Live Music Reviews
Algiers

Algiers @ Chalk, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Tonight Algiers are in a combative and performative mood. Front man Franklin James Fisher, normally the focal point due to that voice, risks being overshadowed by…



Wire @ Chalk, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Wire have always been semi-unwilling participants in the circuitous narrative of rock history. Dispensing with the extraneous flourishes of the then prevalent progressive and jazz...

John Grant @ Attenborough Centre For Contemporary Arts, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Brighton has always had a soft spot for John Grant. Not only has local label Bella Union put out his five albums but last time...

Xylouris White @ Komedia, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

The first month of this new decade is nearly over, and with it comes an ominous period of weighty national change and emotional loss. That...

Robert Henke: CBM 8032 AV @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

A small neon green rectangle pulses in the top left corner of a large black screen at the rear of the Barbican stage, eagerly awaiting...

Ride @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

Recent years have seen a range of bands from the ’90s reform and return to the live arena. Many have been nostalgia-driven, focused on reprising...

L’Épée @ Concorde 2, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Front and middle is a sword, dull, silvery and old. No explanation is given to its significance (although devotees may well recognise it from the...

Klaus Johann Grobe @ The Hope & Ruin, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

As they take their places onstage, front man Sevi Landolt sardonically proclaims “Yeah, it’s Klausy baby” to the delight of fans. Perhaps we should add...

Hayden Thorpe @ Cecil Sharp House, London

by Steven Johnson

The songs of Hayden Thorpe’s former band Wild Beasts were famed for their sensuous chronicling of desire and lust and Diviner, Thorpe’s first solo album...

Band Of Skulls @ Thekla, Bristol

by Andy Baber

Time can be a cruel mistress, especially when it comes to music. While anniversary tours often sound like a good idea on the surface, the...

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) @ Concorde 2, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Who wears tartan shorts in England in December? Nic Offer, he of New York punk funk inspired disco iconoclasts !!! (Chk Chk Chk), does and...

The Chemical Brothers @ O2 Arena, London

by Ben Hogwood

It has been another stellar year for The Chemical Brothers. On the 20th anniversary of one of their best and most enduring albums Surrender, they...

A Celebration Of Talk Talk & Mark Hollis @ Royal Festival Hall, London

by Steven Johnson

When former Talk Talk frontman Mark Hollis died in February earlier this year there was a public outpouring of love for his music despite it...

Omni @ The Hope & Ruin, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Omni are, as always, present and potent. They don’t say much between numbers to the Brighton crowd, certainly nothing of note, instead preferring to hurtle...

Little Boots @ Garage, London

by Michael Hubbard

A decade ago, Victoria Hesketh had all stars aligned and was set to join them. Little Boots’ monster single Stuck On Repeat announced her arrival,...

EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 @ Various Venues, London

by Daniel Paton

As always, the EFG London Jazz Festival offers up such a range of exciting and challenging music that negotiating its contours can be quite demanding....

The Twilight Sad @ Forum, London

by Mark Newington

2019 has been significant for Scottish post-punkers The Twilight Sad. Having released their fifth album It Won/t Be Like This All The Time, their first...

TR/ST @ Heaven, London

by Michael Hubbard

TR/ST is the beat-drenched, dungeon-dwelling electrogoth secret brought to cultish consciousness by charismatic Canadian Robert Alfons, with occasional assistance from Austra associate Maya Postepski. Over...

Billy Bragg @ Islington Assembly Hall, London

by Steven Johnson

These are hard times to live in for progressive, liberal types and it’s a state of affairs not lost on Billy Bragg. This run of...

Herbie Hancock with LA Phil/Dudamel @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

The London Jazz Festival has a long history of bringing artists together for collaborations, and one of the standout events in this year’s line up...

Sleaford Mods @ Hammersmith Apollo, London

by Tim Lee

“So”, says Stewart Lee, “they’re not Mods and they’re not from Sleaford.” Cue the veil being lifted. Cue 4,000 people seeing the truth. 4,000 people...