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Micky Dolenz

Micky Dolenz - Des Plaines Theater, Des Plaines, 14/10/2024

Lisa Torem watches Mickey Dolenz, the last surviving member of The Monkees, perform songs from that band, plus other compelling covers, with his talented backing band and sister/vocalist Coco.

Steve Wynn

Steve Wynn - Fun House, Masrid, 25/10/2023

Philamonjaro finds The Dream Syndicate's Steve Wynn making a surprisingly big sound at an acoustic solo gig at The Fun House in Madrid

Larkin Poe

Larkin Poe - La Riviera. Madrid, 6/11/2023

Philamonjaro enjoys a versatile set from Americana duo Larkin Poe, which is fronted by sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, at La Riviera in Madrid.

Little Man Tate

Little Man Tate - The Grand, Clitheroe, 14/10/2023

Dixie Ernill enjoys a vibrant set from Sheffield indie rock act Little Man Tate on their first national tour in thirteen years.


Squid - Vicar Street,, Dublin, 25/10/2023

Eoghan Lyng enjoys Squid’s unusual brand of prog at Vicar Street in Dublin.

Three Nights of Indie Pop

Three Nights of Indie Pop - Manchester and Glasgow, 6/10/2023....8/10/2023

At three different venues in Manchester and Glasgow across three nights, Dixie Ernill enjoys sets from indie pop acts such as Davey Woodward and The Winter Orphans, The Jasmine Minks and The Popguns.

Echo And The Bunnymen

Echo And The Bunnymen - Royal Centre, Nottingham, 12/9/2023

Dave Goodwin at the Royal Centre in Nottingham watches Echo and The Bunnymen with the help of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra play in a stunning set their 1984 fourth album 'Ocean Rain' in its entirety.

Wigan Casino 50th Anniversary

Wigan Casino 50th Anniversary - Winter Gardens, Blackpool, 22/9/2023...24/9/2023

A mid-September 50th Anniversary celebration in a massive ballroom in Wigan brought Northern Soul enthusiasts together in commemoration.

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band - Miller High Life Theater, Milwaukee, 30/9/2023

Lisa Torem enjoys an uplifting set of classic covers and their own material from RIngo Starr and His All-Starr Band.

Paul Weller

Paul Weller - Razzmatazz, Barcelona, 18/9/2023

Philamonjaro watches Paul Weller wow a Spanish crowd with a career-spanning set

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall - Vic Theatre, Chicago, 16/9/2023

Lisa Torem enjoys the diversity of the set list when Herb Alpert and Lani Hall draw from a lifetime of classic, plus new arrangements from recent release, ‘Wish Upon a Star.'.

Ezra Furman

Ezra Furman - Tramshed, Cardiff, 31/8/2023

Steev Burgess watches acclaimed US indie rocker Ezra Furman, while battling against the elements, deliver an impressive, passionate show in Cardiff

Fairport's Cropredy Convention

Fairport's Cropredy Convention - Cropredy, Oxfordshire, 10/8/2023....12/8/2023

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys this year’s three day Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, which as well as Fairport Convention also featured excellent sets from Robert Fripp and Toyah and Nile Rodgers.

House Of Love

House Of Love - Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 23/7/2023

Nige Nudds watches 80’s indie act The House of Love play a haunting set at the Norwich Arts Centre

Belle And Sebastian

Belle And Sebastian - Manchester Academy, Manchester, 21/7/2023

Amanda J Window enjoys an exuberant set from Scottish indie pop outfit Belle and Sebastian at the Manchester Academy.


