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Wand : Boston Music Room, London, 4/11/2016 - Live Reviews
Chris O' Toole watches Los Angeles-based psychedelic rockers Wand play an eclectic but ultimately unsatisfactory set at the Boston Music Rooms in London

Lightning Bolt : Electric Ballroom, London, 26/11/2015 - Live Reviews
Chris O' Toole watches American noise rock duo Lightning Bolt play a furious set at the Electric Ballroom in London

LoneLady : Electrowerkz, London, 24/2/2015 - Live Reviews
Chris O'Toole watches Manchester-based electro folk artist LoneLady, despite initial technical problems, make an energetic return to the stage at the Electrowerkz in London to promote her forthcoming first album in five years, 'Hinterland'

Dean Wareham : Islington Assembly Hall, London, 23/5/2014 - Live Reviews
Chris O'Toole watches foemer Galaxie 500 and Luna front man Dean Wareham play a surprisingly increasingly upbeat set at the Islington Assembly Hall in London

Therapy : Scala, London, 9/4/2014 - Live Reviews
Chris O'Toole at the Scala in London watches Irish alternative rock trio Therapy? play a euphoric set to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of their bestselling 1994 second album 'Troublegum'

Okkervil River : Islington Assembly Hall, London, 27/11/2013 - Live Reviews
Chris O' Toole watches acclaimed Americana act Okkervil River play a disappointing set at the Islington Assembly Hall in London

Black Pus : Dome, London, 23/9/2013 - Live Reviews
Black Pus is the solo project of chaotic Rhode Island duo Lightning Bolt drummer Brian Chippendale. Chris O'Toole watches him play a dazzling and surprisingly pop-oriented show at the Dome in London

Moon Duo : Dome, London, 17/7/2013 - Live Reviews
Chris O' Toole enjoys a set of blissed out guitar/keyboard rock from San Francisco-based group Moon Duo at a show at the Dome in London

Pissed Jeans : Electric Ballroom, London, 5/7/2013 - Live Reviews
Chris O'Toole finds melodic American noise rock duo Pissed Jeans on dynamic form in a razor sharp, short set at the Electric Ballroom in London

Swans : KOKO, London, 4/4/2013 - Live Reviews
Chris O' Toole sees reformed post-punk giants Swans play an intense, but ultimately cathartic show at at the KOKO in London

Swans : KOKO, London, 15/11/2012 - Live Reviews
Chrisn O' Toole watches reformed American post-punks Swans play an intense, but brilliant set at the KOKO in London

EMA : Scala, London, 15/52012 - Live Reviews
Chris O' Toole watches EMA, the moniker of Californian singer-songwriter and former Amps for Christ front woman Erika Anderson, play a set of violent, cathartic rock in an intense, but compelling show at the Scala in London

Moonface : Cargo, London, 29/5/2012 - Live Reviews
Chris O'Toole at Cargo in London expresses surprise at Spencer Krug's recent formulaic approach to lyric writing with Moonface despite the fantastical nature of much of his previous work

M. Gira : Cafe Oto, London, 7/4/2012 - Live Reviews
Chris O'Toole finds industrial rock outfit Swans' front man to be an apocalyptic and terrifying presence in a quietly intense acoutsic gig at the Cafe Oto in London

Shearwater : Scala, London, 3/4/2012 - Live Reviews
Chris O'Toole watches still underappreciated dark folk rockers Shearwater play a superb set in their biggest gig to date yet at the Scala in London

Asobi Seksu : XOYO, London, 19/4/2011 - Live Reviews
At a show to promote their latest album 'Fluoresence' with a new robust line-up, Chris O' Toole at the XOYO in London finds New York shoegazing band Asobi Seksu failing to build on or create new ground

Barn Owl : City Arts and Music Project, London, 26/4/2011 - Live Reviews
Chris O'Toole is disappointed by an inconsequential and derivative set from drone guitar duo Barn Owl at the City Arts and Music Project in London

Timber Timbre : ICA, London, 27/4/2011 - Live Reviews
Chris O' Toole at the ICA in London finds still undiscovered Canadian trio Timber Timbre's unique brand of experimental blues absolutely compelling

Sleepy Sun : Borderline, London, 29/11/2010 - Live Reviews
While their front woman Rachel Fannan has recently left the band, Chris O' Toole watches San Francisco group Sleepy Sun now operating as a five piece rise against the odds and play an awe-striking and epic set of psychedelia

Xiu Xiu : XOYO, London, 16/10/2010 - Live Reviews
Chris O' Toole watches Californian avant-garde duo Xiu Xiu play a confrontational, but compelling show at the new venue of the XOYO in London

Mountain Goats : KOKO, London, 7/9/2010 - Live Reviews
While often only basic in their singing skills and guitar ability, Chris O' Toole finds both witty and inspiring a performance from the Mountain Goats, the group led by Indiana-based musician John Darnielle, at the KOKO in London

Silver Apples : Interview - Interviews
Chris O'Toole talks to Simeon Coxe from groundbreaking American 60's electronic act Silver Apples about the influence of his seminal group and its future

Silver Apples : Luminaire, London, 8/8/2010 - Live Reviews
Now just reduced to a single member, Chris O' Toole at the Luminaire watches a riveting performance from seminal 60's electronic act, Silver Apples

F**ked Up : Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London, 9/8/2010 - Live Reviews
Chris O' Toole at the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen in London watches a celebratory, yet terrifying set peformance from Canadain hardcore outfit F**ked Up

Bonnie Prince Billy and the Cairo Gang : Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 4/8/2010 - Live Reviews
Chris O' Toole wonders if Bonnie Prince Billy's long period of creative energy has finally come to an end after watching a sluggish show with the Cairo Gang at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London

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