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Live Review: Johnny Marr at Roundhouse, London, 11/11/2018

Live Review: Johnny Marr at Roundhouse, London, 11/11/2018

The refracted light show falls like coins through the air at The Roundhouse, and Johnny Marr stands at its epicentre, face raised to the heavens, eyes closed, hands stroking his glittered Fender Jaguar. 

Live Review: Pixies at The Roundhouse, London, 30/10/18

Live Review: Pixies at The Roundhouse, London, 30/10/18

Black Francis – aka Charles Thompson IV – hands his still-steaming guitar to a tech, shuffles to the drum riser and lifts a sheet of paper. Back at the microphone, he clears his throat for what might be his first actual audience banter since Pixies reformed in 2004. Ahem. “You fuckin’ die…”

Live Review: Franz Ferdinand at Roundhouse, London, 26/09/2018

Live Review: Franz Ferdinand at Roundhouse, London, 26/09/2018

Entering the stage to a foreboding, haunting whir that brought to mind the sound of the Tardis materialising from deep outer space, Franz Ferdinand instantly conveyed a timelord’s aura, with their jovial poise, funky shirts and Alex Kapranos’ charming, wry charisma. Scanning over the crowd with a mischievous smile whilst coolly sat on his stool like a 50’s lounge singer, Kapranos began with the air of a man unfazed by expectation; unshaken by the challenges that come with being best known for the glories of the past rather than the shimmer of the present. 

Live Review: Albert Hammond Jr at Electric Ballroom, London, 14/09/2018

Live Review: Albert Hammond Jr at Electric Ballroom, London, 14/09/2018

The lights dimmed to an eerie darkness and Albert Hammond Jr.’s voice boomed across the room, reciting the spoken word intro to The Doors’ ‘The Soft Parade’, in which Jim Morrison bullishly asserts that, “You cannot petition the lord with prayer!” Beyond Morrison’s Nietzchean, anti-theistic worldview, this brazen monologue is often perceived as an outpour of Morrison’s frustrations with what audiences expected of him, and his desire to just be himself. As a guitarist of The Strokes - one of the biggest indie bands in history - now touring as a solo artist, this was an intriguing, suggestive choice of introduction. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Hammond Jr.’s setlists never feature a single Strokes song, despite the rapture he knows they’d be received with.

Live Review: Young Fathers at Roundhouse, London, 21/03/18

Live Review: Young Fathers at Roundhouse, London, 21/03/18

One of the many great things about Edinburgh trio Young Fathers is the way that they seem to defy the predictable trajectory of the pop career. Some of the greatest bands in musical history like The Smiths or Stone Roses have become a little flabby around the edges after a while, either adding superfluous musicians where they're not needed or lengthening their tracks to so called 'epic' proportions. Young Fathers seem to be going the other way.

Live Review: Tru Thoughts 18th Birthday at Roundhouse, London, 21/10/17

Live Review: Tru Thoughts 18th Birthday at Roundhouse, London, 21/10/17

Plenty of 18th birthday parties have queues for the keg. Few have kegs full of beer specially brewed for the event. So as clued-up electro and roots fans grab a pint of Rodney P’s personal ale and raise a toast to birthday boys Paul Jonas and Robert Luis, the Roundhouse unanimously agrees that Tru Thoughts know how to throw a party. The terrace is crammed with pop up food stalls, the drinks are dedicated to the label’s biggest names and, from the off, the vibes are hotter than Carrie’s prom.

Live Review: Baby Strange at Camden Assembly, 28/9/16

Live Review: Baby Strange at Camden Assembly, 28/9/16

With their new album Want It Need It released at the start of the month, Baby Strange stopped in to share the fruits of their labour with the Capital. Heading south after the previous seven tour dates being in their native Scotland, it’s evident in their performance following support acts Happy Meal Ltd. and RainDog that these guys are no strangers to holding the stage.