Live Reviews

Turin Brakes @ Palladium, London

by Steven Johnson

It’s fair to say that Turin Brakes are never going to be a band that radically changes the world of music. They’re not a band…



Anna von Hausswolff @ Tufnell Park Dome, London


Is this how the world ends: With a Swedish woman howling like a banshee, while an organ is made to sound like a billion creaking...

First Aid Kit @ Roundhouse, London


Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg might only still be in their 20s, but together as First Aid Kit they’re already on to their fourth...

Nils Frahm @ Barbican, London


Such was the demand for tickets for Nils Frahm’s three shows at the Barbican that a matinee show was squeezed in to accommodate those eager...

Iron And Wine @ Hammersmith Apollo, London


Beast Epic, the latest album by Iron And Wine, signalled a move back to a lighter, more spacious sound that drew comparisons to his first...

The Just Joans @ Lexington, London


“The first record in a decade from the cult Scottish miserablists!” screams a sticker slapped on the front of The Just Joans’ most recent LP....

Oumou Sangare @ Roundhouse, London


Launching the Roundhouse’s In The Round series of concerts (now in its third year), Malian singer Oumou Sangare commanded the substantial stage with grace, poise...

Shame @ 100 Club, London


With their tightly coiled debut album Songs Of Praise at last released – to universal rave reviews, not least from this publication – and ahead...

The Unthanks @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Over the past decade, Northumbrian folk royalty The Unthanks have built up an impressively deep and diverse body of work. Ever since emerging into the...

Mark Lanegan Band @ KOKO, London


Mark Lanegan operates best under the cover of darkness. The former Screaming Trees singer and occasional Queens of the Stone Age collaborator is well known...

The Charlatans @ Brixton Academy, London


The Charlatans experienced their original ‘golden age’ during the mid to late 1990s when they released music that was to define them for many years...

Fleet Foxes @ Brixton Academy, London


Crack-Up, the long awaited third Fleet Foxes album is one of the under-the-radar, slow-burning successes of 2017. Finally released after a hiatus which saw frontman...

Wolf Alice @ Alexandra Palace, London


Wolf Alice are clearly very happy to be here. Ellie Rowsell makes it obvious from the off, shrieking “Londooon!” as the four-piece step out onto...

Algiers @ Moth Club, London


It goes without saying that no one in attendance at the Moth Club for the first of Algiers‘ two night residency is going to be...

Anna Meredith @ Oval Space, London


Five years have passed since Anna Meredith’s astonishing, exhilarating Nautilus first surfaced, and nearly two since the release of her debut album on which it...

Jake Shears @ Heaven, London


Scissor Sisters’ indefinite hiatus since the end of 2012 has so far been interrupted only by a co-authored charity single SWERLK with MNDR, released this...

The War On Drugs @ Apollo, Manchester


There’s a sense of fatherly pride when you see a band graduate from smaller venues to the more notable ones in your city. In three...

Banks @ Hammersmith Apollo, London


Cloaked, and flanked by two dancers, Banks emerges on a stage bathed in red light. A slick, sexy performance follows where the millennial queen of...

Girl Ray @ Scala, London


North London three piece Girl Ray are still at the early stage of their career where they proudly list their musical influences on their various...

Festival Review: Mirrors 2017


Now in its third year, Mirrors brings the single-day, multi-venue microfestival – Bushstock, say, or the early days of the Camden Crawl – to Hackney....

Camille @ Barbican, London


For an artist who lives just over a short stretch of water, Camille Dalmais’ appearances in London are far too infrequent. On this occasion, this...