Live Music Reviews

Damien Rice @ Limelight

by Graham Smith

After support act Mouse failed to ignite any real passion (perhaps because her set was very short and the volume too low), excitement was running…



Menlo Park @ Union Chapel, London

by Michael Hubbard

Menlo [email protected] Union Chapel, London, 13 December 2002Menlo Park’s Chris Taylor takes flight.This being a chapel, yay it was right and proper that an Order...

Buck 65 – Square

by Graham Smith

Well it certainly took him a while. After spending years on the underground circuits of Halifax Nova Scotia, New York and Paris, Buck 65 (Richard...

Macy Gray – The Id

by John Murphy

Macy Gray’s debut album, On How Life Is was the most ubiquitous record of the year in 1999. It was the soundtrack to every party...

David Gray @ Earls Court, London

by Michael Osborn

A decidedly young-mature, cute couply audience came out in force to see this singer-songwriter give great value for money with an extensive, full-bodied set. Fair-haired...

Primal Scream @ Brixton Academy

by Claire Simpson

Few bands can get London’s fashionista dancing to the lines “parasitic,syphilitic” (Swastika Eyes) on a Saturday night, but Primal Scream are noordinary band. Their seven-album...

Lambchop + Eileen Rose @ Sheffield Memorial Hall, Sheffield

by John Murphy

“What a dump!” exclaims Eileen Rose as she steps onto the stage. She’s joking, of course. Sheffield’s Memorial Hall is one of the region’s best...

Darius – Dive In

by Michael Osborn

When an unknown Scotsman called Darius Danesh auditioned for Popstars with an excruciating version of Britney Spears‘ Baby One More Time, he seemed set to...

Mariah Carey – Charmbracelet

by Michael Hubbard

Having passed in and out of the hallowed doors of both Sony and EMI, superdeluxe diva Mariah Carey, she of the three-squillion-octaves voice, bounces back,...

Calexico + Mariachi Luz de Luna @ Barbican, London

by Michael Hubbard

As part of the Barbican’s Further Beyond Nashville festival, Arizona’s border town boys Calexico breezed into the central London barn with a movie soundtrack that...

The Used – The Used

by Jamil Ahmad

My good friend Jo had been elbowing me about afour-piece called Used some time ago. For the record, Jo is afriend with a nose for...

Louis Vause – Pianophernalia

by Helen Wright

In all the great films of the 1950s there seemed to be a late-night scene in a seedy night club, when the singer has gone...

Pulp – Hits

by Michael Hubbard

Pulp are a band more than most for whom the word Hits tagged to a compilation actually means what it says. This one has just...

Yann Tiersen – L’Absente

by Helen Wright

Fans of Yann Tiersen’s score for the film Amélie will not be disappointed by this album, which finally gets a UK release some two years...

Robbie Williams – Escapology

by Michael Hubbard

Almost exactly a year since his last LP release, the Sinatra-style Swing When You’re Winning, the Robster is back in time for Christmas with an...

Saint Etienne @ ICA, London

by Michael Osborn

Long-standing purveyors of fine electronic pop Saint Etienne returned to the fray at this crowded, steaming venue. A trio of synth-toting blokes melted away into...

Craig David – Slicker Than Your Average

by Michael Osborn

Craig David was a mere teenager when his debut offering Born To Do It created waves which threatened to drown the music establishment two years...

Andy Votel – All Ten Fingers

by Natasha Meaney

Andy Votel is a many splendid thing – producer, designer, DJ, remixer, record label co-founder, friend of the stars. The list is so long you’d...

The Frames @ Elmwood Hall, Belfast

by Graham Smith

This was to be an evening that was about more than just the headline act. On only their third gig, local newbies Whats The Fusz?...

The Chameleons – This Never Ending Now

by John Murphy

The Chameleons were one of the fixtures of the Manchester music scene, from the mid-80s right through to the early 90s. In Mark Burgess they...

Björk – Greatest Hits

by Michael Hubbard

favourite pixie offers up a career retrospective with a quirky track listing – and some surprises. Amongst the notable absences are monster hits It’s Oh...