Live Reviews

Federico Albanese @ Purcell Room, London

by Steven Johnson

The piano may be centuries old but its appeal shows no signs of abating. This year has already seen a wide range of artists demonstrate…



The Twilight Sad @ Mill, Birmingham


The Twilight Sad, here supporting their labelmates (and real mates) Mogwai, performed a mini Greatest Hits set in front of a near-full room in the...

Jeff Goldblum @ Cadogan Hall, London


Jeff Goldblum’s debut album The Capitol Studios Sessions plays out with the Hollywood A-lister/geek’s vote of thanks to his band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. One...

Kurt Vile @ Crossing, Birmingham


The Crossing is not a venue one would associate with rock ‘n’ roll. It is, essentially, an auditorium attached to South & City College in...

Festival Review: Pitchfork Paris 2018


Europe brims with festivals. From the inner city showcases to the forest clearing campsites, the calendar floweth over with options for the music junkie with...

Neko Case @ Barbican, London


The release of seventh solo album Hell-On may have came five years after her last but the intervening period hasn’t exactly been uneventful for Neko...

Damien Jurado @ Union Chapel, London


The release of Maraqopa back in 2012 was a significant moment in Damien Jurado’s recent history. It signalled a broadening of his sound and was...

John Grant @ Brixton Academy, London


With four post-The Czars albums under his belt, it’s already possible to trace the distinct eras of John Grant. What would often take an entire...

Ólafur Arnalds @ Palladium, London


Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds‘ new album Re:member, released this August, was a beguiling combination of intricate, impeccable craftmanship and human warmth, capable of scaling heights...

U2 @ O2 Arena, London


For many years now, U2 have not so much played gigs as put on shows. Nearing the end of their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE arena tour...

Sons Of Kemet @ KOKO, London


As we edge towards the end of the year Sons Of Kemet find themselves at the tail end of a pretty great one for their...

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks @ Asylum, Birmingham


Stephen Malkmus is not the kind of man that you’d associate with the word ‘surprise’. His career has been, for the most part, about ploughing...

Virginia Wing @ Oslo, London


One of the many satisfying things about music is watching a band establish themselves over time and then release a game changing album that propels...

Tim Hecker @ Barbican, London


Tim Hecker has amassed a formidable body of work since his releasing his debut back in 2001, each album seemingly an attempt at refining and...

Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood @ Union Chapel, London


Collaboration is one of the many lifebloods of music. Whether it is the exchange of ideas, the juxtaposition of styles or unexpected changes in direction...

La Luz @ Tufnell Park Dome, London


Los Angeles all-girl, guitar-psych-surf-pop quartet La Luz are already on to their third album but you wouldn’t automatically think it given their youthful disposition. Latest...

David Crosby @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


About to release his fourth album in five years, David Crosby is, at the age of 77, enjoying something of a late career hot streak....

Spiritualized @ Hammersmith Apollo, London


The last few Spiritualized albums haven’t exactly set the world on fire so it’s fair to say there was a degree of expectation management ahead...

Gruff Rhys & London Contemporary Orchestra @ Barbican Hall, London


First, the encore. Gruff Rhys has never been a man bound by the book, and in typically about-face fashion he delivered his first solo gig...

Festival Review: Festival No 6 2018


As the curtain came down on Festival No 6 the boutique event enjoyed one last chance to demonstrate why it has been head and shoulders...

Festival Review: End Of The Road 2018


Now in its 13th year, End Of The Road is firmly cemented as a final hoorah in the UK festival calendar. Set amidst the idyllic...