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May

1st: Plastic Mermaids, The Lexington [REVIEW] 2nd: Devendra Banhart, Barbican Centre [REVIEW] 5th: Gruff Rhys: American Interior, Soho Theatre [REVIEW] 6th: Tennis, Oslo [REVIEW] 7th: Elephant, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club [REVIEW] 8th–10th: The Great Escape feat. Future Islands, Little Dragon, Klaxons, Arthur Beatrice & East India Youth, Brighton [REVIEW] 12th: Courtney Love, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire [REVIEW] 14th: Yann Tie…So on & so forth…

Review: Field Day 2014.

Needless to say, it’s no longer entirely necessary to pilgrimage – lukewarming crate of cider cradled in arms; sweat dribbling your back, as it malodorously fills the ravine made by your ailing spine; impossibly enormous rucksack attached to your back – to what can, at times, feel the ends of the Earth in order to access, and perhaps even enjoy the so-called ‘festival experience’. And Field Day, now in its eighth year, is just about the most con…So on & so forth…

Review: M. Ward, Islington Assembly Hall.

Famed for his collaborating with maudlin American sweetheart, Zooey Deschanel but fawned over in these rather more low-key quarters, it’s little surprise that M. Ward had little trouble selling out north London’s Islington Assembly Hall. And, on a resplendent, if sweltering evening, the likes of Fuel For Fire and Chinese Translation sustain the adulation that the Californian songsmith commands these days. Barmen and women scuttle, flustered, bet…So on & so forth…

Review: FKA twigs, LP1

The critical circle jerk surrounding LP1 – the overtly lauded début from London’s ostensibly strange mechanoid, FKA twigs – really has been quite something. Music writers are, of course, notorious for their unabashed imagination, but even they themselves must be pleasantly surprised by their handiwork this time around. Their tokens of gratitude – words like ‘masterpiece’ and all his cheerful literary friends – have been lavished wildly upon this…So on & so forth…

Review: Phantogram, Voices.

Emerging players amid the indietronica zeitgeist, Phantogram and their self-proclaimed ‘street-beat’ stylings couldn’t be any more ‘in’ right now. They look the part, appearing like a bohemian’s answer to Beauty and the (beardy) Beast, and they sound it, too. With its alchemical blend of crystalline vocals, head-bobbing beats and J Dilla-evoking samples, Voices is an unquestionably trendy album. But it’s also dull. So very dull…So on & so forth…

Review: Merchandise, After The End.

From the very moment that Floridian (then-)three-piece Merchandise first began to make waves on this side of the pond, it became apparent that we were dealing with a good band. However, with After The End – their first full-length effort to have been released in cahoots with seminal UK indie label, 4AD – it would appear we’re contending with what is an incontrovertibly very good, if not a great one. ‘The project’ may be ‘equal parts punk misanth…So on & so forth…

Review: Wireless Festival 2014.

With Glastonbury having been and gone already, it’s now safe to say that the so-called ‘festival season’ has well and truly begun in earnest. And so for the first, and possibly last time, given Wireless Festival’s wont for hopping from one of London’s numerous leafy expanses to another, the major label love-in takes place in N4’s Finsbury Park. Indeed, the luxury of being able to eat some “damn croissants”, or rather crumpets, a half-hour prior…So on & so forth…

Review: Blonde Redhead, Barragán.

I’ve always been strangely taken by the apparent reality that, as identical twins age, they tend not only to grow up, but also apart in terms of facial appearance, familial solidarity and so on. And despite comprising Simone and Amedeo Pace – two brothers who both share a DOB and look extraordinarily similar to this day, as well as the chameleonic Kazu Makino, it’s similarly intriguing to see that never have Blonde Redhead ever condescended to r…So on & so forth…

June

2nd: The Acid, Cargo [REVIEW] 4th: Sharon Van Etten, Rough Trade East [REVIEW] 5th: Sharon Van Etten, Koko [REVIEW] 7th–8th: Field Day feat. Pixies, Metronomy, John Wizards, Jon Hopkins, Omar Souleyman & Future Islands, Victoria Park [REVIEW] 9th: Blaue Blume, The Old Blue Last [REVIEW] 10th: Wye Oak, Islington Assembly Hall [REVIEW] / Tom Vek, Rough Trade East [REVIEW] 13th: James Lavelle’s Meltdown: UNKLE:REDUX, Royal Festival Hall […So on & so forth…

Review: Latitude 2014.

‘Ultimately, performers, promoters, pundits and punters all seem to be pulling in the right direction here; here’s hoping they continue to do so down the years yet to come…’ Dots & Dashes review Latitude 2014 – ‘one of the most spectacular, and with that exceptional shows of the summer’ – highlights of which were provided by the likes of Lily Allen, Damon Albarn, Future Islands, Nils Frahm & Slowdive… Review: Friday, 18th Jul…So on & so forth…