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…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead + Clinic @ Astoria, London

by Johnny Mango

There is a touch of the theatricals going on tonight at the Astoria. The Faint begin with a lone motionless figure at the front of…



Yann Tiersen @ Royal Festival Hall, London

by Helen Wright

“What instrument do you think he plays?” my companion and I were idly wondering, as we observed a vastly French audience gathered at the Royal...

Haven – Between The Senses

by John Murphy

The world would seem to be Haven’s oyster right now. Ever since Travis went interstellar in 1999, it seems that every year throws up another...

The Electric Soft Parade – Holes In The Wall

by Michael Hubbard

Sibling bands are back in fashion; look no further than The White Stripes for evidence. But look beyond the gimmicks, the retro noise and the...

The Notwist – Neon Golden

by John Murphy

Say the words “German pop” to any self-respecting pop music fan and you’ll probably be met with a shudder of horror whilst your unfortunate friend...

Indigo Girls @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

by Michael Hubbard

It’s been too long since the UK has been graced with the presence of Atlanta’s finest, the Indigo Girls. Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, veterans...

InMe @ The Mean Fiddler

by Michael Osborn

The county of Essex has come in for an awful lot of stick over the years. Corny Essex girl jokes aside, they’ve produced some of...

The Chemical Brothers – Come With Us

by Michael Hubbard

It Began In Afrika was a Top 10 smash single last year for The Chemical Brothers, back after an absence that seems longer than the...

Neil Halstead – Sleeping On Roads

by Michael Hubbard

Neil Halstead’s debut solo album Sleeping On Roads is a delicate, intimate and quite lovely thing. Nine tracks vie for the attention of your innermost...

Taproot + Pulse Ultra @ Mean Fiddler, London

by Vik Bansal

The visit of Taproot, one of America’s hottest up-and-coming rock bands, to a venue as cosy as The Mean Fiddler, has left many an unfortunate...

The Beta Band @ Ocean, London

by Johnny Mango

If I could’ve been in any band, I used to think I’d have liked to be in something like the Happy Mondays. Rock’n’Roll excess –...

Incubus @ Wembley Arena, London

by Azeem Ahmad

The opening acts of the bill were much hyped newcomers Hoobastank, hailed by some as the next Incubus, and 311 whom Incubus supported at many...

The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster @ Garage, London

by Michael Hubbard

“You’ve drunk enough alcohol to float a ship! You motherfuckin’ whores and idiots! You are about to witness demons and hellfire!” said an old bloke...

Tori Amos @ Hammersmith Apollo, London

by Michael Osborn

When this highly original performer floated onto the stage in a sea of blue chiffon and feathers wearing her jeans underneath, we knew it was...

Neil Halstead @ Arts Cafe, London

by Michael Hubbard

Mojave 3’s Neil Halstead performed solo in London for the second time in a month, this time at the tiny Arts Cafe. Promoting the release...

Travis @ Hammersmith Apollo, London

by Michael Hubbard

Travis, a bunch of nice blokes from Glasgow, turned up at the London Apollo. This big barn, with an all-seater layout, is always bizarre for...

Gabrielle @ London Apollo

by Michael Hubbard

Gabrielle, the UK’s very own soul diva, returned to the vast Hammersmith Apollo for the second time in six months and, true to form, kept...

Hives @ Astoria

by Johnny Mango

The Swedish five-piece, resplendent in matching black shirts with white ties, command the Astoria stage. They create an odd visual experience. Two of the band...

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

by Helen Wright

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

by Johnny Mango

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...