Live Reviews
Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes @ Brixton Academy, London

by Steven Johnson

Crack-Up, the long awaited third Fleet Foxes album is one of the under-the-radar, slow-burning successes of 2017. Finally released after a hiatus which saw frontman…



Wolf Alice @ Alexandra Palace, London


Wolf Alice are clearly very happy to be here. Ellie Rowsell makes it obvious from the off, shrieking “Londooon!” as the four-piece step out onto...

Algiers @ Moth Club, London


It goes without saying that no one in attendance at the Moth Club for the first of Algiers‘ two night residency is going to be...

Anna Meredith @ Oval Space, London


Five years have passed since Anna Meredith’s astonishing, exhilarating Nautilus first surfaced, and nearly two since the release of her debut album on which it...

Jake Shears @ Heaven, London


Scissor Sisters’ indefinite hiatus since the end of 2012 has so far been interrupted only by a co-authored charity single SWERLK with MNDR, released this...

The War On Drugs @ Apollo, Manchester


There’s a sense of fatherly pride when you see a band graduate from smaller venues to the more notable ones in your city. In three...

Banks @ Hammersmith Apollo, London


Cloaked, and flanked by two dancers, Banks emerges on a stage bathed in red light. A slick, sexy performance follows where the millennial queen of...

Girl Ray @ Scala, London


North London three piece Girl Ray are still at the early stage of their career where they proudly list their musical influences on their various...

Festival Review: Mirrors 2017


Now in its third year, Mirrors brings the single-day, multi-venue microfestival – Bushstock, say, or the early days of the Camden Crawl – to Hackney....

Camille @ Barbican, London


For an artist who lives just over a short stretch of water, Camille Dalmais’ appearances in London are far too infrequent. On this occasion, this...

The Big Moon @ KOKO, London


“Jules and I didn’t have our normal conversation we have before shows,” says Big Moon bassist Celia Archer after Nothing Without You – all the...

St Vincent @ Brixton Academy, London


When St Vincent’s fifth record Masseduction landed a couple of weeks ago it was met with a slew of gushing reviews. Since her debut was...

Slowdive @ Roundhouse, London


Tonight’s show at the Roundhouse brought to an end the European leg of Slowdive‘s year-long tour that has also seen them play sold-out shows in...

Jen Cloher @ Lexington, London


Jen Cloher‘s opening act, fellow Australians Cable Ties, tear a strip off of the Lexington that leaves you thinking, ‘where the hell do you go...

Sparks @ Ritz, Manchester


Twenty-three albums (24 if you include 2015’s FFS collaboration with Franz Ferdinand) in, Sparks brothers Ron and Russell Mael are showing no sign of letting up....

The Black Angels @ Forum, London


Texan neo-psych rockers The Black Angels have been around for more than a decade now, though they haven’t yet made too much of an impact...

Festival Review: Leeds 2017


It may still be considered a rock festival, but Reading and Leeds is anything but in its 2017 incarnation. The event’s gradual transition to an...

Festival Review: Green Man 2017


Before you even hear the first note, a scream of feedback or pounding beats blare out of one of Green Man’s sound systems, the event...

Festival Review: Visions 2017


Considering all the festival horror stories hitting the headlines currently it’s heartening that the small, but perfectly formed, Visions Festival finds itself thriving. Historically, multi-venue...

Mercury Rev and Royal Northern Sinfonia @ Barbican, London


Scheduled as part of Bella Union’s 20th anniversary celebrations, this collaboration between the long enduring Mercury Rev and the Royal Northern Sinfonia provided, according to...

Ezra Furman: That’s When It Hit Me @ Barbican, London


Performing at the Barbican to celebrate 20 years of Simon Raymonde’s Bella Union label, to which he is signed, Ezra Furman seems overwhelmed to be...