Live Reviews


Ryan Adams @ The Royal Albert Hall, London 19/03/2013

There was a tension surrounding the fact that it was Adams’ first show with a band for four years

My Bloody Valentine @ Hammersmith Apollo, 13/03/2013

The delighted but now possibly hearing-impaired audience had enough for one night. But surely, most will happily come back for more sonic torture

The 1975 @ Borderline, London 18/02/13

A work in progress, if they can find more tracks that can match ‘Sex’ and ‘The City’ they will be flying, as surely no one wants an 80s white funk revival

Clock Opera @ Heaven 8/11/12 by Fran Jolley

A surprisingly great live act, one would have imagined a Clock Opera to be bedroom boys hiding behind their banks of keyboards and failing to engage with an audience, how wrong I was.

Mac DeMarco @ Birthdays, London 19/11/12

For once it didn’t feel like a f***ing catwalk but an actual gig where people had fun and it made me happier than thousands of Mister Freeze & I felt like hugging Mac DeMarco and giving him a Megadude Medal.

Cold Specks @ Mercury Lounge, New York 08/11/12

A triumphant start to the 7-piece band’s North American tour, which not even superstorm Sandy could derail

Japandroids @ Heaven, London 26/10/2012

Thankfully, on stage the Vancouver duo are the same act we saw pumping out the unrelenting, visceral tones of Post Nothing a few years ago

Nada Surf @ The Scala, London 15/10/12

The new album is perfect for the live arena and Ira Elliot’s drumming becomes more loose and exciting by the gig.

Standon Calling 2012 @ Standon Lordship, Hertfordshire 2-4/8/2012

Even in silly amounts of rain, choice acts shone on this year’s varied and slightly unpredictable line-up.

Benicassim 2012 @ Benicassim, Spain 12-15/07/2012

More used to attending festivals in rain soaked fileds than ones next to sun drenched beaches, we couldn’t wait to set off for Spain