Laura Marling

Semper fidelis

I can’t recall ever having been to a solo gig before. No opening act or backing band, just Laura Marling with the Lemon Grove stage to herself and three guitars. The wait is long (an hour and half from doors opening), the PA playing Leonard Cohen and the room temperature unusually hot for late March. …

British Sea Power

British Sea Power / Darren Hayman

British Sea Power were joined last night by Darren Hayman (formerly of Hefner) at the Exeter Phoenix. Darren Hayman performed songs from his Thankful Villages project, which involves him visiting and writing a song about every ‘Thankful village’, which is a village where all who left to fight in World War I returned alive. As …

Gaz Coombes

Gaz Coombes / Hannah Lou Clark

Last night Exeter Phoenix hosted former Supergrass front man Gaz Coombes touring to promote his second album Matador and, for the second time this year, the excellent Hannah Lou Clark.

Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore and the Psychic Neon Band @ Exeter Phoenix

I only bought tickets to this gig on the Friday before the gig. I had debated going because I had not heard Thurston Moore‘s latest album The Best Day. On that basis, I wasn’t sure what to expect as whilst reviews have been positive, some of Sonic Youth‘s output was great, but they did like …

Gruff Rhys

Gruff Rhys / Gwenno

American Interior is Gruff Rhys‘s latest album. It tells the story of John Evans, a Welsh explorer who travelled in 1792 to American to look for evidence that it had originally been discovered by prince Madoc in 1170. His recent gig at the Phoenix in support of the album, featured a brief documentary video about …

Band of Skulls

Band of Skulls / Bo Ningen

It’s been a little over 8 years since I last visited the Lemon Grove. Whilst I’ve been to see some good gigs there (Vex Red supported by Biffy Clyro, 15th October 2002, for those interested), it has always seemed a bit a sporadic as a live venue. It’s early 1980s décor didn’t help sell it’s …

Cate Le Bon

Cate Le Bon / Tender Prey

The south west of England is often forgotten by acts on lucrative tours, but every year in June, Glastonbury Festival comes around and places like Exeter get relatively low-key warm up dates. The Phoenix benefits this year with a performance from Cate Le Bon and Glastonbury go-er (but not performer) Tender Prey. Cate Le Bon …

65daysofstatic

65daysofstatic

If you haven’t heard them, 65daysofstatic come from somewhere within the post-rock suburbs of Sheffield, next door to math rock but hop over the fence to invite electronica and drum and bass round for intelligent dance parties. Last night they held one of these get togethers at the Phoenix, along with drone rockers Thought Forms …

British Sea Power

It Ended On An Oily Stage

Occasionally, headliner and support bands tour have an overlapping and shared fan base. More often than not, they don’t. In some cases this can lead to the opening act having more fans than the headliners, who promptly walk out once the headline act come on. I was one of those people recently, when I had …

British Sea Power

British Sea Power @ the Phoenix

It barely seems nearly 2 years ago since I saw British Sea Power here at the Phoenix, but that’s how long its been. Then it was touring new album Valhalla Dancehall and now it’s Machineries Of Joy, an album so fresh it’s only four days old. Despite its age, some versions of the songs have …