Reviews Index

Godspeed You! Black Emperor @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

Recent years have been a productive time for Canadian post-rock forefathers Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Since returning from a period of inactivity they’ve released three…



Festival Review: Latitude 2018


The public image of Latitude probably goes something along the lines of a collision between BBC 6 Music connoisseurship and BBC Radio 4 intellectual comedy,...

Paul Simon @ Hyde Park, London


While the legendary Paul Simon’s farewell UK performance was understandably the main draw at Sunday’s final British Summer Time Hyde Park concert, two other veteran artists...

The Cure @ Hyde Park, London


People clad in black in 31 degree heat, round the corner from London’s Pride march, and with a revitalised England playing in the World Cup....

Sigrid @ Somerset House, London


“I forgot to say that the last song was my new single, which came out today”, Sigrid announces from the stage, with a slight chuckle....

Stuart A Staples – Arrhythmia


Over two decades on, Nottingham’s Tindersticks remain principally known for their magnificent first two (untitled) albums, released in 1993 and 1995 respectively. Combining intricate, atmospheric...

Jim James – Uniform Distortion


On his first solo album, 2013’s dauntingly titled Regions Of Light And Sound Of God, My Morning Jacket front man Jim James sought to subtly...

Black Spirituals – Black Access/Black Axes


Black Access/Black Axes marks the last record that guitarist Zachary James Watkins and drummer Marshall Trammell intend to make together. Although Watkins envisages carrying on...

MGMT @ Somerset House, London


Time travels quickly. Surely it can’t be a decade since MGMT burst onto the scene with Kids, their take down of hedonist living? Yet as...

Uniform & The Body – Mental Wounds Not Healing


Having polished their sound to perfection, The Body have long existed in the outer peripheries of the metal scene, pushing at boundaries, gleefully ignoring genre,...

Iggy Pop @ Finsbury Park, London


This final weekend of mini-festivals at Finsbury Park will, despite the incredible performances of many artists, surely go down in history as one of the...

Lotic – Power


Earlier this year Lotic – the nom de guerre of J’Kerian Morgan – described debut album Power as “a bit of a reaction to the...

Years & Years – Palo Santo


As Pride month comes to an end, London Pride rolls around again, and straight celebrities prepare to pay lip service to a section of their...

Death Grips – Year Of The Snitch


As is to be expected at this stage, Death Grips’ sixth studio album is a bracing listen. Its textures are loud and distorted, and the...

Jazzanova – The Pool


Returning from a hiatus of sorts, Jazzanova’s first full-length release in 10 years sees the Berlin-based collective doing what they do best: producing mellow, jazz-influenced...

Kamasi Washington – Heaven And Earth


With a level of attention and media focus surrounding him that is frankly unusual for a contemporary jazz musician, Kamasi Washington seems to have become...

Drake – Scorpion


With all the attention on Kanye West’s slew of strikingly short albums, it’s easy to forget that the bigger trend in rap/R&B releases has been...

Florence And The Machine – High As Hope


It seems like a whole different world now, those heady days of 2007 when Florence Welch and her Machine started to break through. Excitable early...

Kristin Hersh @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London


Kristin Hersh was among the pioneers of music crowdfunding, ending her contract with longterm label 4AD and striking out on her own, into a forever...

Kiefer – Happysad


From Boogie Down Productions’ The Bridge Is Over to Jay-Z’s Dead Presidents, Kanye West’s Heard ‘Em Say to Kendrick Lamar’s HUMBLE., the piano has long...

The Milk Carton Kids – All The Things I Did And All The Things That I Didn’...


Adversity and change have long provided the impetus for country music and since The Milk Carton Kids’ last album, Monterey, the duo have gone through...