Music Reviews


Hattie Webb - The Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury 12.02.2020 Live Review

Hattie Webb not only brought a couple of harps but also Andrea Resce, her brother and a collection of cold remedies to the cathedral city of Canterbury.

By Andrew Lockwood on 17 February 2020

Tennis - Swimmer Album Review

Husband and wife twosome Tennis release their fifth studio album 'Swimmer' on Valentines Day.

By Andrew Lockwood on 13 February 2020

Tennis

Frazey Ford - U Kin B the Sun Album Review

'U Kin B the Sun' is an album rich in texture and depth and one that quite obviously, and unapologetically, plays to Frazey Ford's strengths.

By Andrew Lockwood on 10 February 2020

Lissy Taylor - Mayday Single Review

Lissy Taylor's 'Mayday' might be born out of distress, despair and some despondency but it rails against the negativity of bad relationships.

By Andrew Lockwood on 10 February 2020

3TEETH + PIG - The Key Club, Leeds 04.02.2020 Live Review

3TEETH hit Leeds for the first time with support from British artist PIG.

By Holly Mosley on 05 February 2020

Kaiser Chiefs - The Brighton Centre, Brighton 30.01.2020 Live Review

In support of their seventh studio album 'Duck', Kaiser Chiefs packed out The Brighton Centre to delight the lively crowd with their anthemic tunes.

By Andrew Lockwood on 03 February 2020

Kaiser Chiefs

Smoke Fairies - Elsewhere, Margate 26.01.2020 Live Review

Ahead of their upcoming tour, and prior to the release of their long awaited album, Smoke Fairies played a great warm-up gig at Elsewhere in Margate.

By Andrew Lockwood on 30 January 2020

Smoke Fairies

Dry Cleaning - Ramsgate Music Hall 12.01.2020 Live Review

Two weeks ahead of Independent Venue Week, Dry Cleaning made 'Britain's Best Small Venue 2015' (NME) the second port of call on their 2020 tour.

By Andrew Lockwood on 16 January 2020

The Libertines - The Winter Gardens, Margate, Kent 22.12.2019 Live Review

For their last gig of the year, The Libertines came back to their adopted hometown of Margate to finish off their latest tour.

By Andrew Lockwood on 09 January 2020

The Libertines

Sinead O'Connor - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London 16.12.2019 Live Review

Sinead O'Connor made a triumphant return to the stage when she played to a sold-out crowd at Shepherd's Bush Empire.

By Andrew Lockwood on 23 December 2019

Sinead Oconnor

Bastille - Margate Winter Gardens 10.12.2019 Live Review

Bastille rocked up at The Winter Gardens in Margate for their 'Doom Days Club Nights' tour, making sure they were playing in more unfamiliar towns and cities.

By Andrew Lockwood on 12 December 2019

Bastille

Stealing Sheep - Elsewhere, Margate 6.12.2019 Live Review

Stealing Sheep made their way down to Elsewhere in Margate to put on their wholly unique and utterly captivating live show.

By Andrew Lockwood on 12 December 2019

Feeder - Rock City, Nottingham 20.11.2019 Live Review

For the Nottingham date of Feeder's Tallulah tour, you just know before it even starts that it's going to be a banging show.

By Mark Moore on 05 December 2019

Feeder

Tokyo Tea Room - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 30.11.2019 Live Review

Melting Vinyl brought local talent to the fore as it showcased a set by Tokyo Tea Room on the day of their latest EP release, 'Dream Room'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 03 December 2019

Holy Moly & The Crackers - The Studio at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury 31.11.2019 Live Review

Holy Moly & The Crackers journeyed down from their hometown of Newcastle Upon Tyne to play in Canterbury, where they thought they'd be playing to three people!

By Andrew Lockwood on 02 December 2019

False Advertising - The Forum, Tunbridge Wells 20.11.2019 Live Review

False Advertising popped down to The Forum in Tunbridge Wells to showcase their incendiary live show.

