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Sarah Mwangi - Live Music Reviews

Big Deal

Big Deal - Rainbow, Birmingham, 14/6/2013

Sarah Mwangi watches Californian/London-based pop rock group Big Deal play a lethargic and uninspiring set at the Rainbow in Birmingham

Sidi Toure

Sidi Toure - Cafe OTO, London, 13/11/2012

Sarah Mwangi is increasingly impressed by Mali musician Sidi Toure at a gig at the Café OTO in London on his first European tour

Bear in Heaven

Bear in Heaven - Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, London, 16/5/2012

Sarah Mwangi watches Brooklyn-based electronica act Bear in Heaven struggle with sound problems at a show at the Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen in London

Monkey Island/The Dublo

Monkey Island/The Dublo - CAMP Basement, London,  22/5/2012

Vacouver-based garage rock duo Japandroids put on a fast and furious show at the CAMP Basement in London

Washed Out

Washed Out - Heaven, London, 15/11/2011

Sarah Mwangi finds Washed Out, the project of astral American chillwave artist Ernest Green, unable to make the transition from kaledoscopic bedroom artist into the live arena

Laki Mera

Laki Mera - Barfly, London, 7/9/2011

Despite Glaswegian electronic quartet's Laki Mera's military efficiency and mechanical production, Sarah Mwangi finds much that is achingly human in their music at a show at the Barfly in London

JD Set

JD Set - Troubadour, London, 5/7/2011

Sarah Mwangi watches young Classic American Rock revivalists Filligar play an anthemic, yet often too familiar-sounding set at the Troubadour in London


Yeasayer - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 12/10/2009

Yeasayer have been among the few bands that I know I should listen to but… don’t. They emerged in 2007 with their critically praised album ‘All Hour Cymbals’, full of experimental sounds and eccentri

Howe Gelb

Howe Gelb - Bodoga, Nottingham, 2/10//2009

Despite being confined by the small stage of the Nottingham Bodega, Sarah Mwangi sees upbeat Cumbria-based indie rock outfit Wild Beasts play an exuberant and forceful set


Flashguns - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 28/9/2009

At the Nottingham Rescue Rooms, Sarah Mwangi finds energetic teenage indie rock band Flashguns more mature than their youth would suggest, but their ideas coming out too thick and fast sometimes for the good of their music

M Ward

M Ward - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 28/6/2009

Sarah Mwangi finds Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter M Ward moving back in time with a surprisingly nostalgic and old-fashioned rock 'n' roll set the night at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham


Malakai - Rock City, Nottingham, 5/5/2009

Bristol-based trip-hop/soul duo Malakai have won much acclaim for their debut album, but, at a gig in support of Doves at the Nottingham Rock City, Sarah Mwangi finds their live performance ragged and lacking focus

Tv On The Radio

Tv On The Radio - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, 19/11/2008

At the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London, Sarah Mwangi is impressed by the musicianship on display of guitar-based dance art-rockers TV on the Radio, but finds their performance nevertheless somewhat muted

Hold Steady

Hold Steady - Rock City, Nottingham, 9/12/2008

Sarah Mwangi is impressed by Springsteen-esque Hold Steady's energy and passion at rescheduled show at the Rock City in Nottingham

Emmy the Great

Emmy the Great - Bodega, Nottingham, 7/10/2008

Liverpool-based trio Hot Club de Paris merge snappy adolescent melodies and dance beats. Sarah Mwangi, however, finds nothing that she hasn't already seen before at the Bodega in Nottingham

Shed Seven

Shed Seven - Alexandra Palace, London, 30/11/2007

Sarah Mwangi sees New York rockers Interpol encapsulate their audience with a boisterous and theatrical show at the Alexandra Palace in London

John Mayer

John Mayer - Royal Albert Hall, London, 19/9/2007

Long-term fan Sarah Mwangi sees guitar virtuoso John Mayer play a passionate and revitalising set at the Royal Albert Hall in London


National - Nottingham Arena, Nottingham, 11/7/2007

At the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham, Sarah Mwangi sees much acclaimed New York-based Americana outfit the National play a humorously alcohol-fuelled and experimental set

Black Keys

Black Keys - Shepherds Bush Empire, 27/2/2007

At the Shepherds Bush Empire in London, new writer Sarah Mwangi finds much of American blues duo the Black Keys' passion stolen by their insistent touring schedule

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