Live Music + Gig Reviews

L’Rain @ Milton Court, London

by Steven Johnson

Taja Cheek and band engage in a wild ride through supercharged and reshaped selections from last year’s genre-splicing I Killed Your Dog

Drab Majesty @ Chalk, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Los Angeles native Andrew Clinco returns under his Deb Demure persona to bring his devotionally tragic, sombre synth liturgies to the south coast

Miles Kane @ Electric Ballroom, London

by Neil Dowden

English singer-songwriter promotes last year’s One Man Band album in a boisterous, frenetic show that shows how he’s entering his prime

Fatoumata Diawara @ KOKO, London

by Steven Johnson

Malian singer brings a vibrancy and revitalising energy to north London in a show full of sun-kissed, rapturously received musical outings

Gruff Rhys @ Kings Place, London

by Ben Hogwood

Songs from the Super Furry Animals frontman’s new solo album, Sadness Sets Me Free, make for a wonderfully cathartic live experience

The Clientele @ Green Door Store, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Cult three piece document the world with honesty and an inquisitive compassionate eye, making the routine and the irrational seem utterly extraordinary

This Is The Kit @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

Kate Stables plays the tranquil song-tapestries of latest album Careful Of Your Keepers, with support from ex-Raincoat Gina Birch

The Cult presents Death Cult @ Institute, Birmingham

by Ross Horton

A tentative exercise in nostalgia became a showcase of this band’s ability to transcend time, bridging the gap between their roots and the present with honesty and authenticity

Alabaster DePlume @ Chalk, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

English saxophonist and orator delivers a smouldering and flamboyantly contagious meditation on the soul

Explosions In The Sky @ Troxy, London

by Steven Johnson

Texas guitar outfit’s meticulously assembled, emotion-infused epics confirm them to still be the compassionate, human face of post-rock

Hauschka @ Milton Court, London

by Steven Johnson

German pianist Volker Bertelmann’s compelling, hypnotic piano manipulations see him find beauty in irregularity

Brian Eno & Baltic Sea Philharmonic @ Royal Festival Hall, London

by Steven Johnson

Ambient pioneer plays 2016 album The Ship in full with orchestral backing to offer a transporting, meditative and pulsating experience

Kronos Quartet @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

Acclaimed San Francisco string quartet celebrate their 50th anniversary with a typically dazzling, inventive and adventurous performance

Lloyd Cole @ Union Chapel, London

by Steven Johnson

As he approaches the 40th anniversary of his debut album Rattlesnakes, fans are treated to a deep dive through his extensive back catalogue

James Holden @ Komedia, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

UK electronic producer reanimates the remarkable splendour of his latest kaleidoscopic album on the south coast

New Order @ O2 Arena, London

by Steven Johnson

Manchester’s alternative big-hitters pull from various stages of their past to prove they’re still a formidable live force

PJ Harvey @ Roundhouse, London

by Steven Johnson

Acclaimed singer-songwriter balances the spectral and oblique sounds of her latest album with thrilling and primal selections from her past

Bonny Light Horseman & London Contemporary Orchestra @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

The songs of the American alt-folk band receive sympathetic and embellishing orchestral treatment in a sublime show

Graham Nash @ Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London

by Steven Johnson

The former Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash man plays a career-spanning show that confirms his special, longstanding and universal appeal

Codeine @ Garage, London

by Steven Johnson

American slowcore trio return for their first London date in over a decade, showing that their deliberately downplayed, subdued and introspective sounds still have a place in 2023

Joan Shelley @ Kings Place, London

by Daniel Paton

Achieving power and grace without any apparent strain or reach, there’s a friendly campfire intimacy to her first London gig in five years