Author: Andrew Lockwood

Angelique Kidjo - Remain In Light Album Review

Angelique Kidjo - Remain In Light Album Review

Whichever way you look at it, you've got to agree that to cover an album that the US Library Of Congress deems culturally and artistically significant, that some say is one of the best albums...

Review posted on 6th June 2018

Ezra Furman - Brighton Dome 26.05.2018 Live Review

Ezra Furman - Brighton Dome 26.05.2018 Live Review

At the end of its near month-long festival, Brighton was lucky enough to play host to two extremely good acts as The Brighton Dome welcomed both Ezra Furman and Du Blonde to the stage. Ezra...

Review posted on 29th May 2018

Ari Roar - Calm Down Album Review

Ari Roar - Calm Down Album Review

Not yet a week since his Great Escape Festival performance in Brighton, Ari Roar is back on the Bella Union radar as he releases his debut album 'Calm Down'. Ari, real name Caleb Campbell, is,...

Review posted on 24th May 2018

Ash - Islands Album Review

Ash - Islands Album Review

After twenty-six years and six previous albums, Ash return with a new, fresh, twelve-track album that fizzes with a vibrancy more readily associated with youthful exuberance. For Tim Wheeler and Mark Hamilton, at least, forty-one...

Review posted on 21st May 2018

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Artificial Pleasure - The Bitter End Album Review

Artificial Pleasure - The Bitter End Album Review

Early adopters need resolve and passion; a certain dogged determination and faith that they're right and that they've made a good decision. When there are no contemporary comparisons to be had and the music of...

Review posted on 21st May 2018

Poppy Ackroyd - Komedia, Brighton 01.05.2018 Live Review

Poppy Ackroyd - Komedia, Brighton 01.05.2018 Live Review

If you live in Brighton I guess there's no finer place to start your current tour than Komedia. For her first solo gig in her adopted town, Poppy Ackroyd chose the venue to kick off...

Review posted on 8th May 2018

Joan As Police Woman - The Old Market, Brighton 23.04.2018 Live Review

Joan As Police Woman - The Old Market, Brighton 23.04.2018 Live Review

Joan Wasser brought her very particular brand of soulful music to a quiet corner of Brighton as she neared the end of the current tour. In support of her latest album release, 'Damned Devotion', earlier...

Review posted on 24th April 2018

Idles - Ramsgate Music Hall 12.04.2018 Live Review

Idles - Ramsgate Music Hall 12.04.2018 Live Review

Touted as an alternative to much that is wrong with the world, the antithesis of reality TV generated celebrity and the turgid, monotonous, boring and fake, Idles want to 'work hard' and give you an...

Review posted on 17th April 2018

The Vaccines - Combat Sports Album Review

The Vaccines - Combat Sports Album Review

The Vaccines make a welcome return with their fourth album in seven years, and first in three, with the release of their latest record 'Combat Sports'. After the odd hiccup and wavering trajectory along the...

Review posted on 12th April 2018

Public Service Broadcasting - The Hall By The Sea, Dreamland, Margate 8.4.2018 Live Review

Public Service Broadcasting - The Hall By The Sea, Dreamland, Margate 8.4.2018 Live Review

From the summit of the world to the ominous realities of the war room, through the vastness of space and into the mining shafts of Wales, Public Service Broadcasting have strived to inform, educate and...

Review posted on 10th April 2018

Gwenno - Ramsgate Music Hall 17.03.2018 Live Review

Gwenno - Ramsgate Music Hall 17.03.2018 Live Review

Kent took quite a big hit from the first bout of snow, courtesy of The Beast From The East, so when its mini mate hit this weekend many plans were cancelled or at least disrupted....

Review posted on 21st March 2018

Baloji - 137 Avenue Kaniama Album Review

Baloji - 137 Avenue Kaniama Album Review

Belguim's Baloji's stardom is clearly on the rise with the release of his fourth full-length solo album. Fusing a blend of soul, funk, jazz, afro beats, hip-hop and spoken word, Baloji offers up a largely...

Review posted on 15th March 2018

Tom McRae - Revelation, Ashford 9.03.2018 Live Review

Tom McRae - Revelation, Ashford 9.03.2018 Live Review

'I told myself that I would never dress in black and stand in front of a slightly bored congregation in church', was how Tom McRae described the situation he found himself in as he performed...

Review posted on 13th March 2018

Polica & Stargaze - Music For The Long Emergency Album Review

Polica & Stargaze - Music For The Long Emergency Album Review

Although gleaning some of its initial inspiration from a 2005 book, 'The Long Emergency' by Howard Kunstler, this collaboration feels less like a soundtrack than a concept album. Kunstler is mapping out a future where...

