Reviews Index

Festival Review: Green Man 2019

by Max Pilley

Complaining about rainfall at a music festival held in the Brecon Beacons is no better than screaming at the passage of time. Much better to…



Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert @ Omeara, London


Some of the best gigs are those that are greater than the sum of their individual parts. This was certainly the case with the show...

Sleater-Kinney – The Center Won’t Hold


January 2019. It was a tweet that came from nowhere, and made a lot of people very excited. A photograph of Annie Clark aka St...

Ride – This Is Not A Safe Place


Two years after releasing their first post-reunion album, Ride are back with an even better one, This Is Not A Safe Place. It’s been quite...

Friendly Fires – Inflorescent


Who wrote the rule that pop acts should release albums every year or two? Whoever it is did not tell Friendly Fires, who have undergone...

The Hold Steady – Thrashing Thru The Passion


It’s fair to say that Thrashing Thru The Passion is the album that some The Hold Steady fans doubted they’d ever see released. When keyboardist...

SOPHIE @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Introduced on stage by Meltdown curator Nile Rodgers as one of his favourite producers, whose music he called “didactic” and “primal”, SOPHIE confirmed with this...

Blanck Mass – Animated Violence Mild


As formal genre and sub-genre structures become increasingly impractical in the internet-dominated 21st century, there are artists that revert to nostalgic sounds – seeking an...

Shura – Forevher


It’s been three years since Aleksandra Denton, aka Shura, released her debut album, Nothing’s Real. It was one of the best albums of that year,...

Bon Iver – i,i


Like others in the ‘mopey vanilla’ school of indie-folk, especially Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver have always threatened to become the boring caricature of mid-2000s soundtrack...

Johnny Marr @ Royal Festival Hall, London


It would be easy for Johnny Marr to sit back and rest on his reputation as one of the best guitarists of his generation but...

Jungle @ Royal Festival Hall, London


It’s fair to say that Jungle have had a good year. They’ve played shows across four continents (North America, South America, Australia and Europe) including...

Thundercat @ Royal Festival Hall, London


There was a time when bassist Stephen Bruner was best known for collaborating with other artists such as Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar...

Festival Review: Visions 2019


One of the most charming things about East London’s Visions Festival is its lack of showiness. Year after year it quietly goes about its business...

Mabel – High Expectations


Mabel arrived on the scene with the infectious Finders Keepers, a sleek R&B tune featuring Kojo Funds which dominated urban radio, and followed this with...

Festival Review: Indietracks 2019


Indietracks always feels special: the annual takeover of a heritage railway centre features owls, real ale, steam trains, and a packed line-up of indie pop...

Festival Review: WOMAD 2019


All music festivals may be partly about escapism and adventure but each year WOMAD seems to outdo itself, offering an abundance of opportunities to immerse...

Advance Base @ Prince Albert, Brighton


Here he is in earthly form, the flannel clad sprite of modern malaise. Clad in the requisite thick acrylic glasses, and stood scruffily beatific behind...

k.d. lang @ Hammersmith Apollo, London


The lights go down, a familiar rhythmic patter strikes up, and the chords of Save Me, the opening track on k.d. lang’s once ubiquitous Ingenue...

Lucinda Williams @ Barbican, London


On playing London’s Brooklyn Bowl back in 2016, Lucinda Williams had seemed somewhat perplexed. “Whawwwt is this dive?” she enquired in her distinctive southern drawl....

Lloyd Cole – Guesswork


You certainly can’t accuse Lloyd Cole of resting on his laurels. It would be easy for Cole to play the nostalgia game, churning out remakes...