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Daniel Cressey - Live Music Reviews

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, 19/11/2015

Daniel Cressey watches Americana act the Mountain Goats play a bleak but compelling show at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London to promote their latest album 'Beat the Champ' on which front man John Darnielle’s songwriting focuses on the professional wrestling world

Justin Townes Earle

Justin Townes Earle - Union Chapel, London, 6/2/2015

Dan Cressey finds Justin Townes Earle, despite his mournful form of alt-country, to be surprisingly charming in an accomplished performance at the Union Chapel in London

Felice Brothers

Felice Brothers - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, 30/5/2013

Dan Cressey finds Americana outfit the Felice Brothers to be a contender for the all American everyman band of choice at a superb show at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London

Osaka Ramones

Osaka Ramones - Cargo, London, 1/10/2012

Dan Cressey at Cargo on London watches Japanese all female punk trio Shonen Knife under the moniker of the Osaka Ramones play an incredible set of Ramones covers...

Magnetic North

Magnetic North - Islington Academy, London, 8/5//2012

Despite poor sound quality and the cramped feel of the Islington Academy in London, Dan Cressey finds Welsh punk band Exit International, who were playing their first tour, to be a better band than the night deserved

David Garland

David Garland - KOKO, London, 20/3/2012

Dan Cressey watches the Felice Bothers combine old-time instrumental sing-a-longs and experimentalism in an ultimately triumphant gig at the KOKO in London


Computers - Electric Ballroom, London, 20/2/2012

Dan Cressey is impressed by the Computers' explosive combination of fifties rock and punk hardcore in a gig in support to Pulled Apart By Horses at the Electric Ballroom in London


Dawes - Brixton Windmill, London, 17/2/2012

Dan Cressey sees American folk rock act Dawes perform a heartfelt and enthralling set at the Brixton Windmill in London

Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg - 229, London, 17/11/2011

Dan Cressey finds that supergroup King Mob, which includes Glen Matlock and Chris Spedding in its line-up, are the most exciting new rock band of the year at their first gig at the 229 in London

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats - KOKO, London, 26/5/2011

Despite tackling issues such as loss, despair, drugs and madness, Daniel Cressey at the KOKO in London finds that Californian act the Mountain Goats continuing to be oddly comforting as well as totally compelling

Iron And Wine

Iron And Wine - Roundhouse, London, 9/3/2011

With front man Sam Beam choked with cold, Dan Cressey watches Iron and Wine play a somehwat shaky set at the Roundhouse in London

JT and the Clouds

JT and the Clouds - Half Moon, Putney, London, 30/3/2011

On a Sunday evening at the Half Moon in Putney, Dan Cressey watches soul/R 'n' B-influenced group JT and the Clouds, in front of an all-seated crowd, many of them eating meals, play an invigorating, if somewhat ramshackle set


Miscellaneous - Lexington, London, 16/9/2010

In an evening that was postponed from April as a result of the volcanic ash disruption, Dan Cressey enjoys a night of death metal from Scandinavian bands, Solstafir, Thunderstone and Kvelertak

Legendary Shack Shakers

Legendary Shack Shakers - Garage, London, 17/7/2010

At the Garage in London Daniel Cressey enjoys a manic set of blues punk from energetic Nashville-based rockers, the Legendary Shack Shakers

M Ward

M Ward - Borderline, London, 25/2/2009

At a show at the Borderline in London and the only British date on his current European tour, Dan Cressey is captivated by M Ward's unique and unfeasibly beautiful blend of alt-folk and alt-country


Apocalyptica - Astoria, London, 12/12/2008

A five piece Finnish group consisting of four cellists and a drummer, Apocalyptica play surprisingly faithful renditions of metal classics. While moving close towards kitsch at times, Daniel Cressey finds them rocking hard at the London Astoria

Michael Franti and Spearhead

Michael Franti and Spearhead - KOKO, London, 21/8/2008

At the London KOKO Dan Cressey finds reggae-pop act Michael Franti and Spearhead's happy vibes and positivity both surprisingly infectious and winning

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - Bush Hall, London, 5/3/2008

Despite the pessimistic and miserablist leanings of Californian musician Owen Ashworth, Dan Cressey is both charmed and enjoys his solo electronic project Casiotone for the Painfully Alone's show at the Bush Hall in London


Murcof - Corsica, London, 2/12/2007

Dan Cressey watches Californian musician play an enthralling set of his ethereal, abstract electronica against a background of specially commissioned abstract films at the Corsica in London

Chris Morris

Chris Morris - 93 Feet East, London, 8/11/2007

Dan Cressey watches folk-rocker Chris TT play a stroppy, but shambolic set at 93 Feet East in London

Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir

Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir - 12 Bar, London, 30/9/2007

The Agnostic Gospel Mountain Choir are obviously capable of serious force with their fierce gospe-esquel blues, but at the 12 Bar in London Dan Cressey finds them on strangely subdued form

New Pornographers

New Pornographers - KOKO, London, 4/10/2007

Dan Cressey believes Canadian group the New Pornographers to be one of the most exciting bands around, but finds their set almost destroyed by abysmal sound quality at a show at the KOKO in London


