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Neil Halstead

Neil Halstead @ ICA, London

by Michael Hubbard

“Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, performing material from his debut solo album for the first time at the Institute for Contemporary Arts, please welcome one of…



Pulp @ Brixton Academy, London


I wish I had long fingers. You can do so much with them. Jarvis Cocker can turn his into birds, creeping plant tendrils and much...

Melys @ Dublin Castle


Melys are an extraordinarily lucky group of people. When the record label they were signed to, Pinnacle, went bust a few years ago they were...

The White Stripes @ Astoria, London


I have never, in all my long life, seen the Astoria hosting such a vast collection of bodies as I did on this White Stripes...

Lighthouse Family – Whatever Gets You Through The Day


Lighthouse Family, one of the late 1990s’ biggest-selling UK pop acts, introduced us to their new album by way of that tried and tested promotional...

The Divine Comedy @ NEC, Killarney


Sometimes life is bittersweet. One such time for me was seeing The Divine Comedy for the 30th time, knowing that the next time I saw...

Transglobal Underground @ Ocean


Transglobal Underground. That’s “world music”, innit? Possibly, but the Underground is, first and foremost, an accomplished, professional and highly talented band. They’ve been around for...

Madonna – GHV2


It is about a decade since GHV1 – better known as The Immaculate Collection – was released. Greatest Hits Volume 2 picks up where that...

The Cure – Greatest Hits


Twenty-two years ago a quasi-punk band fronted by one Robert Smith had a huge hit with a song called Boys Don’t Cry which launched them...

Natalie Imbruglia – White Lilies Island


Back in 1997, when Kylie was more Queen of the Bargain Bin than National Princess of Pop, the idea of a former Neighbours starlet embarking...

Hefner @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


On the back of their just-released album Dead Media, Hefner have been touring the UK and tonight finish at the Empire. Supported by bass-driven electro-funksters...

Elbow @ Astoria, London


Tonight we have a treat in store for us down at the ex Crosse & Blackwell pickle factory that is the Astoria. Elbow have been...

Cooperbrown @ 100 Club, London


The sound of Cooper Brown erupted through the ancient PA system at this Oxford Street haunt. They opened with ‘Sinner’. Heavy bass riffs and strong...

Pulp – We Love Life


First, a little bit of history. Jarvis Cocker was rarely off the airwaves or CD players during my college days. Everyone – almost literally –...

Slipper – Zoon Sandwich


Lounge tinged jazz, jazz tinged gospel… whichever piece of the press release you believe, Zoon Sandwich sees Slipper doing with it what Moby did with...

Richard Hawley @ Dingwalls, London


Richard Hawley, at the ripe old age of 34, is slightly bemused by the reaction to his newly launched solo career. He seems to think...

Richard Hawley – Late Night Final


“Richard Hawley’s songs are from a life where classic Americana collides with true grit Northern Britain. Where big fenders and Roy Orbison rub shoulders with...

Set Fire To Flames – Sings Reign Rebuilder


Set Fire To Flames are an offshoot of near legendary experimental rock group, Godspeed! You Black Emperor! A 13 strong collective, featuring members of Godspeed...

Jah Wobble & Bill Laswell – Radioaxiom: A Dub Transmission


Groove Armada eat your fashionable hearts out. Sometime Johnny Rotten collaborator and bonkers bassist Jah Wobble gets together with jazz and dub producer Bill Laswell...

Dolly TV @ Barfly, Sheffield


Dolly TV are splendid. They look and sound a bit like Placebo and a bitlike King Adora, but with far, far, far more poise, attitude...

Fun>Da>Mental – There Shall Be Love


Earlier this year, as I swayed a few feet away from them, I was enthralled and heartened by the spirituality, tenderness and intricacy of Fun>Da>Mental’s...