By Andrew Lockwood on 25 November 2019

Squeeze - Leas Cliff Hall 19.11.2019 Live Review

Squeeze came to the South-East coast to entertain a packed out Leas Cliff Hall.

By Andrew Lockwood on 21 November 2019

Squeeze

Kai Whiston - No World As Good As Mine Album Review

Kai Whiston is back already with his second album of his own 'No World As Good As Mine', and this time he has the help of organic instruments.

By Max Cussons on 14 November 2019

Feet - Ramsgate Music Hall 25.10.2019 Live Review

Feet are mid-tour and promoting their debut album, and tonight they played Ramsgate Music Hall with support from local band Malpractice.

By Andrew Lockwood on 11 November 2019

Lucy Spraggan - The Booking Hall, Dover 18.10.2019 Live Review

Famed for performing one of her own songs as her opening gambit on The X Factor, Lucy Spraggan rocked up at the Booking Hall as part of her UK and Ireland tour.

By Andrew Lockwood on 23 October 2019

Lucy Spraggan

Mark Lanegan - Somebody's Knocking Album Review

After nearly thirty years since his first solo record Mark Lanegan has just released one of his very best and there's not many artists who can claim that.

By Andrew Lockwood on 21 October 2019

Mark Lanegan

Mallory Knox - The Booking Hall, Dover 12.10.2019 Live Review

For the first, and almost certainly last, time Cambridge indie rockers Mallory Knox performed at The Booking Hall in Dover.

By Andrew Lockwood on 14 October 2019

Starcrawler - Devour You Album Review

'Devour You' is a fantastic follow up to Starcrawler's debut album and represents a move on in terms of sound and, in part, direction.

By Andrew Lockwood on 14 October 2019

Salvation Jayne - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 4.10.2019 Live Review

Salvation Jayne's third birthday bash was a riot of colour and a celebration of a band very much enjoying what they do.

By Andrew Lockwood on 09 October 2019

Gloo - XYZ Album Review

Gloo is a new supergroup consisting of UK mystic-beat producers Iglooghost and Kai Whiston as well as nu-pop singer/producer BABii.

By Max Cussons on 25 September 2019

Charli XCX - Charli Album Review

'Charli' sees Charli XCX continue to innovate, never being afraid to get honest and show her vulnerability.

By Max Cussons on 20 September 2019

Charli XCX

Sam Fender - Hypersonic Missiles Album Review

Angel of the north Sam Fender has finally graced our ears with his highly anticipated debut album Hypersonic Missiles.

By Contactmusic.com on 20 September 2019

JPEGMAFIA - All My Heroes Are Cornballs Album Review

JPEGMAFIA is back already with his newest record 'All My Heroes Are Cornballs' and we doubt anyone could've seen this coming.

By Max Cussons on 18 September 2019

Pixies - De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill-On-Sea 12/09/2019 Live Review

Pixies kicked off the European leg of their latest tour in the sleepy retirement town of Bexhill-On-Sea.

By Andrew Lockwood on 16 September 2019

The Pixies

Slaves - Dreamland, Margate 7.9.2019 Live Review

Kent punk duo Slaves held up their pledge to headline a gig on the Kent coast this weekend when they once again took to the Hall By The Sea stage at Dreamland in Margate.

By Andrew Lockwood on 12 September 2019

Slaves

Brockhampton - Ginger Album Review

'Ginger' is the kind of album that sees Brockhampton coming to terms with what they've been through.

By Max Cussons on 10 September 2019

Jar Jar Jr - Free Parking on Sundays EP Review

Irish beatmaker jar jar jr returns to the airwaves with a new EP guaranteed to lower your blood pressure.

