Live Music + Gig Reviews

Damon Albarn @ Shakespeare’s Globe, London

by Steven Johnson

A career-spanning two hours from a much-loved musical polymath who continues to move forward with confidence

Róisín Murphy @ Brixton Academy, London

by Michael Hubbard

A joyous, euphoric evening of familiar feelings and something more from an endlessly inventive originator

LoneLady @ Hope & Ruin, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Julie Campbell brings the glistening, paranoid techno experience of new album Former Things to Brighton

The Sisters Of Mercy @ Roundhouse, London

by Michael Hubbard

At their 40th anniversary, Andrew Eldritch’s outfit remains a band with a considerable and under-appreciated canon of work, directed by a man with a singular vision

Sonic Boom @ Green Door Store, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Last year’s All Things Being Equal album is improved upon in new and remarkable ways in Brighton

Bicep @ Brixton Academy, London

by Michael Hubbard

The Belfast duo underlined that, while their ascent to electronic music’s top step was a little delayed, they are undeniably and deservedly now upon it

Festival Review: EFG London Jazz Festival 2020

by Daniel Paton

A pandemic-curtailed experience still opened up bold, uncompromising and personal musical visions from the likes of Yazz Ahmed, Dinosaur and Sarathy Korwar

Richard Dawson @ Barbican, London

by Alan Ashton-Smith

His songs are compelling yet often unsettling, telling the tales of fragile souls living through tough times

Erland Cooper @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

Selections from his trio of Orkney Islands inspired albums are brought to life in a special show at the Barbican

Frazey Ford @ Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver (online)

by Daniel Paton

“I’d like to see you, but I can’t and that’s hard. But I can feel you psychically,” announces the Be Good Tanyas founder to her virtual audience

Nick Cave @ Alexandra Palace, London (online)

by John Murphy

Cave draws widely from his back catalogue for a solo piano show that lifts the bar considerably for online gigs

Kate Tempest + Kim Gordon + Anna Meredith + Jehnny Beth + Nadine Shah @ Roundhouse, London

by Matt Cotsell

Celebrating International Women’s Day, the 2020 BBC 6 Music Festival did the obvious thing and staged five amazing solo women

Sink Ya Teeth @ Green Door Store, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

A plea to recognise that sometimes the simplest things will bring the most satisfaction, and all we want in this moment is that endless beat

Brittany Howard @ Roundhouse, London

by Daniel Paton

At a time when there is plenty of talk of moving functions of government away from the capital and stimulating growth in towns and regions, it’s perhaps slightly surprising that the BBC 6 Music Festival...

The Murder Capital @ 100 Club, London

by Steven Johnson

Young guitar bands have enjoyed something of a renaissance over recent years and The Murder Capital are one of the latest acts to find themselves very much in the spotlight. Hailing from Dublin, the four...

Alcest @ Heaven, London

by Sam Shepherd

Since the release of their ground breaking album Souvenirs d’un autre monde in 2007, Alcest has consistently made steps across genre boundaries and in doing so has attracted a wide and diverse audience. The French...

The Wants @ Hope & Ruin, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Much as the worlds of packaging, clothing and illustration have resorted to mid-century tropes and colour schemes, so the world of modern music has resorted to tired remakes, reboots and rehashes of the late ‘70s...

Modern Nature @ Green Door Store, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

The room, hidden as it is down an alleyway beneath the old Victorian train station arches, cavernous in proportion and flooded with darkness on this sharp March evening, is heaving with supporters and characteristically loud....

Stereophonics @ Brighton Centre, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

What’s your guilty pleasure? What perennial favourite do you always fall back on, when you’re feeling worn out? For the legend that is Keith Richards it’s apparently good old fashioned Shepherd’s Pie. A classic stodgy...

JARV IS… @ Steel Yard, London

by Michael Hubbard

For some two years, a Jarvis Cocker-starring entity known as JARV IS… has been pitching up at caves, offbeat gig venues and the odd festival space, and setting about defining what Jarv… is. In so...

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead @ Patterns, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

It seems that Jason Reece, of Austin based prog-metal lifers …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, has momentarily lost his cool and spends what seems like the first half of tonight’s...