Category Archives: Live music

Stevie Wonder, Weill’s Threepenny Opera and the Proms

It’d be easy to make excuses for not doing much real blogging of late, but I won’t. I haven’t been holding onto the six listens rule quite as much this year and I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time … Continue reading

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Everything Everything – Alexandra Palace, London – 27 April 2013

Written for The Music Fix. It’s a couple of months since their last London show, but Everything Everything’s latest outing was a far cry from their headline show under the arches at Heaven. Here they gave a quickfire half hour … Continue reading

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Eels – Brixton Academy, London – 21 March 2013

Written for The Music Fix. Over the past couple of decades, the cult of Mark “E” Everett’s Eels has essentially been that of a solo artist. Bandmates have come and gone, and the Eels name has mostly been seen as … Continue reading

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Everything Everything – Heaven, London – 13 February 2013

Written for The Music Fix. Everything Everything have caused music writers a bit of confusion since their first release in 2008. Taking cues from acts in genres as diverse as r’n’b, Britpop and metal, the resulting output has tended to … Continue reading

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Bernstein’s Mass in 2012

In 2011, last.fm stats showed that the things I listened to most were the newly released albums I’d enjoyed most. This year it hasn’t been quite like that – the release that racked up most listens was the original 1971 recording of … Continue reading

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Ben Folds Five – O2 Academy, Brixton – 5 December 2012

Written for the Music Fix. In most piano-playing cultures, the hammering Ben Folds inflicts on the keys would shatter a social norm or two. If his memory is accurate, Folds’ energetic showing on Later… once prompted veteran keyboard-botherer Jools Holland … Continue reading

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Pitchfork Festival Paris: Purity Ring, Liars, Grizzly Bear

I made it to a day of Pitchfork Festival Paris last weekend. P4k is an oddly shaped festival – its two stages face each other from opposite ends of the same room, the long Grand Halle de la Villette. As one … Continue reading

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