Album Reviews
Björk - Vespertine

Björk – Vespertine

by Michael Hubbard

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…



Iggy Pop @ Reading Festival, Reading

by Pippa Moye

Iggy Pop allegedly gave up hard drugs and alcohol abuse in the ’90s. But watching him, it was hard to believe. He moved as if...

Ikara Colt @ Reading Festival, Reading

by Pippa Moye

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

by Michael Hubbard

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

by Johnny Mango

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

by Pippa Moye

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

by Sabina Nenkova

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...

Piano Magic – Son de Mar

by Helen Wright

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...

Gorkys Zygotic Mynci + South @ The Scala

by Michael Hubbard

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...

Richard Hawley @ Spitz, London

by Michael Hubbard

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

by Pippa Moye

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

by Michael Hubbard

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

by Michael Hubbard

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

by Michael Hubbard

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

by Michael Hubbard

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

by Pippa Moye

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

by Michael Hubbard

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...

Horsepower – Fayetteville

by Helen Wright

In the new tradition of Badly Drawn Boy and David Gray, ‘Fayetteville’ from Horsepower – released on their own label – sounds as if a...

Basement Jaxx – Rooty

by Michael Hubbard

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...

Basement Jaxx @ Brixton Academy, London

by Michael Hubbard

With an unprecedented level of politeness from the traditionally distasteful Academy staff, one of whom tonight even smiled at me, the mood was light and...

Outkast @ Brixton Academy, London

by musicOMH

On this night, even though you know where you are and how you got there, for a split second you not only question whereyou are...