Tag Archive | Live Music

Putting on the Ritz

Last night I took my first trip to the Ritz – a famous city centre club/live music venue – to hear Tame Impala, an Australian “psychedelic hypno-groove melodic rock” band who have a real and genuine buzz around them at the moment. It’s easy to hear why because their short but captivating set was some of the best live music I’ve heard in a long time. The entire audience seemed to have fallen (or be falling) hopelessly in love with the music, a feeling which only intensified when Kevin Parker and co let loose on tracks including Solitude is Bliss, Be Above It and Make Up Your Mind, which worked everyone into a happy frenzy. The Ritz is a great venue, somehow feeling intimate despite its size (capacity = 1500). There weren’t any signs of trouble either, which must have been a relief for the security guys who were more than happy to let me get in their way by leaning over the barrier to take some photographs. Thanks for that! 🙂

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I’ve said before I don’t like to try and write about music and I’m really not that good at it anyway. So if you haven’t heard the young, beautiful and unique Tame Impala yet then please, check them out straight away. You’ll probably hear the influence of early Pink Floyd, the Beatles and Supertramp, but apparently not anything drug-induced. Next time they play the UK, I’m definitely going to go see them again! You should too.

DJ Goodness

When you feel that craving for an assortment of loud, intense, excellent tracks, you can do a lot worse than go down to the Sandbar to hear what their Saturday-night DJs are up to. I’ve not been in a while and last night was exactly what I needed! Ana Miller and Jack Carolan treated us to an expertly chosen mixture of funk, rock ‘n’ roll, psychedelic and garage that got everyone up and dancing; in fact, Ana’s funk collection goes down so well with the crowd that she sometimes struggles to get a break! For me, hearing some old classics (like The Ramones, The Ronettes, or The Specials’ “Ghost Town“) is always cool. And what can I say? I love vinyl. You just can’t beat the way it sounds or even the way it looks spinning around on the turntable. Sandbar is usually good fun; but when the tunes are just right, a happy buzz permeates the whole place to the point where both the bar staff and customers morph into a kind of big extended family. Everyone seems to be on the same wavelength.

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Being a bit of a geek and sitting watching the DJs provided me with an excellent vantage point for some sneaky photography, although I did end up dancing in the end! 😀