The Weeknd – London

November 27th, 2012 by

He’s nothing if not an enigma, is Abel Tesfaye. In two years, through free online mixtapes, props from established artists and a media silence, communicating only through a twitter feed, he has earned himself the power to exercise complete creative control. A lottery of tickets announced two days before has London’s most clued in scrambling […]

Down In A Hole with Jack Daniel’s

October 18th, 2012 by

Buried deep among the hills, forests and brooks of Derbyshire’s Peak District is Castleton, a town of cosy pubs, few shops and fewer ATM’s. A walk over the bridge and up a winding lane finds the base of a limestone cliff. Beneath these walls is the entrance to The Devil’s Arse, a cave reminiscent of […]

Nas – Life Is Good

August 27th, 2012 by

Life Is Good is Nas’ taking stock album, reflecting on his past, his relationships, his daughter, his money and his legacy, both on the street and in the industry. Hip-hop is not known for longevity among its stars so if money and status flaunting, philandering, party animal rappers who are in their prime and have […]

The Darkness – Hot Cakes

August 21st, 2012 by

The Darkness know they’ll never sell more than a million copies of an album again, but if they keep steady sales with regular releases they could tour til they keel over and die. For a flamboyant spandex clad metal troupe in the age of Chris Brown, it doesn’t get much better than that. They were […]

Jack White – London

June 27th, 2012 by

If you needed any proof of Jack White’s smooth transition into the musically single life, two sold out nights at one of London’s most prestigious venue is a good place to start. Greeted with an empty stage bathed in soothing blue light there is an exciteable air about the place, reaching the tall rafters of […]

Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock – The Brutal Here And Now

April 20th, 2012 by

Oh dear. The Brutal Here And Now is an album that promises much – furious titles, a taste of Gaeilge and a mix of disparate genres – but delivers far short of the expected confident, spirited record. Simply it lacks leadership as every musical whim is pandered to. ‘The Tantarella’ is an atmospheric piece while […]

School Of Seven Bells – Ghostory

February 21st, 2012 by

Despite what could have been a fatal blow, New Yorkers School Of Seven Bells have answered admirably to the departure of Claudia Dehenza. Instead of folding, twin sister Alejandra and colleague Benjamin Curtis have picked up the pieces that made up the band and created a confident enduring work that puts paid to any poppycock […]

The Cast Of Cheers – London

January 30th, 2012 by

The young and beautiful of London town are gathered in to see a four band bill of the up and the coming. Recent blog exposure means the bulk of the crowd at the Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen are here for hotly tipped Theme Park but State is more interested in the return of The […]

The 1-2-3-4, London

July 15th, 2011 by

Since its inception four years ago, The 1-2-3-4 festival in Shoreditch has become a standard on London’s music calendar. This year’s line-up sees a handful of big names end a day that is a treasure trove of fresh new sounds over three tents and a main stage. It’s cheap (£22.50), the toilets are clean and […]

Black Lips – Arabia Mountain

June 9th, 2011 by

They’ve puked, pissed, fought and kissed on stage. They’ve been barred from venues, towns and entire countries. They’ve a reputation to live up to. But this is the point where many notorious bands falter. You’re a mess, yes, and we love you for it, but must the music always suffer? Far far from it. The […]

White Denim – D

June 8th, 2011 by

Pin a genre on White Denim at your peril. Even from their heavy, blues-based garage rock beginnings they were on a level above a lot of heavy three chord lo-fi music. They hide astounding musicianship in simple sounding songs and have developed this to a point of genius. Simply put: Workout Holiday was electric noise; […]

Battles – Gloss Drop

June 1st, 2011 by

Battles’ second album sees them face up to life without vocalist Tyondai Braxton, who left the band last year, introducing a host of interesting guests that they hope will fill the void. Opening with ‘Africastle’, the sound of calm pulsating electronics is broken by interjecting blips guiding a melody to a crescendo of noise, Battles […]

The Indelicates – David Koresh Superstar

May 23rd, 2011 by

It looks good on paper. Acclaimed indie pop band write a Lloyd-Webber style rock opera about infamous cult leader David Koresh. What’s not to like? Well quite a bit as it happens. A story of this weight and grittiness could be taken in a number of ways. As a massive tongue in cheek epic, a […]

Summer Camp – XOYO, London

April 1st, 2011 by

After some initial mystery last year, London synth-pop duo Summer Camp outed themselves as Elizabeth Sankey and Jeremy Warmsley. Now signed to Moshi Moshi, they released a couple of singles and an EP of sun drenched retro pop. Tonight, the duo’s Lyle & Scott XOYO gig in London is a full house of bequiffed barnets […]