Live Reviews

Lupine Howl @ Union Chapel, London

by Helen Wright

This was an eagerly awaited gig – the chance to hear the recently formed band Lupine Howl. Born from the ashes of Spiritualized and just…



Sgt Rock – The Monarch


In a tiny venue up some stairs in Camden we found four people on a stage. One of them looked fairly ordinary, one looked like...

Saint Etienne @ Forum, London


If the crowd at the Forum and recent press reports are anything to go by, a lot of people out there think Saint Etienne are...

Brassy @ Garage


Who were those strange people in the very tall hats and very short… shorts? When The Garage’s doors finally opened and when nearly everyone had...

Black Box Recorder @ Union Chapel, London


Black Box Recorder must like the Union Chapel. This is the second time in less than a year they’ve played here, having supported Smog in...

Mojave 3 @ Dingwalls, London


Quiet, reflective acoustic music came to Camden, with Neil Halstead and his Mojave 3 bandmates wending their way through a set list of old and...

Paleday @ The Water Rats


Surprises DO happen. Walking towards The Water Rats in Kings Cross last Tuesday, it suddenly struck me how truly awful the pop music scene has...

Goran Bregovic @ Barbican, London


“Goran Bregovic is playing The Barbican,” I was told. I was not quite sure if that would be the same Goran I’d heard of years...

Ute Lemper @ Royal Festival Hall, London


One must surely wonder whether Ute Lemper feels angry towards Germany, considering the amount of times she criticised her native country. I’m sure, however, that...

Black Box Recorder @ Underworld, London


I can’t think of anyone else who has managed to get three record deals (with Hut, Chrysalis and Nude), always two concurrently, for the same...

Linus @ The 12 Bar


Out of five bands in the 12 Bar on this freezing December evening, Linus were the most mentionable, but not always for the best reasons....

Ani DiFranco @ Forum, London


This was to be my third audience with Ani DiFranco, but I’d not seen her for two years, during which time she’d released another basket-load...

Sparks @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


“They’re a bit like Kraftwerk,” someone told me prior to this gig. This was just before the idiosyncratic American brothers Mael and their percussive accomplice...

The Auteurs @ Quad, London


The Auteurs were not the next act on after their support band. Whistler, an intriguing mix of Beth Orton and Belle and Sebastian live, finished...

Venini @ Wag Club, London


Imagine that you are on the set of a movie. Just for a moment, assume that the star is Mike Myers and that the costume...

The Frank And Walters @ Borderline, London


The Frank And Walters’ latest album Beauty Becomes More Than Life appeared in shops in July of this year. It is now September and here...

Brassy @ Borderline


“I said B to the R to the A to the S to the S to the Y!” … I’m not into hip-hop and am...

Venini @ The Reading Festival


Silt, who had all but caused a riot at midday in the Carling Premier Tent at the Carling Premier Weekend while drinking Carling Premier, finally...

Black Box Recorder @ Union Chapel, London


I first heard of Black Box Recorder because of The Auteurs, and I suppose I’m not alone. That band’s front man, Luke Haines, co-wrote all...

Venini @ The Bar Fly


If anyone should be under the impression that Venini’s following would include a sizeable portion of Pulp fans, all excited about seeing ex-Pulp guitarist and...

a1 @ Astoria, London


They’re a boy band with a search-engine-friendly name, they’re from the same musical stable as Steps.As I write, they’ve just released one of the most...