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William Doyle

This Music Made Me: William Doyle

by musicOMH

William Doyle, formerly known as East India Youth, is now trading under his own name. His new album Your Wilderness Revisited explores the theme of…



Sean O’Hagan: “I thought, if Tyler, The Creator’s doing it, I’ll do it!...

by Steven Johnson

Sean O’Hagan has been making music for over 30 years in one form or another. During our conversation in the foyer of London’s Queen Elizabeth...

808 State’s Graham Massey: “When rave came along, I felt culturally and tec...

by Ben Hogwood

When electronic dance music exploded into the pop charts 30 years ago there were doubts around its longevity in the UK. But to the surprise...

Squid, Black Country, New Road & Daniel O’Sullivan… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

Two of the most hotly-tipped new bands hit London this week alongside some more familiar, bigger names. Squid may have only just released a few...

Sam Evian, The Beths, Kikagaku Moyo… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

It’s another relatively low-key week in London for gigs but if you have an urge to experience live music then there’s plenty of opportunities. Tuesday...

Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert, Oval, Peaness… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

It’s a quieter week in London as everyone gears up for remaining big UK festivals but there’s still a few gigs worth calling out. 2018...

Darren Hayman, Mount Eerie, Marika Hackman… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

This week opens with a trio of shows by Darren Hayman at the Betsy Trotwood on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in support of his new...

Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Daniel Norgren, Thundercat… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

Ayanna Witter-Johnson has proved herself something of an in demand cellist over recent years, working with the likes of Anoushka Shankar and Courtney Pine but...

Kelsey Lu, Japanese Television, Jenny Lewis… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

It’s very much a case of new mixing with old this week in terms of London gigs. Kelsey Lu has collaborated with several big names...

Q&A: Africa Express – Moonchild Sanelly, Muzi and Poté on new album EGOLI

by Michael Hubbard

Africa Express, the sprawling cross-cultural exchange initiated by Damon Albarn and journalist Ian Birrell in 2005 which has since spawned marathon live shows, collaborations, four...

Jónsi & Alex Somers, Kronos Quartet, Jane Weaver… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

This week gets off to a strong start with a show at the Barbican on Monday by Jónsi & Alex Somers who will be playing...

75 Dollar Bill: “Build the thing so you can make the sound you are after” &...

by Daniel Paton

Formed in New York in 2012, 75 Dollar Bill have been exploring a part-composed, part-improvised and highly meditative sound world for several years, eventually coming...

Turning Tides Festival, The Soft Cavalry, Xylouris White… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

This week sees yet another festival squeeze itself into the crowded London itinerary but it looks to be an intriguing one. Turning Tides take place...

This Music Made Me: The Soft Cavalry – Rachel Goswell and Steve Clarke’s mo...

by musicOMH

The Soft Cavalry‘s eponymous debut album is out this summer. A work of intense cinematic drama, the album speaks of midlife crisis, fear, hope and...

Preview: UK Festivals 2019

by Steven Johnson

We’re only a few weeks away from the summer UK music festivals getting underway in full. If you fancy experiencing the thrills of live music...

Richard Hawley: “We are being led by psychopaths.” – Interview

by Ben Hogwood

Richard Hawley declares himself “well braindead” on arrival. He has been doing a day of interviews, chatting about new album Further, with each one overrunning....

Spotlight: Tiger Bay – Saint Etienne’s Masterpiece at 25

by Rob Mesure

“There are some nice parts of London / You can see them from here” – Archway People “Rainy cafe, Kentish Town, Tuesday / Barry’s looking...

Lucy Dacus, Jambinai, Tame Impala… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

Lucy Dacus has been busy of late. Last year she released her second album The Historian and also featured alongside Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker...

Preview: Daylight Music – Summer 2019

by Steven Johnson

Earlier this year Daylight Music celebrated their tenth anniversary and their 300th show. If you’re not familiar with the event it is a series of...

Filthy Friends, Carly Rae Jepsen, Melanie De Biasio… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

Some of the best gigs we’ve been to have been those by artists playing venues that are frankly *way* too small for them. There’s a...

Big Thief, Aldous Harding, Saint Etienne… This Week In Gigs

by Steven Johnson

Two of the most positively received albums released over recent weeks have been UFOF by Big Thief and Designer by Aldous Harding and both play...