Live Music Reviews
Idlewild

Idlewild @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

by Johnny Mango

I feel something of an imposter tonight at the Empire. I may own two Idlewild albums but I certainly don’t live and breathe them like…



Menlo Park @ Shoreditch Town Hall, London

by musicOMH

This was not a normal gig. Upon gaining free entry to Shoreditch Town Hall, Menlo Park audience members proceeded through a dimly-lit passageway illuminated by...

Coldplay @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

by Johnny Mango

“Just play Yellow and then feck off!” heckled an obviously bored member of Coldplay’s audience at the ‘Bush Empire last night. Harsh, but was it...

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

by Michael Hubbard

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

by Andrew Pycroft

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

by James McCartney

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

by Andrew Pycroft

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

by Michael Hubbard

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

Bond @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Michael Hubbard

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

by Helen Wright

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

by Michael Hubbard

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

by Helen Wright

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

by Michael Hubbard

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

by Michael Hubbard

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

by Michael Hubbard

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

by Chris Linosi

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

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

by Chris Linosi

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

by Michael Hubbard

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

by Michael Hubbard

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....