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5 June 2015

HOT CHIP (Huarache) lights up Toronto at the Danforth Music Hall

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There are few things as reliably wonderful as a Hot Chip gig. I’ll explain why if you click on this link. Here are photos and a review from the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, on June 3rd.

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24 November 2013

The Backstage Avatar: PETE FOWLER’s recent arwork is…ME

Introducing you (again) to Pete Fowler and one of his latest works – it’s me. Meet the new Backstage Avatar, done by one of the UK coolest and most respected illustrators.

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14 August 2013

OSHEAGA Day 3: NEW ORDER, HOT CHIP, FATHER JOHN MISTY, ICONA POP, JESSIE WARE, HOLY GHOST #mtlmoments

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Day 3 at Osheaga Festival in Montreal included New Order, Hot Chip, Father John Misty, Holy Ghost!, Jessie Ware and, umm, Icona Pop.

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18 June 2013

PRIMAVERA SOUND FESTIVAL: Day 3 Photo Diary with Hot Chip, Nick Cave, My Bloody Valentine, Dead Can Dance, Wu-Tang Clan, Thee Oh Sees and Dexys

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A later start but how can you complain when it’s a night of Nick Cave, My Bloody Valentine, Hot Chip, the Wu-Tang Clan, Thee Oh Sees and Dexys. You can’t complain. Unless that you’re tired. Because you were.

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22 September 2012

PHOTOS: THE ANTLERS, HOT CHIP, ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, YACHT, FRESH & ONLYS, TERRY MALTS, MODE MODERN and CLASS ACTRESS

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Peep a few photos of Animal Collective, The Antlers, Hot Chip, Terry Malts, Yacht and more. 8 bands over four gigs, in four venues. Not bad, September!

Post thumbnail of Flanders is a Festival: PUKKELPOP in Pictures – DAY 1 (feat. alt-J, DJANGO DJANGO, HIGH CONTRAST, HOT CHIP, BJORK and more)
3 September 2012

Flanders is a Festival: PUKKELPOP in Pictures – DAY 1 (feat. alt-J, DJANGO DJANGO, HIGH CONTRAST, HOT CHIP, BJORK and more)

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What do you call one of the best indie/rock/rap/dance music festivals in Europe? A place where you can drink Belgian beer if you’re over 16, eat waffles, and party in the dust to bands for 14 hours? It’s called Pukkelpop and here’s my Day 1 photo diary.

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21 December 2011

Top 11 of 2012: Why Look Back When You Can Look Forward?

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What’s the point of looking back? Here’s the BackstageRider Top 11 Things to Look Forward to in 2012 (so far) with a bit of back-looking, I admit, in the form of musicks I did very much enjoy as well as some guesses about what might be awesome next year.

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22 October 2010

Rockhands of the Year: Mark Atomos Pilon’s MALOIK (with bonus Pete Fowler!)

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Check out the most amazing rockhand, Maloik, by artist Mark Atomos Pilon. Inspired by and drawn for the BackstageRider’s very own Devil’s Horn Corner: the Rockhands Gallery, this is some seriously sexy piece of art. And if you fancy it, you can also read about my fascination with funky and rocktacular artists.

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2 March 2010

Hot Chip – One Life Stand (EMI/Virgin)

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In which a critic subjectively goes through an album and determines its relevancy based on taste, easily dismissable by the reader. In this installment, and belatedly because the Olympics put me off by two weeks, Hot Chip’s happy clappy dancey “One Life Stand”.

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