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L'Épée

L’Épée @ Concorde 2, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Front and middle is a sword, dull, silvery and old. No explanation is given to its significance (although devotees may well recognise it from the…



Klaus Johann Grobe @ The Hope & Ruin, Brighton


As they take their places onstage, front man Sevi Landolt sardonically proclaims “Yeah, it’s Klausy baby” to the delight of fans. Perhaps we should add...

Aziza Brahim – Sahari


Fleeing from the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara, Aziza Brahim’s mother settled in the Tindouf region of Algeria in a Saharawi refugee camp, where Brahim...

Jeremy Warmsley – A Year


It’s been quite a while since we last heard from Jeremy Warmsley, in his guise as solo artist – 11 years in fact, since his...

Hayden Thorpe @ Cecil Sharp House, London


The songs of Hayden Thorpe’s former band Wild Beasts were famed for their sensuous chronicling of desire and lust and Diviner, Thorpe’s first solo album...

Band Of Skulls @ Thekla, Bristol


Time can be a cruel mistress, especially when it comes to music. While anniversary tours often sound like a good idea on the surface, the...

Yann Tiersen – Portrait


In Yann Tiersen’s own inimitable way, he has with Portrait reimagined the concept of a ‘best of’ album. He has taken on the massive task...

Beck – Hyperspace


Hyperspace can be defined as a rarefied, alternative universe that can only be entered “using an energy field or other device”, according to Wikipedia. It...

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) @ Concorde 2, Brighton


Who wears tartan shorts in England in December? Nic Offer, he of New York punk funk inspired disco iconoclasts !!! (Chk Chk Chk), does and...

Jack Peñate – After You


Ten years is an awful long time in pop music, and to spend that length of time between albums is usually regarded as a bad...

The Chemical Brothers @ O2 Arena, London


It has been another stellar year for The Chemical Brothers. On the 20th anniversary of one of their best and most enduring albums Surrender, they...

Omar Souleyman – Schlon


Consisting of just six tracks lasting a total of 36 minutes, Schlon – billed as “six new techno-meets-dabke songs of romance and love to the...

A Celebration Of Talk Talk & Mark Hollis @ Royal Festival Hall, London


When former Talk Talk frontman Mark Hollis died in February earlier this year there was a public outpouring of love for his music despite it...

Omni @ The Hope & Ruin, Brighton


Omni are, as always, present and potent. They don’t say much between numbers to the Brighton crowd, certainly nothing of note, instead preferring to hurtle...

Little Boots @ Garage, London


A decade ago, Victoria Hesketh had all stars aligned and was set to join them. Little Boots’ monster single Stuck On Repeat announced her arrival,...

EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 @ Various Venues, London


As always, the EFG London Jazz Festival offers up such a range of exciting and challenging music that negotiating its contours can be quite demanding....

The Twilight Sad @ Forum, London


2019 has been significant for Scottish post-punkers The Twilight Sad. Having released their fifth album It Won/t Be Like This All The Time, their first...

TR/ST @ Heaven, London


TR/ST is the beat-drenched, dungeon-dwelling electrogoth secret brought to cultish consciousness by charismatic Canadian Robert Alfons, with occasional assistance from Austra associate Maya Postepski. Over...

Billy Bragg @ Islington Assembly Hall, London


These are hard times to live in for progressive, liberal types and it’s a state of affairs not lost on Billy Bragg. This run of...

Herbie Hancock with LA Phil/Dudamel @ Barbican, London


The London Jazz Festival has a long history of bringing artists together for collaborations, and one of the standout events in this year’s line up...

Coldplay – Everyday Life


Next year marks 20 years since Coldplay released their debut album Parachutes. Listening back to it now, it’s a surprisingly small, modest album which ushered...