Tag: Evening Standard

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 →

KHALID interview – Evening Standard, 9 Feb 2018

Khalid Robinson, 19, called his debut album American Teen and its signature song Young Dumb & Broke. Now that it’s a platinum seller, the 10th biggest album of 2017 in the US, he’s become the latest to be saddled with the “voice of a generation” tag. But the R&B singer is about to have a little trouble with his job… 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 →

RAE MORRIS interview – Evening Standard, 2 Feb 2018

It makes a nice change from all the break-up albums. Someone Out There by Blackpool musician Rae Morris is a dayglo love story, the tale of her growing intimacy with her producer told through vibrant electronic pop.   He’s called Fryars, real name Ben Garrett, and is currently working on Lily Allen’s comeback as well as his own album. He… 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 →

NADINE SHAH interview – Evening Standard, 26 Jan 2018

After we’ve wrapped up our interview, Nadine Shah invites me to watch her participating in a panel discussion down the road at the 100 Club. She can’t remember what it’s about.   It might be a consideration of the plight of the UK’s small gig venues – Shah has curated a UK tour for next week’s Independent Venue Week –… 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 →

FALL OUT BOY interview – Evening Standard, 19 Jan 2018

The world’s politicians could learn a thing or two from Fall Out Boy. Things not going to plan? Don’t style it out, and don’t lie about it. Just own up, then work harder.   I was originally supposed to sit down with the Chicago rock quartet’s dual figureheads: singer and chief songwriter Patrick Stump, and lyricist and extensively tattooed bass… Read more →

TAIO CRUZ interview – Evening Standard, 5 Jan 2018

How was your New Year’s Eve? Did anyone put on Taio Cruz’s Dynamite at the party? “We gon’ rock this club/We gon’ go all night/We gon’ light it up/Like it’s dynamite!” the London singer-songwriter proposed on his none-too-subtle 2010 single, an electropop banger that shot to number one here and number two in the US. Less than a year before… 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 →