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Earth @ Old Market, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

It begins with the most simple of introductions; tonight’s being unusually fast as the band is a power trio once more. In a tone soft…



The Raincoats @ Komedia, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Maybe they were not as confrontational as The Slits, or as snide as Bush Tetras, but The Raincoats were real and their 1979 debut album...

Warmduscher @ Chalk, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Irony is a hard act to sustain. Initially it emphasises a certain sense of intellectual superiority to that which is being mocked, yet sustained exposure...

Deerhunter + Cate Le Bon @ Crossing, Birmingham

by Ross Horton

Deerhunter and Cate Le Bon have had a lot of fun together over the past couple of years. Le Bon spent the summer of last...

The Lightning Seeds @ Palladium, London

by Ben Hogwood

“It’s like playing in your front room!” exclaims Ian Broudie, looking out over the London Palladium stalls. “A pretty big front room though”, he laughs....

Weyes Blood @ Electric Brixton, London

by Steven Johnson

Since the release of Titanic Rising by Weyes Blood earlier in the year much of the writing about it has focused on comparing Natalie Mering’s...

Bambara @ Green Door Store, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Pick up any issue of the monthly Classic Rock slash Americana magazines on British shelves, and you’ll find at least two lengthy rehashed stories, about...

The Cult @ O2 Academy, Birmingham

by Ross Horton

There’s a strange tension at the very heart of The Cult, who at this stage are comprised of original members (and primary songwriters) Ian Astbury...

Holly Herndon @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

The Barbican can’t be accused of hiding away from the big concepts this year. Their ongoing Life Rewired season has already seen Pantha Du Prince...

Park Jiha @ Rich Mix, London

by Daniel Paton

Performing on an array of traditional Korean instruments, composer and performer Park Jiha revels in the creation of mood, texture and atmosphere through acoustic sound....

The Psychedelic Furs @ Dome, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Hideousness and beauty are contained within each other. One may complement or contradict the other, but in no circumstances can they cancel each other out;...

Jambinai @ Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury

by Mark Newington

A Korean celebration event at UKC’s Gulbenkian Theatre was treated to a combination of film, food and music which all built up to a celebratory...

Bill Callahan & Dallas Acid @ Hammersmith Apollo, London

by Steven Johnson

There’s a moment in Jim Cain, one of Bill Callahan’s most popular songs, where he sings “I used to be darker, then I got lighter,...

Lingua Ignota @ Oslo, London

by Nicoletta Wylde

In a stuffy venue in Hackney, in the middle of a thunder storm, Kristin Hayter is strung up between the lighting rig and a speaker...

Max Cooper @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

One Hundred Billion Sparks, Max Cooper’s album from last year, portrayed an artist interested in music informed by the possibilities of scale and volume and...

The Memory Band, Far Rainbow & Ingrid Plum @ Union Chapel, London

by Steven Johnson

Gigs rarely get as atmospheric as those at night at Union Chapel. The candles, the coloured light projected on to the surrounding architecture, the overhead...

CHRISTEENE @ Barbican, London

by Nicoletta Wylde

CHRISTEENE is not used to such a grandiose palace as the Barbican. But then, of course, the Barbican is not use to such a grandiose statement as CHRISTEENE....

Pixies @ Alexandra Palace, London

by Neil Dowden

When Pixies re-formed in 2004, delight was mixed with concern that their legendary status would be tarnished. After all, the seminal Boston alt-rockers who’d had...

Föllakzoid @ Patterns, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Tonight’s venue, rather fittingly, spends most of its time as a slightly faded seaside towns favourite seafront night club.  The stage is not designed for...

Kikagaku Moyo @ Komedia, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

It’s impossible to know what went through their minds as they took to the stage. The husky evening was drawing to a close and a...

Festival Review: Leeds 2019

by Andy Baber

Endurance is often an undervalued commodity in the music industry. Rather than artists being appreciated for their staying power, they are often scoffed at for...