2020s

I know there are those who find roots reggae a little tiresome, seeing it largely as a vehicle for rambling about Rastafarianism while smoking humungous quantities of marijuana. To be fair, there’s a lot of that. And I love it. (more…)

Khruangbin are the perfect band to play on a sweltering summer’s day… and Texas Sun is the perfect song. (more…)

Joe Rainey – bezhigo

16th March 2022 · 2020s, 2022, Music

About 25 years ago I wrote a big exposé about one of the first New Age ambient albums, called Sacred Spirit. (more…)

A member of the audience died when I went to see Endgame at the Old Vic. And the show really did go on… more’s the pity. (more…)

As Russia invades Ukraine, here’s a message for all the world, conveyed in the lockdown video shot at home by Sharon Van Etten and Josh Homme. (more…)

An evening of avant-garde music involving found objects, sampled voices, electronic noises, drums, trombones… and bubblewrap. (more…)

Howling Bells
229, London
22 January 2022

Howling Bells reunite for their first live shows in seven years, playing their 2006 debut album in its entirety.  (more…)

RIP Meat Loaf (1947-2022)

21st January 2022 · 2020s, 2022, Music
 
RIP Meat Loaf aka Marvin Lee Aday (1947-2022).

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Protest songs don’t get more powerful than this state-of-the-nation report – its finger firmly on the xenophobic pulse of post-Brexit Britain. (more…)

RIP Mike Nesmith (1942-2021)

11th December 2021 · 2021, Music
Mike Nesmith

Mike Nesmith was the tall one with the long sideburns, the green bobble hat and the languid Texan drawl. And The Monkees were one of the first pop groups I loved. (more…)