Blur - Wembley Stadium, London, 9/7/2023

On home turf for the second of two Wembley Stadium shows, Blur are on exceptional, energized, poignant form. Richard Lewis reviews Thirty years since a struggling London indie band issued an album

Bluedot Festival

Bluedot Festival - Jodrell Bank, Cheshire, 20/7/2023...22/72023

Battling against constant rain, swamp-like mud and an accessible campsite that is anything but, Shirley Proctor still finds much to enjoy at Bluedot Festival in Cheshire

Peter and Jeremy

Peter and Jeremy - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 23/6/2023

Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the 60s and Beyond’ returns to Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music with Asher plus partner folk artist Jeremy Clyde, formerly of Chad and Jeremy. Lisa Torem reviews.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - Hyde Park, London, 6/6/2023

American icon Bruce Springsteen shows zero signs of slowing down on a lengthy, wide-ranging set at Hyde Park for British Summer Time. Richard Lewis reviews

Lytham Festival

Lytham Festival - Lytham Green, Lytham, 29/6/2023....2/7/2023

Shirley Procter reflects upon her highlights of this year's Lytham Festival.


Riopy - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 11/6/2023

r: Lisa Torem admires French pianist Riopy’s passionate performance at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

Lisa Ducasse

Lisa Ducasse - Institut Francais, London,  21/6/2023

Steev Burgess enjoys a rare opportunity to see one of the rising stars of French music, Lisa Ducasse at the Institute Francais in London.


Who - Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, 14/6/2023

Philamonjaro finds The Who on explosive form as they perform with an orchestra on the first date of an European tour at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.

Hugh Cornwell

Hugh Cornwell - O2 Academy, Sheffield, 7/5/2023

On the road to support his recent ‘Moments Of Madness’ LP the former Stranglers frontman, long since turned solo artist Hugh Cornwell shows no sign of slowing down.

Martin Barre Band

Martin Barre Band - Des Plaines Theater, Des Plaines. 9/6/2023

Lisa Torem finds the Martin Barre Band rekindling memories of glorious progressive rock in its heyday at the Des Plaines Theater , with Barre’s compelling lead guitar infusions and his bandmates’ endless enthusiasm.


Mono - Arts Centre, Norwich, 2/6/2023

Nige Nudds enjoys an impressive set of exuberant post-rock from Japanese band Mono at the Norwich Arts Centre.

Billy Childs Quartet

Billy Childs Quartet - Space, Evanston, 11/5/2023

Lisa Torem enjoys a Billy Childs Quartet concert at Space in Evanston which features songs from the jazz pianist’s latest album, ‘The Winds of Change’, a Chick Corea cover and classic chestnuts.

Mark Eitzel

Mark Eitzel - St. Pancras Old Church, London,  10/3/2023

Dastardly watches Mark Eitzel or ‘Polterg-eitzel’ as he’s now not known conjure magic (and Johnny Mathis) from the walls of St. Pancras Old Church.


Mission - Sala Repvblicca, Valencia, 30/4/2023

Philamonjaro photographs and watches a haunting, career-spanning performance from The Mission in Valencia.

Bill Ryder-Jones

Bill Ryder-Jones - With Clara Mann, Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, 24/4/2023

Jay Dyer watches an intimate but brutally honest solo set from Bill Ryder-Jones at The Hare and Hounds in Birmingham. Photos by Rob Hadley.

Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty - Royal Albert Hall, London, 5/5/2023

Steev Burgess watches Peter Doherty play an unforgettable night at the Royal Albert Hall in London which ends in a stage invasion.

Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty - O2 Academy, Oxford, 3/5/2023

Nick Dent-Robinson watches Peter Doherty play an intimate and introspective set at the O2 Academy in Oxford.


James - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 7/5/2023

Dixie Ernill at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool watches James play an euphoric set with the aid of an orchestra and a gospel choir.

Graham Nash

Graham Nash - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 30/4/2023

Lisa Torem finds that Graham Nash’s 'Sixty Years of Songs and Stories' makes for a festive and educational night at a sold-out gig at Chicago’s iconic Old Town School of Folk Music.


