Lunchtime with Lulu and the Lampshades

Tuesday, 17 November 2009, 23:01 | Category : Live reviews
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This week, I intend to spend most of my lunchtimes at Pure Groove. They’ve got a gig on at 1:15pm every day, which is good news for me, even though I can’t really take full part in their Ale Festival, which is also running all this week. Yesterday was a pleasant time sitting listening to [...]

The Flaming Lips @ The Troxy, 10 November 2009

Saturday, 14 November 2009, 23:18 | Category : Live reviews
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They know how to put on a show. ‘Course they do. They’ve been doing it for what seems like decades. In fact, some may argue, they’ve been doing the same show for the past ten years. Now, although that’s sort of true, each time they have new songs and new tricks. And even though you [...]

Camera Obscura @ Shepherds Bush Empire, 3 November 2009

Wednesday, 11 November 2009, 17:18 | Category : Live reviews
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In the end the main difference is the scale. Camera Obscura put on a good show, but it’s hard not to compare this gig with the previous time I’ve seen the Glasgow band this year. That was back in March at The Lexington when they played their first gig after recording their latest album My [...]

The Young Republic @ Cargo, 2 November 2009

Thursday, 5 November 2009, 17:38 | Category : Live reviews
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This is the sound of a band growing up and getting better and better.
It’s the sound of a band who despite a quiet Monday gig on a slow London evening, give it their all.
It’s the sound of a band who know that classical training and expert musicianship may not count for much in today’s fickle [...]

Richard Hawley @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 8 October 2009

Monday, 12 October 2009, 13:34 | Category : Live reviews
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Some things change, some things stay the same. Richard Hawley seems to have these in exactly the right proportions. His new album Truelove’s Gutter gets it exactly right. The familiar, late-night melancholic crooning that everyone knows from his previous five albums is present, correct and marvellous. But unlike previous long-player Lady’s Bridge which was basically [...]

David Thomas Broughton @ The ICA, 24 September 2009

Tuesday, 6 October 2009, 14:11 | Category : Live reviews
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David Thomas Broughton may be too leftfield to ever have mainstream success, but it’s clear  that his star in in the ascendancy, in its own peculiar way. Tonight sees him playing to a packed ICA, easily the biggest London venue that he’s headlined under his own name. But don’t expect any concessions to populism to [...]

Alela Diane @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 17 September 2009

Friday, 2 October 2009, 22:03 | Category : Live reviews
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It was almost too good to be true. After ages wanting to see The Leisure Society and never quite managing, I was all ready to see them three times in six days. After their two excellent sets at End of the Road, I was looking forward to more sweeping chamber-folk in support of Alela Diane [...]

Dan Michaelson tours Britain

Thursday, 1 October 2009, 16:31 | Category : Live reviews
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Dan Michaelson - Absentee frontman and all-round top dude - is about to embark on a tour of Britain. He released his first solo album earlier in the year, along with an assortment of pals going under the name of The Coastguards, and it’s a fine record. Now, after several months of supporting other people, [...]

End of the Road Festival 2009

Wednesday, 30 September 2009, 22:58 | Category : Festivals, Live reviews
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This is a review of a music festival, but it may not be be much like the other reviews you read in newspapers or other, cooler music sites. These are mainly about the bands, as the writer flits from performance to performance, trying to cram as many short reviews of different acts without being too [...]

The Welcome Wagon @ Shoreditch Church, 1 September 2009

Sunday, 6 September 2009, 0:43 | Category : Live reviews
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It’s not every minister of religion who gets a song written for them by one of the most feted singer-songwriters around. But that’s exactly what happened to the Rev Vito Auito. Vito’s Ordination Song was written by his friend Sufjan Stevens for, and performed at at Vito’s ordination into the Presbyterian Church. It also ended [...]