19 September 2012

Ryan Keen Review

Thursday 6th September, icci 360 Dome, Weymouth

Beginning of September was the second time I attended a Ryan Keen gig in about a month, and once again he didn’t disappoint. You always get a different perspective of an artist second time round; as you kind of know what to expect, but you also pick up on the little things that you didn’t notice first time round.

The dome is a funky little venue which was part of a Plymouth Uni project and has hosted lots of cultural events over the Olympic summer in Weymouth from comedy nights, films, to super star DJ Judge Jules.

Ryan Keen with a giant Jelly Fish in the background

Ryan's set was about an hour playing songs from his current EP Aiming for the Sun and latest one Focus, featuring songs Focus, See me Now, In My Mind and Orelia he also played a fabulous acoustic version of Coldplay’s Fix You and finished off with a crowd pleaser the Killers All these things that I’ve done and interacting with the crowd in a 2 part harmony, which left the dome with a happy warm electric buzz feeling, wanting and knowing that this is most certainly not the last we’ve seen or heard of Ryan Keen.
He announced some exciting news about touring with Newton Faulkner as a guest artist on a duet together and hinted at a future song dueting with a very well known ginger singer – hmm I wonder who that could be? One thing’s for sure, he won’t be back playing in Weymouth again for a while.

To catch Ryan on his autumn tour head to www.ryankeen.co.uk

Gig rating: 4.5/5

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05 September 2012

Music Lust List

The other night I started a new music list in preparation for my trip to New York at the end of the month and thought it would just be a few albums to add to the iPhone/Pod – oh no it turned out to be a very long list of 8 albums. Here’s my long list, might need some advice on shortening it otherwise I’m going to be broke before I even board the plane to NYC and that wouldn’t be good!

Vaccines – old album ‘What did you expect from Vaccines’ and the new album ‘Come of Age’. I’ve just booked tickets to see The Vaccines in November at the Bournemouth O2 Academy so these are a must.

Two Door Cinema Club – ‘Beacon’. I loved the first album ‘Tourist History’ so the second album is bound to be good?

Plan B – ‘ill Manors’ – It’s Plan B and will be full of catchy tunes which I need in my life, enough said

Fun – ‘Some Night’s’ – I love that single ‘We are Young’ so a good enough reason to buy the rest of the album?

Black Keys – ‘El Camino’ – so this album has been around since last spring, but I do need this in my life.

Twin Atlantic - ‘Free’ – I’ve heard nothing but great things about this band over the summer, and I don’t want to miss out on the band wagon.

Bloc Party – ‘Four’ – Its Bloc Party, need I say more.

So, if anyone has any advice on ones to cut down on let me know or if you have any music recommendations .. well there’s always room for a few more!