10 Most Memorable Concerts of a Rousing 2015 !

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10 Most memorable concerts of
97 artists/bands I witnessed in 2015
Live Music Is Dope – Hell Yeah !

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1/ METZ – Botanique, Brussels – 15 June
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METZ – Website

2/ THE POP GROUP – Kortrijk, Belgium – 21 November
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THE POP GROUP: Website

3/ FAT WHITE FAMILY – Botanique, Brussels – 13 February
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FWF – Facebook

4/ SPIRITUALIZED – Paradiso, Amsterdam – 30 October
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SPIRITUALIZED – Facebook

5/ WOLF ALICE – Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing, France – 12 November
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WOLF ALICE: Website

6/ dEUS – Lokerse Feesten, Belgium – 3 August
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dEUS: Website

7/ SLAVES – Paradiso, Amsterdam – 24 April
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SLAVES: Website

8/ PINS – Botanique, Brussels – 24 September
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PINS: Website

9/ THE DISTRICTS – Paradiso, Amsterdam – 24 April
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THE DISTRICTS: Facebook

10/ ROME IS NOT A TOWN – Café Video, Ghent – 28 September
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ROME: Facebook

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2015 ALL STAR TEAM ! 21 Crackers !…

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21 Inflammable Tracks
On repeat in my ears in 2015
21 Number Ones …

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Here and now starts the real smashing end-of-the-year party…

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1/ ‘Acetate’ by METZ
Noise kamikaze to blow all war-obsessed leaders off this planet – titanic psycho riffs!…
Album: ‘II’ – iTunes
Home: Toronto, Canada
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Website – Facebook – Twitter

2/ ‘Hungry Heart’ by YAK
A monstrous garage rock bolide to test your speakers – again and again and again…
EP: ‘No’ – on Jack White’s Third Man Records
Home: London, UK
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Facebook – Twitter

3/ ‘Pears For Lunch’ by GIRL BAND
Barbed wired post punk havoc from girl band with 4 boys – sharp as a metallic knife…
Album: ‘Holding Hands With Jamie’ – iTunes
Home: Dublin, Ireland
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Facebook – Twitter

4/ ‘I Wanna Hit’ by TUBELIGHT
Nasty moving beast exploding into a hammering drums driven finale – mind-bending ride!
Album: ‘Heliosphere’ – on iTunes
Home: Diest, Belgium
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Facebook – Twitter

5/ ‘Pedestrian At Best’ by COURTNEY BARNETT
A rousing dead cool 18-karat killer track from a 18-karat killer album…
Album: ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit’ – on iTunes
Home: Sydney, Australia
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Website – Facebook – Twitter

6/ ‘Slow Down Low’ by MOON DUO
Heavy adrenalized, organ driven psych roller – to start any December 31 party!…
Album: ‘Shadow Of The Sun’ – on iTunes
Home: San Francisco, California
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Website – Facebook – Twitter

7/ ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore’ by LUCY DACUS
Dacus’ frustration turned into an ongoing thunderous ramble – utterly irresistible!…
Album: ‘No Burden’ – out 26 February via EggHunt Records
Home: Richmond, Virginia
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Facebook – Twitter

8/ ‘Bros’ by WOLF ALICE
Best pop song in ages from hottest electric pop band of the year – fabulous triumph!…
Album: ‘My Love Is Cool’ – on iTunes
Home: London, UK
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Website – Facebook – Twitter

9/ ‘Mama’s Gotta A Secret’ by THEM VIBES
Blues based rock & roll Americana with an irresistible flow & a towering chorus…
Album: Mini 5 track LP ‘TV’ – on Bandcamp
Home: Nashville, Tennessee
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Website – Facebook – Twitter

10/ ‘Whitest Boy On The Beach’ by FAT WHITE FAMILY
Psych synth-driven snake – catch these anarchistic dopeheads before they kill each other…
Album: ‘Songs For Our Mothers’ – out January 22 via Fat Possum Records
Home: London, UK
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Facebook – Twitter

11/ ‘Get Some’ by THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE
Music-alcoholic Anton Newcombe always delivers – contagious as first-class glue!
Mini-album: ‘Thingy Wingy’ – on iTunes
Base: Berlin, Germany
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Website – Facebook – Twitter

