Tag: Koko

IAMDDB, Koko – Evening Standard, 20 April 2018

It’s still early days for Diana DeBrito, the Manchester R&B artist who takes her stage name from her initials and repeats it in many of her songs. She’s at that slightly awkward stage where she has enough buzz and adoration to put on a sizeable show, but not enough experience to behave as though she belongs there. On the back… Read more →

BRYSON TILLER, Koko – Evening Standard, 30 March 2016

The biggest noise to come out of Louisville, Kentucky since Muhammad Ali, Bryson Tiller has become an R&B heavyweight at a breakneck pace. The 23-year-old only played his first ever live show last September and sent his debut album into the US top 10 soon after that. A year earlier he was working at a pizza place and has said… Read more →

WALK THE MOON, Koko – Evening Standard, 26 Feb 2016

Taking to the stage at a sold-out Koko, Walk the Moon recalled a gig there several years earlier, as unknowns at an NME club night. Then, remembered singer Nicholas Petricca, the crowd just wanted them to shut up so they could dance. Depressing but apparently inspirational — his Ohio quartet’s song Shut Up and Dance has been a massive worldwide… Read more →

GERARD WAY, Koko – Evening Standard, 11 Nov 2014

It’s not only boy bands who struggle to stay popular as their audience ages. Gerard Way’s former group, My Chemical Romance, were ideal for the kids to get into once they’d tired of teen dreamboats and warmed to black clothing. Now he’s 37, the emo scene has faded, and he’s admitted to “self-medicating to get through” the dying days of… Read more →

JOHNNY FLYNN & THE SUSSEX WIT, Koko – Evening Standard, 10 April 2014

Far from the obvious choice from among the young Brit folk crowd, Johnny Flynn hasn’t done anything as vulgar as sell lots of records, but he has acted at Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Court with Mark Rylance and written songs inspired by Shakespeare, Eliot and Einstein. So he’s a cultured guy with none of his friends Mumford & Sons’… Read more →

MODERAT, Koko – Evening Standard, 12 Feb 2014

When Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary of Modeselektor and Sascha Ring of Apparat joined forces with a composite name, they became the Brangelina of German techno. In this ordinarily underground world the trio have star power, so their first album in five years was quite an event in 2013, as are two rare London shows this week. The European accents… Read more →

THE LUMINEERS, Koko – Evening Standard, 13 Nov 2012

Any opportunity to catch this Denver trio before they were famous proved remarkably short-lived. This concert, scheduled just after the arrival of their self-titled debut album, was originally booked in a much smaller venue up the road. Interest in their single Ho Hey, currently offering homespun authenticity to an electricity advert, meant that last night they ended up playing for… Read more →