Author: Andrew Lockwood

The Unthanks - Lines Album Review

The Unthanks - Lines Album Review

As projects go, you'd have to say that the latest one from The Unthanks draws together three remarkable strands under one ambitious umbrella, 'Lines'. The album trilogy is in part written by Maxine Peake, employs...

Review posted on 21st February 2019

Feels - Post Earth Album Review

Feels - Post Earth Album Review

East LA four-piece Feels follow up their self-titled debut of 2016 with an album full of social commentary and frustration about the state of the world they live in, as well as the disappointing degree...

Review posted on 20th February 2019

Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres - Fort Road Yard, Margate 14.02.2019 Live Review

Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres - Fort Road Yard, Margate 14.02.2019 Live Review

Having temporarily placed the Libertines behemoth into hibernation until they've got some new material to share, Pete Doherty has been busy writing and performing both on his own and, latterly, more with his relatively new...

Review posted on 18th February 2019

Lou Doillon - Soliloquy Album Review

Lou Doillon - Soliloquy Album Review

When Lou Doillon released her award-winning debut album in 2012, it was said that "the darker daughter had come out of the shadows". Lou, one of four alliterative sisters, and half-sister to actress and singer...

Review posted on 15th February 2019

Du Blonde - Lung Bread For Daddy Album Review

Du Blonde - Lung Bread For Daddy Album Review

Having recently celebrated the last birthday of her twenties, Beth Jeans Houghton, aka Du Blonde, should be ready to celebrate the release of her second album 'Lung Bread For Daddy'. Under the Du Blonde moniker...

Review posted on 11th February 2019

Sleeper - The Forum, Tunbridge Wells 02.02.2019 Live Review

Sleeper - The Forum, Tunbridge Wells 02.02.2019 Live Review

After a 21-year gap between albums and a full 19-year break as a band, Sleeper seem at last to be back in earnest. With the imminent release of their latest full-length album 'The Modern Age'...

Review posted on 6th February 2019

Beans On Toast - Dreamland, Margate 01.02.2019 Live Review

Beans On Toast - Dreamland, Margate 01.02.2019 Live Review

Probably not since the war years has The Ballroom in Margate's Dreamland seen a helping of beans on toast being offered up but cometh the moment, cometh the man. From Essex (well, Portsmouth the night...

Review posted on 5th February 2019

Unloved - Heartbreak Album Review

Unloved - Heartbreak Album Review

Unloved are back with their second full-length album 'Heartbreak'. The trio of David Holmes, Keefus Ciancia and vocalist Jade Vincent are set to release the follow-up to 2016's 'Guilty Of Love' on February 1st. The...

Review posted on 31st January 2019

Stalker Miller - Homegrown By Joan Album Review

Stalker Miller - Homegrown By Joan Album Review

In an age where streaming farms are generating tens of thousands of plays through the use of repeat plays on hundreds of 'fake' phones, it is refreshing to know that music can still be made...

Review posted on 30th January 2019

The Vaccines - Brighton Dome 25.01.2019 Live Review

The Vaccines - Brighton Dome 25.01.2019 Live Review

The rather regal elegance of The Brighton Dome played host to The Vaccines for the first time in years on Friday night to the delight of the sold-out crowd. Following a return to form with...

Review posted on 29th January 2019

Toy - Happy In The Hollow Album Review

Toy - Happy In The Hollow Album Review

After ten years together, Toy are releasing their fourth full-length studio album. 'Happy In The Hollow' represents the band's first album for their new label Tough Love Records, and their first since 2016's 'Clear Shot'....

Review posted on 23rd January 2019

Go Dark - Neon Young Album Review

Go Dark - Neon Young Album Review

When a hitchhiking Chicago runaway met a seasoned MC and producer on the streets of Oakland, California, Go Dark was born. Poet, painter and globe-trotting busker Ashley 'Crash' Gallegos and Adam 'Dosone' Drucker started working...

Review posted on 16th January 2019

RYD - RYD Album Review

RYD - RYD Album Review

RYD, aka North London producer Ryan Downie, is set to release his self-titled debut album under that moniker on 18th January. The ten tracks that make up Downie's first full-length offering come on the back...

Review posted on 14th January 2019

Steve Mason - About The Light Album Review

Steve Mason - About The Light Album Review

Steve Mason's fourth solo studio album, his first since 2016's 'Meet The Humans', sees him continue to change things up ever so slightly with each release. In a more collaborative move, including contributions along the...

Review posted on 2nd January 2019

The Pere Ubu Moon Unit - Ramsgate Music Hall 7.12.2018 Live Review

The Pere Ubu Moon Unit - Ramsgate Music Hall 7.12.2018 Live Review

You may think that the relative calm and unassuming nature of Ramsgate would not attract the arty and the avant-garde but you'd be wrong. The post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh taught at a boarding school...

Review posted on 10th December 2018

Ride - Dreamland, Margate 30.11.2018 Live Review

Ride - Dreamland, Margate 30.11.2018 Live Review

With all the coasters, carousels and bumper cars put to bed there was only one attraction to see at Dreamland in Margate. Celebrating thirty years of Ride with a special anniversary Unplugged tour, Oxfordshire's finest...

Review posted on 4th December 2018

Reef - Dreamland, Margate 23.11.2018 Live Review

Reef - Dreamland, Margate 23.11.2018 Live Review

In the Hall By The Sea at Dreamland, Reef brought their Revelation tour to life as they delivered one of the best live sets I've had the privilege to witness this year. The recently rejuvenated...

Review posted on 26th November 2018

Mattiel - Patterns, Brighton 16.11.2018 Live Review

Mattiel - Patterns, Brighton 16.11.2018 Live Review

On a night when a vast swathe of the population were watching a yellow bear with a polka dot scarf raise millions for Children In Need, Mattiel Brown and her band put on an anything...

