Live Review: Sam Lee and Friends at the Wes Mem

With a background as a wilderness survival expert and burlesque dancer, Sam Lee is hardly your stereotypical folkie. Not one born into the tradition, London-native Lee discovered traditional British folksong through old field recordings, which he listened to in his West End dressing room, between glittery-hotpant costume changes. But to learn second-hand was not enough […]

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Live Review: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Cellar

Everything the Pains of Being Pure At Heart do seems effortless. Vocal hooks, effortless; Belle and Sebastian-esque vignettes ripe with detail and pathos, effortless; Jesus and Mary Chain feedback, Jonny Marr jangle, classics straight off a C86 compilation mixtape from the 1980s, all seem to breeze past without any exertion on the part of anyone […]

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Live Review: Shoegazing into the Abyss – Slowdive and Ulrika Spacek at the O2

“Are you a music journalist?” I got asked, for the first time of my life last Friday at the O2, catching me ever so slightly off guard. “Yeah. I’m actually supposed to be reviewing this gig.” “Ah, that’s sweet! For who?” Deep breath. “The OxStu.” “Ah.” And she turned around and didn’t speak another word […]

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Review: Gregory Alan Isakov at the Islington Assembly Hall

Gregory Alan Isakov writes songs for travellers. He’s an indie folk singer-songwriter whose work depicts places and people you can visit with a single listen – which explains why people travelled from miles around to hear him weave his stories in London last night. The personal nature of much of his repertoire might have made […]

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