Jens Lekman I don't know what it is about Jens Lekman, but there's something that brings out the protective in audiences. And so when the 36 year old Swede strode onto stage and announced "I'm not feeling my best I'm afraid, guys....I have a spot of 'flu...", you could hear the collective 'awww' rise up from the crowd. "Someone give Jens a hug" came the cry from one wag, obviously unaware of the contagious nature of influenza.


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Blossoms As a callow youth I thought I was too cool for support bands. That changed sometime in the ‘90s when I discovered that the band I missed out on supporting Inspiral Carpets was a fledgling Oasis, going under the moniker Rain. Now sometimes it just can’t be helped. I was at a wedding yesterday which meant by the time we got to the O2 we’d already missed Rory Wynne. Cabbage have been on my must see list for some time but despite my promises to myself I always keep missing them. I did manage to catch 5 minutes of them once supporting Blossoms at The Leadmill. This time I was determined to catch the full set. Failed..


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Hurray For The Riff Raff ‘The Navigator’, Alynda Segarra’s sixth album as Hurray For The Riff Raff, has been attracting rave reviews and it seems to mark her coming of age as a singer, songwriter, performer and cutting-edge social commentator. Tonight’s gig at Leeds Brudenell Social Club is one of a few dates in the UK where she is showcasing her new album and her excellent new touring band.


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St. Paul and the Broken Bones A Harpoonist, an Axe Murderer and some Broken Bones. It’s a standard cold wet Tuesday night out at Leeds Irish Centre, but a much needed shot in the arm is administered by Saint Paul Janeway. Alabama’s St Paul & The Broken Bones are on UK soil this week for a handful of dates and Gig Junkies caught all the action.


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The Courteeners The Courteeners. Manchester's sons are often dismissed in the music press, presumably because of some kind of London centric snobbishness aimed at the North of England. The Courteeners and their army of fans care not for such an attitude. One of the reasons the band are so popular is that they know their audience. Whether it be recruiting Milburn to join them in Yorkshire or coming out to the fevered howl of Oasis' 'Morning Glory', they know how to raise excitement to fever pitch.


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Airbourne A lot of long hair, black shirts, and too much leather in the streets could only mean one thing: Rock’n’roll was back in town. Tonight it took the form of the spectacular Aussie hard-rockers Airbourne, who were supported by the equally energetic and powerful Crobot and The Franklys.


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You Me At Six You Me at Six are now used to playing venues of the arena caliber, so obviously with a 2500 cap, tickets sold out very quickly and the venue is completely sold out. With a deep blue light, singer Josh Franceschi enters the stage alone and gives us some of his beautiful melodies shortly joined by the rest of the band after.


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Skinny Lister ut that was when Skinny Lister were the support act… tonight they were headlining and I have to say they pulled it off magnificently. From the rabble rousing voices to the folk-punk sounds and emotions, every member of the audience was mesmerised… either that or they were just waiting for Lorna, their female co-lead singer, to pass round the huge flagon of Rum she was carrying. Yes folks, Skinny Lister don’t just get the audience in the mood with their music they also give them a little nip of Rum to warm the cockles.


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Low Tonight Low are live at Leeds and the Brudenell Social Club is sold-out. This hardworking band always seem to be on the road and they are currently playing a few UK dates, after gigs in Australia, New Zealand and continental Europe.


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Neil Young The always hard-working Neil Young is back on the road with another tour, performing a small number of UK gigs. This time it’s not with his long-serving band Crazy Horse, but with a new group of young bucks called Promise of the Real, a band that includes two of Willie Nelson’s sons, Lukas and Micah.


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Black Mountain As a fan of their previous three albums. I’ve really been looking forward to this gig and, fortunately, it turns out to be a fabulous evening. Canada’s Black Mountain are in Leeds for a rare UK appearance to promote their new, fourth, long-player.


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The Wonder Stuff There’s gigs, there’s great gigs and then there’s gigs when everything is just perfect and lodges itself permanently in your music sodden brain. For the perfect gig certain things have to fall into place, in this writer’s humble opinion. The venue has to be intimate but large enough not to feel claustrophobic. The sound has to be top notch. We’ve all been at gigs where the sound is such a mess that a band can be 2 minutes into a song before you realise you know said song, and know it well. The crowd have to be up for it without being over the top. The bands have to be on fire but more than that they have to be enjoying themselves. A band who look like they don’t want to be there are just no fun at all.


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Public Service Broadcasting Public Service Broadcasting’s debut album Inform-Educate-Entertain (with the emphasis on Entertain) seemed to come out of nowhere to a myriad of excellent reviews. Coupled with live shows that took the whole PSB concept to another level Public Service Broadcasting were obviously ones to watch, although every review seemed to come with the caveat ‘limited shelf life’.


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Songhoy Blues Since the launch of their debut album and an appearance on ‘Later with Jools Holland’ earlier this year, Songhoy Blues seem to be taking the UK by storm and most of their current tour gigs are sold-out, including tonight’s show at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds.


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