Reviews Index

2nd Gen – Irony Is

by Michael Hubbard

While scanning the press release for Irony is we read a lot about Wajid Yaseen’s “no rules” approach to music making, but we’ve read such…



I Am Kloot @ University, Liverpool


There’s a storm warning. There’s a hurricane coming. Its really not a big deal though, so get out from under the table, and put away...

Goldfrapp @ ULU, London


Felt Mountain, Goldfrapp’s debut album, appeared in September 2000 on Mute Records and caused an awful lot of excitement. Sublime, decadent, twisted and elegant were...

Labradford – Fixed :: Context


If we assume that post-rock is more than a critic’s concept and that bands and artists actually aspire to achieve this state with their music,...

Tram – Frequently Asked Questions


The ultra-acoustic Tram, consisting of Paul Anderson and Nick Avery, have much to offer fans of Smog and even Mojave 3, although they don’t really...

Ani DiFranco @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


The usual compliment of hyperventilating teenagers, lesbians in dungarees making a point of kissing each other and random hacks feeling just tad nervous had piled...

Super Delta Three – Eve Sub Rebel


Super Delta Three‘s Eve Sub Rebel (no explanation of the title is offered) starts sounding like a Garbage side project and essentially ends up in...

The Divine Comedy @ Temple Bar, Dublin


“Old forms equals new life?” New label, new direction, new pressures? Choosing a new direction is a hard and dangerous business. For reasons as varied...

Melys @ EuroSonic


We are in northern Holland for EuroSonic 2001. Radio stations across Europe are presenting their own nations finest and most promising talent. The result is...

The Wonder Stuff @ Forum, London


Tonight we are going to be treated to the very best of the Wonderstuff. And they really have got some wonderful stuff in their back...

Reef @ The Astoria


Jimmy Page-like riffs and Jack Bessant’s throbbing basslines reverberate around the Astoria. There are going to be a good few cases of tinitus tonight. The...

Le Tigre + Electrelane @ Garage, London


T’was the night of the indie gurrrls in Highbury. Nu Yawkers Le Tigre, headlining, were supported by two all-girl groups, of which the second was...

The Cult – Best Of Rare Cult


Beautifully described by Beggars Banquet as “a mammoth vault-cleansing exercise”, the six-CD box set entitled Rare Cult features recordings by The Cult from 1984 to...

Andy Votel – Styles Of The Unexpected


Andy Votel, founder of Twisted Nerve Records (which he runs with his first signing, one Badly Drawn Boy by the name of Damon Gough), is...

Moby @ Wembley Arena, London


“There is something terribly masturbatory about standing on stage at a venue called an arena with a loud electric guitar.” Moby is preparing us for...

Magnetophone, Upstairs @ The Garage


Starting very late and with no support, Magnetophone had their work cut out from the start with an audience of around 100, some of whom...

Talvin Singh @ Union Chapel, London


We flocked in our hundreds to see London-based Singh’s second Untouched concert, at which we were to expect spiritual music in a definitively spiritual setting....

Lupine Howl – Underworld, London


On the back of their debut single release on Beggars Banquet, 125, Spiritualized refugees Michael Mooney, Sean Cook et al took to the stage with...

Magnetophone – I Guess Sometimes I Need To Be Reminded Of How Much You Love Me


I love this album. I love the fact that 4AD released it, confirming their diversity in genres. This historic label is also the home of...

Anjali – Anjali


What a wonderfully eclectic debut, this eponymously titled collection of Anjaliness. From the opening tangental notes of single Lazy Lagoon through the distinctly arabic Strawberry...

Leigh Franklin @ Soho Theatre, London


To say that I was looking forward to hearing Leigh Franklin’s first proper London performance would be an understatement. A week before her graceful entrance...