I sat down with London Grammar for Pretty Much Amazing before their show for “London Calling” at Paradiso Amsterdam – to discuss their monumental year. We spoke about The National, Dot’s uncanny resemblance to Julian Casablancas, and what the band had in store for 2014!Read More
I attended Haim ‘s Amsterdam leg of their Days Are Gone tour and reviewed it over at CLASH MAGAZINE..
“Dressed in faded denims and cracked leathers, and wielding their instruments like seasoned rock stars, Haim’s appearance tonight betrays the direction their sound takes – embracing their debut’s rockier elements instead of its breezier pop leanings…”Read More
I attended the Vampire Weekend ‘s Amsterdam leg of their Modern Vampires tour and reviewed it over at GLASTONBURY TO PARIS…
“It’s refreshing to see a band turn things round and snatch victory from the gaping maw of defeat – but there are few things as entrancing as watching a vampire rediscover its bite…”Read More
I recently attended the The National ‘s Amsterdam leg of their Trouble Will Find Me tour and reviewed it over at Clash Magazine.
EXTRACT – “They finish with ‘Terrible Love’ – how could they not? Its title, its lyrics, it themes – they’re all illustrative of the contradictory duality at the heart of The National. Tonight, Berninger is introvert and extrovert, supergeek and superstar, manic depressive and life-and-soul: all at the same time. The National’s live performance scorches because – seemingly wracked by insecurity and wholly unsure of what he wants to be – Matt Berninger becomes everything, all at once.”
The below pic isn’t in the review, it’s a cheeky snap I took… During ‘Mr November’, frontman Matt basically crowd surfed/ made his way to the...Read More
My review of the the new Cut Copy LP Free Your Mind over at Pretty Much Amazing:
“Several tracks are too long, and the trio of short interludes feel unnecessary – threatening to pull you out of the moment and stifle the gradually escalating sense of euphoria. This is a small complaint, however, given the consistently infectious hooks and melodies, and the manner in which it brilliantly and wistfully evokes rose-tinted memories of the lost “Golden Age” of dance…”
(7.5 / 10)
I recently attended the London Calling festival in Amsterdam, and reviewed it over at Clash Magazine.
London Grammar by Willem Schalekamp
“The Dutch – they may be perennial underachievers on the football field, but when it comes to live music they really know how to stage a festival. Just weeks after hosting the colossal Amsterdam Dance Event, the Dutch music scene twists its gaze onto good old rock ‘n’ roll, with the second leg of its bi-annual music festival London Calling…”
Bands in the review: Circa Waves, Mac DeMarco, The Dodos, London Grammar, and MS MR…Read More
My review of the the new Arcade Fire album Reflektor over at Glastonbury To Paris:
“It’s early to judge where exactly Reflektor will sit in the framework of Arcade Fire’s entire canon, but the early signs are positive: that first listen plants seeds that are likely to blossom into a fully-fledged romance. It’s often as intoxicating as it is intricate, and as beautiful as it is bold; a mythic love-letter to surrendering to the moment.
Their fourth LP is music without boundaries, further evidence that – in the “reflective age” – sometimes the best artistic response to widespread critical acclaim is mutation. Not for the first time, Arcade Fire look like the most important band in the world…”
(9 / 10) Read More
I recently attended the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) 2013 and reviewed it over at Clash Magazine.
The full review is printed here along with some fantastic additional photos…
Last weekend, 300,000 globe-trotting technophiles descended on Amsterdam’s capital – infamous ‘City of Sin’ Amsterdam – for the eighteenth edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) – arguably the world’s leading electronic music extravaganza.
The event was monstrous in scope: five days (October 16th-20th) of performances from over 2,000 globally respected international artists, spread over 300 different events, and stretched across 80 of the finest clubs – where almost every music genre was represented at some point.
On Thursday, Clash attends the ‘Ra...Read More
My review of the new Cass McCombs album Big Wheel And Others over at Pretty Much Amazing:
“What it really lacks is quality control, and what it requires is a good deal of patience, but – despite the occasions when it falters – elsewhere it’s consistently good, and sporadically brilliant. And – though it’s overlong – at its best it’s still all too easy to surrender to…”(6.7 / 10)
I spoke with Manchester electro-pop wizards NO CEREMONY/// about their scorching self-titled debut album over at Glass Magazine…
“Mother Manchester is no stranger to birthing musical titans – and electro-pop sorcerers NO CEREMONY/// are the latest of her talented brood to cast a promising shadow over the musical landscape of the UK.
Their spectacular self-titled debut, one of the most satisfying LPs released in September, is populated with emotion stirring effects-drenched soundscapes – replete with melancholic ascending piano lines, heart-piercing synths and spectral guitars.
The tracks are melodically rich and thematically dense, characterised by a sense of heartbreak and the search for – and the elusive nature of – that thing we call love…”