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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 the course of a decade, his track titles have offered…



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 shows at Islington Assembly Hall may have been in part...

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 saw legendary American pianist and composer Herbie Hancock perform with...

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 peeking behind the curtain. 4,000 people staring in horror at...

Kathryn Joseph @ EartH, London

by Mark Newington

During the course of 2019, Scotland’s Kathryn Joseph has been on the road a great deal, in support of her album From When I Wake The Want Is. Given her efforts, it seems fitting that...

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 and high, at odds with the very attributes that make...

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 is an undeniably shimmering prickly triumph. It succinctly documents a...

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 to it leads to the line between pastiche and self-actualisation...

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 year with the band in Marfa, Texas, as part of...

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. Stood under a giant strawberry, The Lightning Seeds front man...

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 voice to celebrated names from music’s past. Karen Carpenter, Carole...

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 iconic superstar combos, playing raucous yet barely attended gigs that...

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 and Billy Duffy, and hired guns John Tempesta (formerly of...

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 contemplate the possibility of trees communicating with each other and...

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. Sometimes she also experiments with more contemporary approaches, such as...

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; on the contrary, they enrich one another, and accumulate to...

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 live show by Korean post-rockers Jambinai. The band’s five members...

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, then I got dark again”. This was his summary of...

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 stack. Hanging from them precariously, by a wire she’s wrapped...

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 this show at the Barbican based around the concept of...

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 heaters in winter, the general sense of awe that gigs...