By Contactmusic.com on 09 September 2019

Emma Frank - Come Back Album Review

Buoyed by the success of last year's 'Ocean Av', Boston-born Brooklynite Emma Frank releases her fourth album 'Come Back'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 21 August 2019

Yacht - Chain Tripping Album Review

In terms of approach, 'Chain Tripping' takes some beating. To call Yacht's latest release conceptual would be underplaying its inspiration wildly.

By Andrew Lockwood on 13 August 2019

Feeder - Tallulah Album Review

On 'Tallulah', Grant Nicholas and Taka Hirose seem to have that burning connection again.

By Mark Moore on 13 August 2019

Feeder

Neverworld 2019 Review

With an eclectic mix of established acts, up and coming talent and resurgent household names, Neverworld once again offered up some superb musical entertainment.

By Andrew Lockwood on 08 August 2019

Craig David

Have Heart - The Stylus, Leeds 21.07.2019 Live Review

You couldn't have asked for a better performance from Have Heart.

By Max Cussons on 02 August 2019

Splendour In Nottingham 2019 - Live Review

No-one expected that we were in for a day of the four seasons weather-wise, but that is what we got.

By Mark Moore on 30 July 2019

Gomez - Liquid Skin (20th Anniversary Edition) Album Review

To celebrate twenty years since it was released, Southport's finest Indie band Gomez are re-releasing their second album, 'Liquid Skin'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 17 July 2019

Gomez

Happy Mondays - Dreamland, Margate 13.07.2019 Live Review

Shaun Ryder and Bez took time out from their hilarious stint on Celebrity Gogglebox to join the rest of Happy Mondays as they brought their 'Pills 'N' Thrills And Bellyaches' tour to Dreamland in Margate.

By Andrew Lockwood on 17 July 2019

Happy Mondays

BABii - HiiDE Album Review

Throughout the course of 2019, enigmatic UK singer-songwriter/producer BABii has been creating a buzz for herself ahead of the release of debut album 'HiiDE'.

By Max Cussons on 05 July 2019

Joan As Police Woman - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 26.06.2019 Live Review

Folkestone bore witness to a mesmerising performance from Joan As Police Woman in celebration of a distinguished, if under appreciated, solo career.

By Andrew Lockwood on 03 July 2019

Joan as Police Woman

Tears For Fears/ABC - The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury 23.06.2019 Live Review

An excellent night of largely 80s nostalgia was brought back to life in spectacular style by two of the biggest bands of the time for a great evening's entertainment in Canterbury.

By Andrew Lockwood on 25 June 2019

Tears For Fears ABC

Forest Live 2019 Live Review

Forest Live, as with every year since the inception of these country wide events, did a damn fine job of selecting the artists for this year's performances.

By Andrew Lockwood on 20 June 2019

Paul Weller

Mattiel - Satis Factory Album Review

Mattiel follow their stunning eponymous debut album with a bold and brassy second, 'Satis Factory'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 05 June 2019

Slam Dunk 2019 - Leeds, Temple Newsam Park Live Review

It's Slam Dunk's hometown of Leeds we visited this year, following it to Temple Newsam Park for its biggest year yet!

By Max Cussons on 28 May 2019

Injury Reserve - Injury Reserve Album Review

On their self-titled debut album, it's really game time for jazz rappers Injury Reserve.

By Max Cussons on 22 May 2019

Phildel - Wave Your Flags Album Review

Phildel has gone back a step, in terms of her musical compositions, and returned to a style more reminiscent of her debut album with her latest release 'Wave Your Flags'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 20 May 2019

Aldous Harding - Concorde 2, Brighton 15.05.2019 Live Review

To promote the release of her latest album 'Designer', Aldous Harding has undertaken an extensive European tour. On Wednesday night Harding played to a sold-out Concorde 2 in Brighton.

By Andrew Lockwood on 20 May 2019

Injury Reserve - The Victoria, London 16.05.2019 Live Review

Injury Reserve have spent the last few years rising to the top of underground hip-hop and becoming one of the most exciting acts in the whole genre.

By Max Cussons on 20 May 2019

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