New Music: James Riley – New York Minute

Listening to his music, it seems to make complete sense that James Riley is Anglo-American. Born to an American mother and English father, a similar cross-pollination is present in his music with a dozen genres alighted upon, sampled and tossed aside at various points, often within the same song. Often though, he returns to that [...]

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New Music: Emily Bear – I’m Not Alone

Now heading past my mid-20s, I look back and consider I'achieved a reasonable amount in that time. I've travelled, I've worked, I've lived in many different cities. But then you stumble upon someone like Emily Bear and realise you could not achieve in two lifetimes what she has already packed into 17 years. A full [...]

Live review: Bear’s Den at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 23/04/2019

Quiet but loud, seared with heartache but soaring with joy; west-London's Bear's Den thrive in the contrasts, the way they tackle sorrow with lilting positivity. Returning to their old neighbourhood for a two-date run at Shepherd's Bush Empire, it's clear Andrew Davie and Kevin Jones have plenty on their mind as they plough quickly through [...]

Review: George Ezra at The O2 20/02/19

From the living room set-up to Greg James' pre-recorded introduction and the endless string of hits, there was something very familiar about George Ezra's 90-minute performance at London's O2 Arena. By all measures a runaway success after three acclaimed albums, 25-year-old Ezra is gradually mastering the sort of homely, fuzzy-pop that will guarantee a lifetime [...]

Review: Ben Howard at O2 Academy Brixton, 18/01/19

It's a tricky relationship to manage, that one between artist and audience during a live performance. Some refer to an unwritten code, that in return for the performer giving it their best, the crowd will respond in kind; cheer when required, silent when needed. But live music rarely cares for such intricate rules and guidelines, [...]