Tag: Barbican

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 →

STILL BE HERE/HATSUNE MIKU, Barbican – Evening Standard, 27 Feb 2017

She has supported Lady Gaga on tour, been remixed by Pharrell and featured on over 100,000 songs – not bad for a piece of software. Hatsune Miku, which translates as “First sound of the future”, is the best known example of a Vocaloid, a singing Japanese computer program that has been brought to holographic life as a 16-year-old girl with… Read more →

ANOHNI, Barbican – Evening Standard 8 July 2016

Those dismayed by the UK’s ongoing political upheaval could leave Anohni’s first performance here reminded that there are plenty more things to be miserable about. The transgender singer, who won the Mercury Prize as Antony and the Johnsons, has reinvented herself as an electronic artist with new songs tackling everything from climate change to government surveillance. Her performance was more… Read more →

LOVE AND OTHER CRIMES: THE SONGS OF LEE HAZLEWOOD, Barbican – Evening Standard, 26 Oct 2015

Although his songs have been recorded by Elvis Presley, Dean Martin and his most frequent foil, Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazlewood died in 2007 as no more than a cult musician. Accordingly, this tribute concert put together by Wyndham Wallace, his late period manager and the author of a new Hazlewood memoir, lacked big names but wasn’t short of wonderful songs.… Read more →

BADLY DRAWN BOY, Barbican – Evening Standard, 27 July 2015

Album sales may be a fraction of what they were, but the track-by-track album celebration gig is in rude health. Damon Gough couldn’t wait 20 years to celebrate the release of his Mercury-winning debut as Badly Drawn Boy. Instead the woolly hat aficionado marked the 15th anniversary of The Hour of Bewilderbeast, playing it in full with a tight new… Read more →

BRITISH SEA POWER’S SEA OF BRASS, Barbican – Evening Standard, 26 Jan 2015

British Sea Power acquired some real power when they reworked their back catalogue with the Redbridge Brass Band. An Arts Council-funded experiment that was first heard at the Durham International Brass Festival last summer, it received an ecstatic response here. It’s more traditional for rock bands to acquire a string section as they grow in stature, gaining a soft sheen… Read more →

NICK CAVE: 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH, Barbican – Evening Standard, 18 Sept 2014

A starry crowd got to see a few new sides to Nick Cave at a gala preview of a new documentary about the charismatic musician. Appearing after the screening to be interviewed and perform, there was Cave the reluctant conversationalist and Cave the lovesick balladeer, melancholy at the piano instead of raging and howling with his fiery band The Bad… Read more →

ATOMIC BOMB: WHO IS WILLIAM ONYEABOR?, Barbican – Evening Standard, 2 April 2014

These days the most obscure vinyl can be owned with a couple of mouse clicks, and practically every band that has ever existed is reunited and touring heavily, so it’s pleasing to learn that there’s still a little mystery out there. It took David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label five years to find Nigerian musician William Onyeabor and secure his permission… Read more →

PALOMA FAITH WITH THE GUY BARKER ORCHESTRA, Barbican – Evening Standard, 25 Oct 2013

Paloma Faith used to sing cabaret tunes to a backing tape and imagine an orchestra behind her. Two double-platinum albums later, her dream is a reality. The latest of the Hackney star’s semi-regular collaborations with the Guy Barker Orchestra was the most ambitious, with 46 musicians on stage and a bit of overlap with her arena shows. You don’t often… Read more →

MOGWAI, Barbican – Evening Standard, 30 July 2013

The beautiful game became art in 2006 when filmmakers Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno released their study of one of football’s modern greats, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. Scottish post-rock quintet Mogwai created the soundtrack, and belatedly performed it live this weekend. It seemed like a fascinating combination: footage of a full match (Real Madrid v Villareal in the Spanish… Read more →