Author: Andrew Lockwood

Amy Odell - The Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate 13.04.2019 Live Review

Amy Odell - The Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate 13.04.2019 Live Review

In one of the tiniest theatres, on one of the smallest stages, and playing to a diminutive audience, the petite Amy Odell played a tremendous gig with an intense passion. On the sea front in...

Review posted on 16th April 2019

Joep Beving - Henosis Album Review

Joep Beving - Henosis Album Review

Riding the rising wave of neo-classical artists currently infiltrating an ever-growing public consciousness is Dutch pianist Joep Beving. Ever since the somewhat unexpected success of his debut release 'Solipsism' in 2015, Joep has become rather...

Review posted on 8th April 2019

O'Hooley and Tidow - Astor Theatre, Deal Live Review

O'Hooley and Tidow - Astor Theatre, Deal Live Review

From the West of Yorkshire to the South-East of Kent, O'Hooley and Tidow once again journeyed to bring their particular blend of characterful folk to the people of Deal. In the century old Astor Theatre,...

Review posted on 8th April 2019

Kristin Hersh - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 31.03.2019 Live Review

Kristin Hersh - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 31.03.2019 Live Review

One of the founding members, half a lifetime ago now, of beloved alt-rock band Throwing Muses, Kristin Hersh brought her Electric Trio to the Quarterhouse on Mothering Sunday. Returning to the Kent coast exactly nine...

Review posted on 2nd April 2019

Lucy Rose - No Words Left Album Review

Lucy Rose - No Words Left Album Review

As Lucy Rose approaches her fourth decade she is releasing her fourth, and arguably best, full-length album: 'No Words Left'. Following up 2017's 'Something's Changing', Lucy Rose Parton has indeed altered tack with her latest...

Review posted on 25th March 2019

Chai - Punk Album Review

Chai - Punk Album Review

Can Punk ever be cute? Can cute have a Punk attitude? The essence and manner of Punk has been applied to many things over the years but seldom has it been called cute or cuddly;...

Review posted on 18th March 2019

Self Esteem - Ramsgate Music Hall 10.03.2019 Live Review

Self Esteem - Ramsgate Music Hall 10.03.2019 Live Review

After spending more than a decade as one half of Slow Club, Rebecca Taylor has cast aside the shackles of a collaborative partnership to pursue her very own musical direction. Starting in 2017 with her...

Review posted on 15th March 2019

James - Margate Winter Gardens 06.03.2019 Live Review

James - Margate Winter Gardens 06.03.2019 Live Review

The last time I saw James play live, at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall, they hadn't even released an album. They'd probably, as folklore goes, sold more T-Shirts than records and if asked would probably not...

Review posted on 15th March 2019

Poppy Ackroyd - Attenborough Centre for the Creative Art, Brighton 22.02.2019 Live Review

Poppy Ackroyd - Attenborough Centre for the Creative Art, Brighton 22.02.2019 Live Review

To paraphrase a man infinitely more intelligent than myself; you won't get a different result if you carry on doing the same thing. If you always go straight to the pasta isle, for example, you...

Review posted on 26th February 2019

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

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Amy Odell - The Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate 13.04.2019 Live Review

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In one of the tiniest theatres, on one of the smallest stages, and playing to a diminutive audience, the petite Amy Odell played a tremendous gig...

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O'Hooley and Tidow - Astor Theatre, Deal Live Review

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On the South-East coast O'Hooley And Tidow treated the people of Deal to an evening of fabulous folk music.

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