Live Reviews

The Frank And Walters @ Mean Fiddler, London

by Michael Hubbard

Supported by up-and-coming Irish band The Marbles, Cork’s finest took to the stage amid the customary football chant of “We are we are we are…



The Nectarine No 9 @ Water Rats, London


Transelement are a youthful fullsome threesome from Lancashire, full of angst and with some great pieces of music with which to let the angst flood...

Soulwax + Brassy @ Charlotte, Leicester


I went to the gig after listening to the Soulwax album once and being relatively impressed. This was first time I’d attended a gig at...

Radiohead @ Punchestown Racecourse, Dublin


I left Punchestown feeling distinctly downbeat and subdued long before the final encore. My expectations of Radiohead’s last show in Dublin had been high… a...

Radiohead + Sigur Rós @ Goffert Park, Nijmegen


When I heard that Radiohead had announced a European tour, I bought tickets straight away over the internet and then the day after they announced...

Whistler @ Union Chapel, London


Following an excellent acoustic set by two softly-spoken Irish chaps which included a cover of A-Ha‘s Manhattan Skyline, Whistler took to the stage of the...

Bond @ Royal Albert Hall, London


Something new, something different, not run-of-the-mill, an interesting direction. These are perhaps the words that ran through the minds of some the top brass of...

Lupine Howl @ Union Chapel, London


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, London


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 @ Water Rats, London


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...