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Russell Ferguson - Live Music Reviews


Pipettes - Fibbers, York, 7/5/2010

Girl group the Pipettes recently returned to live work in a new line-up after a long absence. At a show at Fibbers in York to promote their forthcoming second album 'Earth vs Pipettes', Russell Ferguson is captivated by their infectious harmonies and current lo-fi electronic disco sound


Levellers - Picturehouse, Holmfirth, 28/4/2010

At his first Levellers show in nearly a decade, Russell Ferguson, having seen the folk punks through the best and then more leaden circumstances, finds them back on form at a gig at the Picturehouse in Holmfirth


Flore - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, 22/1/2010

Russell Ferguson finds discordant all girl trio the Vivian Girls quickly becoming dull and sliding into routine at a gig at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds

Fight Like Apes

Fight Like Apes - Cockpit 3, Leeds, 5/3/2009

Russell Ferguson watches Dublin-formed art rockers Fight Like Apes play a confused and disjointed, but somehow enjoyable set at the Cockpit 3 in Leeds


Whip - Trash, Leeds, 13/11/2008

Despite Mancurian electronic group the Whip's debut album, 'X Marks the Destination', being one of the better albums of the year, Russell Ferguson finds them soon running out of steam at a gig at the Leeds Trash

Killing Joke

Killing Joke - Filmore East, New York, 11/10/2008...12/10/2008

At the Filmore East in New York, Russell Ferguson watches Killing Joke, with all four of their original members back together for the first time since 1982, play two very different sets over two nights

Tad / Pussy Galore

Tad / Pussy Galore - Cockpit, Leeds, 11/7/2008

At a support date to the Brian Jonestown Massacre at the Cockpit in Leeds, Russell Ferguson finds much to admire in Seattle based alternative rock trio the Blakes' unique combination of indie, grunge and 60's rock


Ejectorseat - Trash, Leeds, 12/6/2008

With a new single 'Not My Girl' to promote, Derby-based indie band band Ejector Seat recently toured Britain. Russell Ferguson at Trash in Leeds finds that, while still relatively unexperienced, they have the potential yet to push ahead of their contemporaries

John Parkes

John Parkes - Bull and Bottle, Bradford, 28/2/2008

In the atmospheric backdrop of England's longest running folk club at the Bull and Bottle in Bradford, Russell Ferguson watches acoustic singer-songwriter John Parkes play an passionate, charged show of mainly political numbers

Sons And Daughters

Sons And Daughters - Cockpit, Leeds, 8/2/2008

At the Leeds Cockpit, Russell Ferguson sees Sons and Daughters on tour to promote their latest album, 'The Gift', live up to all expectations and after years of waiting in the wings move to centre stage

Exile Parade

Exile Parade - Roadhouse, Manchester, 14/12/2007

At the Roadhouse in Manchester, Russell Ferguson watches Warrington-based newcomers Exile Parade sound like they have been playing gigs together for years with an impressive set of 60's and Britpop-influenced rock

Young Gods

Young Gods - Fibbers, York, 27/11/2007

Russell Ferguson finds the energy and power of both durable Swiss rockers the Young Gods and new band Undercut's performances totally compelling at Fibber's in York


Dartz - Packhorse, Leeds, 13/9/2008

Despite Middlesborough angular guitar trio Dartz being tired and exhausted after a long touring schedule, Russell Ferguson finds much to be impressed by in a short, but fiery set at the Leeds Packhorse


NFD - Limelight, Crewe, 20/6/2007

NFD is new the band of former Fields of the Nephilim members Tony Pettit and Simon Rippen. Russell Ferguson at the Limelight in Crewe wtaches them play an in impresive set, but finds tyhem occasionally relying too much on past glories


Rhombus - Civic Hall, Mexborough, 23/6/2007

Rhombus are an 80's-influenced Goth band. In the unusual environment of the Mexborough Civic Hall, Russell Ferguson watches them, despite playing to a tiny audience, win over several new fans

Hundred Reasons

Hundred Reasons - Leadmill, Sheffield, 17/1/2007

New Pennyblackmusic writer Russell Ferguson is impressed by punk/metal act Hundred Reasons' passion and energy at a gig on their latest tour at the Sheffield Leadmill

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