Live Reviews

Snapped Ankles @ Deaf Institute, Manchester

by Max Pilley

If you go down to the woods today, you’re probably going to take a minute to notice that it’s actually a music venue. Snapped Ankles…



The Hold Steady @ Electric Ballroom, London


The Hold Steady are one of those bands whose popularity is beyond ‘cult’, but inspires the sort of passion those artists court. The setting for...

Oneohtrix Point Never @ Roundhouse, London


Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) spent much of the latter half of 2018 playing live shows that re-presented music from his Age Of album...

White Denim @ Roundhouse, London


White Denim’s singer and guitarist James Petralli evidently holds himself to very exacting standards. Although his remarkable, fiery and intense band barely stop for breath...

Yo La Tengo @ EartH, London


Yo La Tengo have proved themselves one of the most reliable, consistent live bands in existence. Over the course of their long history (they are...

Wild Nothing @ Mama Roux’s, Birmingham


Amid their best material, new songs shone Wild Nothing have always been a fantastic live proposition. It helps that they’ve always seemed to have the...

Neneh Cherry @ Roundhouse, London


Spellbinding, cathartic journey from Raw Like Sushi to Broken Politics “It’s bloody Valentine’s Day!” proclaims Neneh Cherry, as she takes to the stage at Camden’s...

The Residents @ Union Chapel, London


Islington’s Union Chapel seems a fitting venue for a show about ghosts, romanticism and nostalgia. This is billed as the 40th anniversary tour of East...

Tears For Fears @ Brighton Centre, Brighton


“I googled it”, Roland Orzabal had to admit when discussing how long it had been since Tears For Fears last played Brighton. “36 years…36 years…”...

The Wave Pictures @ Soup Kitchen, Manchester


The Wave Pictures do things the old-fashioned independent way. They are not the typical beneficiaries of the usual tastemaking websites. There is no Best New...

Shirley Collins @ Roundhouse, London


The last time Shirley Collins played the Roundhouse was in 1969. Decimalisation was on the horizon; also in the pipeline was a uniting of brothers...

Field Music @ Imperial War Museum, London


“In writing these songs, we felt we were pulling the war towards us — out of remembrance and into the everyday — into the now.”...

Low @ Barbican, London


Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker’s voices harmonising in perfect balance surely constitutes one of the world’s purest and most beautiful sounds. When combined with the...

Pantha Du Prince @ Barbican, London


Saturday’s show by Pantha Du Prince was the first concert in the Barbican’s year long Life Rewired season which will explore what it means to...

The War On Drugs @ O2 Arena, London


Sometimes a venue can really work against a band, particularly when it is filled with people who would rather chat endlessly about their own hollow...

Julia Holter @ EartH, London


The release earlier this year of Aviary, the fifth album by Julia Holter, saw her return to the experimental roots of her debut album. It’s...

Katie Melua @ Westminster Central Hall, London


Despite having sold a shedload of albums to much acclaim over the past 15 years, mentions of Katie Melua in some circles still results in...

Gazelle Twin & NYX @ Oval Space, London


In typically British fashion, the stock response to shambolic calamity is to grin and laugh at the disaster which is unfurling. Particularly if that disaster...

Festival Review: EFG London Jazz Festival 2018


The EFG London Jazz Festival is an event so widespread across the capital that covering it any kind of comprehensive depth is simply impossible. It...

Jóhann Jóhannsson: Last And First Men @ Barbican, London


Last And First Men, the new multimedia work by Jóhann Jóhannsson received its premiere at the Manchester International Festival back in 2017. This follow up...

The Good, The Bad & The Queen @ EartH, London


One of the most pleasant surprises of 2018 has been the return of The Good, The Bad & The Queen with new album Merrie Land,...