Review posted on 19th November 2018

Crooked Man - Crooked House Album Review

Crooked Man - Crooked House Album Review

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, Crooked Man treats us to a fabulous slice of sun-soaked House, Disco and Electro that is sure to brighten your mood and warm you up with...

Review posted on 12th November 2018

John Grant - Brighton Dome 29.10.2018 Live Review

John Grant - Brighton Dome 29.10.2018 Live Review

With a fourth solo album having just dropped and his 50th birthday celebrations behind him, John Grant kicked off the UK leg of his latest tour in style at The Brighton Dome. John arrived at...

Review posted on 6th November 2018

John Grant - Love Is Magic Album Review

John Grant - Love Is Magic Album Review

With three critically acclaimed albums behind him as a solo artist, the quality of the back-catalogue of the once-upon-a-time Czar, John Grant, is building to be the one of the most impressive set of albums...

Review posted on 11th October 2018

Anna Calvi - All Saints Church, Hove 5.10.2018 Live Review

Anna Calvi - All Saints Church, Hove 5.10.2018 Live Review

'Garrulous, loquacious, verbose, effusive, chatty'; this is not how you would describe Anna Calvi. Aside from name-checking her band and saying a couple of thank yous, Anna didn't speak tonight. Focused, possessed behind the eyes...

Review posted on 9th October 2018

Lydia Cole - Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate 20.09.2018 Live Review

Lydia Cole - Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate 20.09.2018 Live Review

From New Zealand, via Berlin, Lydia Cole came to play at not only one of the smallest theatres in the UK, but also one of the smallest in the world. The Tom Thumb Theatre (TTTT)...

Review posted on 26th September 2018

Black Honey - Black Honey Album Review

Black Honey - Black Honey Album Review

Frankenstein's Monster is not the title of this album but it is how the band have described it (you can almost feel the sense of relief that it's finally happening). Black Honey's eponymous debut has...

Review posted on 20th September 2018

Wheels and Fins 2018 - Live Review

Wheels and Fins 2018 - Live Review

On a clifftop above a beautiful sandy beach, a mere stone's throw from where Charles Dickens used to spend his summer holidays, Wheels And Fins Festival sprang into life over the weekend. In the shadow...

Review posted on 12th September 2018

Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt Album Review

Spiritualized - And Nothing Hurt Album Review

Spiritualized's eighth album comes twenty-six years after their first, twenty-eight years since the group's inception and six years since their last, 'Sweet Heart, Sweet Light', and yet sounds as fresh and vibrant as if it...

Review posted on 7th September 2018

Idles - Joy As An Act Of Resistance Album Review

Idles - Joy As An Act Of Resistance Album Review

You wait around for a feral, untethered, vital, challenging and dynamic record to shock your senses and then two come along in the space of eighteen months, and both are by the same band. Idles...

Review posted on 29th August 2018

Roni Size - Dreamland, Margate 25.08.2018 Live Review

Roni Size - Dreamland, Margate 25.08.2018 Live Review

On the back of the twentieth anniversary celebrations for his breakthrough album 'New Forms', Roni Size brought his party to the Scenic Stage of Margate's Dreamland over the weekend. Bristol's very own Drum n' Bass...

Review posted on 28th August 2018

Roni Size's 20th Anniversary Performance of 'New Forms' at Dreamland [Preview]

Roni Size's 20th Anniversary Performance of 'New Forms' at Dreamland [Preview]

This weekend sees another very special performance at Margate's Dreamland amusement park. Supported by none other than LTJ Bukem, Roni Size will take to the Scenic Stage on August 25th 2018 to perform his 1997,...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 22nd August 2018

Wye Oak - The Booking Hall, Dover, Kent 14.08.2018 Live Review

Wye Oak - The Booking Hall, Dover, Kent 14.08.2018 Live Review

From one important seaport to another, Wye Oak came across the pond from Baltimore to Dover as they played at The Booking Hall. From the home of the Star Spangled Banner to the home of...

Review posted on 21st August 2018

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Album of the Week: The 20th anniversary of The Creatures' Anima Animus

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Anima Animus is the third album from Siouxsie Sioux's The Creatures, released exactly 20 years ago today.

Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres - Fort Road Yard, Margate 14.02.2019 Live Review

Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres - Fort Road Yard, Margate 14.02.2019 Live Review

Peter Doherty once again highlighted his talent as a musician, lyricist and performer during a very entertaining evening.

Feels - Post Earth Album Review

Feels - Post Earth Album Review

The eleven tracks that make up Feels' latest release combine a raw garage band authenticity with a self-assured swagger.

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Gypsy Circus on influences, fencing and their dream collaboration [Exclusive]

Gypsy Circus on influences, fencing and their dream collaboration [Exclusive]

Edinburgh four-piece Gypsy Circus talk about their inspirations and their music in exclusive interview.

Paul McGuinness compares managing U2 to managing a football team [Interview]

Paul McGuinness compares managing U2 to managing a football team [Interview]

It doesn't take long to appreciate you are in the presence of rock music royalty when you are offered an audience with Paul McGuinness.

Avril Lavigne - Dumb Blonde ft. Nicki Minaj Lyric Video

Avril Lavigne - Dumb Blonde ft. Nicki Minaj Lyric Video

With her new album 'Head Above Water' out this February, Avril Lavigne teams up with Nicki Minaj for a new song entitled 'Dumb Blonde'.

Jamie N Commons - Won't Let Go Video

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'Won't Let Go' is the first single of the year for London-based folk-rock musician Jamie N Commons, and it's quite the departure from his early sound.

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