Author: Andrew Lockwood

Phildel - Wave Your Flags Album Review

Phildel - Wave Your Flags Album Review

Phildel Hoi Yee Ng (Phildel) has gone back a step, in terms of her musical compositions, and returned to a style more reminiscent of her debut album from 2014, 'The Disappearance Of The Girl', with...

Review posted on 20th May 2019

Aldous Harding - Concorde 2, Brighton 15.05.2019 Live Review

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 with fellow female antipodean Laura Jean...

Review posted on 20th May 2019

The Luka State - The Forum Basement, The Sussex Arms, Tunbridge Wells 11.05.2019 Live Review

The Luka State - The Forum Basement, The Sussex Arms, Tunbridge Wells 11.05.2019 Live Review

From the salt mining town of Winsford in Cheshire, The Luka State came to play in the underground confines of The Forum Basement, located in The Sussex Arms pub just off the famous Pantiles in...

Review posted on 15th May 2019

Finley Quaye - The Ballroom, Dreamland, Margate 10.05.2019 Live Review

Finley Quaye - The Ballroom, Dreamland, Margate 10.05.2019 Live Review

Brit Award winners and Margate do not feature too often in the same sentence but on Friday night The Ballroom at Dreamland in Margate played host to Finley Quaye, the Brit Award winner of Best...

Review posted on 13th May 2019

The Unthanks - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 28.04.2019 Live Review

The Unthanks - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 28.04.2019 Live Review

Rachel, Becky and Niopha; The Unthanks, 'Unaccompanied, As We Are'; returned to Kent in their latest incarnation to sing songs old and new in their purest form. Setting aside the need for orchestration or even...

Review posted on 30th April 2019

Stealing Sheep - Big Wows Album Review

Stealing Sheep - Big Wows Album Review

"It's just a big shiny wow with a hint of irony" is how Stealing Sheep have described their third full length studio album 'Big Wows'. The band's first album in four year follows 2015's 'Not...

Review posted on 23rd April 2019

Nouvelle Vague - The Ballroom, Dreamland, Margate 20.04.2019 Live Review

Nouvelle Vague - The Ballroom, Dreamland, Margate 20.04.2019 Live Review

So, I'm not sure if it's a snobbery thing going on, a misguided preconception, an inherent built-in reluctance or just a discriminatory flaw in my psyche, but I have never fancied seeing a tribute band...

Review posted on 23rd April 2019

Marissa Nadler - Prince Albert, Brighton 16.04.2019 Live Review

Marissa Nadler - Prince Albert, Brighton 16.04.2019 Live Review

From Boston (Massachusetts) to an old school Brighton boozer in the shadows of the town's main railway station, Marissa Nadler came to perform on the second of her UK dates. Before taking her tour to...

Review posted on 23rd April 2019

Amy Odell - The Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate 13.04.2019 Live Review

Amy Odell - The Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate 13.04.2019 Live Review

In one of the tiniest theatres, on one of the smallest stages, and playing to a diminutive audience, the petite Amy Odell played a tremendous gig with an intense passion. On the sea front in...

Review posted on 16th April 2019

Joep Beving - Henosis Album Review

Joep Beving - Henosis Album Review

Riding the rising wave of neo-classical artists currently infiltrating an ever-growing public consciousness is Dutch pianist Joep Beving. Ever since the somewhat unexpected success of his debut release 'Solipsism' in 2015, Joep has become rather...

Review posted on 8th April 2019

O'Hooley and Tidow - Astor Theatre, Deal Live Review

O'Hooley and Tidow - Astor Theatre, Deal Live Review

From the West of Yorkshire to the South-East of Kent, O'Hooley and Tidow once again journeyed to bring their particular blend of characterful folk to the people of Deal. In the century old Astor Theatre,...

Review posted on 8th April 2019

Kristin Hersh - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 31.03.2019 Live Review

Kristin Hersh - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 31.03.2019 Live Review

One of the founding members, half a lifetime ago now, of beloved alt-rock band Throwing Muses, Kristin Hersh brought her Electric Trio to the Quarterhouse on Mothering Sunday. Returning to the Kent coast exactly nine...

Review posted on 2nd April 2019

Lucy Rose - No Words Left Album Review

Lucy Rose - No Words Left Album Review

As Lucy Rose approaches her fourth decade she is releasing her fourth, and arguably best, full-length album: 'No Words Left'. Following up 2017's 'Something's Changing', Lucy Rose Parton has indeed altered tack with her latest...

Review posted on 25th March 2019

Chai - Punk Album Review

Chai - Punk Album Review

Can Punk ever be cute? Can cute have a Punk attitude? The essence and manner of Punk has been applied to many things over the years but seldom has it been called cute or cuddly;...

Review posted on 18th March 2019

Self Esteem - Ramsgate Music Hall 10.03.2019 Live Review

Self Esteem - Ramsgate Music Hall 10.03.2019 Live Review

After spending more than a decade as one half of Slow Club, Rebecca Taylor has cast aside the shackles of a collaborative partnership to pursue her very own musical direction. Starting in 2017 with her...

