Gig Reviews

Charli XCX at Alexandra Palace

by john / May 22, 2022 / 0 comments

As the UK leg of the Crash tour lands in London with a guest appearance from Caroline Polachek, Charli performs the entireity of her number one album Crash alongside hits like “1999”, a revised version of “Boom Clap” and the zeitgeist-shifting “Vroom Vroom”. Having made her way through the US and one night in Ireland, Charli’s London stop marks the halfway point in the UK leg of the Crash tour and her single largest show to date.

Viagra Boys at the Kentish Town Forum Review

by john / May 15, 2022 / 0 comments

As with any band, Sebastian Murphy — being the Viagra Boys frontman — gets the lion's share of attention, and tonight he earns it with topless dad dancing, solid vocals and curling up in a ball on the stage to deliver lines where other frontpeople would make themselves larger.

James Bay at the Kentish Town Forum

by john / May 06, 2022 / 0 comments

No doubt there’s been plenty of post-pandemic shows celebrating the fact we’re all able to convene and dance together again. (You have to wonder just when we’ll all get over it). For James Bay, that wonderment still hasn’t let up as he continues his string of shows with his full band for the first time in almost three years, including a performance last night at Kentish Town’s O2 Forum.

Mitski Roundhouse Gig Review

by john / Apr 30, 2022 / 0 comments

After the release of the 80's inspired synth-pop 'Laural Hell' album in Febuary 2022, fans of the alternative artist Mitski were eager for her return as she set on tour through North America and the EU- tocuhing down in the UK April 21st.

Come the 28th of April, the singer-songwriter took her performace to the stage of the Roundhouse, London- and did not cease to impress fans that filled the venue.

The Wombats Rock the O2

by john / Apr 20, 2022 / 0 comments

If the group of young people near to me in any way represented the overall crowd at the O2 were there to witness The Wombats, then the band has assured its place in the pantheon of indie rock royalty for Generation Z. With literal outbursts of “So hyped!” or “Oh my god, I know this song, it is so lit!”, feverish dancing, and taking randomly short and chaotic portrait oriented videos, you could witness a glimpse of a new generation grasping hold, in real time, of something 18 years in the making, The Wombats rising to multi-generational greatness.

The War on Drugs - London Gig Review

by john / Apr 17, 2022 / 0 comments

It seems fair to say that up until pretty recently, Adam Granduciel’s The War on Drugs remained a relatively niche concern; a band that belonged to the proverbial black market, if you will. With a largely underground following up until the latter moments of last year therefore, when the universally lauded and downright wondrous Lost in the Dream came to be as vociferously acclaimed as it eventually became, Granduciel et al.

Father John Misty Gig Review

by john / Apr 11, 2022 / 0 comments

Led by singer-songwriter Josh Tillman, Indie-folk group Father John Misty played the second and final night of its sold-out stay at U Street’s Lincoln Theater on April 26.

Stereophonics Gig Review

by john / Apr 02, 2022 / 0 comments

This was Stereophonics’ second appearance this year, after playing a sold out show in March, a few days after releasing their latest album.

Speaking of the new album, you should know it is really good. Give it a listen if you haven’t already done so. The setlist was sprinkled with tracks from the album and the crowd not only loved them, but sang along to most of them, especially “Indian Summer”.

Skunk Anansie Gig Review

by john / Mar 26, 2022 / 0 comments

Skunk Anansie celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2019 by releasing new music, a live album (25Live@25) and starting their European tour. Skin is one of the world’s most iconic female performers, and Skunk Anansie are one of the best British rock bands of all time.

The Lumineers at The O2 - Gig Review

by john / Mar 07, 2022 / 0 comments

They say that insanity is doing the exact same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Having already seen The Lumineers live twice in the past few years, seeing them graduate from playing mid-sized venues to selling out major stadiums, I felt like I had a pretty clear idea of what to expect for the third time around. Even for a band with a track record for surprising me, there are only so many ways that a band to up their game in a live setting.