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dum dum girls: live at madame jojo’s, london 02/03/10

Dum Dum Girls / Veronica Falls / Yuck
Madame Jojo’s, London ••••
March 2, 2010

Queues all the way down Brewer Street and particularly unhelpful door staff meant a lot of the hyper buzzed fans only got to catch the last yells of opening support act Yuck, who faded out with an enticing swansong of distortion guitar wails. Veronica Falls followed up with a set of consistently lovely songs that have progressively stolen a substantial number of hearts over the past year. The shoegaze pop of ‘Stephen’ was dreamy enough to sway unabashedly to, while ‘Beachy Head’ rang out with romantic thrash. One of the capital’s most exciting homegrown outfits, they proved to be a well-selected warm-up for the US headliners whose appearance was the last, love-letter punctuation on a week of gigs across the capital, a doubly special affair since it marked the band’s UK debut.

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ladyfest goldsmiths 2010

2010 is a big year for Ladyfest. The US-inspired DIY organisation is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and although the main Ladyfest Ten party won’t be lighting the sparklers and slicing the cake ’til October/November, there will be a number of fundraisers and mini-fests in the meantime. Most pressingly is the upcoming week-long affair at Goldsmith University’s Student Union, now in its fourth year and getting better all the time. Running from February 22–26, events include art exhibitions, discussions, cabaret, talks from female-centric activists and artists, crafternoons, performance art and the essential Ladyfest ingredient: live music.

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vivian girls: live at hoxton bar & kitchen 26/01/10

Vivian Girls / Veronica Falls / Blue On Blue
Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London
January 26, 2010

London loves the Vivian Girls, as the second of their sell-out shows in the capital this week attested. Audiences were already swelling when the first support act took to the stage, and continued to grow excitedly throughout the night. Blue On Blue originally started out as the side project of D-Bird from An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump, but with yesterday’s announcement of their split it seems that this will now be her main musical outlet. The ex-Bird played bass, accompanied by a male bandmate on drums, soldiering through with a short but well-paced set despite having “lost” their guitarist. And the goodness continued with the poppy shoegaze of fresh-faced quartet Veronica Falls, whose dreamy boy/girl vox definitely had East End hearts aflutter.

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free music friday: veronica falls
August 7, 2009, 10:09 pm
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fmf_veronicafallsVeronica Falls
‘Found Love In A Graveyard’

The pains of being in love with a ghost are writ anthemically large on this jangly dream-pop debut from London band Victoria Falls. Singer Roxanne Clifford has a voice that occasionally verges on flatness but she pulls it out of the bag with a chorus so perfectly rousing it could put some colour in the cheeks of the deceased (not scientifically tested). Partly inspired by “all the uncool shoegaze bands”, Veronica Falls have already made waves on the live scene with support slots for the likes of Marnie Stern, Crystal Stilts and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, and are currently putting together their first EP for US indie label Captured Tracks. ‘Found Love In A Graveyard’ should be on it, but they’re giving it away for free right now and creating quite a buzz in the process. MP3 after the jump.

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