Shepherds Bush Empire
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Thursday 12 November 2009
A happy-go-lucky Jack Allsopp steps forward to meet the crowd, peers around and announces: "I just saw my mum and dad up there. That's pretty cool." He explains his usual trick of finding something to greet each new audience with, concluding, a little relieved, "We're home."
Thursday 08 October 2009
When Natasha Khan asks "shall we carry on with a bit more dancing?" she might as well be talking to herself. The trademark cape has a bit more sparkle than previously, but tonight's audience is not looking for a big pop performance. They stand in awe as she powers through the best of Fur and Gold and Two Suns.
Wednesday 30 September 2009
Tuesday 29 September 2009
Tuesday 22 September 2009
In the true tradition of folk, singer-songwriter Alela Diane's shows are a family affair. Her father Tom Menig plays guitar and mandolin, while her boyfriend is the bassist.
Thursday 13 August 2009
Yes, they're still alive. Almost two decades since the band's formation, and 18 years since the birth of a grunge movement that propelled their debut, Ten, into the history books as one of the biggest-selling rock albums of all time, Pearl Jam remain a potent force, despite an almost paranoid avoidance of the limelight.
Friday 07 August 2009
There's a man at the top of Carnaby Street singing "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright". No, it's not 1964. It's last Thursday. And the man in the floppy felt hat and sunglasses, strumming and singing for the benefit of a gathering crowd, is not Bob Dylan; he's 35-year-old Joshua Radin. Not everyone in the crowd knows who Radin is, but they stay to listen to his songs – and if they watch any US television, there's a good chance they've heard some of them before.
Sunday 14 June 2009
Monday 01 June 2009
Friday 22 May 2009
Amy Winehouse has cancelled her British comeback gig, following reports of ill health.
Monday 11 May 2009
Sunday 03 May 2009
Sunday 26 April 2009
Tuesday 21 April 2009
Natasha Khan's alter ego, Bat for Lashes, is a daunting live prospect, flitting as she does between dark, otherworldly princess and timid, slightly posh, Brighton-born pop ingénue. A former nursery-school teacher, Natasha Khan's DIY musical creativity is used to harness deep, dark emotions, and if there's a theme for both her Mercury-nominated debut, Fur and Gold, and her recent follow-up, Two Suns, it's the honesty and naiveté of youth mixed with very adult themes of loss and heartbreak. That's not to suggest simplicity, though. The latter of her albums has been described by Khan as an essay in duality, and her lyrics certainly feature the poetic complexity to back the claim up.
Thursday 19 March 2009
Scotland and Ireland already love country, welcoming back music whose Appalachian heartland has Gaelic roots. Sugarland's rare expedition from the US may yet act as a beachhead to unconquered England. Irrepressible, irresistible singer Jennifer Nettles is their front-line weapon. Songs which at their best touch on suburban, everyday longings add substance.
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