Live Reviews
Goran Bregovic

Goran Bregovic @ Barbican, London

by Sabina Nenkova

“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


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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, London


“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


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Black Box Recorder @ Union Chapel, London


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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


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Liz Horsman @ Players Theatre, London


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Brian @ Rough Trade Shop, London


It is a beautiful day. Although we’re into late afternoon the sun still smiles on all and sundry assembled on Portobello Road. Sunglasses, vests, t-shirts...

Huun Huur Tu @ Royal Festival Hall, London


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Brian @ Complex, London


Brian. Well, why not? As bands’ names go, there’s been a James. Maybe there’ll be a Dave or a Trevor. This band’s name, as was...