Live Music + Gig Reviews

Betty Boo @ Islington Assembly Hall, London

by Michael Hubbard

Pop star, rapper, writer and returning icon of fun, Alison Clarkson’s alter ego is back with a new album and a full band show

Beth Gibbons @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

Portishead legend showcases tracks from her new solo album Lives Outgrown in a visceral, cinematic and compelling show

Festival Review: Primavera Sound 2024, part 2

by Michael Hubbard

The Barcelona behemoth of music’s 2024 edition continues with PJ Harvey, SZA, Lana Del Rey… and rain

Villagers @ Royal Festival Hall, London

by Steven Johnson

Conor O’Brien and co share the surreptitious, miniature musical worlds of new album That Golden Time in an emotionally resonating show

Festival Review: Primavera Sound 2024, part 1

by Michael Hubbard

Barcelona’s seaside behemoth returns for a 21st edition offering local talents, on-the-cusp stars and bona fide legends

Lambchop @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

Kurt Wagner returns for a scaled back show that sees him explore new musical worlds in typically abstract, impressionistic and cryptic fashion

Festival Review: Wide Awake 2024

by Michael Hubbard

The spiritual successor of Field Day’s indie-alternative mood pitches up again at Brockwell Park, showing off newbs, stars and tributes to legends

English Teacher @ Gorilla, Manchester

by Ross Horton

Acclaimed Leeds outfit switch between the intimate and explosive in an evening of rapturous moments

The Black Keys @ Brixton Academy, London

by Neil Dowden

American rock duo mix songs from new album Ohio Players alongside selections from their past with help from Noel Gallagher

Unclassified Live: This Is The Kit @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

by Steven Johnson

BBC Radio 3’s Unclassified show comes to London’s Southbank Centre as This Is The Kit, Modern Nature and Moor Mother collaborate with the BBC Concert Orchestra

Adrianne Lenker @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

Big Thief singer plays a set infused with tenderness and vulnerability, showing how the connection she has with her fanbase only continues to grow and deepen

Anoushka Shankar @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

Acclaimed sitarist continues to push the boundaries of her instrument, providing moments of bejewelled drama and sensory engulfment along the way

Max Cooper @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

Electronic producer takes inspiration from Italy to deliver another maximalist, pulsating spectacle

Cast @ Forum, London

by Neil Dowden

The Liverpool guitar outfit return, mixing tracks from new album Love Is The Call with Britpop classics

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