Mogwai - Someset House, London, 12/7/2007

In a gig at London's Somerset House, Dan Cressey watches Scots post-rockers Mogwai play a soaring and relentlessly powerful set


Ghost - 93 Feet East, London, 21/5/2007

Over in Britain to promote their ninth album 'In Stormy Nights', Daniel Cressey watches durable Japanese group Ghost perform a hypnotic set of swirling psychedelic rock

Dan Sartain

Dan Sartain - 100 Club, London, 7/2/2007

Dan Cressey finds acclaimed Alabama-based singer-songwriter Dan Sartain to be like a reincarnated Bill Haley in a fantastic show at the 100 Club in London

Frank Turner

Frank Turner - Borderline, London, 13/2/2007

At a show at the Borderline in London, Dan Cressey finds punk-turned-folk singer and former Million Dead front man Frank Turner's vitriolic form of song writing as brutally sharp as ever, but the back slapping between him and his audience somewhat muting the impact of his performance

Sound Team

Sound Team - Koko, London, 27/9/2006

At the London KOKO, while waiting for delayed headliners the Walkmen, Daniel Cressey finds support band the Sound Team's syth-driven unashamed pop the silver lining in the cloud

Matchbox Romance

Matchbox Romance - Brixton Academy, London, 29/9/2006

Daniel Cressey watches American punks Matchbook Romance play a safe set to a largelly early adolescent audience at London's Brixton Academy


Aggrolites - 333 Club, London, 13/9/2006

Daniel Cressey watches American ska/reggae act the Aggrolites play a stunning set to the sadly only partly-filled 333 Club in London


Miscellaneous - Carling Academy, London, 19/6/2006

Rock god extraordinaire Jesse Hughes recently brought his Eagles of Death Metal to London. Daniel Cressey is transfixed at their show there at the Carling Academy


National - Koko, London, 31/5/2006

Often classified as an alt.country band, Daniel Cressey, however, finds a digusied pop-sensibility in American band the National's first-rate show at the Koko in London

Million Dead

Million Dead - Lock 17, London,  17/4/2006

Never afraid to show his influences, former Million Dead frontman Frank Turner incorporates both country/folk numbers and also acoustic anthemic rockers. Dan Cressey enjoys an energetic, but short set at London's Lock 17

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats - Scala, London, 23/11/2005

Family conflict, drunkenness and unrequited love affairs are familar subject matter for indie guitar rockers the Mountain Goats. At a gig at the London Scala, Dan Cressey , however, finds them also to have a riotous sense of humour


Sunshine - Spitz, London, 8/4/2005

Dan Cressey watches T Model Ford live up to his reputation as "the boss of the blues" by putting on a sprightly performance at the London Spitz's new Festival of Blues


Dwarves - Astoria, London, 19/3/2005

American shock rockers the Dwarves are the sort of act most people feel that they should have grown out of by now. Daniel Cressey finds them able "to carry it all off, blasting through their rock posturing in a hugely entertaining way"

Holly Golightly

Holly Golightly - Windmill, London, 7/10/2004

"Holly Golightly is an artist so determined to avoid being modern that she was still recording albums that weren’t in stereo in the 90's." Daniel Cressey finds 'her retro obsession...far from slavish ' at a chaotic but compelling show in London


Miscellaneous - Barfly, London, 19/9/2004

The latest recruits to the Digital Hardcore label, Panik DHH are enough to send Slipknot running for their mothers. Daniel Cressey watches them transform the London Garage into "a soundscape of white noise, black noise and just plain noise"

Bouncing Souls

Bouncing Souls - Garage, London, 12/9/2004

On a hot night in the surroundings of the unsalubrious London Garage, Daniel Cressey watches American punks the Bouncing Souls show off their particulary twisted brand of humour to their hardcore audience


Miscellaneous - Bristol, 17th...18th July, 2004

Now in its 30th year, Bristol’s Ashton Court Festival is one of the more under-rated of British musical festivals. Over the course of a hot weekend Daniel Cressey enjoys and intriguing mixture of local annd not-so-local bands


Miscellaneous - Barfly, London, 22/7/2004

A band with a title like Audio Karate seem guaranteed to give your ears a good pounding. Daniel Cressey finds them thankfully living up to their name at the London Barfly


Miscellaneous - Dirty Water Club, London, 4/6/2004

All-girl rock ‘n’ rollers the 5,6,7,8’s now seem guaranteed success after their appearance in the first 'Kill Bill' film. Daniel Cressey watches them play a snappy set at the London Dirty Water Club


Features - 100 Club, London, 27/5/2004

Tennessee pop rock act the Features recently played a headlining British tour. In the newly air-conditioned and now smoke-free London 100 Club, Daniel Cressey finds them able to maintain a distinct edge

Jesse Sykes And Sweet Hereafter

Jesse Sykes And Sweet Hereafter - Borderline, London, 26/4/2004

Melancholic singer-songwriter Jesse Sykes struggles with equipment problems at the London Borderline, but Daniel Cressey finds her able to turn it to her advantage and to perfect the art of misery

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats - ICA, London. 30/3/2004

Lo fi act the Mountain Goats have gained a strong reputation for their songs "of catchy, alt-country bitterness". Daniel Cressey watches them play "a wonderfully intimate gig" at the London ICA

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