Public Service Broadcasting Public Service Broadcasting arrive in Leeds halfway through the UK leg of the tour promoting their third album, Every Valley. Recorded in Ebbw Vale it’s an album specifically about the South Wales mining industry although it can easily be translated to include not only any UK coal field but any industry in the Western World. It’s a chronological album taking us from when coal was king, through the miners’ strike to pit closures and finally onto how a community copes when its lifeline has been taken away.


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Rae Morris Rae Morris is ‘reborn’ as an electro dance pop artist. Almost 75% is brand new material played tonight in Leeds and she never stopped moving around the stage, New Moves, New Songs, New Attitude – just ‘Do It’!


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The Stanley Clarke Band I have been to the Brudenell Social Club quite a few times now, mostly to indie bands that are either breaking it through or are making a big noise on the “scene”…. So tonight when I drew up towards the club, for it is a club (think workingman's club not Studio 54 - yes really) I thought there must be somebody else on as well as the fabulous Stanley Clarke, after all, who would queue round the block to see an obscure jazz bass player?


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Gogol Bordello Leeds on the 5th of July was thronged with gig-goers, mostly for some band called Blink 182, but the more discerning music fan (sorry Blink fans) headed not to the vast shed of the Arena, rather they were popping along to what was about to become the sweatiest place on the planet to listen to some Ukrainian Gypsy Punks do their stuff. Yes, Gogol Bordello were in town!.


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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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