Reviews

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Songhoy Blues, gig review

The ebullient Malian four-piece weaved together sounds from their homeland and much further beyond

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The Invisible Hand review

Ayad Akhtar's The Invisible Hand, at the Tricycle Theatre in London, tells the story of a kidnapped American banker

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Richard Ashcroft, Roundhouse, gig review

To see Richard Ashcroft in full flow last Monday night is to feel like the last 10 years never happened. Since his last solo album a decade ago, he has endured personal issues as well as The Verve’s messy third break up (which followed their even messier fourth album), and a disastrous foray into rock/rap with his project, RPA and The United Nations of Sound. Subsequently, Ashcroft has been underground since 2010. 

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Igor Levit review

Igor Levit is a much-admired young pianist famed for the boldness of his musical imagination, and this unusual programme allowed him to meld the music of JS Bach with that of his celebrated arranger Ferrucio Busoni in a way which exalted them both. But first he played a charming little Passacaglia by Bach’s precursor Johann Caspar Keril, to focus our minds on the variation form which was going to frame the evening.   

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Lush gig review

Lush have reformed for their first shows in 20 years, following in the footsteps of 90s indie bands My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ride and Swervedriver