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The Music @ Astoria, London

by Natasha Meaney

Led Zeppelin and a corresponding presence that will certainly force its mark on tonight’s crowd. In fact Astoria veterans will note an almost lifting of…



The Divine Comedy + Ben Folds – Ambassadors Theatre, Dublin


After Neil Hannon discussed the brilliance of Ben Folds in several interviews, Ben eventually returned the compliment by asking Neil to tour in America earlier...

Barry Adamson – The King of Nothing Hill


Barry Adamson was born and bred in Manchester andtrained as an architect before deciding to give it allup and become a musician. Playing bass with...

Mundy + Nina Hynes – Auntie Annie’s, Belfast


Considering Turin Brakes were at the Empire on the same night, Auntie Annie’s was still quite busy for this Radio 2 Fringe event. But then...

Schneider TM – Zoomer


It’s understandable if your heart sinks when you read of a new, “futuristic” electronica act. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that Fischerspooner were...

The Polyphonic Spree – The Beginning Stages Of


The Polyphonic Spree made their UK debut as support for The Divine Comedy at David Bowie‘s Meltdown this summer. There are 24 of them, all...

Bryan Ferry @ Olympia, Paris


“It’s quite nerve-wracking to open up for Bryan Ferry.” Rosie Thomas has stage fright. No, it’s more like audience fright. The audience doesn’t bite, Rosie....

Levellers – Green Blade Rising


With its socialist realist artwork and bountiful fiddles and mandolins, this seventh studio album is very much a back-to-the-roots affair for Brighton’s finest. Even the...

Milk Inc – Milk Inc


Those pesky Belgians have got a lot to answer for. As if not content with foisting the likes of Ian Van Dahl and Lasgo upon...

Sondre Lerche – Faces Down


Sondra Lerche, a prodigiously talented young Norwegian, makes the kind ofdreamy, folksy pop that belies his 19 years of age. Writing all his ownmusic, Sondre’s...

His Name Is Alive – Last Night


Say 4AD to most people and one of two types of bands are usuallymentioned. Either wispy and ethereal, such as the Cocteau Twins, orpunky and...

Peter Gabriel @ La Mutualité, Paris


The man has aged. Even Mick Jagger looks pretty much the same as he did 10 years ago. A shaved head and a snow-white goatee...

Oasis @ Zenith, Paris


This is the rock’n’roll version of a Man United match. It must be the red t-shirts and the English accents, but when I spot the...

Lifehouse – Stanley Climbfall


Before asking “Lifehouse who?” it is worth noting that this band had the most played single on US radio last year with Hanging By A...

Unity Hi-Power – Watch How The People Dancing


In order to understand what this record is about, it is first of all necessary to sketch in brief the history of reggae music in...

Komputer – Market Led


Komputer are North London beat merchants Simon Leonard andDavid Baker. Their band name is very appropriate given that their musicrevolves around the manipulation of complex...

The Shining – True Skies


It’s simple really, if you’re gonna steal, steal from the best and then just make sure you’ve got the balls to front it out. Kicking...

John Squire – Time Changes Everything


There’s only so long you can live off your reputation, and the reservoir of goodwill that the first, epoch-making, Stone Roses album created for John...

Paul Weller – Illumination


It had seemed as if the so-called Godfather of Britpop’s halo had slipped in recent times. After the triumphant comeback of Wild Wood and Stanley...

Underworld – A Hundred Days Off


You could sense the knives being sharpened as Underworld limbered up for their fourth album (fifth if you include the rather patchy live set of...

Kraftwerk @ Cité de la Musique, Paris


“Transformers, more than meets the eye/Transformers, robots in diguise.” The jingle to the Transformer toy rings more like a publicity jingle for Kraftwerk. The legendary electronica...