Category: Live reviews

JACK WHITE, The Garage – Evening Standard, 29 March 2018

Perhaps not since Prince’s guerilla gigs in 2014 have such lengthy queues formed in hope of seeing a big musician in a small room. In addition to this evening’s launch of his third solo album in the 600-capacity Garage, a last minute afternoon pub gig near London Bridge sent London Jack White crazy yesterday. Also like Prince, these days you… Read more →

LILY ALLEN, The Dome – Evening Standard, 22 March 2018

It would be easy to think that Lily Allen’s job is shooting down trolls on Twitter, but she’s actually a singer-songwriter, saddling up to release her fourth album in June. She returned to a small hometown stage last night after a spell in which she’s mostly been in the news for the demise of her marriage, speaking out about the… Read more →

TOM MISCH, Roundhouse – Evening Standard, 9 March 2018

Despite the giant silhouettes of his face framing the Roundhouse stage, Tom Misch has managed an impressive rise while remaining remarkably anonymous. Still a month away from releasing his debut album, the south London guitarist has sold out two nights at the Roundhouse this week and played a prestigious outdoor show at Somerset House last summer. We can credit a… Read more →

ED SHEERAN, War Child BRITs Week, Indigo at the O2 – Evening Standard, 20 Feb 2018

This charity warm-up for tomorrow’s BRIT Awards was Ed Sheeran’s first gig in around three months. He’s been off the stage but he’s still been busy: turning 27, getting engaged to his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn, picking up an MBE and a ninth platinum disc for his ÷ album. His third album has been so popular across the world that the… Read more →

SUPERORGANISM, BILLIE EILISH, Jazz Cafe – Evening Standard, 16 Feb 2018

In a sad week it felt good to be at a concert whose theme seemed to be the triumph of youth. DJ Annie Mac’s AMP Sounds series of London shows, going on in Camden throughout February, here brought together two acts who really ought to have been in bed earlier on a school night. Billie Eilish, just turned 16, was… Read more →

KENDRICK LAMAR, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 13 Feb 2018

Whether people are talking about what he’s done (just now, curating the soundtrack for Marvel’s groundbreaking Black Panther movie) or what he hasn’t done (won all the Grammys he deserved last month), Kendrick Lamar is at the centre of the cultural conversation. It’s easy to see why the 30-year-old fascinates. He  has risen from Compton gangland to be widely acknowledged… Read more →

MGMT, Electric Brixton – Evening Standard, 7 Feb 2018

It feels strange to be enthusing about US duo MGMT in 2018. Long ago Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser burned their bridges, or more accurately, turned them into surreal impassable corkcrews, by forgoing the euphoric synth pop of their debut album for dense psychedelia. Oracular Spectacular, their first release, went platinum in 2008. Then these chronic pranksters set about shedding… Read more →

BBC SOUND OF 2018 LIVE, Maida Vale Studios – Evening Standard, 31 Jan 2018

The BBC’s annual Sound of… poll is a valuable indicator of which musicians are on their way to ubiquity. Some of the 2018 batch were brought together last night for Radio 1, in a studio adorned with a plaque dedicated to a hot young thing of yesteryear, Bing Crosby. The winner this year, Norwegian singer Sigrid, is already rewarding the… Read more →

STEEL PANTHER, Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Evening Standard, 23 Jan 2018

In this time of Time’s Up and #MeToo, the day after the latest Women’s March, there surely couldn’t be a worse moment to be a sexist hair metal band with songs including 17 Girls in a Row, Asian Hooker and Stripper Girl. Yet Steel Panther, a former covers band on LA’s Sunset Strip, are doing great, playing one show here… Read more →

MARIAH CAREY, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 12 Dec 2017

It must be Christmas. Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You, an irresistable hit that has made the singer synonymous with the season since 1994, leapt 17 places to number five in the UK charts at the weekend. A fine excuse for the superstar to pop over and sing a festive concert gaudier than the year you let the kids… Read more →