12/ ‘Chlorine’ by THE DISTRICTS
Most appealing & captivating quit/loud rock swagger of 2015 – superior performance…
Album: ‘A Flourish And A Spoil’ – on iTunes
Home: Lititz, Pennsylvania
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Facebook – Twitter

13/ ‘Double Trouble’ by PUBLIC IMAGE LTD
The broken toilet lyrics are bollocks but the groove cuts like a Friday-the-13th-razorblade !
Album: ‘What The World Needs Now…’ – on iTunes
Home: Los Angeles (rich punk cunt!)
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Website – Facebook – Twitter

14/ ‘Marks To Prove It’ by THE MACCABEES
A piercing, fully charged and tempo changing masterstroke – astonishing rollercoaster!…
Album: ‘Marks To Prove It’ – on iTunes
Home: London, UK
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Website – Facebook – Twitter

15/ ‘Mad Truth’ by THE POP GROUP
The prostitutes are back with a bang and funky craziness to dance your socks off!…
Album: Citizen Zombie – on iTunes
Home: Bristol, UK
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Website – Facebook – Twitter

16/ ‘Bunker Buster’ by VIET CONG
Dark colored post punk passion on the edge of a breakdown – highly fascinating!…
Album: ‘Viet Cong’ – on iTunes
Home: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Website – Facebook – Twitter

17/ ‘I Remember’ by EYEMOUTH
Slow burning creepy drone heading step by step to a colossal final – sonic revelation!
EP: ‘Black and Blue Latitudes’ – on Bandcamp
Home: Gothenburg, Sweden
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Website – Facebook – Twitter

18/ ‘Dream On, Baby Blue’ by CHORUSGIRL
Glittering pop cut wrapped in an energizing melody & spiced w/ flamboyant harmonies…
Album: ‘Chorusgirl’ – on iTunes
Home: London, UK
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Facebook – Twitter

19/ ‘I’m A Girl’ by PEACE
Power guitar pop ecstasy to scream along at the top of your lungs – pure rapture!…
Album: Happy People’ – on iTunes
Home: Birmingham, UK
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Website – Facebook – Twitter

20/ ‘Let Me In’ by V0iD
Euphoric rock anthem Foo Fighters never wrote – play this VERY LOUD & burst !…
Album: ‘Keep Fighting’ – on iTunes
Home: Llanelli/Swansea, Wales
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Facebook – Twitter

21/ ‘End Of Faith’ by THE AUTUMN STONES
Soulful sax melancholy – tempting roxy music with Johnny Marr on saxophone…
Album: Escapists – on iTunes
Home: Toronto, Canada
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Website – Facebook – Twitter

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Have all a stunning 2016
PEACE ! LOVE ! NOISE !

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THE CORAL ! New Electrifying Psych Pop Cut – Free Download…

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After their excellent ‘lost’ album Scottish psych pop gang THE CORAL will be really back with new, eight, album ‘Distance Inbetween‘ on March 4. The record is dedicated to Alan Wills. The Coral’s early mentor and Deltasonic label boss who died in 2014.

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Magnificent artwork (as always)…

The band just shared a brand new slice of the forthcoming LP. A swirling
vintage-Coral-psych-o-dream-trip titled ‘Chasing The Tail Of A Dream’.

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You can download the song here . And hear/see/absorb it right now here…

THE CORAL – Website Facebook – Twitter

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THE CHARLATANS remixed by PETER, BJORN and JOHN – Free Download…

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Swedish indie pop rockers Peter Björn & John decided to remix The Charlatans track ‘Keep Enough’ from their 2015 album ‘Modern Nature‘ after the trio watched the West Midlands band playing in Stockholm a few months ago…

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Young Swedish Folks…

Frontman Tim Burgess of The Charlatans: “It turns out we’re fans of each other’s bands. We kept in touch and I asked if they would like to remix one of our songs. We loved what they did with the track and we thought, let’s give it away as a Christmas present!”

