Tag: Shepherd’s Bush Empire

JESSIE J, Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Evening Standard, 13 Oct 2017

“Why is everybody so serious?” wondered Jessie J on her early hit, Price Tag. For a while, at one of two London comeback shows this week, she looked as if she was joining them. After a long piano introduction she strode slowly onto the stage, all in black, face like thunder, and sang her hymn to self-worth, Who You Are.… Read more →

KATE NASH, Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Evening Standard, 11 Aug 2017

Kate Nash’s debut album, Made of Bricks, went to number one, but her subsequent pop career didn’t turn out to be so solid. Dropped by her record label by text while making a third album, she might have vanished. Here, at a 10th anniversary performance of that first release, she seemed unbowed by her experiences and surprisingly, was looking forwards,… Read more →

PVRIS, Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Evening Standard, 8 May 2017

  Like Chvrches, PVRIS have found that a strategically placed V can give your band an instantly familiar name that is still all your own when Googling time comes. The Boston digital rock trio are rising fast, with a debut album, White Noise, from 2014 that proved popular enough for them to add more songs to it and put it… Read more →

RAE SREMMURD, Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Evening Standard, 18 Jan 2017

It must be nerve-wracking wanting your show to go with a bang when your biggest song is famous for making people stand very still. Autumn 2016’s viral version of musical statues was the Mannequin Challenge, usually soundtracked by Rae Sremmurd’s spooky single Black Beatles. Hillary Clinton’s team, Ellen DeGeneres, the New York Giants and countless others joined the static video… Read more →

A PEACEFUL NOISE, Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Evening Standard, 16 Nov 2016

The Bataclan concert hall in Paris reopened at the weekend with a high-profile concert from Sting, exactly a year after the terror attack that claimed 89 lives during an Eagles of Death Metal show. London marked the anniversary in a similar historic music venue at a charity show organised by the family of Nick Alexander, the British merchandise manager who… Read more →

BEACH HOUSE, Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Evening Standard, 2 Nov 2015

Beach House released two albums within months of each other this year, then played two London gigs packed with new material this weekend. The Baltimore duo are now popular enough that they could have done one bigger concert instead, at Brixton Academy say, but seem content to limit their ambitions and forego the need to dominate larger rooms. For theirs… Read more →

PURITY RING, Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Evening Standard, 1 May 2015

Whether or not they were really doing anything, Canadian electronic duo Megan James and Corin Roddick have solved the problem of live dance music looking boring on stage. Producer Roddick manipulated a row of shapes on poles that lit up when he hammered them. James, looking ready for space travel in a tight white outfit with pointy shoulders and a… Read more →

INSPIRAL CARPETS, Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Evening Standard, 19 Dec 2014

Breaking through just after The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays founded Madchester and before they could have found greater fame as a Sixties-influenced Britpop band, Oldham’s Inspiral Carpets have ended up as more of an indie rock footnote. They had a number two album, Life, in 1990, and were Reading Festival headliners the same year but more people may remember… Read more →

THE WHO HITS 50, Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Evening Standard, 12 Nov 2014

  This evening of high class karaoke was an autumn stopgap between Roger Daltrey’s annual season of Teenage Cancer Trust shows, and an odd concept for a gig. There aren’t many concerts  where an original band plays with a succession of guest vocalists even though the real singer is in the wings. So we had Liam Gallagher, Eddie Vedder, Ricky… Read more →

JUNGLE, Shepherd’s Bush Empire – Evening Standard, 31 Oct 2014

Towards the end of this show, once they had finished yelling “Shepherd’s BUSH!” for the hundredth time, one of Jungle made what sounded suspiciously like an acceptance speech. Namechecking multiple inspirations including mum and dad, perhaps they were the words Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland didn’t get to say at the Mercury Prize the night before. The west London childhood… Read more →