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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: 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: 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: 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: 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…

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: Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts 2014.

‘Rarely before has Glastonbury seemed less accepting of the wont and wants of others, whatever they may be, as ‘selfie sticks’ replace the bucket hats of bygone times.’ Dots & Dashes review the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts 2014, musical highlights of which were provided by the Manic Street Preachers, M.I.A., Pixies & St. Vincent. Review: Friday, 27th June / Saturday, 28th June / Sunday, 29th June. Glastonbury on t…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…

July

3rd: Fear Of Men, Scala [REVIEW] 4th–6th: Wireless Festival feat. Kanye West, OutKast, Pharrell Williams, Basement Jaxx & Giorgio Moroder, Finsbury Park [REVIEW] 8th: Manic Street Preachers, Rough Trade East [REVIEW] 10th: Liu Bei, Servant Jazz Quarters [REVIEW] 15th: M. Ward, Islington Assembly Hall [REVIEW] 17th–20th: Latitude feat. Damon Albarn, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Slowdive, Lily Allen, Nils Frahm & San Fermin, Henham Park, S…So on & so forth…

Review: Saturday, Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts 2014.

In his review of Nick Mulvey’s long overdue solo début, First Mind, Tom McMinigal commented on the incomparable songsmith’s ‘cheerfully ascending star’, and Glastonbury makes his speedy rise palpably apparent. For Mulvey has gone from The Park, to the Pyramid Stage, in the space of a year and to mark the occasion, he’s backed by a full band to imbue his quietly majestic anthemia with spades of grandeur anew. Of a wet and weary Saturday morning,…So on & so forth…