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Summer Camp - Romantic Comedy

Summer Camp – Romantic Comedy

by John Murphy

It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from Elizabeth Sankey and Jeremy Warmsley, collectively known as Summer Camp. Nearly five years in fact, since…



Black Midi @ Concorde 2, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Life is filled with a monotonous stream of inevitabilities and constants. A cavalcade of unalterable situations and circumstances that play out ad infinitum through history,...

Dan Deacon @ Scala, London

by Steven Johnson

Baltimore musician Dan Deacon has gained a reputation for playing gigs that don’t really follow standard live music norms. Tonight’s show at the Scala in...

Tame Impala – The Slow Rush

by Ross Horton

£41.25. You’ll know, because you were there, that this was all it cost for two tickets – with unnecessary cancellation protection – to see Kevin...

Katie Gately – Loom

by Ben Devlin

Four years since the release of Color, Katie Gately is back with a record just as heavy on vocal effects and harmonies, but which pushes...

Shopping – All Or Nothing

by Sam Shepherd

Logistically, it’s a surprise that All Or Nothing exists at all. Shopping‘s members are spread across the globe, and have all been busy with other...

Devendra Banhart @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

by Steven Johnson

Ma, the latest album by Devendra Banhart arrived last year with little in the way of fanfare or noise, appropriate given the hushed, gentle direction...

Green Day – Father Of All…

by Ross Horton

Green Day‘s new album Father Of All… contains a sample of a Joan Jett track originally written by convicted sex offender Gary Glitter. The band...

Frazey Ford – U Kin B The Sun

by Daniel Paton

Formerly part of roots folk group Be Good Tanyas, Frazey Ford has been on a surprising and intriguing musical journey over the past few years....

HMLTD – West Of Eden

by Nicoletta Wylde

Breaking with the usual review style here, for a moment, a question, and a vignette. Do you remember the first time you heard Nick Cave...

La Roux – Supervision

by Ben Devlin

La Roux likes to take her time: Supervision is only her third album in 11 years, and comes six years after her last release Trouble...

Anaïs Mitchell + Bonny Light Horseman @ Roundhouse, London

by Daniel Paton

This superb double performance will remain memorable for many more reasons than its coinciding with the UK leaving the European Union. Now a much more...

Ásgeir – Bury The Moon

by Nick Smith

It’s now eight years since Icelander Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson’s album Dýrð í dauðaþögn became the fastest ever selling debut album in his homeland, yes even...

Seth Lakeman – A Pilgrim’s Tale

by Michael Hubbard

On A Pilgrim’s Tale Seth Lakeman brings to life a fictionalised, immersive story based on the facts leading up to and including the Mayflower’s history-making...

Algiers @ Chalk, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Tonight Algiers are in a combative and performative mood. Front man Franklin James Fisher, normally the focal point due to that voice, risks being overshadowed by...

Wire @ Chalk, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Wire have always been semi-unwilling participants in the circuitous narrative of rock history. Dispensing with the extraneous flourishes of the then prevalent progressive and jazz...

Cerrone – DNA

by Ben Devlin

Disco is perhaps the most influential genre when it comes to present-day electronic music, and so one can understand why a legend like Cerrone would...

TORRES – Silver Tongue

by John Murphy

It’s fair to say that Mackenzie Scott, otherwise known as TORRES, has had a rough few years. Her third album, Three Futures, was her debut...

Marc Almond – Chaos And A Dancing Star

by Barry Creasy

The title of Marc Almond’s new album paraphrases a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche’s Also Sprach Zarathustra: “One must still have chaos in oneself to be...

Sløtface – Sorry For The Late Reply

by John Murphy

Sløtface‘s debut album, Try Not To Freak Out, was one of those albums that just reached out and grabbed you. Full of swirling, frenetic alt-rock...

Destroyer – Have We Met

by Nicoletta Wylde

Remember that time when that guy called Luke played a piano in the park to try and win back his ex-girlfriend? Then had to stop...