blow Epic apart.
Promising, intriguing, entertaining. The youngsters are taking over.
Four local acts ranging from promising to bordering on great.
Stomping at the rainbow, waiting for the next show.
They want the arenas and by crikey this makes it obvious.
Simpson goes folk-rock. Not for fans of Busted or Fightstar
Young bloods do themselves proud
Feel the noise!
Saturday night at the Arts Centre and Pony Up presents five acts for three quid.
A Monday night and we’re here at OPEN for four promising groups.
Why such a small turn out for such a great show?
I should love this but it just left me frustrated.
The old dogs teach the young pups a lesson.
Tired but mostly happy.
A stunningly good debut from lynchpin of the Bury St Edmunds scene.
A legend delivers.
Two very good bands, poor turn-out.
The sound is a folky post-rock, sharing roots with Sigur Ros, Of Monsters & Men and Mugison, albeit with a large dose of Talk Talk.
Another Saturday and another mostly excellent Pony Up night at the Arts Centre.
Great show, poor turnout.
Reasonable show from a promising band that needs a longer set.
Well crafted, well played but ultimately a little too middle of the road to truly excite.
Gothy post-punk is in rude health.
BFR and Elevator Music presents an evening of alt.classical and alt.folk.
Second Pony Up hits the target.
Seventh album from Constellation's most interesting if challenging band. Hard listening but rewarding.
Americana that almost made me through my on-existent ten gallon hat in the air and shout yee-haw.
From Twee Off, here's Pony Up. Five acts for three quid. Bargain.
Local label Gravy Records presents a showcase with five bands, three in the auditorium and two playing all electric-acoustic sets in the bar.
What would numerologists make of wombat wombat's combined 13th birthday and Christmas celebration falling on the final Friday 13th of 2013? Luck, fate or just one of those things? Who knows, this was a great night.
Death to the beige. tweeOFF is dead. Long live Pony Up.
Post-rock heroes hit the peaks with their most consistent album yet.
For full satisfaction, ignore the players and concentrate on the music.
A mixed evening thanks perhaps to prescription drugs (but no beer)
Old (& not so old) punks rock out
Esmerine add Turkish & Middle Eastern influences to their already beguiling post rock
Another storming performance from AM.
Feeling the fatigue but feeling the noise.
Day two and starting to feel a little frazzled
Should've been to the gym and got fit. NS+V is here again...
A welcome return from one of the least fashionable but most passionate bands that these islands have produced. Brings back happy memories of human pyramids at 80s festivals without relying on past glories.
Solo project of the star in the Constellation collective.
Good songs, great band, funky, groovy, rocking but didn't quite hit the spot for Pavlis.
VdP celebrates his 70th birthday in some (not entirely convincing) style.
Why would anyone stay at home and watch TV when they could be at Open for a quadruple header at £6 in advance?
PSB inform, educate and, above all, entertain.
'Surrounded By The White Men' demonstrates the strength of AM’s mix of brutal, crunching hardcore
Old punks and folk rockers of the world unite, Ed Tudorpole and The Men Tey Couldn't Hang are back and supporting Stiff Little Fingers.
Weird folk pop. Promises much but let down in places by weak vocals.
Dumb but fun punky, garage rock 'n' roll from the truncated Bromheads Jacket.
Post-rock soundrack to a French TV series stands alone as a classic album
Cracking show from Iceandic award winner and his protégés.
Great gig, strange venue.
Noise, glorious noise. Another top night courtesy of Wombat Wombat & NAC.
Brilliance from a veteran of the '60's folk scene meets less than brilliance from a veteran of '80's No Wave.
Phantom Band vocalist goes solo to great effect.
Muse without the wankiness supported by a(nother) tribute to the Beta Band.
Cracking gig by great bands. Shame about the stage divers.
One for the Sonic Youth aficianado rather than for the newcomer.
Wombat Wombat celebrates twelfth birthday in (dark) style.
Leftfield, slightly twisted, contemporary folk trio.
Disappointment from the folk Madness...
Pavlis reports on Day three of NS+V
Day two and tiredness starts to set in...
Pavlis at the first night of Norwich Sound + Vision 2012.
Pavlis ascends but doesn't bend with GY!BE.
One for fans of the Mumfords and world music...
West Coast psychedelic country rock from Detroit, Aukland, Malmo and Leeds, not feeling the Love.
The debut album from the Horrors approved Toy. Anyone for a game of "spot the indie/alternative influence"?