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Upload this irresistibly uplifting rainbow to your MP3 player.
Get your headphones on and jump, dance & sing in the streets…

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THE CHARLATANS – Facebook

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YEAH YEAH YEAHS ! December 25, 2015…

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Don’t despair, you’re there
From beginning to middle to end
Don’t despair, you’re there
Through my wasted days
You’re there through my wasted nights

Oh despair, you’ve always been there
You were there through my wasted years
Through all my lonely fears, no tears
Run through my fingers, tears
They’re stinging my eyes, no tears
If it’s all in my head there’s nothing to fear
Nothing to fear inside

Through the darkness and the light
Some sun has got to rise

My sun is your sun
Your sun is our sun

Oh despair, you were there through my wasted days
You’re there through my wasted nights
You’re there through my wasted years
You’re there through my wasted life

You’ve always been there
You were there through my wasted years
Through all of my lonely fears
Run through my fingers, tears
They’re stinging my eyes, no tears
We’re all on the edge, there’s nothing to fear
Nothing to fear inside

Through the darkness and the light
Some sun has got to rise

My sun is your sun
Your sun is our sun

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THE POP GROUP ! ‘She Is Beyond Good And Evil’ – Ecstasy in Belgium…

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2015 was a fantastic year for Bristol punk funk legends THE POP GROUP. They scored a highly praised comeback album with ‘Citizen Zombie’. Their first LP in more than three decades. A smoking body of work that mixed with their late seventies killer classics – such as ‘She Is Beyond Good And Evil‘ and ‘We Are All Prostitutes’ – will get your lazy New Year Eve’s guests on their feet and turn them into unstoppable 24 hour-party-people.

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But the spectacular resurrection of reared frontman Mark Stewart & his explosive
gang wouldn’t be complete without their electrifying live shows. Up there on the stage
The Pop Group becomes a nasty groovin’ machine. I saw them performing last month at the excellent indoors Sonic City Festival in Kortrijk, Belgium (curated by the striking Canadian post punk noisemakers Viet Cong). Overmastering. Loud. Intoxicating. Sonic dope for body and soul. FUNKY AS HELL. The Bristolian Pop Zombies smashed all competition that day and infected ineffaceably the whole audience, young and old(er). One of the best gigs (and I danced at many in 2015) I experienced all year. Welcome back, imperishable prostitutes…

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Giant Funk Beast…
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THE POP GROUP: Website – Facebook – Twitter

Here’s the interview I did with the mighty Mark Stewart for my American friends of 50thirdand3rd early this year… The Second Coming ! Interview with Mark Stewart
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THE POGUES ! The Perfect Xmas Band – Happy B. to Shane McGowan…

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The Pogues are – and not only because of their classic ‘A Fairytale Of New York’ – for me the perfect Christmas band. Their melancholic Irish spirit has a warm, romantic and nostalgic feel. Many of their ballads radiate that feel in a sweet, magical way. My idea of a great Santa Claus soundtrack. Here’s one of those pearls performed live on British TV in 1987.

THE POGUES: Website – Facebook – Twitter

And let’s not forget… frontman/songwriter/hard drinker Shane McGowan is
a Xmas punk kid born on 25 December 1957. Happy birthday !…

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Santa’s gift for Shane… new teeth

Let’s also remember the fantastic and sadly missed Kirsty Maccoll

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SEVEN IN THE MIX ! 2015 – Weekend 19/20 December…

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Seven electrifying crackers to test your speakers this weekend!…

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1/ ‘Animalia’ by GANG
Towering crude rock explosion caused by crushing guitars and unfaltering vocals – boss !
Work: AA-side single here on Bandcamp
Home: Brighton, UK
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2/ ‘Skin Dives’ by TANGERINES
Ongoing adrenalized guitar charged steamroller – highly addictive stuff!
Base: London, UK
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3/ ‘Our Blade’ by THIRD UNCLE
This Irish/English five-piece deliver funky grooves for your New Year’s Eve party!
Base: London, UK
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4/ ‘Echo’ by DEAD BOY ROBOTICS
Steamy electro pop euphoria touching the sky – get your wings and join the rad beats…
Album: ‘New Cells’ – on iTunes
Home: Edinburgh, Scotland
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5/ ‘Manning Hill’ by CHASTITY
Noisemaker Brandon Williams & friends with a smoking hot psych punk rock bolide – ace!
Work: 4-track ‘TAPE’ EP cassette via Hand Drawn Dracula
Home: Toronto, Canada
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6/ ‘Salt’ by GOLDEN DAZE
A psychedelic dream pop injection spiced with sunshiny guitars and floating vocals!….
Album: self-titled debut LP will be out next February
Home: Los Angeles, California
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7/ ‘3 Reasons’ by IN DRIFT
3 reasons to love this band: blissful vocals, surfy swagger & an overall magical pop feel…
Home: Toronto, Canada
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Bandcamp – Facebook – Twitter

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