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Arcade Fire at Earls Court | Live review

Arcade Fire at Earls Court
LIVE REVIEW

It’s New Zealand sensation Lorde who opens the evening at Earls Court. Her stage is minimalistic, just like her record. She’s there to sing, not to put on a show – that’s what you get and that’s all you need. [read more]

Chromeo at the Roundhouse | Live review

Chromeo at the Roundhouse
LIVE REVIEW

Dominique Young Unique opened Chromeo’s gig at the Roundhouse last night, and it has to be said that this young girl (born in 1991) has got real talent, despite her limited experience (the venue wasn’t right for the artist, [read more]

The Polyphonic Spree at Clapham Grand | Live review

The Polyphonic Spree at Clapham Grand
LIVE REVIEW

The Polyphonic Spree are a bit of an unusual creature when analysed in detail: the fact that they have a band members list, both past and present, as long as a spoilt child’s Christmas list makes them seem somewhat like the parents of [read more]

A Catered Affair at the London Theatre Workshop | Theatre review

A Catered Affair at the London Theatre Workshop
THEATRE REVIEW

Describing itself as a “boutique” theatre, the brand new London Theatre Workshop, perched on top of the beautiful Eel Brook pub in Fulham, only opened its doors in March. But since then it has staged a musical, a Eugene [read more]

Aaron Curry: Paintings at the Michael Werner Gallery | Exhibition review

Aaron Curry: Paintings at the Michael Werner Gallery
EXHIBITION REVIEW

Los Angeles-based Aaron Curry, born in San Antonio, Texas, is currently exhibiting at the Michael Werner Gallery. This is the first of such devoted to paintings, showcasing a new direction in his work: in this exhibition there are [read more]

Zanna Don’t! at the Landor | Theatre review

Zanna Don’t! at the Landor
THEATRE REVIEW

This new production of the successful Off-Broadway musical Zanna Don’t! is funny, clever and humane. Brought down a level, the small confines of the Landor Theatre bestowed an added intimacy to proceedings, and also bolstered this [read more]

John Fullbright interview: Happiness, Okies and Grammys

John Fullbright interview: Happiness, Okies and Grammys

Americana singer/songwriter John Fullbright got a lot of attention for his debut album, with great reviews and nominations. Now he is back with follow-up Songs, and The Upcoming had the chance to chat with him about it and his life [read more]

John Fullbright at Islington Assembly Hall | Live review

John Fullbright at Islington Assembly Hall
LIVE REVIEW

The disco ball on the ceiling sprinkles its light dots over the expectant attendees in Islington Town Hall. The grand 1930s building with its art deco decoration was last night the backdrop to the London leg of Oklahoma musician John [read more]

Sharon Van Etten at Koko | Live review

Sharon Van Etten at Koko
LIVE REVIEW

“Please forgive me, I’m sick – I might have to blow my nose” declared Sharon Van Etten last night at Koko. The crowd felt instant empathy for her as she soldiered on. Set to the stunning backdrop of the old Camden Palace [read more]

Throwing Snow at Rough Trade East | Live review

Throwing Snow at Rough Trade East
LIVE REVIEW

Any apprehension of a gig without lyrics was instantly melted the moment Throwing Snow, aka Ross Tones, took to the stage and began his set. Tones, an astrophysics graduate, showcased his new album Mosaic last night at Rough Trade East [read more]

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