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Explosions in the Sky and Eluvium : Concorde 2, Brighton, 23/1/2008 - Live Reviews
On the first date of their latest British tour , Paul Raven sees Texan instrumental outfit Explosions in the Sky blast away the winter blues with a set of stunning atmosphere and passion at the Concorde 2 in Brighton

Dillinger Escape Plan : Interview - Interviews
Having had to cancel their forthcoming European tour due to guitarist Ben Weinman breaking his foot, Paul Raven speaks to bassist Liam Wilson from hardcore outfit Dillinger Escape Plan about the recording of their new album @Ire Works' and working with Mike Patton

Reuben and Kill Keneda : Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, 19/9/2007 - Live Reviews
Paul Raven watches up-and-coming local metal act Kill Kenada and still under-rated post-hardcore act Reuben play thunderous sets to a sell-out crowd at the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth

Electric Six : Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, 9/7/2007 - Live Reviews
The Electric Six have a reputation for being a dynamic and incendiary live act, but Paul Raven finds little to be inspired about at a show at the Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms

Young Gods : Interview - Interviews
Seminal Swiss act the Young Gods recently released their first album in seven years, 'Super Ready/Fragmente'. At a show in London, Paul Raven speaks to front man Franz Treichler about the group's recent return to their industrial roots and the violence that has inspired the new albun

Biffy Clyro, yourcodenameis:milo and Frank Turner : Pyramids, Portsmouth, 20/5/2007 - Live Reviews
At a show at the Pyramids in Portsmouth Paul Raven watches maths rockers Biffy Clyro play a catchy and enjoyable set of indie guitar rock, but also is impressed by suppoer acts yourcodenameis : milo and Frank Turner

Nine Black Alps : Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, 6/5/2007 - Live Reviews
At the Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms Paul Raven enjoys an unpretentious set of grunge rock at a hastily assembled gig by much acclaimed local group, Nine Black Alps

Pelican, These Arms Are Snakes, Stout and Brenda : Joiners, Southampton, 14/4/2007 - Live Reviews
At a prog rock night at the Southampton Joiners, Paul Raven finds that the movement has thankfully moved a long way on from the overblown concept albums of the late 70's, and much to recommend from several acts on the bill including Americans These Arms Are Snakes and instrumental act Pelican

Clutch and Sword : Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, 10/4/2007 - Live Reviews
Durable stoner rockers Clutch and fiery young upstarts the Sword recently toured Britain together. At the Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms Paul Raven finds both bands unique brand of dirty rock and roll totaally compulsive

Soundtrack of Our Lives : Lows and Highs with Feeder - Features
In the latest in our series, in which our writers write about the impact of music at important times in their lives, Paul Raven tells of how with everything against him and his life in mess Feeder's single 'High' provided comfrot and help

Long Blondes : Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, 28/2/2007 - Live Reviews
The Long Blondes have been attracting good reviews and strong audiences for their 80's inspired new wave pop. On the last night of their recent British tour, Paul Raven finds them, however, lacking in both energy and passion

Mr Hudson and the Library : Joiners Arms, Southampton, 16/2/2007 - Live Reviews
Only able because of a delay in their start time to catch fifteen minutes of their performance at the Joiners Arms in Southampton, Paul Raven nevertheless sees much to commend in new act Mr Hudson and the Library's catchy indie pop sound

Gym Class Heroes : Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, 4/2/2007 - Live Reviews
New Pennyblackmusic writer Paul Raven remains distinctly unmoved by the brash New York-style ghetto-pop of Gym Class Heroes at the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth

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