Author: Jon Kean

Ride - Weather Diaries Album Review

Ride - Weather Diaries Album Review

Should we talk about the weather? Should we talk about the government? To an extent, Ride's fifth album "Weather Diaries" does both. It's very British to get all meteorological and very 2017 to get all...

Review posted on 28th June 2017

The Wedding Present - Bristol O2 Academy 15.06.17 Live Review

The Wedding Present - Bristol O2 Academy 15.06.17 Live Review

Bristol's middle-aged moshpit, spurred on by some younger pogoing devotees, bounced their way through The Wedding Present's debut album "George Best" one last time in a live setting. Celebrating its thirtieth birthday, David Gedge was...

Review posted on 23rd June 2017

Lau - Decade The Best of Lau 2007-2017 Album Review

Lau - Decade The Best of Lau 2007-2017 Album Review

When the good ship Lau was launched with "Lightweights and Gentlemen" in 2007 - the infectious-to-pandemic-proportions "Hinba" was the champagne effervescing across the bows. In the ten years since that gobsmacking, 'what the folk?'...

Review posted on 16th June 2017

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Hazel English - 2017 Interview

Hazel English - 2017 Interview

Is it any surprise that an Australian, living in California, makes tunes that feel balmy and sun-kissed? Is it any surprise, furthermore, that someone whose surname is English should make summery songs that have a...

Interview posted on 5th June 2017

Amber Arcades - Cannonball EP Review

Amber Arcades - Cannonball EP Review

When Annelotte de Graaf emerged in 2016 with her self-recorded album "Fading Lines", there was pleasant happenstance that brought her to the fore. She had money saved up, and rather than spend it on transient...

Review posted on 31st May 2017

Kate Rusby - Kings Theatre, Southsea 20.05.17 Live Review

Kate Rusby - Kings Theatre, Southsea 20.05.17 Live Review

The South coast met South Yorkshire, as Barnsley Nightingale, Kate Rusby graced the King's Theatre in Southsea. On the spring tour of her Life in a Paper Boat album, she treated us to a rich,...

Review posted on 23rd May 2017

Wasuremono Komedia, Bath 12.3.17 Live Review

Wasuremono Komedia, Bath 12.3.17 Live Review

"Why you gotta waste Alan's time?" sings Wasuremono lead man, Will Southward on recent 6Music-lauded track "Alligator". Never mind just Alan, they are rapidly becoming many people's favourite waste of time, building a growing following...

Review posted on 18th May 2017

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker 2017 Interview

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker 2017 Interview

If life was a bowl of cherries, we'd all be surrounded by grinning idiots. If every day was halcyon, nourished by cakes and ale, we'd all sing silly songs and the radio would resound with...

Interview posted on 15th May 2017

Hoops - Routines Album Review

Hoops - Routines Album Review

There's a good tradition of naming your band after something curious: Francois and the Atlas Mountains (epic geography), Belle and Sebastian (cute children's story) and Arab Strap (ask your dad). Hoops assumed their moniker as...

Review posted on 12th May 2017

Harry Styles - Harry Styles Album Review

Harry Styles - Harry Styles Album Review

I was hardly the right demographic for One Direction's oeuvre, so I was massively expecting, and perhaps hoping, to react to Harry's stylings with similar indifference, like that 'oh balls, here we go again' groan...

Review posted on 12th May 2017

Fazerdaze - Morningside Album Review

Fazerdaze - Morningside Album Review

In the 60s, we were regaled by the Singing Nun. In the 70s, we all got lashed on Blue Nun. From the 1980s, however, nun-related fun went turbo-charged and excitingly un-convent-ional with the advent of...

Review posted on 9th May 2017

Michael Kiwanuka - Colston Hall, Bristol 03.05.17 Live Review

Michael Kiwanuka - Colston Hall, Bristol 03.05.17 Live Review

In an industry where the allure of fast-click fame and fast bucks can make artists crave cheap retweets or knock out undernourished releases, Michael Kiwanuka does not strike as a man in a hurry. Critical...

Review posted on 5th May 2017

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth 29.04.17 Live Review

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth 29.04.17 Live Review

On a shiny Bank Holiday Saturday, at umpteenth beer o'clock, 200 metres away from a long, sandy beach, what better pastime than to sit in a darkened auditorium and indulge in a power-hour of glower...

Review posted on 2nd May 2017

BNQT - Volume 1 Album Review

BNQT - Volume 1 Album Review

When I first saw BNQT, I wondered if it was a hitherto-unknown acronym for an ethnic group or a sexual orientation. Then I learned it's pronounced 'Banquet', missing out the vowels, like in text lingo...

Review posted on 29th April 2017

Sylvan Esso - What Now Album Review

Sylvan Esso - What Now Album Review

Diaphanous and spritely, yet with weighty industrial churn, Sylvan Esso's electro-folk is a seductive array of contradictions. It can be radio-friendly in sound, yet espouse distinct radio-unfriendliness in message. Whilst rich, reverberating beats free your...

