Live Reviews
The War On Drugs, live @ O2 Arena, London (Photo: Bradley Maule)

The War On Drugs @ O2 Arena, London

by Sam Shepherd

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,...

Federico Albanese @ Purcell Room, London


The piano may be centuries old but its appeal shows no signs of abating. This year has already seen a wide range of artists demonstrate...

The Twilight Sad @ Mill, Birmingham


The Twilight Sad, here supporting their labelmates (and real mates) Mogwai, performed a mini Greatest Hits set in front of a near-full room in the...

Jeff Goldblum @ Cadogan Hall, London


Jeff Goldblum’s debut album The Capitol Studios Sessions plays out with the Hollywood A-lister/geek’s vote of thanks to his band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. One...

Kurt Vile @ Crossing, Birmingham


The Crossing is not a venue one would associate with rock ‘n’ roll. It is, essentially, an auditorium attached to South & City College in...

Festival Review: Pitchfork Paris 2018


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...