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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Almost Legal productions are bringing the cult zombie horror-comedy to the Hackney Empire on October 2, says Alex Bellotti.

Ahead of an appearance at the Reload festival, the ‘80s icon tells Leigh Adams about her first Top of the Pops appearance, the struggles of early fame and her advice for up-and-coming stars.

Ahead of her new show, Hatched ‘n’ Dispatched, the former X Factor star tells Alex Bellotti why she could only ever be a performer.

A live band energises this third instalment from the languid hip-hop maestro.

Hopkins brings home the bacon in the latest of this excellent, long-running mix series.

Feted, mellow indie troubadours deliver on their early promise.

The pop-rock icon’s songwriting pen still fires far too many blanks on his second album.

Album review: Tigercats - Mysteries

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Mysteries’ lightweight indie-pop with soul threatens to win your heart and mind.

This debut flits from light and breezy to spare and compelling with disarming ease.

Gravenurst’s lauded Nick Talbot, whose tragic death aged 37 was announced this morning, releases unheard material and two early albums that only reinforce his talents.

The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra are employed to superb effect in this spine-tingling concert with the singer-songwriter.

Album review: Kelis - Live In London

Friday, November 28, 2014

Kelis comes out on top with nifty reinterpretations of career classics and a feast of fun from her latest album.

Album review: Kill It Kid - You Owe Nothing

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Brit rockers wring every ounce of emotion from this debut set - but is it enough?

Album review: Iamamiwhoami - Blue

Monday, November 24, 2014

Swedish audiovisual artist Jonna Lee has come up trumps with the year’s most joyously complex pop record.

Album review: Neil Young - Storytone

Friday, November 21, 2014

Young offers fans intimate solo and lavishly orchestrated versions of the same songs, with typically mixed results.

The iconic rocker is dusting off his debut album, Dirk Wears White Sox, for a series of shows this week at Islington Assembly Hall. Here, he explains the unique ethos behind his music that spurred the 1980s’ famous ‘Antmania’.

Plenty of lesser-known nuggets and curios from the birth of rock’n’roll, scattered among the big hitters in a great-value set.

Album review: Simple Minds - Big Music

Monday, November 17, 2014

Scots synth titans go through the motions on their new studio LP.

A Grammy-nominated musician will be bringing his solo project to Crouch End for the area’s annual music festival The End.

Lily & Madeleine - Fumes

Friday, November 14, 2014

Signed to Sufjan Stephens’ label on the back of an internet-enabled word-of-mouth explosion just last year, it’s hard to believe these Indianapolis-born sisters are still just teenagers.

Fourth album for indie stalwarts loses some grit while setting misery in both the gaunt and the grand.

Album review: Bear’s Den - Islands

Monday, November 10, 2014

Following two well-received EPs in 2012 and 2013, London outfit Bear’s Den decamp to Crouch End’s Church Studios to polish their poignant, philosophical folk-pop for their debut proper.

Old, half-finished songs picked up, dusted down and fully realised by Nicks in all her croaky, wizened glory.

For their fourth album, Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant were joined by a producer working alongside them for the first time, giving a fresh perspective on their blues-rooted output.

Wide-ranging atmospherics in an adventurous, ageless, melting pot of guitar-led goodness.

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