Live Music + Gig Reviews

The Frank And Walters @ Mean Fiddler, London

by Michael Hubbard

Supported by up-and-coming Irish band The Marbles, Cork’s finest took to the stage amid the customary football chant of “We are we are we are we are we are The Frank And Walters” from the…



The Nectarine No 9 @ Water Rats, London

by Michael Hubbard

Transelement are a youthful fullsome threesome from Lancashire, full of angst and with some great pieces of music with which to let the angst flood out. At times with their thrashier numbers sounding like an...

Soulwax + Brassy @ Charlotte, Leicester

by Andrew Pycroft

I went to the gig after listening to the Soulwax album once and being relatively impressed. This was first time I’d attended a gig at The Charlotte and I was amazed by just how small...

Indigo Girls – Retrospective

by Michael Hubbard

‘Tis the season for compilations, tra la la la la, tra la la la… yes indeed, Whitney, Blur, The Beatles and even those arch-feminist guitarists, Indigo Girls, are at it. Retrospective is an album which...

Radiohead @ Punchestown Racecourse, Dublin

by James McCartney

I left Punchestown feeling distinctly downbeat and subdued long before the final encore. My expectations of Radiohead’s last show in Dublin had been high… a purpose built arena, 150,000 volts, a genuine freakshow and one...

The Frank And Walters – Glass

by Michael Hubbard

The Frank And Walters. Remember them? If so, you may remember that they were supported live by Suede and Radiohead and, as recently as a year ago, The Dum Dums, those bastions of pretty boys...

Maxim – Hell’s Kitchen

by Michael Hubbard

Prior to the debut single Carmen Queasy, which gatecrashed the UK Top 40 with Skin from Skunk Anansie providing vocal prowess, the last you are likely to have heard of Maxim was Prodigy‘s last proper...

Madonna – Music

by Michael Hubbard

The thing is, see, we’re biased. There is really nothing that Madonna has recorded that has not been worth storing in the “best songs” compartment of our brains. I say “our” – I mean those...

Radiohead – Kid A

by Michael Hubbard

An interesting musical study would be to compare the directions of Parlophone bands Radiohead and Blur. The latter’s last album, 13, was so obscure that some critics were writing the band off as past it...

Whistler – Faith In The Morning

by Michael Hubbard

Whistler have so far released only one other album, entitled Whistler. Faith In The Morning follows similar themes of instrumetation, with EMF refugee Ian Dench providing guitar foil to James Topham’s melancholic viola, while Kerry...

Radiohead + Sigur Rós @ Goffert Park, Nijmegen

by Andrew Pycroft

When I heard that Radiohead had announced a European tour, I bought tickets straight away over the internet and then the day after they announced some UK dates! Annoying at the time yes, but having...

Whistler @ Union Chapel, London

by Michael Hubbard

Following an excellent acoustic set by two softly-spoken chaps which included a cover of A-Ha‘s Manhattan Skyline, Whistler took to the stage of the Union Chapel’s annexe in front of a film. The film was...

Bond @ Royal Albert Hall, London

by Michael Hubbard

Something new, something different, not run-of-the-mill, an interesting direction. These are perhaps the words that ran through the minds of some the top brass of Universal, Decca Records’ parent company, when they dreamt up the...

Cinerama – Disco Volante

by John Murphy

Every ’80s student bedsit stereotype loved The Wedding Present, and this is former frontman David Gedge’s new band. If there was a fault with The Wedding Present, it was the self-confessed tendency for “all the...

Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain

by Chris Linosi

This marvel of a recording could possibly be a contender for the year’s best album. All of the nine tracks on Goldfrapp‘s Felt Mountain are written, performed, produced, and mixed by Alison Goldfrapp (vocals, whistling...

Skee-Lo – I Can’t Stop

by Michael Hubbard

Chicago emigré Skee-Lo, now securely ensconced in the sunny and presumably inspiring surrounds of Los Angeles, famous for his single Wish (“I wish I was taller, I wish I was a baller…”) and the two Grammy...

Lindsey Thompson – Room In A Basement

by Michael Hubbard

Winner of the Loot Music Awards 2000, Lindsey Thompson’s debut album, Room In A Basement, affirms such an accolade by proving to be a real surprise. And she has rather a lot going for her....

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 signed to Beggars Banquet, after releasing a couple of critically...

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, Ágætis Byrjun, they seem to be making good on their...

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 chap from Tooting who should know that his “sunshine-kissed vocals”...

Sgt Rock @ Monarch, London

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 summint from Little House On The Prairie, still another looked...