Review posted on 29th April 2017

Keston Cobblers' Club 2017 Interview

Keston Cobblers' Club 2017 Interview

Keston Cobblers' Club has a rare band chemistry. Not only has Julia Lowe known Matt Lowe all his life (being his elder sibling and all), but Matt and Tom Sweet met at Nursery school as...

Interview posted on 28th April 2017

Maximo Park - Risk to Exist Album Review

Maximo Park - Risk to Exist Album Review

It only takes a cursory glance at the news most evenings (or an hour in downtown Taunton on a Saturday night) to know that, in 2017, it's a risk to exist. Maximo Park's sixth studio...

Review posted on 21st April 2017

Kate Rusby - Interview

Kate Rusby - Interview

It becomes obvious after a short time in Kate Rusby's company that she has a lot to say. It's not a case of unfiltered, big-star pontifications. It simply stands to reason that when you've lived...

Interview posted on 19th April 2017

Father John Misty - Pure Comedy Album Review

Father John Misty - Pure Comedy Album Review

William Blake wrote, in "Auguries of Innocence", about mankind's potential 'To see a World in a grain of sand/ And a Heaven in a Wild Flower/ Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand/ And...

Review posted on 12th April 2017

Shock Machine - 2017 Interview

Shock Machine - 2017 Interview

Shock Machine is the exciting new project of James Righton, once the keyboard player of 2007 Mercury-Prize-winning nu-ravers, Klaxons. Earning possibly the coolest prize in Christendom can never be an out-and-out curse, but arguably, for...

Interview posted on 10th April 2017

Yorkston Thorne Khan Komedia Arts Cafe, Bath 05.04.17 Live Review

Yorkston Thorne Khan Komedia Arts Cafe, Bath 05.04.17 Live Review

If words like 'fusion' and 'experimental' fill you with creeping dread, then you clearly haven't seen Yorkston/Thorne/Khan live. On paper, the prospect of melding folk, jazz and Indian music is a potentially trippy prospect. I...

Review posted on 10th April 2017

Diet Cig - Swear I'm Good At This Album Review

Diet Cig - Swear I'm Good At This Album Review

Diet Cig's 2015's "Over Easy" EP was a rip-roaring, rough-and-ready, lo-fi, five-song strop. Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman's fizzy punk-pop also had a chunky, sh*t-kicking bolshiness, born of the carefree joy of being in a...

Review posted on 10th April 2017

Desperate Journalist - 2017 Interview

Desperate Journalist - 2017 Interview

The London-based post-punk four-piece band, Desperate Journalist, first caught my attention when I heard "Hollow" on the radio and immediately crested a majestic wave of Proustian 80s/90s reminiscence. That's not to say they're a throwback...

Interview posted on 6th April 2017

Aimee Mann - Mental Illness Album Review

Aimee Mann - Mental Illness Album Review

When Aimee Mann kept hearing her songs pigeonholed as remorselessly miserable, she could have capitulated to peer pressure and started channelling her inner Pharrell. Instead she gave herself “permission to write the saddest, slowest, most...

Review posted on 4th April 2017

Desperate Journalist - Louisiana, Bristol 29.03.17 Live Review

Desperate Journalist - Louisiana, Bristol 29.03.17 Live Review

The upstairs room of the Louisiana pub in Bristol has hosted many a band on the early slopes of a mighty ascent. You only have to browse at the commemorative posters downstairs to see names...

Review posted on 4th April 2017

The Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class Classics Album Review

The Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class Classics Album Review

Speaking recently about the "Sweet Saturn Mine" video, Sean Lennon said, 'We were just trying to entertain ourselves. The whole thing was just having fun,' thus capturing the spirit of The Moonlandingz's album. I'm not...

Review posted on 1st April 2017

The Lemon Twigs Thekla, Bristol 23.03.17 Live Review

The Lemon Twigs Thekla, Bristol 23.03.17 Live Review

If you haven't been to the Thekla, you're missing out. If you haven't seen the Lemon Twigs, you're definitely missing out. A former cargo ship, then home to Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band's Vivien Stanshall, the...

Review posted on 29th March 2017

PINS - Bad Thing EP Review

PINS - Bad Thing EP Review

What are you most likely to do when you've had a few drinks? Finally tell someone you find them utterly irresistible (or utterly resistible)? Buy a vintage Triumph Stag off eBay, even though you can't...

Review posted on 25th March 2017

Kris Drever - Interview

Kris Drever - Interview

When a Kris Drever solo album comes out, it's a relatively rare delight. If you take the intervals between "Black Water" in 2006, "Mark the Hard Earth" in 2010 and 2016's "If Wishes Were Horses"...

Interview posted on 23rd March 2017

Wasuremono - Interview

Wasuremono - Interview

One afternoon in Autumn 2016, a Japanophile mate texted me, saying she'd heard the band name, Wasuremono on 6Music. She'd got wildly over-excited, quickly got over the disappointment that they weren't the new Shonen Knife...

Interview posted on 20th March 2017

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The Very Best Set Numbers From Glastonbury Headliner Ed Sheeran

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