Tag: 2017

POP AWARDS 2017 – Evening Standard, 15 Dec 2017

Long denied the outrageous budgets of the Evening Standard’s Fim and Theatre Awards, here in the pop section we carry on making up categories and dishing out imaginary trophies regardless. The year gone by looked dull and predictable on the surface, dominated yet again by pop juggernauts Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, but there were higher highs and lower lows… Read more →

THE BEST MUSIC BOOKS OF 2017 – Evening Standard, 14 Dec 2017

  As Mike Love reportedly said to Brian Wilson when The Beach Boys began putting art before commerce: “Don’t fuck with the formula.” He wouldn’t be happy perusing the music books of 2017. The recipe of the rock biography – impoverished childhood, impoverished early life in a band, commercial triumph and finally becoming poverished, ruination by drink, drugs, women or… 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 →

THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2017 – Evening Standard, 8 Dec 2017

  With only Eminem and N.E.R.D left to sneak under the wire of 2017’s major album releases, it’s time to line them all up against the wall and pick a team. Sure, I could offer you an numbered countdown of personal favourites (*loud cough* LCD Soundystem!) the better to receive maximum comment box abuse, but felt it would be more… Read more →

LIAM GALLAGHER, Alexandra Palace – Evening Standard, 8 Dec 2017

Grieving Oasis fans have rarely had it better, with gigs to attend by both Noel and Liam Gallagher which together add up to a fairly comprehensive greatest hits set by their favourite defunct band. It’s the belated emergence of Liam as a solo act, however, that looks and sounds the most like the good old days. At 45, he hasn’t… Read more →

JESSIE REYEZ interview – Evening Standard, 1 Dec 2017

Back in April – well before #MeToo and the ongoing exposure of ugly armies of sexual abusers – a little known Toronto singer-songwriter released her debut EP and put out a video for its most striking song, Gatekeeper.   Gatekeeper tells the story of Jessie Reyez’s early attempts to make it in the music business. With its marching beats and… Read more →

CHILDHOOD, Scala – Evening Standard, 29 Nov 2017

Usually when a musician introduces their dad during a show, he’s waving proudly somewhere in the audience. Childhood frontman Ben Romans-Hopcraft’s father Robin could be found to his left, on the trumpet. He only just had elbow room in this enhanced version of what was once an unremarkable indie band. Tonight there were nine people on the stage, stewing up… Read more →

DAVE interview – Evening Standard, 24 Nov 2017

I’m not sure I really need to question Dave, the plain-named 19-year-old set to be the next big star of UK rap. The answers are all there on his new EP, Game Over.   Three of the collection’s seven tracks – Question Time, How I Met My Ex and My 19th Birthday, the first two lasting around seven minutes, the… Read more →

ROYAL BLOOD, Alexandra Palace – Evening Standard, 21 Nov 2017

Like the other royals celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary on the night of this gig, Royal Blood are a loyal couple admired for their constancy. Old friends who play their stark bass-and-drums rock with minimal outside interference, the Worthing pair seem to have soared over the hurdle of the difficult second this year, making a gold seller of How Did… Read more →

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, Wembley Arena – Evening Standard, 20 Nov 2017

The surprising involvement of Mark Ronson in their latest album might have suggested that Queens of the Stone Age were going pop, but as the first of two London arena shows proved, the Californian band still have rock’n’roll running through them like, well, a stick of rock.   Louche frontman Josh Homme smoked on stage, repeatedly reeled off a list… Read more →