Live Music Reviews

Lupine Howl @ Union Chapel, London

by Helen Wright

This was an eagerly awaited gig – the chance to hear the recently formed band Lupine Howl. Born from the ashes of Spiritualized and just…



Sigur Rós – Ágætis Byrjun

by Andrew Burgess

Iceland’s Sigur Rós have stated plainly their intent to “change music forever, and the way people think about music.” And with their second proper album,...

Sgt Rock – Live The Dream

by Michael Hubbard

‘Tis the season for some debuts, being summer, despite what London’s weather system seems to think. So here’s the debut album from Sgt. Rock, a...

Sgt Rock – The Monarch

by Michael Hubbard

In a tiny venue up some stairs in Camden we found four people on a stage. One of them looked fairly ordinary, one looked like...

Coldplay – Parachutes

by Michael Hubbard

Rarely have guitars sounded smoother. This Coldplay album sits somewhere between the serene perfection of The Prayer Boat‘s Polichinelle and a Radiohead acoustic set, and...

Ian Astbury – Spirit, Light, Speed

by Michael Hubbard

What would happen, have you ever wondered, if Tim Curry in Frank’n’Furter garb were to be genetically fused at the voice box with Cilla Black?...

Badly Drawn Boy – The Hour Of Bewilderbeast

by Michael Hubbard

A long time coming, this debut album from Badly Drawn Boy. Once Around The Block was released to a pleased assemblage of critics last year...

Bis – Music For A Stranger World

by Michael Hubbard

Remember the 1980s? A different century, so they were. The bands at the top of the charts included the likes of Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran,...

Paul van Dyk – Out There And Back

by Michael Hubbard

The music technology practitioner’s bible, EQ, claims that everything Paul van Dyk touches turns to gold and it is easy to understand this when you...

The Prayer Boat – Polichinelle

by Michael Hubbard

Something of a surprise, this first mass-release effort from Ireland’s Emmett Tinley and his band. Lots of bands at this stage of their musical shelf-life...

Jacques – To Stars

by musicOMH

Anthony Reynolds may not be a name you’ve heard of before. Being resolutely indie in his outlook, he seems not to have actively courted fame,...

Saint Etienne @ Forum, London

by Helen Wright

If the crowd at the Forum and recent press reports are anything to go by, a lot of people out there think Saint Etienne are...

Brassy @ Garage, London

by Michael Hubbard

Who were those strange people in the very tall hats and very short… shorts? When The Garage’s doors finally opened and when nearly everyone had...

Brassy – Got It Made

by Michael Hubbard

Finally! The word “anticipated” is an understatement when applied to this, the debut album from Brassy. How long have we waited?? Anyway, finally it is...

Black Box Recorder @ Union Chapel, London

by Michael Hubbard

Black Box Recorder must like the Union Chapel. This is the second time in less than a year they’ve played here, having supported Smog in...

Mojave 3 – Excuses For Travellers

by Michael Hubbard

From the opening track onwards, Excuses For Travellers, Mojave 3’s third album, worked its way into my soul, almost seeped it’s way in there. By...

Mojave 3 @ Dingwalls, London

by Michael Hubbard

Quiet, reflective acoustic music came to Camden, with Neil Halstead and his Mojave 3 bandmates wending their way through a set list of old and...

Paleday @ Water Rats, London

by Chris Linosi

Surprises DO happen. Walking towards the Water Rats in Kings Cross last Tuesday, it suddenly struck me how truly awful the pop music scene has...

Goran Bregovic @ Barbican, London

by Sabina Nenkova

“Goran Bregovic is playing the Barbican,” I was told. I was not quite sure if that would be the same Goran I’d heard of years...

Ute Lemper @ Royal Festival Hall, London

by Chris Linosi

One must surely wonder whether Ute Lemper feels angry towards Germany, considering the amount of times she criticised her native country. I’m sure, however, that...

Black Box Recorder – The Facts Of Life

by Michael Hubbard

As an experiment in corrupting teenagers, Black Box Recorder‘s second album, The Facts Of Life, works remarkably well. It features songs with sounds and arrangements...