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October

2nd: Fear Of Men & Flowers, Concrete [REVIEW] 4th: Karen O, Bush Hall [REVIEW] 7th: Manchester Orchestra, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire [REVIEW] 8th: Caribou, Koko [REVIEW] 10th: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah & Kins, Electric Ballroom [REVIEW] / Club NME: FIANCÉ, Koko [REVIEW] 13th: Febueder, The Shacklewell Arms [REVIEW] 15th: Hundred Waters, Oslo [REVIEW] 16th: Nick Mulvey, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire [REVIEW] 17th: Erland & The Carniva…So on & so forth…

November

1st: Illuminations: Liars, Village Underground [REVIEW] 3rd: Erlend Øye, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire [REVIEW] 5th: New Shapes: Salt Ashes, Notting Hill Arts Club [REVIEW] 6th: The Knife, O2 Academy Brixton [REVIEW] 7th: Spoon, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire [REVIEW] 12th: Baxter Dury, 100 Club [REVIEW] 16th: Damon Albarn, Royal Albert Hall [REVIEW] 17th: Alex G, Rough Trade East [REVIEW] / Girlpool, The Shacklewell Arms [REVIEW] 18th: Zola…So on & so forth…

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: Caribou, Our Love.

For these past four years or so, Dan Snaith has had to put up with the unenviable task of having to live and breathe in the slipstream of Swim – Caribou’s widely revered, and indeed wonderful breakthrough release of 2010. Of course, the London-dwelling Canadian has never been one to rest on his laurels, and has toured incessantly, reconfigured the similarly celebrated Caribou Vibration Ensemble and inaugurated his very own label, Jiaolong, since…So on & so forth…

Review: Ariel Pink, pom pom.

It is best, where Ariel Pink is concerned, to operate under the assumption that he can’t be taking himself seriously. And his latest solo release, pom pom, unequivocally proves that Pink is a master of pastiche: he makes common pop tropes look malleable, at the risk of total thematic incoherence. Isolate any one track from pom pom (and make a slight exception for the transcendent Picture Me Gone) and it will be difficult to tell whether the song…So on & so forth…

Review: Baxter Dury, It’s a Pleasure.

“Male inadequacy is a hard subject to repackage [ba dum tss] in the form of skeletal Berliner music but here I’ve proved that’s possible” irrepressibly cheeky chappy, Baxter Dury has said about It’s a Pleasure – the adopted Londoner’s fourth studio full-length. And while said record was recorded anywhere from, and seemingly everywhere between, Brussels, NYC and Paris, it is – as he has also suggested – “the faint cries of Chiswick” that resonate…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: 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: Zammuto, Anchor.

‘Alternative.’ It’s a funny, if not farcical way to refer to music – suggestive of both abnormality and peripherality, to who or what is it the ostensible ‘alternative’, and above all, why is it so? I would imagine that nigh on, if not every artist who we feature on a quotidian basis can be considered ‘alternative’ in some way, although that doesn’t necessarily make each and every one some kind of subversive vanguardist, does it? They’re merely…So on & so forth…

Review: Simple Things 2014.

It’s around this time of year when it all starts to feel a tad bleak – shuffling out of the office at 5pm; out into darkness starts to prey on the optimism of your average, humble young adult. To compound the misery induced by this daylight saving malarkey, the live music scene takes a considerable, discernible turn, as our saturated summer of festivals slows to a drip, before seemingly drying out altogether. You can imagine our delight, then, w…So on & so forth…