Contributor Carolina Faruolo
Biig Piig’s pick ‘n’ mix pop impresses at Manchester Gorilla
As with her latest mixtape, it’s tantalisingly inconsistent in style and beautiful in delivery.
March 23, 2023 5:00pm
The Murder Capital cultivate compelling juxtapositions at an intense Manchester Albert Hall
Sprawling epic after sprawling epic, they push tension against attention spans with remarkable control.
February 20, 2023 4:04pm
Fontaines DC get a pop star’s welcome on a mammoth third night at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse
They’re reinventing the sound of a jilted generation, broken and dreary yet brimming with creativity and innovation.
November 15, 2022 11:34am
The Mysterines: Do You Wanna Be In Her Gang?
Leading her band through a drawn-out debut album process that was tumultuous at best, it’s lucky The Mysterines’ Lia Metcalfe seems the type to thrive within life’s rawer corners.
March 10, 2022 3:29pm
Dry Cleaning play a triumphant sold-out show at London’s Village Underground
They’ll only be playing bigger and bigger venues each time they return to the capital for the foreseeable future.
March 6, 2020 3:43pm
DIIV lull Kentish Town Forum into their breezy soundscapes
The band continue to drift along in their own hazy dream factory.
March 2, 2020 11:00am
A brief look into… Little Simz’s ‘GREY Area’
Ahead of the 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize, we’ve taken a brief look at some of the shortlisted albums.
September 16, 2019 11:00am
Under the spotlight: Little Simz
After emerging from a difficult time with a renewed focus, with new album ‘GREY Area’ Little Simz is making her boldest and most honest statement yet.
March 6, 2019 12:51pm
Goat Girl hit fast and deep at sold out London KOKO
There’s more urgency in the band’s live rendition.
November 7, 2018 3:04pm
Lily Allen previews ‘No Shame’ along with her many bangers at tiny London gig
She’s as sharp as ever.
March 22, 2018 12:33pm
Julien Baker stuns London’s Bush Hall into silence
Cuts from ‘Sprained Ankle’ and previews of a new LP, out this year, are delivered with utter beauty.
June 6, 2017 2:25pm
PWR BTTM “sail away” to the stratosphere at The Garage
Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins get an entire room singing Enya, and give ‘Pageant’ a glitter-soaked early outing at a landmark London show.
April 19, 2017 2:40pm
The Shins are on playful form at biggest UK show ever
James Mercer and co. bring ‘Heartworms’ to the capital as part of a European tour.
March 30, 2017 3:23pm
Mac DeMarco feels the love at intimate Nambucca solo gig
The cult of Mac is going as strong as ever.
March 2, 2017 4:14pm
Gengahr roadtest razor-toothed new material at London show
Cuts from an upcoming second album sound more sinister than anything on last year’s ‘A Dream Outside’ debut.
November 29, 2016 12:40pm
JAWS shine bright at packed-out Tufnell Park Dome
The packed-out crowd pogo the room into oblivion.
November 28, 2016 2:54pm
The Japanese House commands Heaven with expansive live set
This is The Japanese House at her best, her ability to still find space to jiggle things around in music that is so full-bodied.
November 9, 2016 11:49am
Bat For Lashes, Fucked Up & Martha take over Hackney for Mirrors 2016
Miya Folick, Hoops and Babeheaven also appeared at the East London festival.
November 8, 2016 8:02pm
Sälen make themselves at home for London Kamio show
London trio make diss-filled, laid back pop for the masses. It’s spreading fast.
October 20, 2016 10:53am
Turnover settle into their Emperor’s New Clothes at London’s The Dome
Turnover’s vintage hazed, complex ruminations on melancholy and medication are a world away from their more angsty teenage guises.
October 14, 2016 3:49pm