Mark K’s June Gig Guide!

Mark Kelly knows his current alternative music (check all the reviews he’s written for us!) and has, for your consideration, put together a list of top gig picks for June. CPP - Mark K
You can also find many of these and more music and other greatness for the months ahead on our LONDON EVENTS page. Check them out!

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Gig Review: THE STRYPES + THE RAGLANS at the Guildford Boileroom – 18/05/2015

Strypes 2 So there’s a band from Ireland you want to check out with Irish support – where do you go? Guildford, naturally!
Which is just what Mark K did when he heard The Strypes were playing…

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Band Profile: DeLooze

CP - DeLooze www.deloozeofficial.com On Soundcloud
On Tumblr On Bandcamp
On Facebook On Music Glue
@DeLoozeMusic On Youtube
“Live Electronics/Melodramatic/Powerpop”

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LINE OF BEST FIT: “…infectious tonic of crunchy, industrial instrumental sections and pop diva vocal hooks.”

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Band Profile: Wolfhounds

CPP - The Wolfhounds www.thewolfhounds.bandcamp.com
On Facebook
On Twitter
CPP - The Wolfhounds - I See You On Wikipedia
On YouTube
Post-punk, garage, ‘indie’ amalgamation: youthful ne’er-do-wells, middle-aged miscreants

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David Callahan (voc/gtr/samples), Andy Golding (gtr/bv/kbds/etc), Pete Wilkins (drums/pcsn), Richard Golding (bass)

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Musician Profile: Gerry Carty

CE - Gerry Carty www.soundcloud.com/gerry-carty
www.facebook.com/gerrycartymusic
On Twitter
On YouTube
Folk, blues, soul, pop, indie, acoustic, piano, solo, singer songwriter

 

About (from Gerry):

Original tales of love, life, politics, human struggles, joys and sacrifices. Read the rest of this entry »

Band Profile: Love L.U.V.

CP - Love L.U.V. www.loveluvband.tumblr.com On Youtube
www.facebook.com/loveluvband On Soundcloud
@LoveLUVband On Instagram

 

About (in their words): Garage pop sugar kick / stomp

Carabas (Mark K): “…the bastard children of Blondie and the Ramones. Go see.”

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Group Profile – The London Indie Meetup

CPP - LIMMU On Meetup: The London Indie Music Meetup (for all events)
On Facebook
On Twitter: @LondonIndieMeet [currently on hiatus]

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Index of Articles…

Welcome to CARABAS if you haven’t been here before or welcome back if you have! Just compiling all the articles since we kicked off nearly a year ago but a few changes to the coding means it’s a work in progress… Still right now there’s some awesome stuff to check through – that’s if you haven’t already!

More to come…

 

SIGNATURE ARTICLES / PAGES

Interviews: A Pint / Coffee with… Greatest Creations of Fantastical Fiction 6 Months of Book publishing links Intro’s & info…
JIM BUTCHER!
Part 1 – In which we talk of Gentlemen, Mandalorian combat fashion, Otherworldly maternal figures, far-future deities, and the young lady you get to meet at the end…
The Fantastical & the Speculative: Links to New Books Publishing Jan-Jun 15!
“Not Geek: Just Awesome”
CA - Jim Butcher
KARRIE FRANSMAN!
Part 2 – In which we look at warrior bears, the most secret of secret bases, a wizard that makes Gandalf look like a lightweight, an anthropomorphized aspect of nightmare, and quite possibly the most awesome adversaries of all time…
New Books – Genre Round-ups… Key Pages:
CPP - Karrie Fransman
Steampunk Titles – Jan-Jun 15 (and associated fantastical anachronisms)
LONDON EVENTS – Our guide to upcoming awesomeness in the big city!
Coming soon – A Coffee with LEAH MOORE!
Part 3 – In which we examine demons of fire and shadow, out-of-place police boxes, a thing from outer space, a floating city and freaky modern day fairy tale inventions…
Urban Fantasy Titles – Jan-Jun 15 (and choice associated fictions)
DISCOVER… Soon to be released, our guide to the fantastical groups, websites, bands, authors and other creatives in the big city!
CPP - Leah Moore
Part 4 – In which we dabble with coherent blades of energy, Hollywood monsters of Chinese folklore, the worst witch (for her enemies), god-like automatons, and the space craft that makes the rest look like the cardboard boxes you pretended to fly to space in as kids…
Part 5 – In which we indulge ourselves with warped halflings, perhaps the greatest lesser known post-apocalyptic setting, demonic currency, space opera super-ordinance, and they amongst whom ‘There can be only one’
Part 6 – In which we explore a gloriously dystopian LA, the most sublime of the sublime of weapons in space opera, Gray Hulks, heroic child-proxies, and quantum-locked Assassins…

 

FANTASTICAL FICTION – BOOKS & GRAPHIC NOVELS!

Book Recommends by Month Graphic Novel Recommends by Month Book Extracts / Previews Graphic Novel Previews
January 15 New Book Recommends! January 15 New Graphic Novel Recommends! DAVE VS THE MONSTERS: EMERGENCE – John Birmingham IN GOD WE TRUST – Winshluss
February 15 New Book Recommends! February 15 New Graphic Novel Recommends! SKY PIRATES – Liesel Schwarz LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: RIVER OF GHOSTS – Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill
March 15 New Book Recommends! March 15 New Graphic Novel Recommends! BLOOD RED CITY – Justin Richards THE SPECTATORS – Victor Hussenot
April 15 New Book Recommends! April 15 New Graphic Novel Recommends! RADIANT STATE – Peter Higgins VACANCY – Jen Lee
May 15 New Book Recommends! May 15 New Graphic Novel Recommends! THE SUMMONER – Taran Matharu THE HUNTER – Joe Sparrow
June 15 New Book Recommends – Imminent… June 15 New Graphic Novel Recommends – Imminent… MARKED – Sue Tingey DEATH OF THE ARTIST – Karrie Fransman
BETE – Adam Roberts
FOUL TIDES TURNING – Stephen Hunt

 

GIG REVIEWS

Our pal Mark K from the Indie Music Meet-up – and some others besides – have done a blinding job at getting the reviews Carabas-wards to the point that they just needed a section here unto themselves!

