Live Reviews

Festival Review: Pitchfork Paris 2018

by Max Pilley

Europe brims with festivals. From the inner city showcases to the forest clearing campsites, the calendar floweth over with options for the music junkie with…



Neko Case @ Barbican, London


The release of seventh solo album Hell-On may have came five years after her last but the intervening period hasn’t exactly been uneventful for Neko...

Damien Jurado @ Union Chapel, London


The release of Maraqopa back in 2012 was a significant moment in Damien Jurado’s recent history. It signalled a broadening of his sound and was...

John Grant @ Brixton Academy, London


With four post-The Czars albums under his belt, it’s already possible to trace the distinct eras of John Grant. What would often take an entire...

Ólafur Arnalds @ Palladium, London


Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds‘ new album Re:member, released this August, was a beguiling combination of intricate, impeccable craftmanship and human warmth, capable of scaling heights...

U2 @ O2 Arena, London


For many years now, U2 have not so much played gigs as put on shows. Nearing the end of their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE arena tour...

Sons Of Kemet @ KOKO, London


As we edge towards the end of the year Sons Of Kemet find themselves at the tail end of a pretty great one for their...

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks @ Asylum, Birmingham


Stephen Malkmus is not the kind of man that you’d associate with the word ‘surprise’. His career has been, for the most part, about ploughing...

Virginia Wing @ Oslo, London


One of the many satisfying things about music is watching a band establish themselves over time and then release a game changing album that propels...

Tim Hecker @ Barbican, London


Tim Hecker has amassed a formidable body of work since his releasing his debut back in 2001, each album seemingly an attempt at refining and...

Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood @ Union Chapel, London


Collaboration is one of the many lifebloods of music. Whether it is the exchange of ideas, the juxtaposition of styles or unexpected changes in direction...

La Luz @ Tufnell Park Dome, London


Los Angeles all-girl, guitar-psych-surf-pop quartet La Luz are already on to their third album but you wouldn’t automatically think it given their youthful disposition. Latest...

David Crosby @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


About to release his fourth album in five years, David Crosby is, at the age of 77, enjoying something of a late career hot streak....

Spiritualized @ Hammersmith Apollo, London


The last few Spiritualized albums haven’t exactly set the world on fire so it’s fair to say there was a degree of expectation management ahead...

Gruff Rhys & London Contemporary Orchestra @ Barbican Hall, London


First, the encore. Gruff Rhys has never been a man bound by the book, and in typically about-face fashion he delivered his first solo gig...

Festival Review: Festival No 6 2018


As the curtain came down on Festival No 6 the boutique event enjoyed one last chance to demonstrate why it has been head and shoulders...

Festival Review: End Of The Road 2018


Now in its 13th year, End Of The Road is firmly cemented as a final hoorah in the UK festival calendar. Set amidst the idyllic...

Festival Review: Leeds 2018


Debate has raged ever since the first wave of acts for the 2018 Reading and Leeds Festival were announced earlier this year. Some labelled the...

Phoebe Bridgers @ Scala, London


There is a heavy air of anticipation across Scala this evening, and the venue is already two thirds full as support Gold Star take the...

Dirty Projectors @ Village Underground, London


The heatwave, it would seem, is back with a vengeance. Or at least it is in this underground corner of Shoreditch, in this near-capacity, windowless...

Goblin @ Union Chapel, London


The idea that a chapel might screen a film about a murderous coven of witches seems rather unlikely, but then finding a coven of witches...