Live Reviews

Primal Scream + Greedy Souls @ Astoria

by Johnny Mango

Tonight, supporting the fantastic Primal Scream is the second gig of Greedy Souls. How do you get to support Bobby Gillespie and his merry men…



Six By Seven + Parva + King Of Woolworths @ Scala, London


Six By Seven headlined the third of four nights celebrating Mantra Records’ 5th birthday. Rock of Travolta opened with an alluring noisefest. Named like an...

Natacha Atlas @ Scala, London


The Scala is a stunning venue. When you arrive for the first time, you don’t know where to go, you feel lost, but once you...

Gorkys Zygotic Mynci + South @ The Scala


After an interminable wait, South appeared on stage and revealed themselves to be four photogenic young chaps who seemed unable to decide on which instruments...

Richard Hawley @ Spitz, London


Following a solid if sedate support set from an American with an acoustic guitar called David, on came a bespectacled, tall person from Sheffield who...

The Darkness @ Monarch, London


Alice Cooper‘s drama and Mick Jagger‘s arrogance. The set ranged from power ballads to camp rock pastiche. Fancy guitar-work and melodramatic poses were delicately balanced...

Radiohead + Beck + Supergrass + Sigur Rós + Humphrey Lyttelton @ South Park, Oxford


40,000 people under a leaden sky faced towards some scaffolding with grey strips of fabric either side, each depicting the bear-like cartoon character from Amnesiac...

Madonna @ Earl’s Court, London


It was American Independence Day when the lady known as Madge, Mrs Ritchie, The Material Girl or just plain old Madonna ambled into town for...

His Name Is Alive @ Arts Cafe


His Name Is Alive have brought from the American Midwest a selection of songs which have been described as “haunting”, “angelic”, “quirky” pop. Writer-guitarist Warren...

Basement Jaxx @ Brixton Academy, London


With an unprecedented level of politeness from the traditionally distasteful Academy staff, one of whom tonight even smiled at me, the mood was light and...

Outkast @ Brixton Academy, London


On this night, even though you know where you are and how you got there, for a split second you not only question whereyou are...

Madredeus @ Royal Festival Hall


Not speaking a word of Portuguese (and having only the haziest idea of what fado is, other than Portuguese and traditional) is perhaps not the...

Lift to Experience + Biffy Clyro @ Water Rats


Tonight held a pleasant surprise and a delectable trauma: the unpublicised appearance of Biffy Clyro playing support to the mightiest band ever to emerge from...

Ozric Tentacles @ Scala, London


A curious crowd in a curlicued building attended the final date in the Ozrics’ latest UK tour. The capacity audience was an odd mixture of...

Nitin Sawhney @ Ocean, London


Ocean cost millions, is in Hackney, miles from the nearest tube station – and is huge. The number of staff inspecting tickets at the various...

Goldfrapp @ Union Chapel, London


After a stunning gig at ULU in February, Goldfrapp’s two nights at the Union Chapel had sold out almost immediately. With the new single (a...

Melys + Tin Star @ [onefourfour]


If you weren’t at this gig please suspend your disbelief for a moment (if you were there you won’t need to) and consider this: Melys...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ Brixton Academy


Fans of Nick Cave overheard at the rather different venue of The Royal Festival Hall the previous evening were worried that their Prince of Darkness...

Total Meltdown @ The Royal Festival Hall


Bringing together past directors of Meltdown before this year’s Meltdown Festival kicks off, Total Meltdown was part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Royal...

Buena Vista Social Club @ Laugardalshöllin, Reykjavik


The legend that is the Buena Vista Social Club goes on. The original album by these veteran Cuban musicians has been for some time the...

Kristin Hersh @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


The first surprise was the ticket, which declared that we had downstairs reserved seats. This was the Shepherd’s Bush Empire and, as everyone knows, it...