Review posted on 15th March 2019

James - Margate Winter Gardens 06.03.2019 Live Review

James - Margate Winter Gardens 06.03.2019 Live Review

The last time I saw James play live, at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall, they hadn't even released an album. They'd probably, as folklore goes, sold more T-Shirts than records and if asked would probably not...

Review posted on 15th March 2019

Poppy Ackroyd - Attenborough Centre for the Creative Art, Brighton 22.02.2019 Live Review

Poppy Ackroyd - Attenborough Centre for the Creative Art, Brighton 22.02.2019 Live Review

To paraphrase a man infinitely more intelligent than myself; you won't get a different result if you carry on doing the same thing. If you always go straight to the pasta isle, for example, you...

Review posted on 26th February 2019

The Unthanks - Lines Album Review

The Unthanks - Lines Album Review

As projects go, you'd have to say that the latest one from The Unthanks draws together three remarkable strands under one ambitious umbrella, 'Lines'. The album trilogy is in part written by Maxine Peake, employs...

Review posted on 21st February 2019

Feels - Post Earth Album Review

Feels - Post Earth Album Review

East LA four-piece Feels follow up their self-titled debut of 2016 with an album full of social commentary and frustration about the state of the world they live in, as well as the disappointing degree...

Review posted on 20th February 2019

Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres - Fort Road Yard, Margate 14.02.2019 Live Review

Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres - Fort Road Yard, Margate 14.02.2019 Live Review

Having temporarily placed the Libertines behemoth into hibernation until they've got some new material to share, Pete Doherty has been busy writing and performing both on his own and, latterly, more with his relatively new...

Review posted on 18th February 2019

Lou Doillon - Soliloquy Album Review

Lou Doillon - Soliloquy Album Review

When Lou Doillon released her award-winning debut album in 2012, it was said that "the darker daughter had come out of the shadows". Lou, one of four alliterative sisters, and half-sister to actress and singer...

Review posted on 15th February 2019

Du Blonde - Lung Bread For Daddy Album Review

Du Blonde - Lung Bread For Daddy Album Review

Having recently celebrated the last birthday of her twenties, Beth Jeans Houghton, aka Du Blonde, should be ready to celebrate the release of her second album 'Lung Bread For Daddy'. Under the Du Blonde moniker...

Review posted on 11th February 2019

Sleeper - The Forum, Tunbridge Wells 02.02.2019 Live Review

Sleeper - The Forum, Tunbridge Wells 02.02.2019 Live Review

After a 21-year gap between albums and a full 19-year break as a band, Sleeper seem at last to be back in earnest. With the imminent release of their latest full-length album 'The Modern Age'...

Review posted on 6th February 2019

Beans On Toast - Dreamland, Margate 01.02.2019 Live Review

Beans On Toast - Dreamland, Margate 01.02.2019 Live Review

Probably not since the war years has The Ballroom in Margate's Dreamland seen a helping of beans on toast being offered up but cometh the moment, cometh the man. From Essex (well, Portsmouth the night...

Review posted on 5th February 2019

Unloved - Heartbreak Album Review

Unloved - Heartbreak Album Review

Unloved are back with their second full-length album 'Heartbreak'. The trio of David Holmes, Keefus Ciancia and vocalist Jade Vincent are set to release the follow-up to 2016's 'Guilty Of Love' on February 1st. The...

Review posted on 31st January 2019

Stalker Miller - Homegrown By Joan Album Review

Stalker Miller - Homegrown By Joan Album Review

In an age where streaming farms are generating tens of thousands of plays through the use of repeat plays on hundreds of 'fake' phones, it is refreshing to know that music can still be made...

Review posted on 30th January 2019

The Vaccines - Brighton Dome 25.01.2019 Live Review

The Vaccines - Brighton Dome 25.01.2019 Live Review

The rather regal elegance of The Brighton Dome played host to The Vaccines for the first time in years on Friday night to the delight of the sold-out crowd. Following a return to form with...

Review posted on 29th January 2019

Toy - Happy In The Hollow Album Review

Toy - Happy In The Hollow Album Review

After ten years together, Toy are releasing their fourth full-length studio album. 'Happy In The Hollow' represents the band's first album for their new label Tough Love Records, and their first since 2016's 'Clear Shot'....

Review posted on 23rd January 2019

Go Dark - Neon Young Album Review

Go Dark - Neon Young Album Review

When a hitchhiking Chicago runaway met a seasoned MC and producer on the streets of Oakland, California, Go Dark was born. Poet, painter and globe-trotting busker Ashley 'Crash' Gallegos and Adam 'Dosone' Drucker started working...

Review posted on 16th January 2019

RYD - RYD Album Review

RYD - RYD Album Review

RYD, aka North London producer Ryan Downie, is set to release his self-titled debut album under that moniker on 18th January. The ten tracks that make up Downie's first full-length offering come on the back...

Review posted on 14th January 2019

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The Unthanks - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 28.04.2019 Live Review

The Unthanks - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 28.04.2019 Live Review

Rachel, Becky and Niopha; The Unthanks, 'Unaccompanied, As We Are'; returned to Kent in their latest incarnation to sing songs old and new in their...

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