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Tortoise, Mouse On Mars, Salaryman, Long Fin Killie: Electric Ballroom, London

Mike Barnes, The Wire, February 1998

IN 1997 THE toilers on rock's margins buffed their edges, dubbed in some breathing space and inserted enough kitsch samples to bring their experiments closer to mainstream acceptance. Upgraded to a 'proper' rock venue, this showcase amounted to a post-rock beauty contest of sorts. Could its four frontrunners — in rock parlance — 'cut it' live?

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