05 Fuck Em Mixtape – Lil B (extremely rare and based review)

Welcome to 05, the second track on this mixtape, contains the line "I'm the Grinch that stole Christmas". Unlike his other claims that he is, for example, Miley Cyrus, Bill Clinton or Ellen Degeneres, you feel that there's actually some truth to Lil B's identification with the Grinch. In dropping a mammoth 101 track mixtape late [...]

The (Barclaycard) Mercury Prize 2013 – Mvula, Marling and Rudimental

Three more albums under scrutiny today and it's 66.6(66666666)% Laura, now that's awfully close to being the Devil's number and I don't believe in coincidence, I smell a conspiracy! But wait, what? 666 isn't really the Devil's number? It's a number made up by the movie industry because the number derived from religious sources wasn't [...]

Sweet Baboo Live at Sŵn.

Don't let go of Sŵn just yet, we still have opinions to throw in your face... On a more humble note, we'd be awful grateful around here if you'd spare a few minutes to read James Ayles' thoughts on Sweet Baboo's set at the Moon Club for this years Sŵn Festival. Come on, we asked [...]

Sŵn Festival 2013 – The Debrief: Thursday

It's finally here, Sŵn Festival 2013 is in full swing and so far we are loving it. We're gonna be trying to keep you up to date with what's been going on, who we've been to see and anything else we think might interest you. So here it is, Sŵn Festival - Thursday, the debrief. We started [...]

Album Review: Haim – Days Are Gone

If there is one band in the musical ether that stand for pure, unadulterated sisterhood it is the LA rockers Haim. The sibling trio Este, Danielle and Alana Haim have received much praise and critical acclaim as a result of their initial breakthrough into the industry with singles Forever, Don’t Save Me, Falling and The [...]

March Madness – March in Review

I'm going to avoid any disingenuous attempt at linking the Stateside March basketball spree and the music world's busy March period. Instead, let's dive straight into it. March really was a big month in  the musical calendar of 2013: featuring releases from anxiously awaited debuting bands; the return of a few old favourites and of [...]

Every Particle – Scriber EP Launch

Way back in January we reviewed the debut single from indie/folk artist Scriber's upcoming EP and we absolutely loved it. Well, fast-forward two months and the completed work, entitled "Every Particle" has finally been released. Scriber invited us down to Undertone to enjoy the official EP launch, featuring Summer Ghost and two members of Three [...]

Jealous Lovers Club – The Chapman Family with support from Science Bastard and RADSTEWART

Going into a gig almost completely unaware and unprepared for what you're about to hear is an interesting thing. I arrived at Clwb Ifor Bach with very little knowledge of any of the bands playing, besides a few quick listens to some stuff on the internet earlier that day, so I was somewhat excited and [...]

Jealous Lovers Club – Playlounge, Joanna Gruesome and HAMAMAMA

OTB took an outing this week to Jealous Lovers Club at Clwb Ifor Bach to watch and talk to headliners Playlounge, supported by Joanna Gruesome and HAMAMAMA. Jealous Lovers Club is an indie/alt club night that takes place around Cardiff, providing great nights out with an alternative tinge. Coming soon: we will be covering Jealous Lovers [...]

LITTLEASE – EP LAUNCH

This week On The Beat headed out to Buffalo Bar for the upcoming EP launch of local band Littlease. The four-piece Cardiff University band took to the stage to showcase their sound which ranges from the currently popular upbeat Indie to the richer sounds of popular rock. Early songs of the set provided a feel [...]