Reviews Index

The Montgolfier Brothers – The World Is Flat

by Michael Hubbard

The Montgolfier Brothers’ debut album Seventeen Stars became the first album release on Alan McGee’s new Poptones label following his departure from Creation. Three years…



Björk – Vespertine


If anyone was in any doubt at all about Björk’s success as one of the planet’s most popular and inventive stars then let me remind...

The Strokes – Is This It


Are The Strokes really the saviours of rock ‘n’ roll? Well, yeah, maybe they are. With their stunning debut album, Is This It, five unlikely...

Mercury Rev – All Is Dream


For years, Mercury Rev seemed destined to remain in the “obscure US indie-rockers” bracket. Albums such as Yerself Is Steam were cult items treasured by...

Iggy Pop @ Reading Festival, Reading


Iggy Pop allegedly gave up hard drugs and alcohol abuse in the nineties. But watching him, it was hard to believe. He moved as if...

Ikara Colt @ Reading Festival, Reading


Hot, but not bothered, and barely drunk enough on this scorched afternoon, Colt enthusiasts crushed into the Carling tent. Some sought chaos, others were just...

Billiardman + The Duke Quartet @ Spitz, London


A debut performance by a band who’ve not yet released anything would not normally be attended by quite so many music industry insiders; not to...

Primal Scream + Greedy Souls @ Astoria


Tonight, supporting the fantastic Primal Scream is the second gig of Greedy Souls. How do you get to support Bobby Gillespie and his merry men...

Six By Seven + Parva + King Of Woolworths @ Scala, London


Six By Seven headlined the third of four nights celebrating Mantra Records’ 5th birthday. Rock of Travolta opened with an alluring noisefest. Named like an...

Natacha Atlas @ Scala, London


The Scala is a stunning venue. When you arrive for the first time, you don’t know where to go, you feel lost, but once you...

Gorkys Zygotic Mynci + South @ The Scala


After an interminable wait, South appeared on stage and revealed themselves to be four photogenic young chaps who seemed unable to decide on which instruments...

Piano Magic – Son de Mar


Son de Mar can mean either ‘the sound of the sea’ or ‘born of the sea’, and is the title of the most recent film...

Richard Hawley @ Spitz, London


Following a solid if sedate support set from an American with an acoustic guitar called David, on came a bespectacled, tall person from Sheffield who...

The Darkness @ Monarch, London


Alice Cooper‘s drama and Mick Jagger‘s arrogance. The set ranged from power ballads to camp rock pastiche. Fancy guitar-work and melodramatic poses were delicately balanced...

Stanton Warriors – The Stanton Sessions


Here we have a mix album; it consists of 19 tracks, some originals by The Stanton Warriors, some are remixes of other artists’ works, ranging...

His Name Is Alive – Someday My Blues Will Inherit The Earth


The soulful and precise vocals of Lovetta Pippen are responsible in no small part for making this collection of blues-influenced soul, jazz and r’n’b so...

Radiohead + Beck + Supergrass + Sigur Rós + Humphrey Lyttelton @ South Park, Oxford


40,000 people under a leaden sky faced towards some scaffolding with grey strips of fabric either side, each depicting the bear-like cartoon character from Amnesiac...

Madonna @ Earl’s Court, London


It was American Independence Day when the lady known as Madge, Mrs Ritchie, The Material Girl or just plain old Madonna ambled into town for...

His Name Is Alive @ Arts Cafe


His Name Is Alive have brought from the American Midwest a selection of songs which have been described as “haunting”, “angelic”, “quirky” pop. Writer-guitarist Warren...

Luke Haines – The Oliver Twist Manifesto


Just three weeks after his last album release comes The Oliver Twist Manifesto by Luke Haines and, like Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry, it features...

Basement Jaxx – Rooty


Very confident prediction #1: every club from Ibiza to Ilford is going to be groovin’ to the sound of Basement Jaxx this summer. Very confident...