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Dominic B. Simpson - Live Music Reviews


Swervedriver - Scala, London, 27/4/2015

Dominic Simpson watches reformed 1990's shoegazing icons Swervedriver, out on the road to promote their first album in seventeen years 'I Wasn't Born to Lose You', play a superb show at the Scala in London

Adam Donen

Adam Donen - Shoreditch Church, London, 4/4/2014

Dominic Simpson watches experimental musician Adam Donen, who is now based largely in Berlin and becoming increasingly known as a classical music composer, play a rare rock show to promote his third solo album 'False Bay Echoes' at Shoreditch Church in London


Seefeel - Kings Place, London, 31/1/2011

Dominic Simpson discovers reformed leftfield experimentalists, Seefeel, having released their first album in fifteen years, not willing to settle for former glories at a show at Kings Place in London

Charles Hayward

Charles Hayward - Cafe Oto, London, 23/1/2010

Dominic Simpson at the Cafe Oto in London sees This Heat drummer Charles Hayward as part of a showcase for the Gravid Hands label accompanied by a saxophone and a bassist play an explosive free jazz set

James Blackshaw

James Blackshaw - Vortex, London, 16/9/2009

At the Vortex in London, Dominic Simpson watches instrumental British guitarist James Blackshaw, backed by a mini-orchestra, play a spellbinding set


Miscellaneous - Minehead, Somerset, 8/5/2009...10/5/2009

All the acts at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festivals in Somerset are usually chosen by a curator. In a break from the usual in which the acts were instead chosen by the fans and the organisers, Dominic Simpson watches sets from the likes of Beirut, the Jesus Lizard, Lydia Lunch and M83

My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine - Roundhouse, London, 22/6/2008

Shoegazing pioneers My Bloody Valentine have just toured Britain with their first shows in over fifteen years. Domnic Simpson watches them put on an unforgettable performance at the Roundhouse in London

Six Organs Of Admittance

Six Organs Of Admittance - 93 Feet East, London, 26/11/2007

At 93 Feet East in London, Dominic Simpson watches psych-folk act Six Organs of Admittance play a contemplative, but subdued and somewhat too restrained set to promote 'Shelter from the Ash', their much acclaimed latest album

Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth - Roundhouse, London, 1/9/2007

In the iconic recently opened venue of the Roundhouse in London, Dominic Simpson watches Sonic Youth in a 'Don't Look Back' show give a dynamic and forceful perfomance of their classic 1988 album, 'Daydream Nation'

Malcolm Middleton

Malcolm Middleton - Dingwalls, London, 20/2/2007

Canadian electronic duo the Junior Boys have recently hit the big-time in Britain. Dominic Simpson enjoys their thoughtfully melancholic, but magnificent brand of synth pop at a headlining show at Dingwalls in London

Juana Molina

Juana Molina - Roundhouse, London, 13/1/2007

At a very special evening at the refurbished Roundhouse in London, Dominic Simpson enjoys a very special evening of folk music from long lost 60's cult star Vashti Bunyan, San Fransicans Vetiver, Argentinian Juana Molina and London folkie Adem Ilhan

Goblin Market

Goblin Market - Luminaire, London, 24/5/2006

At the Luminaire in London, Dominic Simpson sees experimental art rockers Electrelane put on a strong show, but nevertheless be outshone by an enthralling performance from support act the Early Years

Chairmen Of The Board

Chairmen Of The Board - Luminaire, London, 9/2/2006

One of the great guitar masters, Jack Rose experiments in both haunting Indian raga-style workouts and Appalachian mountain folk music. Dominic Simpson is spellbound by his performance at the Luminaire in London

Kristin Hersh

Kristin Hersh - Scala, London, 21/11/2005

...while on the second night Dominic Simpson is enthralled by songs from her solo career

Animal Collective

Animal Collective - Scala, London, 25/10/2005

Dominic Simpson watches experimental free spirits the Animal Collective play a shamanistic and eclectic set at a packed show at the legendary London Scala


Deerhof - Garage, London, 12/10/2005

A recent All Tomorrow's Parties package tour featured experimental rockers Deerhof, the Drones and Alexander Tucker. Dominic Simpson watches them all three acts play to a sweltering London Garage with decidedly mixed results


Telescopes - Marquee, London. 7/10/2005

The Telescopes were often bracketed as a shoegazing act in the early 90s. Back after a long absence and having completely changed direction, Dominic Simpson sees them play a stunning set that utilises drone frequencies and oceanic washes of guitar noise.

Yo La Tengo

Yo La Tengo - Koko, London, 15/8/2005

American experimental rockers Yo La Tengo's music has always pulled in different directions. Dominic Simpson watches them play an eclectic set to a passionate audience at a rare British show at new venue the London Koko


Dirtbombs - 93 Feet East, London, 20/6/2005

The Dirtbombs recently played 93 Feet East as the London date on a world tour. With two bassists and two drummers, Dominic Simpson enjoys some over-the-top rock 'n' roll


Kelman - Betsy Trotwood, London, 10/5/2005

With both a new album and single on the way, Kelman recently played the intimate Betsy Trotwood in central London. Dominic Simpson finds much to commend in their reflective, heartbreaking material

Immortal Lee Country Killers Ii

Immortal Lee Country Killers Ii - Spitz, London, 30/4/2005

On a hot night at the London Spitz, Dominic Simpson sees Alabama trio Immortal Lee County Killers play their own unique version of the Southern Mississippi fried blues


Luna - University of London Union,   London, 17/1/2005

On their farewell tour and at their final ever London date, Dominic Simpson watches seminal indie rockers Luna play a thrilling set of new and old classics at the University of London Union

Holly Golightly

Holly Golightly - Dirty Water Club, London, 17/12/2004

In the atmospheric surroundings of "charming old working man’s bar", Dominic Simpson finds himself 40 years back in time and watching a stunning set from garage rocker, Holly Golightly

Ella Guru

Ella Guru - Garage, London, 30/10/2004

Arizonian Bob Log III has just finished touring his unique brand of "psycho-delta blues" on a British tour with Franz Ferdinand and the Kills . At a headline show in London, Dominic Simpson watches him play a spellbinding set

Blonde Redhead

Blonde Redhead - Conway Hall, London, 17/9/2004

Blonde Redhead's latest album, ''Misery Is A Butterfly'', has just been released on the 4AD label. At the Conway Hall in London watches the long-serving NYC act reject their noisy and abrasive past for something more dreamlike and melodic


Smog - Conway Hall, London, 19/9/2004

Smog aka Bill Callahan has never been on record the happiest of musicians. On the second night of the two day Homefires festival, and supported by the likes of Adem and Joanna Newsom, Dominic Simpson finds him on gloomy, but also confusing form


Miscellaneous - 27/8/2004...28/8/2004

Across the first two days of Leeds' annual weekend festival new writer Dominic Simpson catches performances from the likes of Radio 4, the Others, Pretty Girls Make Graves, McLusky, the Shins and the Darkness


Spiritualized - Royal Festival Hall, London, 1/8/2004

In the luxurious surroundings of London's Royal Festival Hall, Dominic Simpson watches Spiritualized play a frequently spellbinding set, but is left wondering, after 20 years of perfecting his vision, where frontman Jason Pierce might go next

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