Live Reviews


The Hickey Underworld @ The Flowerpot, Camden 27/07/09

It seems the Hickey Underworld have found a gold mine but can they strike the jackpot outside of the home front?

Hockey, Chew Lips @ Vibe Bar, London 09/07/2009

As any industry simpleton can tell you, there are two reasons why a band gets signed, either they’re a truly brilliant band destined for great things or they sound/look/act like an already signed band destined for great things. Unfortunately, Hockey fall into the latter category, and have been signed-up amidst a stampede of A&R men [...]

Chief @ Luminaire, London 02/07/09

Like Fleet Foxes, Chief hark back to the Topanga Canyon scene of the early 70s

Glastonbury Festival 2009 @ Worthy Farm, Pilton

Nine hours, yes nine hours, in a National Express coach is enough to dampen even the most excited of spirits. Yet when our stuffy old coach rumbled past Worthy Farm there was a reassuring cheer from the half-cut punters in the back rows. After the arduous nine hour journey comes the krypton Factor-esque challenge of [...]

Chew Lips @ The Lexington, London 23/06/09

Chew Lips are the latest electro pop band to be sucked into the vacuum of the buzz band rumour mill. The trouble with this level of attention is as much as it elevates bands to a platform for success, it shines a persistent spot lamp that glares unfalteringly, revealing blemishes in its cruel gaze. Tonight [...]

Blur @Wolverhampton Civic Hall 24/06/09

Its midnight and I’ve just unlocked the door to my flat. My clothes are soaking wet and clinging to me – but it isn’t raining. My eyeliner is smudged across my face and my hair is a damp and matted mess. I can feel the familiar aches and pains of bruised ribs, ringing ears, a [...]

Fenech-Soler, London 13/06/2009

It seems Fenech-Soler could be standing on the cusp of tantalising greatness. Armed with an arsenal of incredible electro tunes written with nuance well beyond their tender years, they are paused, tentative, waiting for the world to cotton on. For the music fan this calm before the storm of success yields the opportunity to witness [...]

The Pains Of Being Pure at Heart @ Cargo 10/06/09

With eighties tinged electro pop going mainstream this year, thanks largely to the diminutive Little Boots and Co. The underground has seemingly lost it’s soundtrack. However, since late last year a new fuzzy sound has been coming out of New York, courtesy of Crystal Stilts and The Vivian Girls. This troupe of bands have also [...]

The Great Escape – Brighton, Days Two and Three

Friday brought the bad weather and the crowds. With yesterday being a relatively peaceful introduction to the festivities, today we were faced by the chaos of the ever growing crowds and the torrential wind and rain. With little time to spend outside, unless you fancied being battered by the elements, we headed straight for the [...]

Hitchcock @ Dingwalls, London, April 2009

Some of you may have heard of a certain Matt Terry. He’s the producer behind The Enemy’s hits ‘No Time for Tears’ and ‘40 Days’ as well as working with the likes of Boy Kill Boy and The Wonder Stuff. However, he has now decided it’s time to leap from behind the mixing desk, and [...]