Live Music Reviews
Yazz Ahmed, live at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2020

Festival Review: EFG London Jazz Festival 2020

by Daniel Paton

A pandemic-curtailed experience still opened up bold, uncompromising and personal musical visions from the likes of Yazz Ahmed, Dinosaur and Sarathy Korwar



Richard Dawson @ Barbican, London

by Alan Ashton-Smith

His songs are compelling yet often unsettling, telling the tales of fragile souls living through tough times

Erland Cooper @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

Selections from his trio of Orkney Islands inspired albums are brought to life in a special show at the Barbican

Frazey Ford @ Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver (online)

by Daniel Paton

“I’d like to see you, but I can’t and that’s hard. But I can feel you psychically,” announces the Be Good Tanyas founder to her...

Nick Cave @ Alexandra Palace, London (online)

by John Murphy

Cave draws widely from his back catalogue for a solo piano show that lifts the bar considerably for online gigs

Kate Tempest + Kim Gordon + Anna Meredith + Jehnny Beth + Nadine Shah @ Roundhouse, London

by Matt Cotsell

Celebrating International Women’s Day, the final evening of the 2020 BBC 6 Music Festival did the obvious thing and staged five amazing solo women in...

Sink Ya Teeth @ Green Door Store, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

The histories of punk and dance music are by now inexorably linked. You need only look at how Joy Division, in the face of personal...

Brittany Howard @ Roundhouse, London

by Daniel Paton

At a time when there is plenty of talk of moving functions of government away from the capital and stimulating growth in towns and regions,...

The Murder Capital @ 100 Club, London

by Steven Johnson

Young guitar bands have enjoyed something of a renaissance over recent years and The Murder Capital are one of the latest acts to find themselves...

Alcest @ Heaven, London

by Sam Shepherd

Since the release of their ground breaking album Souvenirs d’un autre monde in 2007, Alcest has consistently made steps across genre boundaries and in doing...

The Wants @ Hope & Ruin, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Much as the worlds of packaging, clothing and illustration have resorted to mid-century tropes and colour schemes, so the world of modern music has resorted...

Modern Nature @ Green Door Store, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

The room, hidden as it is down an alleyway beneath the old Victorian train station arches, cavernous in proportion and flooded with darkness on this...

Stereophonics @ Brighton Centre, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

What’s your guilty pleasure? What perennial favourite do you always fall back on, when you’re feeling worn out? For the legend that is Keith Richards...

JARV IS @ Steel Yard, London

by Michael Hubbard

For some two years, a Jarvis Cocker-starring entity known as JARV IS… has been pitching up at caves, offbeat gig venues and the odd festival...

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead @ Patterns, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

It seems that Jason Reece, of Austin based prog-metal lifers …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, has momentarily lost his cool...

Nadine Shah @ Moth Club, London

by Tim Lee

The difference between Nadine Shah the singer and Nadine Shah the between-tracks raconteur is stark. Equally entertaining, but starkly contrasted. For when Shah sings (and...

Big Thief @ Hammersmith Apollo, London

by Steven Johnson

2019 was undeniably a good year for Big Thief – they released two critically acclaimed albums in UFOF and Two Hands and graduated into a...

Girl Ray @ Chalk, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

To set the appropriate mood as we wait for the headliners, there are two palm trees taking up centre stage behind the microphone stands, casting...

The Strokes @ Roundhouse, London

by Tim Lee

It is 19 years since The Strokes’ debut album. How many pairs of Converse have been bought and destroyed in that time? How many t-shirts...

YACHT @ Green Door Store, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Not deterred by the approaching ravages of Storm Dennis, people slowly begin to bundle into the dim recesses of the cavernous Green Door Store, ready...

Automatic @ Hope & Ruin, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Opening with Highway, the girls in Automatic are going to take us on a ride, and whilst it may not be the craziest, and it...