Live Music Reviews

Goldfinger @ Garage, London

by Rose Dennen

I have to start this off with an admission. I am a fan of Goldfinger and have been this sorry way for about three years….



Number One Son @ Barfly, Cardiff

by Rob Jackson

As talk of the long awaited renaissance of UK metal rumbles on, two more preachers from the British church of noise are on the road...

The Crescent @ Barfly, London

by Michaela Whitton

Take a simple musical format, add the dynamics only achieved through the ease and familiarity of childhood friendships, triumph through adversity and you have The...

Doves @ Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth

by Michaela Whitton

There’s nothing more endearing than a little humility from a current headlining band in these days of ego-driven and media-fuelled endorsement of average indie rock....

The (International) Noise Conspiracy @ Garage, London

by Sarah McDonnell

After surviving for nearly twenty years on the sparse musical heritageprovided by Ace of Base and the odd death metal outfit (well, since the demise...

The Hives @ Brixton Academy, London

by Rose Dennen

With support from the likes of up and coming funkpunk all-stars and labelmates The Bellrays, The Buff Medways (guitar and vocals courtesy of Billy Childish)...

Lambchop @ Arts Centre, Warwick

by Nick Dawson

Poor Thomas Hansen. Though once a postman, the man whocalls himself St Thomas now has a better, but morethankless job. Tonight, he played lovely songs,...

Idlewild @ Anson Rooms, Bristol

by Rob Jackson

Ever since their early days, Idlewild have had a ferocious live reputation. Whether it be playing a couple of hundred people in a dingy club...

Paul McCartney @ Earl’s Court, London

by Paul Woloszyn

The word legendary is often overused, but can be the only word to truly sum up one of the two surviving ex-Beatles. Reaching London on...

David Mead @ Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick

by Nick Dawson

As people walked into the Studio Theatre in theWarwick Arts Centre, Nick Drake‘s magnificent albumBryter Layter was playing over the PA system. Ifthere was ever...

Luke Slater @ 93 Feet East, London

by musicOMH

If you’d asked me what electronic acts are like live before this gig, I would have sided with majority opinion and said, with one or...

Belle and Sebastian @ Usher Hall, Edinburgh

by Robin Lee

“I think they’re still looking for the treasure in Manchester…” Belle and Sebastian, the fan-friendly Brit Award-winning not-so-superstars are in Edinburgh, playing the last of...

Alfie @ Scala, London

by John Power

What happened? Only a year or so ago the music press was championing the ludicrously named New Acoustic Movement as a soothing balm for all...

Damon Albarn, Afel Bocoum et al @ Barbican, London

by Michael Osborn

Damon Albarn clearly isn’t content with fronting Blur and being a mastermind of the hugely successful Gorillaz project. For his latest venture, the Britpop survivor...

Paul + Menlo Park @ Ocean, London

by Johnny Mango

Naming a band after the birthplace of recorded sound is a bold and confident statement. But tonight’s first band are fearless. Menlo Park, New Jersey,...

Mclusky @ Metro, London

by John Power

There can be fewer places less ‘ROCK’ than Oxford Street on a wet, Wednesday night, save perhaps for Doncaster. This could explain why opening act...

Minuteman @ Spitz, London

by Helen Wright

There’s a bit of a buzz about Minuteman at present. If the flash ofphotographers at the Spitz was anything to go by, their PR company...

Omara Portuondo @ Barbican, London

by Sabina Nenkova

The Barbican was packed full and everyone seemed very excited at this chance to see and hear the flamboyant leading lady of Buena Vista Social...

Haven @ Dingwalls, London

by Michael Hubbard

With debut album Between The Senses produced by The Smiths’ Johnny Marr and just released, here was a chance to see how Haven would translate...

Tanya Donelly @ ULU, London

by Alex Routledge

A cold London night welcomed Tanya Donelly to Euston Square’s ULU on Thursday night as the former Throwing Muses guitarist’s dulcet tones reverberated harmoniously over...

Biffy Clyro @ Garage, London

by musicOMH

This evening was a little bit of a let down – not only were Serafin announced as the warm-up act only the day before (hence,...