King Creosote | Sorren Maclean – Sage Gateshead January 2015

King Creosote | Sorren Maclean – Sage Gateshead January 2015

King Creosote and Sorren Maclean
Gateshead Sage 25th January 2015

I headed to the Sage for Burns night and some rather lovely music.

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Nils Lofgren – Sage Gateshead January 2015 – PHOTOS

Nils Lofgren – Sage Gateshead January 2015 – PHOTOS

Nils Lofgren
Sage Gateshead January 2015

Nils Lofgren - Sage 2015
Nils Lofgren – Sage 2015

A music legend hits Hall 1. Looks like I was in the mood for some odd ‘arty’ framing angles!

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Sean Wheeler and Zander Schloss – Newcastle Riverside Jan 2015

Sean Wheeler and Zander Schloss – Newcastle Riverside Jan 2015

Sean Wheeler & Zander Schloss
Newcastle Riverside 21st Jan 2015

Opening up for Mark Lanegan (see those pics here) in style. Absolutely brilliant set!

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Mark Lanegan – Newcastle Riverside January 2015

Mark Lanegan – Newcastle Riverside January 2015

Mark Lanegan
Newcastle Riverside 21st January 2015

Mark Lanegan - Newcastle 2015
Mark Lanegan – Newcastle 2015

Another great show at the Riverside, here’s an artist I’ve wanted to see for many years. Fantastic! Really tough lights tonight.

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J Mascis | Luluc – Newcastle Cluny 18th Jan 2015 – REVIEW and PHOTOS

J Mascis | Luluc – Newcastle Cluny 18th Jan 2015 – REVIEW and PHOTOS

J Mascis - Newcastle Jan 15
J Mascis – Newcastle Jan 15

The word ‘legend’ gets thrown around a lot. Here we have a genuine, yet humble legend. One of the greatest players to emerge in the last 30 years. Mascis is taking time away from the reformed Dinosaur Jr to embark on a solo tour of intimate shows. I picked up tickets early knowing this would sellout. Sure enough the place was packed out.I’m regularly stopped at other shows by people when they see me sporting my Dinosaur Jr t-shirt. ‘Were you there in 2010?’‚ ‘Yes I was!’‚ and I’m sure I’ll get that question until the day this shirt finally falls to bits.

Support came from Australian two piece Luluc, who are signed to Subpop. A quiet act who are gaining some major accolades in the US. They’ve toured with one of my favourite acts of the last decade, The National. Perfect sultry harmonies for a frosty Sunday evening. The two piece captivated the audience, well, except for a few rowdy people at the back! Watch out for these, I have a feeling they will do rather well over here.

After that delight a roadie got to work setting up J’s Aladdin’s cave of supplies, guitars, pedals, amps, drinks and what appear to be throat medicines. His stool sat in-between a fortress of monitors and amps, very cosy indeed.

His solo stuff is sublime and is quite juxtaposed to the Marshall stack feedback fuzz riff-fest that he is famous for. Not that it matters. It’s just as powerful unplugged. If not more so, the subtleties of his playing aren’t hidden away behind a wall of sound.

Tonight wearing a baseball cap and pink specs he dips into his bag of classic songs from across his career. I what you could call a crowd pleasing set, old classics such as Pond Song and Ammaring rub shoulders with new material such as the rambling blues ditty Drifter.

Mascis is well known for his devotion to analogue effect pedals, and although an acoustic set he brought a few gadgets along to play with. He plays his acoustic Gibson through a bunch of pedals and it is anything but quiet, he likes it loud! On Get Me he masterfully samples his chord progressions on a loop pedal and and adds some stunning fuzzy solos over the top.

One thing that always makes me smile at his shows is the people who are witnessing him in performance for the first time. They all seem genuinely blown away. I think this is because in the rowdy nature of Dinosaur Jr it is easy to overlook the complexity of the songs on offer. Stripped back with a guitar and a mike, it is plain to see.

J Mascis - Newcastle Jan 15
J Mascis – Newcastle Jan 15

Never been a big fan of endless twiddly solos but for some reason when Mascis does it, it sounds so right and is spellbinding to watch him play. He is completely in his own world, very quiet in between songs, eyes down concentrating on what he is doing. The audience seem utterly engrossed in this.

He finished the evening with his timeless cover of The Cure’s ‘Just Like Heaven’. It makes a fitting end to the evenings trip down memory lane.

I left the Cluny with an even greater appreciation of the man, the music and his talent. I’m just ecstatic that he brought this show to Newcastle, as we are often overlooked by US touring bands. Saying that I’d gladly travel to see Mascis any day!

Σao | Kobadelta | Weirds – Gateshead January 2015 – PHOTOS

Σao | Kobadelta | Weirds – Gateshead January 2015 – PHOTOS

Σao, Kobadelta and Weirds
Gateshead 10th January 2015

Very impressed with tonights bands, 2015 is certainly getting off to a great start!

Weirds - Gateshead Jan 2015
Weirds – Gateshead Jan 2015

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TISSUE CULTURE – Newcastle Cluny Jan 2015 – PHOTOS

TISSUE CULTURE – Newcastle Cluny Jan 2015 – PHOTOS

Tissue Culture
Newcastle Cluny 3rd Jan 2015

Tissue Culture - Cluny Jan 2015
Tissue Culture – Cluny Jan 2015

Headlining set from an amazing local band.

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Kingsley Chapman and The Murder – Newcastle Cluny Jan 2015 – PHOTOS

Kingsley Chapman and The Murder – Newcastle Cluny Jan 2015 – PHOTOS

Kingsley Chapman and The Murder
Newcastle Cluny 3rd Jan 2015

Kingsley Chapman - Cluny Jan 2015
Kingsley Chapman – Cluny Jan 2015

Opening up for Tissue Culture, a brilliant set by ex The Chapman Family frontman with a special guest appearance by Nadine Shah.

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Nadine Shah – Newcastle Cluny January 2015 – PHOTOS

Nadine Shah – Newcastle Cluny January 2015 – PHOTOS

Nadine Shah
Newcastle Cluny 3rd January 2015

Nadine Shah - Newcastle 2015
Nadine Shah – Newcastle 2015

A secret show supporting Tissue Culture and Kingsley Chapman.

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