MUSE interview – Evening Standard, 11 Aug 2017

Muse ought to be used to logistical challenges. As one of the most spectacular live bands in the world, the Devon trio know their way around a massive firework blindfolded, and in the past have shared their stage with George Orwell’s all-seeing eye and a giant robot named Charles. They were last seen in London flying giant drones over their… Read more →

KATE NASH, Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Evening Standard, 11 Aug 2017

Kate Nash’s debut album, Made of Bricks, went to number one, but her subsequent pop career didn’t turn out to be so solid. Dropped by her record label by text while making a third album, she might have vanished. Here, at a 10th anniversary performance of that first release, she seemed unbowed by her experiences and surprisingly, was looking forwards,… Read more →

YUNGEN interview – Evening Standard, 4 Aug 2017

  At 25, Yungen isn’t quite the young one any more, but the south London rapper still bubbles with puppyish enthusiasm for just about everything when he bounds into his record company office to meet me. He’s all in burgundy, baseball cap, tracksuit and trainers, and visibly overjoyed about playing a role in a golden period for British urban music.… Read more →

PLAN B interview – Evening Standard, 21 July 2017

  How long has Plan B been away? Five years? It seems even longer. When the 33-year-old musician also known as Ben Drew arrives to meet me, his slicked back hair, whether dyed or not, is startlingly grey.   “Yeah, I’ve seen a ghost,” he says, as he clocks my eyes registering the top of his head with surprise. Perhaps… Read more →

BLINK-182, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 20 July 2017

Known for their jolly pop-punk and fart gags, behind the scenes Blink-182 have been having less fun. Putting aside drummer Travis Barker’s near-death experience in a 2008 plane crash, co-frontmen Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge’s entertaining onstage bickering took a turn for the worse when DeLonge quit the band for a second time in 2015, wishing to spend more time… Read more →

JORJA SMITH interview – Evening Standard, 14 July 2017

  Jorja Smith is late. Not just a little late – at the time I’m waiting to meet her for brunch in the City, she hasn’t left her home in Crystal Palace. Oh dear, I think. This is what happens when you switch from recording YouTube covers in your school uniform in Walsall, to working with Drake.   Turns out… Read more →

EZRA FURMAN, Barbican – Evening Standard, 14 July 2017

  “I feel like the kid who took over the opera house,” said Ezra Furman, struggling to believe that anyone would allow a depressive indie guy in a dress to occupy the spotlight at a prestigious arts centre. The Barbican is hosting a celebration of the 20th birthday of the Chicago musician’s record label, Bella Union – not his natural… Read more →

WARPAINT, Somerset House – Evening Standard, 11 July 2017

Warpaint might have painted themselves into a corner with their second album. Blurred songs, atmospheric but difficult to cling to, were often beautiful but sometimes hard to love. Tired from touring, the LA quartet nearly split up. With a third release, last year’s Heads Up, they brightened the décor. At Somerset House coloured lights glimmered during New Song, unimaginatively titled… Read more →

GREENWICH MUSIC TIME: LITTLE MIX, Old Royal Naval College – Evening Standard, 10 July 2017

Having refused to follow the usual X Factor winners’ career path of a swift cliff jump into obscurity, after four albums Little Mix are more popular than ever, and the only thing little is the height of their fans. Pity the security guards at this Greenwich Music Time series, used to policing the elderly admirers of Cliff Richard, Michael Ball… Read more →

MURA MASA interview – Evening Standard, 7 July 2017

  “I’m a child of the internet,” says Alex Crossan. How else could a 21-year-old who grew up in isolated Guernsey leap into a central spot in London’s dance scene?   Check out the guestlist on the debut album that he’s about to release under his production alias, Mura Masa: Blur and Gorillaz giant Damon Albarn, French synthpop star Christine… Read more →