Review: Maz O’Connor and Matthew Jones

JAMES MCNAMARA finds the best of old and new at a night of Folk in the Portland Arms.

The Twilight Sad

HARRY WRIGHT is witness to The Twilight Sad’s maelstrom of furious noise, and chats to singer James about redemption.

Bowling For Soup

Tab Editor and self-confessed Bowling For Soup fanboy JONNY SINGER reports back on his childhood heroes.

Dog Is Dead

Hotly-tipped new band Dog Is Dead celebrated their album release by stripping down…their instruments for an acoustic show. COSMO GODFREE went to see what all the fuss is about.

Mystery Jets

Despite being in cowboy disguise, COSMO GODFREE still reckons the Mystery Jets are as good as ever.

Matt Cardle

Everyone’s favourite sex god is back. No, it’s not TABATHA LEGGETT, it’s only MATT BLOODY CARDLE!

Kate Jackson

COSMO GODFREE is pleasantly surprised by the solo outing of former Long Blondes star Kate Jackson.

Standard Fare

COSMO GODFREE finds Standard Fare lives up to the averageness of its name.

The Darkness

COSMO GODFREE enjoys a man with his pubes on fire, despite his cardinal sin.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

DAVID HOLLAND doesn’t dare to cough in case he interrupts this moving and excellent gig.

Noah and the Whale

MONA EBERT & ERIC HAMBRO check out Noah and the Whale: “Old debut album tracks were successfully rejuvenated, and the collective harmonies gave earlier collaborations with Laura Marling a run for their money.”

Exclusive: Chase & Status Headline Downing

The Tab can exclusively reveal that drum & bass duo Chase & Status will headline this year’s Downing May Ball.


DAVID HOLLAND: “The gig was a little cold, even a little clinical, in whatever sense a rock concert can ever be these things.”

Music Listings: Week 4

Our music editors bring you week 4’s musical offerings.

Twin Atlantic

DAVID HOLLAND chats to and reviews up and coming rockers Twin Atlantic at The Haymakers.

Weird Al Yankovic

JENNA CORDEROY: “As the stage screen flickered to life, broadcasting clips of American chat show hosts calling out the comedian’s name, it was time to get weird.”

The Saw Doctors

DAVID HOLLAND: “Guess what all of the bedders in Cambridge do when they’re not picking your pants up and emptying your bin? They watch Irish folk-rock bands and drink pints.”


DAVID HOLLAND reviews the Klaxons at the Junction

Freshers’ Week Gig Guide

The Tab’s new music Co-Editor, JONNY CARTER on some of the best gigs going on this Freshers’ Week.

Review: Lady GaGa

GRACE RIGG goes completely gaga for GaGa at the O2.