Tag: 2012

POP AWARDS 2012 – Evening Standard, 14 Dec 2012

While the Olympics honoured extraordinary feats by many of the finest physical specimens in existence, here at the Evening Standard Pop Department (Awards Section) we prefer to take more of a primary school sports day approach. If you tried really hard at music this year, even if the end result was a Steps Christmas album, we’ve tried our damnedest to… Read more →

ELLIE GOULDING, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 13 Dec 2012

Just when the hot tips for 2013 are being named in the media, Ellie Goulding has returned to show the next big things what awaits them. The Hereford dance-pop singer topped a BBC poll and won the Brits Critics’ Choice award in 2010, going on to produce a number one debut album that slowly became a hit in America too.… Read more →

LAURA MVULA – Evening Standard, 7 Dec 2012

To a glittering list that includes Adele, Jessie J, Florence + the Machine and Emeli Sandé, we can soon add the name Laura Mvula. It’s tipping season in pop, when the stars of the next 12 months are picked before 2013 has even started. The shortlist for the next Brits Critics’ Choice Award was announced yesterday, and Mvula (pronounced “Mmm-voola”)… Read more →

BETH ORTON, Union Chapel – Evening Standard, 6 Dec 2012

It can be tough for women to readjust to working life after maternity leave, especially when you’ve been off for six years like Beth Orton has. Now 41, with two children and a husband, Sam Amidon, who was also her duetting partner and support act here, she found she had been missed by a crowd that shouted so many requests… Read more →

BECK’S SONG READER, Rough Trade East – Evening Standard, 4 Dec 2012

An odd one, this: the opportunity to hear brand new songs by a major artist who was nowhere to be seen. It’s not so much the future of pop as a revival of the distant past, for Beck’s latest release, Song Reader, exists only as sheet music. Pianist Ed Harcourt led a hastily assembled band to be the first to… Read more →

GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT – Evening Standard, 30 Nov 2012

It strikes me that gig-goers and musical lovers don’t overlap much on the Venn diagram of evening entertainment, to judge from the programme-clutching hordes that pour onto my Tube as I approach central London from Brixton Academy. Even the jukebox productions, tribute acts with a tacked-on plot, don’t seem to hold much appeal for those whose first love is live… Read more →

BEN HOWARD, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 29 Nov 2012

With his early success credited to a network of surfing music fans across the globe, wetsuit-wearing guitar strummer Ben Howard is now operating on another level altogether. At the first of a remarkable three nights at Brixton Academy, the Devon lad was met with so many screams Jaws might have been in the building. Despite being one of the more… Read more →

ROB ZOMBIE AND MARILYN MANSON, O2 Arena – Evening Standard, 27 Nov 2012

Traditionally only one of a pair of twins is evil, but last night two shock rock giants were united for the Twins of Evil Tour, a carnival of the grotesque at which they proved they were anything but identical. No longer capable of filling arenas on his own, American hate figure Marilyn Manson, now on his eighth album, was joined… Read more →

ELBOW/GUY GARVEY – Evening Standard, 23 Nov 2012

After a gala year in which his band provided the soundtrack for the Olympics and toured the nation’s arenas, Guy Garvey of Elbow is bracing himself for a break. This garrulous northerner, proud possessor of the freedom of Bury, is becoming a New Yorker and taking time out from his industrious quartet. “In 22 years, we’ve never not seen each… Read more →

THE VACCINES – Evening Standard, 16 Nov 2012

I remember thinking when we wrote our first songs: ‘With music as good as this we could definitely headline the Camden Barfly.’” Justin Young of The Vaccines has had to readjust his ambitions since those heady days of summer 2010. This weekend his band will perform in front of 10,000 fans at Alexandra Palace, and in a few months they’re… Read more →