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

Serge Gainsbourg : Ten Songs That Made Me Love... - Features
Dan Cressey for 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' writes about his favourite songs by French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg

Townes Van Zandt : The Late Great Townes Van Zandt - Favourite Album Reviews
In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Dan Cressey reflects on American singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt's 1972 album 'The Late Great Townes Van Zandt', which has just been reissued in a remastered version with extra songs

Phil Alvin : County Fair 2000 - Favourite Album Reviews
Dan Cressey reflects on 'County Fair 2000', Blasters' front man Phil Alvin's 1994 second solo album, which, recently reissued, finds him moving away from rock and roll and experimenting with jazz and blues

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

Mountain Goats : All Hail West Texas - Favourite Album Reviews
In our Re:View section, in which our writers look back on albums from the past, Dan Cressey examines lo-fi act Mountain Goats' 2002 album 'All Hail West Texas', which has recently been reissued

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

Gig of a Lifetime : Super Furry Animals, International Arena, Cardiff, December 1999 - Features
In 'Gig of a Lifetime', in which a different Pennyblackmusic writer writes of a once in a lifetime gig, Dan Cressey writes of going to a gig by offbeat indie rockers Super Furry Animals in their hometown of Cardiff

Osaka Ramones : Cargo, London, 1/10/2012 - Live Reviews
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...

Exit International : Islington Academy, London, 8/5//2012 - Live Reviews
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

Felice Brothers : KOKO, London, 20/3/2012 - Live Reviews
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 - Live Reviews
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 - Live Reviews
Dan Cressey sees American folk rock act Dawes perform a heartfelt and enthralling set at the Brixton Windmill in London

King Mob : 229, London, 17/11/2011 - Live Reviews
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

Supremes : Let Yourself Go: The 70s albums, Volume 2 1974-1977 - Profiles
Daniel Cressey reflects upon ‘Let Yourself Go’, a new box set which compiles together the Supremes' final post-Diana Ross recordings between 1974 and 1977.

Mountain Goats : KOKO, London, 26/5/2011 - Live Reviews
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 : Roundhouse, London, 9/3/2011 - Live Reviews
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 : Half Moon, Putney, London, 30/3/2011 - Live Reviews
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

Ja Ja Ja Metal Night : Lexington, London, 16/9/2010 - Live Reviews
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 : Garage, London, 17/7/2010 - Live Reviews
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 : Borderline, London, 25/2/2009 - Live Reviews
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 - Live Reviews
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 : KOKO, London, 21/8/2008 - Live Reviews
At the London KOKO Dan Cressey finds reggae-pop act Michael Franti and Spearhead's happy vibes and positivity both surprisingly infectious and winning

Soundtrack of Our Lives : The Offspring 'Smash' - Features
In our 'Soundtrack of Our Lives' column, in which our writers write about the personal impact on music on their lives, Dan Cressey writes, with Britpop reaching its height in Camden, just a short walk across North London, about being a teenager in the mid 90's and listening instead to the Offspring

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone : Bush Hall, London, 5/3/2008 - Live Reviews
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

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