Album Reviews
William Orbit - Pieces In A Modern Style

William Orbit – Pieces In A Modern Style

by Michael Hubbard

William Orbit might be well known as a megastar producer, the man who gave us Blur‘s 13 and Madonna‘s Ray Of Light. But this solo…



Linus @ The 12 Bar

by Michael Hubbard

Out of five bands in the 12 Bar on this freezing December evening, Linus were the most mentionable, but not always for the best reasons....

Ani DiFranco @ Forum, London

by Michael Hubbard

This was to be my third audience with Ani DiFranco, but I’d not seen her for two years, during which time she’d released another basket-load...

Sparks @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

by Michael Hubbard

“They’re a bit like Kraftwerk,” someone told me prior to this gig. This was just before the idiosyncratic American brothers Mael and their percussive accomplice...

Ani DiFranco – To The Teeth

by Michael Hubbard

She’s back. Well, it isn’t as if she ever left; Ani DiFranco has been regularly releasing two folksy-rootsy offerings per year for some time now....

The Auteurs @ Quad, London

by Michael Hubbard

The Auteurs were not the next act on after their support band. Whistler, an intriguing mix of Beth Orton and Belle and Sebastian live, finished...

Venini @ Wag Club, London

by Michael Hubbard

Imagine that you are on the set of a movie. Just for a moment, assume that the star is Mike Myers and that the costume...

The Frank And Walters @ Borderline, London

by Michael Hubbard

The Frank And Walters’ latest album Beauty Becomes More Than Life appeared in shops in July of this year. It is now September and here...

Brassy @ Borderline, London

by Michael Hubbard

“I said B to the R to the A to the S to the S to the Y!” … I’m not into hip-hop and am...

The Divine Comedy – A Secret History

by Michael Hubbard

This is an album that symbolises the parting of the ways between The Divine Comedy and Setanta Records. The band are presently recording material for...

Venini @ Reading Festival, Reading

by Michael Hubbard

Silt, who had all but caused a riot at midday in the Carling Premier Tent at the Carling Premier Weekend while drinking Carling Premier, finally...

Black Box Recorder @ Union Chapel, London

by Michael Hubbard

I first heard of Black Box Recorder because of The Auteurs, and I suppose I’m not alone. That band’s front man, Luke Haines, co-wrote all...

Venini @ Barfly, London

by Michael Hubbard

If anyone should be under the impression that Venini‘s following would include a sizeable portion of Pulp fans, all excited about seeing ex-Pulp guitarist and...

The Auteurs – How I Learned To Love The Bootboys

by Michael Hubbard

If you’re going to be influenced by the music of decades other than the present one then you may as well allow that music to...

a1 @ Astoria, London

by Michael Hubbard

They’re a boy band with a search-engine-friendly name, they’re from the same musical stable as Steps.As I write, they’ve just released one of the most...

The Frank And Walters – Beauty Becomes More Than Life

by Michael Hubbard

Try as I might, in typical critic fashion, to pigeonhole The Frank And Walters‘ Beauty Becomes More Than Life and, despite it superficially lending itself...

Liz Horsman @ Players Theatre, London

by Michael Hubbard

She’s signed to the same record label as Blur, she’s gorgeously vampy in her mannerisms and she poses in absolutely the most theatrical fashion imaginable,...

Brian @ Rough Trade Shop, London

by Michael Hubbard

It is a beautiful day. Although we’re into late afternoon the sun still smiles on all and sundry assembled on Portobello Road. Sunglasses, vests, t-shirts...

Huun Huur Tu @ Royal Festival Hall, London

by Michael Hubbard

I first heard Huun Huur Tu way back in 1996 when my flatmate, an ex-gamekeeper, swordmaster, buddhist, eater of seaweed and political activist, parked himself...

Brian @ Complex, London

by Michael Hubbard

Brian. Well, why not? As bands’ names go, there’s been a James. Maybe there’ll be a Dave or a Trevor. This band’s name, as was...