Chicago - Riverside Theater, Milwaukee. 9/5/2023

Lisa Torem watches the multi-faceted band, Chicago, perform two exciting sets at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley

Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 7/5/2023

Lisa Torem watches dobro player Rob Ickes and guitarist Trey Hensley play an exceptional set of bluegrass in support of Rodney Crowell at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

Ann Hampton Callaway

Ann Hampton Callaway - City Winery, Chicago, 23/4/2023

At Chicago City Winery, Lisa Torem watches vocalist/pianist Ann Hampton Callaway's exciting tribute to the late singer Peggy Lee bring down the house.


Magnetics - 16 Toneladas, Valencia, 13/4/2023

Philamonjaro watches and photographs Italian ska outfit The Magnetics play an upbeat and energetic set of ska at 16 Toneladas, in Valencia in Spain.


Damned - Albert Hall, Manchester, 11/4/2023

Neil Kinsella enjoys at Albert Hall in Manchester enjoys an exuberant set from punk icons The Damned of several songs from their forthcoming 'Darkadelic' album as well as many classics. Photos by Andrew Twambley.

Gilbert O' Sullivan

Gilbert O' Sullivan - (With Bill Shanley), City Winery, Chicago, 19/3/2023

Lisa Torem reviews an intimate set from legendary Irish singer-songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan.


Berwyn - Bodega, Nottingham, 19/3/2023

Up and coming rapper Berwyn Du Bois commands a small Nottingham stage, proving he’s destined for bigger ones.

Luke Haines and Peter Buck

Luke Haines and Peter Buck - Brudenell, Leeds, 21/2/2023

Denzil Watson at The Brudenell in Leeds enjoys a self-deprecating and black-humoured set of eccentric rock from Luke Haines and Peter Buck.

Tommy James and the Shondells

Tommy James and the Shondells - Rialto Square Theater, Joliet, Illinois, 3/3/2023

Lisa Torem watches Tommy James and The Shondells play an exuberant set of greatest hits, along with some surprises at the Rialto Square Theater in Joliet, Illinois.


Lissie - Arts Centre, Norwich, 18/2/2023

Nige Nudds watches and photographs American singer-songwriter Lissie play an emotive set at a gig at the Norwich Arts Centre on her first British tour in ten years.

Hamish Hawk

Hamish Hawk - Scala, London, 5/2/2023

Mark Rowland at The Scala in London watches rising singer-songwriter Hamish Hawk play an exuberant post-punk set to promote his new album ‘Angel Numbers’.


Temples - Castle and Falcon, Birmingham,1/2/2022

With photos from Rob Hadley, James Gardner enjoys an euphoric set of psychedelic pop from Temples

Judy Collins

Judy Collins - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 13/1/2023

American folk music icon Judy Collins plays a mesmerizing show featuring material from her most recent album ‘Spellbound’ alongside songs from her storied seven-decade career. Lisa Torem reviews

Ezra Furman

Ezra Furman - Roundhouse, London, 17/11/2022

Steev Burgess enjoys a career-spanning set from US-based alt-pop maverick Ezra Furman.

Ruts DC

Ruts DC - 02 Academy 2, Liverpool, 26/11/2022

Richard Lewis catches punk band Ruts DC delivering an energetic set at Liverpool’s O2 Academy

Lightning Seeds

Lightning Seeds - Leadmill, Sheffield, 26/11/2022

Fiona Hutchings finds that The Sheffield Leadmill packed out qt the final gig of the Lightning Seeds' recent tour but the music worth the discomfort.


Lewsberg - Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, 23/11/2022

Arty Dutch rockers Lewsberg turn all their influences into a magical night. James Gardner was there and was blown away

John Cale

John Cale - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 6/2/2023

With photos by Andrew Twambley, Paul Kimber finds John Cale still breaking boundaries at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool.

Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe - 16 Toneladas, Valencia, 5/10/2022

Philamonjaro finds power pop pioneer Nick Lowe on energetic, crowd pleasing form in front of a devoted audience in Valencia.

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