Gruff Rhys – London

July 14th, 2012 by

For the average rock star, spending fifteen years on the road will most likely result in a life of hedonistic-debauchery, where the remnants of the mini-bar is often the staple meal of the day. For Gruff Rhys, endless years of lonely one-night whistle stops in faceless cities, spurred him on last year to present a […]

Christy Moore – Live At South Bank, London

April 12th, 2012 by

The question you tend to ask yourself when observing a Christy Moore gig is: how many more years will the man continue to revel in the live arena? To watch Moore perform is to witness a troubadour who has been on the road for nearly half a century. Respectably upholding the great tradition of gifted […]

The Frank and Walters – London

March 29th, 2012 by

At the height of their powers in the early 1990s, a visit to London for The Frank and Walters would have perhaps included a television slot on Top of The Pops. In 1992, for example, an unknown band from Oxford, launching their debut album, Pablo Honey, supported The Frank and Walters for the duration of […]

Gomez: “We were sort of dancing on the corpse of Britpop merrily.”

September 15th, 2011 by

If you think of your impression of Gomez, it is probably a bunch of care free teenagers running riot with guitars slung over their shoulders, singing songs about urban piss-ups, and getting arrested while falling around student union pubs. When the band arrived onto the British music scene in 1997 with the explosive debut, Bring […]

Brian Eno – Drums Between the Bells

August 9th, 2011 by

Brian Eno’s Drums Between the Bells his second album on Warp Records in under a year is an interesting mix of Eno’s ambient, floating spacey electronic sounds, amalgamated with the words of poet, Rick Holland. This experimental project exemplifies Eno’s ability to still keep afresh with new and exciting ideas at the age of 63, […]

Hop Farm Festival (Saturday) – Kent

July 6th, 2011 by

Although promoter Vince Power’s independent anti-corporate family festival Hop Farm is a three day setup, the line up for the Saturday i.e.: Patti, Lou, Iggy and Mozza is what we are here for. To start off today’s proceedings, Mary Coughlan, tries, but fails to win over the first couple of hundred of arrivals from the […]

Explosions in the Sky: “Do we want to be frightened?”

July 4th, 2011 by

It’s a balmy Friday afternoon at the Hotel Me in Barcelona. I’m scrambling around the hotel lobby trying to find the band I’m about to interview, but as dumb as it sounds, I’ve no idea what any of them look like. Across from me, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis are ordering lunch, and Bradford Cox […]

Gomez – Whatever’s On Your Mind

July 1st, 2011 by

If you were to follow the trajectory for the success that Gomez has accumulated in the last 15 years, it almost runs backwards. Since scooping the Mercury Music Prize in 1998 for Bring it On, Gomez have been victims of their own early success. While the first two alums saw the band reach into the […]

My Morning Jacket – Circuital

June 24th, 2011 by

The staple ingredient for great My Morning Jacket songs is usually a simple folk arrangement with piano or acoustic guitar, which then builds up into a crescendo of harmonies and layers of the honey-sweet vocals of Jim James, drenched in reverb, creating expansive feel-good melodic folk. When the band does this, they do it well […]

Jinx Lennon – Hungry Bastard Hibernia

June 15th, 2011 by

Jinx Lennon has decided to “do a Radiohead”, and give away his latest album, a collection of unreleased songs recorded between 2007 and 2010: Hungry Bastard Hibernia for free. Lennon is the epitome of the DIY one man act, who refuses to sit around and mope about the demise of record companies, and get what […]

Panda Bear – Tomboy

April 25th, 2011 by

Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox is a rare breed of artist who makes music inspired by his record collection, and isn’t afraid to show it. Paying homage to what presumably must have been years locked away in his bedroom listening to quality albums, Tomboy is a record, which, not only pays tribute to these influences, but […]

Joan as Policewoman – The Deep Field

January 25th, 2011 by

Joan Wasser, aka Joan as Policewoman, seems to be riding on a crest of contentment these days. If Wasser’s previous work tended to make sense of loss, death and mourning, The Deep Field, her fourth album, seems to be the positive light at the end of the tunnel for the singer from NYC. Substituting Stevie […]

Billy Bragg – Troxy, London

December 29th, 2010 by

Going to see Billy Bragg live these days is more than just a performance of rock n roll. A one man band -armed with just his guitar slunk over his shoulder and a cup of tea at the ready – Bragg uses his show as a platform in the various causes he supports, most notably: […]