Review posted on 15th February 2018

Ezra Furman - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 10.02.2018 Live Review

Ezra Furman - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 10.02.2018 Live Review

The day after his latest album release and three months ahead of him returning to play in venues up to ten times the size of tonight's feels like the opportune moment to come and see...

Review posted on 12th February 2018

The Damned - Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone 6.2.2018 Live Review

The Damned - Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone 6.2.2018 Live Review

The last time I saw The Damned play live was on a Summer's day some years ago(!) in August at Brockwell Park in London. The crowd of mainly teenagers and twenty-somethings had come out to...

Review posted on 8th February 2018

Joan As Police Woman - Damned Devotion Album Review

Joan As Police Woman - Damned Devotion Album Review

Joan As Police Woman's latest album release 'Damned Devotion' sees the lyrically adroit soulstress delivering her best work in years. That's not to say she's been off form or put out some questionable material, it...

Review posted on 6th February 2018

Poppy Ackroyd - Resolve Album Review

Poppy Ackroyd - Resolve Album Review

Music never ceases to amaze me and I hope it never does. There are pivotal moments that hold firm in your head; game changers. The first time you hear Elizabeth Fraser sing a note, a...

Review posted on 30th January 2018

Frank Turner - The Booking Hall, Dover 19.01.2018 Live Review

Frank Turner - The Booking Hall, Dover 19.01.2018 Live Review

Frank Turner has been to Dover many times before, he's even "got pi**ed in the pub next to the (Dover Priory) train station", but he's never played for an audience here. For gig 2,128, Frank...

Review posted on 22nd January 2018

Ezra Furman - Transangelic Exodus Album Review

Ezra Furman - Transangelic Exodus Album Review

There is no real need to give you a spoiler alert here, you've no doubt already clocked the stars accompanying the banner headline of this review, but I knew I was probably going to love...

Review posted on 20th January 2018

First Aid Kit - Ruins Album Review

First Aid Kit - Ruins Album Review

It's very nearly eight years since the release of First Aid Kit's fully formed debut album 'The Big Black And The Blue', and just over three and a half since their biggest selling record to...

Review posted on 18th January 2018

Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? - Jazzbelle 1984/1988 Album Review

Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? - Jazzbelle 1984/1988 Album Review

Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? are full of the same boundless energy and enthusiasm with the release their sophomore album, 'Jazzbelle 1984/1988'. Their second album, following up 2015's 'Teenage Sweetheart', is...

Review posted on 15th January 2018

Will Varley - Spirit Of Minnie Album Review

Will Varley - Spirit Of Minnie Album Review

Will Varley's fifth album sees a step change in terms of delivery in more ways than one. Having seemingly tired of the odd comic ditty (you'll find nothing approaching 'Self Checkout Shuffle' or 'A Monkey...

Review posted on 9th January 2018

Frank Turner - Songbook Album Review

Frank Turner - Songbook Album Review

2017 marks ten years since the release of Frank Turner's debut solo album 'Sleep Is For The Week'. A timely point then to look back and assess the work of one of our most prolific...

Review posted on 21st November 2017

Howie Payne - Mountain Album Review

Howie Payne - Mountain Album Review

The Stands former frontman Howie Payne returns this week with only his second solo album proper since the split of his Liverpool based band in 2005. Having kept the company of some of the early...

Review posted on 26th October 2017

The Dears - Brighton's The Haunt 6.10.17 Live Review

The Dears - Brighton's The Haunt 6.10.17 Live Review

It's been a while since I've gone to a gig where I could've counted the audience. Whilst I was a little surprised that The Dears had not sold out The Haunt, it did make for...

Review posted on 23rd October 2017

By The Sea Festival 2017 - Festival Review

By The Sea Festival 2017 - Festival Review

Now in its third year, and most definitely at home, By The Sea festival returned to Margate in glorious style. Having surely established itself as Kent's premier music festival, By The Sea once again upped...

Review posted on 10th October 2017

Benjamin Clementine - I Tell A Fly Album Review

Benjamin Clementine - I Tell A Fly Album Review

Two years since Benjamin Clementine won the Mercury prize for his debut album, 'At Least For Now', he makes a welcome return with his follow up, 'I Tell A Fly'. Clementine's new eleven track album...

Review posted on 29th September 2017

By The Sea 2017 - Preview

By The Sea 2017 - Preview

By The Sea festival returns to Margate at the end of September for its third year. Over the course of three days alongside the heritage rides, candy floss stalls, 2p slots and just a stones...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 14th September 2017

Mt. Wolf Aetherlight Album Review

Mt. Wolf Aetherlight Album Review

After an initial wave of critical acclaim following their 2012/2013 E.P's Mt. Wolf look set to melodically mesmerise all before them. Unfortunately for the remaining band members at the time, the then lead singer Kate...

Review posted on 8th August 2017

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