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Girl Ray

Girl Ray @ Scala, London

by Steven Johnson

North London three piece Girl Ray are still at the early stage of their career where they proudly list their musical influences on their various…



John Carpenter – Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998


The influence of John Carpenter’s movies is undeniable. Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without Halloween for example, and the exploits of Michael Myers have influenced slasher...

Beck – Colors


The ‘musical magpie’, the ‘kooky Scientologist’, or plain Beck Hansen returns from the wilderness with news from his latest planet of sound. Colors (American spelling,...

Högni – Two Trains


Over the course of the last decade Högni Egilsson has led a varied and musical existence. He’s been a key figure in the development of...

Lost Horizons – Ojalá


Bella Union label owner and Cocteau Twins bassist, Simon Raymonde, emerges from behind the shop counter with a former label-mate and frequent collaborator, Dif Juz...

Festival Review: Mirrors 2017


Now in its third year, Mirrors brings the single-day, multi-venue microfestival – Bushstock, say, or the early days of the Camden Crawl – to Hackney....

Camille @ Barbican, London


For an artist who lives just over a short stretch of water, Camille Dalmais’ appearances in London are far too infrequent. On this occasion, this...

Weezer – Pacific Daydream


Weezer return with Pacific Daydream, an album which boasts of being abstract and on another level. For their 11th record, the Los Angeles band were...

The Big Moon @ KOKO, London


“Jules and I didn’t have our normal conversation we have before shows,” says Big Moon bassist Celia Archer after Nothing Without You – all the...

St Vincent @ Brixton Academy, London


When St Vincent’s fifth record Masseduction landed a couple of weeks ago it was met with a slew of gushing reviews. Since her debut was...

Grandbrothers – Open


Grandbrothers are a musical duo that create music from one instrument – the piano. They’re not both pianists however and that provides a helpful opening...

Squeeze – The Knowledge


“If you’re a genius it might take you a year. On the other hand it might take you two, or even ten. And if it...

Slowdive @ Roundhouse, London


Tonight’s show at the Roundhouse brought to an end the European leg of Slowdive‘s year-long tour that has also seen them play sold-out shows in...

St Vincent – MASSEDUCTION


St Vincent‘s fith album comes with a pretty high degree of expectation. 2015’s self-titled record was a career high, full of inventive, thrilling and accessible...

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice


The announcement of a Courtney Barnett/Kurt Vile collaborative record earlier in the year felt like Christmas had come early. Both artists have overcome the perilously...

Liam Gallagher – As You Were


Liam Gallagher’s first solo album, three years after the fizzling out of his post-Oasis band Beady Eye, is surprisingly good. It is named after the...

Hurts – Desire


Manchester duo Hurts, consisting of Adam Anderson and Theo Hutchcraft, have always been rather intriguing. Like Everything Everything they can be difficult to place in...

Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life


Wolf Alice return with their eagerly-awaited second album, Visions Of A Life – and it has a lot to live up to. The likes of...

Benjamin Clementine – I Tell A Fly


With his compelling back story as a youth spent living homeless in Paris, a highly idiosyncratic compositional style, and above all, his astonishing, multi-octave voice,...

Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger In The Alps


There’s nothing like a bit of pressure on a young artist. Phoebe Bridgers is a 23 year old LA-based songwriter who early collaborator Ryan Adams...

The Horrors – V


Ten years on from their debut album, it’s still very clear what drives The Horrors. “For us to be excited and motivated it has to...