Live Music Reviews

Transglobal Underground @ Ocean

by Michael Hubbard

Transglobal Underground. That’s “world music”, innit? Possibly, but the Underground is, first and foremost, an accomplished, professional and highly talented band. They’ve been around for…



Hefner @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

by Michael Hubbard

On the back of their just-released album Dead Media, Hefner have been touring the UK and tonight finish at the Empire. Supported by bass-driven electro-funksters...

Elbow @ Astoria, London

by Johnny Mango

Tonight we have a treat in store for us down at the ex Crosse & Blackwell pickle factory that is the Astoria. Elbow have been...

Cooperbrown @ 100 Club, London

by Pippa Moye

The sound of Cooper Brown erupted through the ancient PA system at this Oxford Street haunt. They opened with ‘Sinner’. Heavy bass riffs and strong...

Richard Hawley @ Dingwalls, London

by Helen Wright

Richard Hawley, at the ripe old age of 34, is slightly bemused by the reaction to his newly launched solo career. He seems to think...

Dolly TV @ Barfly, Sheffield

by musicOMH

Dolly TV are splendid. They look and sound a bit like Placebo and a bitlike King Adora, but with far, far, far more poise, attitude...

Björk + Matmos @ Coliseum, London

by Michael Hubbard

Everybody’s favourite Icelandic pixie was in town for the second time in a month, this time easily selling out London’s largest theatre which is normally...

Diamanda Galás @ Royal Festival Hall, London

by Helen Wright

Diamanda Galás is not your average performer. She’s been a research scientist, a prostitute and drug addict (and carries the legacy in the form of...

Air @ Royal Albert Hall

by Michael Hubbard

The trouble with instrumental bands is that so often one is left with very little to look at in gigs. Air, erstwhile an instrumental band,...

S.I.Futures @ The Monarch, London

by Michael Hubbard

In the Camden branch of the burgeoning chain of pub-venues that is Barfly was to be found one Si Begg, this evening known as S.I....

The Beta Band @ 93 Feet East, London

by Johnny Mango

You could not buy tickets for tonight’s very special performance by the four orgiastic Scottish rock gods. I am one of the lucky 450 to...

Dilated Peoples @ ULU, London

by Michael Hubbard

In October 2001, the hip-hop collective of three known as Dilated Peoples release their second album, called Expansion Team. As their support slot for Limp...

Iggy Pop @ Reading Festival, Reading

by Pippa Moye

Iggy Pop allegedly gave up hard drugs and alcohol abuse in the ’90s. But watching him, it was hard to believe. He moved as if...

Ikara Colt @ Reading Festival, Reading

by Pippa Moye

Hot, but not bothered, and barely drunk enough on this scorched afternoon, Colt enthusiasts crushed into the Carling tent. Some sought chaos, others were just...

Billiardman + The Duke Quartet @ Spitz, London

by Michael Hubbard

A debut performance by a band who’ve not yet released anything would not normally be attended by quite so many music industry insiders; not to...

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

by Pippa Moye

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

by Sabina Nenkova

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

by Michael Hubbard

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

by Michael Hubbard

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

by Pippa Moye

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...