Live Reviews

The Hollywood Vampires Cover Themselves In Gory

The Hollywood Vampires Cover Themselves In Gory

Last night I saw The Rolling Stones. Did it matter that every time Keith Richards played a chord it sounded like he was launching his Telecaster down a flight of stairs? No, of course not. It was The Rolling Stones. Tonight, I’m at the SSE Arena, Wembley (a place with...

Death Cab For Cutie Follow Scala Into The Dark

Death Cab For Cutie Follow Scala Into The Dark

In 2018 Pacific Northwesterners Death Cab For Cutie celebrate the 10th anniversary to #1 record Narrow Stairs, the group’s follow-up to seminal major-label debut album Plans but they also release ninth studio album Thank You For Today, dropping 17th August. The Ben...

HAIM Have Got Something To Tell You, London

HAIM Have Got Something To Tell You, London

Friday night saw a small pilgrimage of epic proportions up a North London hill with throngs totalling 10,000. The leg work was not only rewarded with stunning views across the city and the impressive Alexandra Palace at the top, but the ultimate prize, HAIM bringing...

NOFX Puts The Party In Politics Live At Brixton Academy

NOFX Puts The Party In Politics Live At Brixton Academy

Tell me London, what’s not to like about a band who arrive on stage to a recording of Richard O’Brien’s The Time Warp just so they can play along?  A band whose lead singer has determined a dress to be the most comfortable on-stage attire without a political statement...

Yes Featuring ARW Live At Newcastle City Hall: Yes!

Yes Featuring ARW Live At Newcastle City Hall: Yes!

Sweet or salt? Crunchy or smooth? There’s currently two versions of the band Yes. Like popcorn and peanut butter, they’re kind of the same and yet completely different. Like popcorn and peanut butter, opinions on which is best/most authentic tend to be polarised and...

TLC Take No Scrubs At Mighty Hoopla

TLC Take No Scrubs At Mighty Hoopla

Seeing TLC live has been on the bucket list for a long time. Mighty Hoopla 2018 at Brockwell Park presented that opportunity. The women were headlining their first ever UK festival. Only their 2nd UK date ever, the first being May 2017, we eagerly awaited their...

The The 2018 Comeback Special Tour

The The 2018 Comeback Special Tour

“You have to find your way back to creativity”, said Matt Johnson in last year’s documentary The Inertia Variations, in light of having finally completed and performed (for a live radio broadcast) his first The The song in some 15 years. The extraordinary film,...

Slam Dunk South 2018 Live Review

Slam Dunk South 2018 Live Review

The weather told me to expect thunderstorms, so I wrapped up expecting to get wet. That was my first mistake of the day. I had to carry around my rain coat and walking around for the day in jeans and boots with glorious sunshine beaming down. It ended up being the...

All Round Fantastic Negrito Live @ Dingwalls

All Round Fantastic Negrito Live @ Dingwalls

It’s difficult to summarise an evening so impressionable that every part of the experience lingers with you for days on end. Characterised by an energy so emphatic you could feel it moving through you - it was a night where this relatively unknown artist truly lived...

Lo Moon Rises At Omeara

Lo Moon Rises At Omeara

Listen to Lo Moon’s suave debut album and it's easy to imagine the trio in polo necks and impeccably tailored suits, two hunched over their instruments as the vocalist sways gently at the mic stand. Reality’s a little different. Admittedly guitarist Samuel Stewart is...

CHVRCHES Declare Love Is Dead At House Of Vans

CHVRCHES Declare Love Is Dead At House Of Vans

“Well, this is new,” observes Lauren Mayberry, pointing out the drummer seated behind her. But, while he brings a visceral power and hyperkinetic energy to the CHVRCHES live sound, adding Johnny Scott to their touring line-up certainly isn’t all that’s new tonight....

U.S. Girls Electrify The Stereo In Glasgow

U.S. Girls Electrify The Stereo In Glasgow

U.S. Girls, the project started up by Canadian-American Meghan Remy, is currently on their In A Poem Unlimited tour around Europe, named after their latest album. They visited Scotland on the last leg of their tour and played The Stereo in Glasgow. Accompanying Remy...

Everybody Wants A Peace Of The Action

Everybody Wants A Peace Of The Action

What’s in a name? Not much, it turns out, for Peace; their gigs are anything but. Possessed of an audience every bit as energetic as most of their songs, the band’s Kentish Town Forum show is loud, brash, sweaty, tireless, visceral, and totally invigorating. With a...