Live Reviews

6.17.19

This Is Not a Spice Girls 2019 Tour Thinkpiece

Imagine 90,000 raucous seven-year-old fans, except they're adults now and can drink wine and stay up late.

4.17.19

Robyn’s Big Fat Club of Palatial Tears at the Top of North London

The Swedish pop star's Alexandra Palace shows were near-perfect, the peak of what pop can do outside of an arena.

4.5.19

MorMor’s Psychedelic Indie-Pop Deserves Your Attention

The Toronto musician played his first sold-out London show this week, showing how outsider status can lead to beautiful art.

2.4.19

Ghetts’ Live Show Proves Why He’ll Always Be a Grime OG

He blends both parts of his legacy – from his younger days as Ghetto, to last year's 'Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament' album – with total ease.

1.29.19

Azealia Banks Is Still Really Good Live, Sorry

The controversial rapper blew London's KOKO away last weekend, deepening her 'can you separate the art from the artist?' conundrum.

1.28.19

Patti Smith Is Still an Untouchable Icon

Even when she's covering U2, as she did at a London gig over the weekend.

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11.12.18

H.E.R. Wants to Be Both Successful and an Enigma

At a recent Apple Music 'Up Next' show, the 21-year-old R&B artist toed the line between her near-anonymity and snippets of her 'true' identity.

10.11.18

BTS’ Live Show Is a Glowing, Self-Affirming Safe Haven

For fans of the Korean boyband, like myself, their "love yourself" mantra swells in size in a live setting like London's O2 Arena.

8.15.18

I Did the Unthinkable and Discovered New Music at a Festival

Øya in Oslo was the antidote to a summer of messy live experiences, and a perfect place to stumble across Norwegian acts.

11.20.17

Thinking About "World Music" (Whatever That Means) at a Moroccan Festival

At Visa For Music in Rabat, Morocco, it's best not to get caught up in phrasing. The music is too good.

5.3.17

Arca's Roundhouse Show Was a Victory for Fearless Self-Expression

Alejandro Ghersi's headline London was a vivid realisation of his intimate new album.

7.25.16

Presidential Death Match: GWAR Rain Blood at The Gathering of the Juggalos

They decapitated a giant robotic Barack Obama, made Hillary and The Donald fight to the death, and covered the crowd in pink fluids. Just another live set from the Virginian metal band.

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