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The Milk Carton Kids - All The Things I Did and All The Things That I Didn't Do

The Milk Carton Kids – All The Things I Did And All The Things That I Didn’t Do

by Sam Shepherd

Adversity and change have long provided the impetus for country music and since The Milk Carton Kids’ last album, Monterey, the duo have gone through…



Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears


The follow-up to 2016’s I, Gemini was always going to be closely watched. Their debut release saw Let’s Eat Grandma take their first steps into...

Nine Inch Nails @ Royal Albert Hall, London


From Royal Festival Hall to Royal Albert Hall. Three days, two dates, a mini-tour of venues frequented by the Queen: what a way for Nine...

Festival Review: Bushstock 2018


Amongst the ever expanding plethora of one-day musical festivals across the capital, Bushstock stands out. Now in its eighth year and sprawling across seven venues in...

Liminal @ Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, London


One of the more intriguing parts to Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival programme was the three late-night performances in the Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer of Liminal,...

Gorillaz – The Now Now


There was a time when Gorillaz seemed like the most exciting thing in pop music. Their self-titled debut and Demon Days spawned singles that became...

My Bloody Valentine @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Live shows by My Bloody Valentine have long held a special, elevated status. They’re infrequent enough to provoke genuine excitement when they do happen and...

Johnny Jewel – Themes For Television


A compilation of material that Chromatics lynchpin Johnny Jewel sent to David Lynch for Twin Peaks: The Return, Themes For Television works with a palette...

Nine Inch Nails @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Trent Reznor explodes on to the stage. Strobe footlights flash furious and immediate as the band launch straight in to Somewhat Damaged, a track made...

Mogwai @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Over the years Robert Smith has regularly expressed his admiration for Mogwai and he’s also recruited them as tour support in the past, so it was...

Moon Duo @ Purcell Room, London


How does rock music behave in a confined space? Or, to put it another way, how does space rock music work in the Purcell Room? Traditionally...

David Byrne @ Hammersmith Apollo, London


Of course, we’d heard in advance that tonight – the latest stop on David Byrne‘s American Utopia tour – might be A Bit Special. It was...

Death Cab For Cutie @ Royal Festival Hall, London


Day four of Robert Smith’s Meltdown sees the return to London of American alt rockers Death Cab For Cutie. It’s been three long years since...

Manic Street Preachers @ Royal Festival Hall, London


“You’ve been amazing – considering all these seats we’ve had to contend with,” enthuses a visibly satisfied James Dean Bradfield before signing off for the...

The Libertines @ Royal Festival Hall, London


What became of the likely lads? Well, they grew up – sort of – and ended up playing a gig, at the Robert Smith-curated Meltdown...

Gang Gang Dance – Kazuashita


The first thing to note about Gang Gang Dance’s sixth album, and their first in seven years, is how lush it all is. Like all the...

The Orb – No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds


The Orb’s 15th album No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds, released 27 years after their first, does not start as it means to go on. A bright,...

Soulwax – Essential


How long does an album take to make? History is littered with tales of day-long recording sessions, but including the writing process makes the question...

Benin City – Last Night


Despite their moniker, Benin City’s reboot LP Last Night is an ode to London; specifically, a slice of London that is vanishing day-by-day. The trio,...

The Carters – Everything Is Love


From the release of “03 Bonnie & Clyde” almost 16 years ago, it was clear that Beyoncé and Jay-Z had a chemistry. The Carters‘ chemistry...

The Psychedelic Furs @ Royal Festival Hall, London


The last few Meltdown festivals may have been a bit more low key than we’ve come to expect, whether due to leftfield/unanticipated choices of curator...