Tag: Brixton Academy

THE SPECIALS, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 17 May 2019

Forty years for your first number one album is some wait. Having reunited a decade ago for nostalgia gigs, Coventry ska favourites The Specials finally came up with new music this year, and found that there was still enough of a public appetite for it to edge them ahead of Hugh Jackman in the chart for a week – “Which… Read more →

ODESZA, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 25 Jan 2019

It’s often a thrill when a band that’s bigger in another country comes to play here. Watching a show designed for arenas in a theatre space has a unique intensity, lasers whizzing past your ears as the spectacle strains against the foundations.   This was a scaled-down experience for Seattle dance duo Odesza, who in the US can boast Grammy… Read more →

ENTER SHIKARI, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 14 Jan 2019

“This is the kind of song that would make your dad tell you that music was better in his day,” Enter Shikari’s spiky-haired frontman Rou Reynolds said before one of the St Albans quartet’s newer compositions, The Revolt of the Atoms. He could have been talking about their entire oeuvre.    Maybe there is a Dylan influence hidden in their schizophrenic… Read more →

EDITORS, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 25 Oct 2018

Slow and steady seems to be doing the trick for Editors, who this year sent their sixth consecutive album into the UK top 10. In contrast to the boom and bust trajectory of so many indie rock bands, the Birmingham quintet have benefitted from having no single song that everyone knows, and no specific album on the list of things… Read more →

JORJA SMITH, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 18 Oct 2018

Here’s one good reason why it’s generally better to watch gigs in London: more musical mates. Jorja Smith’s UK tour, which has passed through the regions without incident, last night featured spirited cameos from female rapper Little Simz, Irish singer Maverick Sabre and, earning the biggest cheers of the night, Dizzee Rascal. It was, surprisingly, an inaugural onstage team-up for… Read more →

KASABIAN, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 24 Aug 2018

In the middle of another summer of moving the masses at gigantic festival appearances, Leicester’s Kasabian dropped in on Brixton Academy for a little taste of the old days. Guitarist and songwriter Serge Pizzorno spoke of watching DJ Shadow here as a young man and dreaming of standing on the famed stage. Of the many times he has stood on… Read more →

CIGARETTES AFTER SEX, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 25 May 2018

I received a few startled replies when I asked if anyone fancied Cigarettes After Sex in Brixton with me this week. The Texas-formed, Brooklyn-based band have a saucy name that sticks out on those all-important Spotify playlists, and a smouldering, post-coital indie rock sound that suits it precisely. A self-titled debut album from last year has been a word of… Read more →

DUA LIPA, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 7 Nov 2017

“I’ve got new rules, I count ‘em,” Dua Lipa sang on this evening’s encore – her first number one single, New Rules. It’s a song about how to behave around your ex, but could also be about the London performer’s approach to being the biggest homegrown pop star of the year. No costume changes or confetti explosions for this 22-year-old… Read more →

THE XX, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 9 March 2017

  As if a seven night stint at one of London’s largest venues wasn’t impressive enough, The xx’s hometown comeback could also stake a claim to be the first music festival of the season. Night + Day is an impeccably curated week of shows that includes different support acts every evening, club nights and cinema screenings elsewhere, a radio show… Read more →

PIXIES, Brixton Academy – Evening Standard, 29 Nov 2016

Many years distant from their heyday, Boston’s Pixies are doing their best to remain a going concern against the odds. First there was the departure in 2013 of bassist and founder member Kim Deal, long the soft-voiced antagonist to Black Francis’s centre-stage screamer, having already left the band once to play with The Breeders 20 years earlier. More recently, the… Read more →