LOLA COLT + BLEECH Purson 2 BLACK MOTH + PUFFER MEATBODIES + ARROWS OF LOVE
Lola 4 PURSON CA - Black Moth Twitter PENNY FOR THE WORKHOUSE + THE GYRO + THE FIX
DELOOZE ROBERT PLANT & THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS EVI VINE + THE NEVERISTS CPP - Penny for the Workhouse
Delooze 2 GARY NUMAN & GANG OF FOUR CPP - Evi Vine PALMA VIOLETS + FAT WHITE FAMILY + SLAVES + WYTCHES
JANE’S ADDICTION ANNA CALVI & THE HERITAGE ORCHESTRA GEMMA HAYES (Olympic Studios) LE - Palma Violets + King Nun
RINGO DEATHSTARR + LOLA COLT Anna Calvi 13-DEC-2014. by James McGalliard (3066) FIRES + ADAM BARNES + APOSTLE THOMAS FAWN SPOTS + THE BODIES
THE ABJECTS + LOVE L.U.V. + LUPO XFM WINTER WONDERLAND Fires 5 COURTNEY BARNETT
GR The Abjects GEMMA HAYES (Hackney Oslo) HONEYBLOOD + OUR GIRL + BLOODY KNEES THE WHO

 

 

Band Profile: Axes

CP - We Are Axes www.weareaxes.com On Big Scary Monsters
www.facebook.com/weareaxes On Bandcamp
@weareaxes On Youtube
A 4-piece based in London via Essex, Scotland, Iran and Denmark who create InstruMENTAL chunky funky pretty power pop prog punk…

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Mark K’s May Gig Guide!

Mark Kelly knows his current alternative music (if you don’t believe us check all the reviews he’s written for us!) but we thought you might want a look ahead as well as a recommend for next time. So he’s put together his ultimate guide to the gigs he wants to see in May – as if money and the inherent problems of bilocation, trilocation et al were no object! And, in case you’re caught between, he’s annotated ten as his Top Picks of the month! CPP - Mark K
You can also find many of these and more music and other greatness for the months ahead on our LONDON EVENTS page.

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Band Profile: Penny for the Workhouse

CPP - Penny for the Workhouse www.pennyfortheworkhouse.co.uk
On Soundcloud
On ITunes
On Youtube
Like on Facebook
@The_Workhouse

“It’s quirky, I love the title track Coins and Cards, good luck, keep working at it!” – Paul Weller

“The Best and most original young band in London!”– John Hellier, Darlings of the Wapping Wharf Laundrette Promotions.

“Delightful quintet of artists, writers and scallywags, Penny For The Workhouse are an unusual but addictively fun five piece that leaves the crowd cheering and exhausted in their wake!” – Ash Perrin – The Flying Seasgull Project

 

In their words (from their website):

Penny For The Workhouse are a London based band dishing out music to make you dance! Influenced by the style and swagger of old London Town, Penny For The Workhouse were formed in 2012 with catchy lyrics and tasty drum beats, full of personality always making their audience feel part of their performance. Read the rest of this entry »

Event Profile: STAR SHAPED CLUB… plus Strange Days, Girls Are Loud & All Souled Out!

LE - Star Shaped
And from the same people…
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THE BEST INDIE NIGHT IN LONDON TOWN? Time Out thinks so and we’re not disagreeing…
Strange Days – Facebook
www.facebook.com/groups/starshapedclub
CPP - Girls Are Loud
@StarShapedClub
At the Garage’s site
Girls Are Loud – Facebook
@Girlsrloudclub
CPP - All Souled Out
All Souled Out – Facebook
@AllSouledOutUK
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From the folk who brought you the awesome Nuisance Club comes something even better and more Indie-ful: STAR SHAPED CLUB at the Garage! Plus Indie and beyond at their STRANGE DAYS night at Camden’s Lock Tavern, all-female greatness at their GIRLS ARE LOUD nights and then ALL SOULED OUT!

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Gig Review: THE WHO at the London O2 Arena – 23/03/2015

CA - The Who During the mid to late 1970s, Pete Townshend was telling everybody who would listen to him that as he was over the age of thirty, he was too old to be playing rock’n’roll, and that The Who were at best, irrelevant, and at worst, finished. It is not without irony therefore, that he has spent the last twenty years or so unequivocally proving his younger self wrong…
REVIEW: Mark Kelly
(Images sourced as reuseable from Wikipedia)

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Gig Review: Courtney Barnett at Brighton Concorde 2 – 27/03/2015

CA - Courtney Barnett 1 Mark K couldn’t get to Courtney Barnett’s London gig – so he figured he’d just go to Brighton instead… Might not seem to far but if his review’s anything to go by he’d have gone a lot further!
Check it out…

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Gig Review: Fawn Spots + Features and The Bodies @ Dalston Birthdays – 10/03/2015

Fawns 8 cond. Tonight at Birthdays we are served up with a bill that brilliantly demonstrates the broad church that indie has become…
Mark K on three bands that are still becoming but have a hell of a lot going for them right now…

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