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Big Deal : Rainbow, Birmingham, 14/6/2013 - Live Reviews
Sarah Mwangi watches Californian/London-based pop rock group Big Deal play a lethargic and uninspiring set at the Rainbow in Birmingham

Sidi Toure : Cafe OTO, London, 13/11/2012 - Live Reviews
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 : Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, London, 16/5/2012 - Live Reviews
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

Japandroids : CAMP Basement, London, 22/5/2012 - Live Reviews
Vacouver-based garage rock duo Japandroids put on a fast and furious show at the CAMP Basement in London

Washed Out : Heaven, London, 15/11/2011 - Live Reviews
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 : Barfly, London, 7/9/2011 - Live Reviews
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

Filligar : Troubadour, London, 5/7/2011 - Live Reviews
Sarah Mwangi watches young Classic American Rock revivalists Filligar play an anthemic, yet often too familiar-sounding set at the Troubadour in London

Erykah Badu : Mama's Gun - Favourite Album Reviews
Sarah Mwangi reflects on New York-based singer-songwriter and soul musician Erykah Badu’s 2000 second album, ‘Mama’s Gun’

Trespassers William : Interview - Interviews
Sarah Mwangi speaks to Anna-Lynne Williams and Matt Brown from Seattle-based post rock group, Trespassers William, about their recent EP and first release in three years, 'The Natural Order of Things'

Yeasayer : Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 12/10/2009 - Live Reviews


Wild Beasts : Bodoga, Nottingham, 2/10//2009 - Live Reviews
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 - Live Reviews
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

Her Name is Calla : Interview - Interviews
Saran Mwangi speaks to Tom Morris, the front man with post rock septet about the difficult circumstances surrounding the recording of their debut mini-album, 'The Heritage' and their forthcoming second album

M Ward : Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, 28/6/2009 - Live Reviews
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 - Live Reviews
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

Jay Reatard : Interview - Interviews
Jay Reatard is the former front man with the Reatards and dozens of other punk bands. He chats to Sarah Mwangi about his recent decision to turn solo, and the problems he has had dealing with violence at his gigs

TV on the Radio : Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, 19/11/2008 - Live Reviews
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 : Rock City, Nottingham, 9/12/2008 - Live Reviews
Sarah Mwangi is impressed by Springsteen-esque Hold Steady's energy and passion at rescheduled show at the Rock City in Nottingham

Hot Club de Paris : Bodega, Nottingham, 7/10/2008 - Live Reviews
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

Micah P. Hinson : Interview - Interviews
Accclaimed singer-songwriter Micah P. Hinson speaks to Sarah Mwangi after a series of melancholic records about both his more optimistic-sounding fourth album, 'Micah P. Hinson and the Red Empire Orchestra' and how his recent marriage has changed his songwriting.

Black Keys : Interview - Interviews
Akron-based duo the Black Keys have been attracting much acclaim for their garage blues rock. Sarah Mwangi speaks to singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach about their just released fifth album, 'Attack & Release', which has found them recording in a studio for the first time

Interpol : Alexandra Palace, London, 30/11/2007 - Live Reviews
Sarah Mwangi sees New York rockers Interpol encapsulate their audience with a boisterous and theatrical show at the Alexandra Palace in London

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

Stevie Ray Vaughan : Texas Flood - Favourite Album Reviews
In our 'Re : View' column in which our writers re-examine albums from the past, Sarah Mwangi looks at Stevie Ray Vaughan's 1983 first studio album, 'Texas Flood', which single-handedly revived the blues genre

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