(((O))) Category: Live

Idles – O2 Institute, Birmingham

Idles are not just a band, nor are they just a movement. . . This night showcased their extraordinary gift: the ability to bring people together, to listen to a simple message, and to think about it, all while enjoying themselves.

The Lovely Eggs • Rob Auton • ILL – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

They sound fantastic, loud and sharp, there’s a natural sense of rightness in the way the songs unfold that makes them seem simpler than they really are.

Sinsaenum – Dome, Tufnell Park

There’s no drum solos suspended above the stage; no guitar wankery under the spotlight; no egos; no compromise. Because, at the end of the day, that’s why Sinsaenum are here: for a return-to-roots, back to the underground for the love of playing the nasty in sweaty venues.

YOB • Wiegedood – Garage, London

If Wiegedood hammered home an utterly-unvarnished sense of the bleakness and harshness of existence then YOB, alongside Om, Pallbearer and the like, concentrate on conveying a genuine sense of warmth, beauty and euphoria that is beyond piousness or pretension, and which stays with you way beyond the tube ride home.

SONS OF APOLLO – SWX, BRISTOL

Sons of Apollo put on a slick show in Bristol, albeit one that’s almost as heavy on showboating as it is prog metal anthems.

Revocation • Rivers Of Nihil • Yautja • Battlebear – Hard Luck Bar, Toronto

Toronto played host to a night of some great technical/progressive metal on a four-band bill.

Current 93 • Nurse With Wound – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Some context for this review: I wasn’t vastly familiar with either performer here. I’d not really listened to much Current 93 until a week before the gig, and until a couple of months ago I’d never knowingly heard a Nurse With Wound album. . .  though …

Mono • A Storm Of Light • Jo Quail – The Fleece, Bristol

When Japanese instrumental giants Mono announced their latest European sojourn, one that took in several dates in the UK, fans rejoiced at the prospect of seeing the band live again on these shores for the first time since 2016. With a new album arriving early next year, the anticipation of the band debuting new material was another reason to not miss out. . .

Pitchfork Festival, Paris – Ten to Watch

Set every year around the end of October and start of November, Pitchfork Music Festival has quickly earned its place as a staple event in the Parisian music scene through its yearly display of cutting-edge artists and rare live performances. Here are ten artists Echoes and Dust are looking forward to seeing at the festival.

Sly & The Family Drone – Centrala, Birmingham

Driving drums, twisting, squalling electronics and saxophone skronk. It’s hypnotic and uplifting, wave after wave of glorious churning sound.

Jess Williamson – Lexington, London

Jess Williamson delivers her hypnotic, intoxicating third album, Cosmic Wink, with the aid of a full-band experience for the first time in Europe.

Tim Hecker & Konoyo Ensemble – Barbican Centre, London

A fantastically ambitious, powerful, yet mysterious and understated performance, far beyond the excellent Konoyo album. . .

Julien Baker – Gorilla, Manchester

Emotional, captivating and alluring – Julien Baker performed a beautifully intimate show to a transfixed audience in Manchester.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs • Bonnacons of Doom – MOTH Club, London

Pigs x 7 and Bonnacons of Doom form a memorable head-on collision of all-absorbing rollicking, heavy and mesmerising sounds at the former’s King of Cowards album-launch party.

sleepmakeswaves • And So I Watch You From Afar • Fierce Mild – Max Watts, Melbourne

Gilbert Potts catches Sydney post-rockers sleepmakeswaves as they celebrate ten years, supported by Northern Ireland’s ASIWYFA on their first ever Australian tour.

Pain of Salvation • Kingcrow – Assembly Hall, Islington

As much as Pain of Salvation’s recorded output has placed them firmly in the upper echelons of progressive metal, it’s live that they’re really in their perfect element; and for that the whole band and crew deserve credit. . .

Walking Papers – Borderline, London

Recent obstacles are decisively knocked down as Walking Papers strut and groove triumphantly at London’s Borderline.

Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets – O2 Apollo, Manchester

What hits home tonight is how influential these songs actually are. In Manchester you can see the chain of command from Pink Floyd, through the acid house days and into bands such as the Stone Roses. It’s all there, plain as day, yet hidden behind a fug of lysergic smoke.

Leprous – O2 Institute, Birmingham

Good looking people, great hair, and wonderful, catchy music – Leprous, in that respect, epitomise the “Three Greats” of Scandinavia. . . However, like many groups, they are evolving as much as they are maturing.

Soccer Mommy – Scala, London

The list of melancholic indie acts that are currently swimming around is longer than my arm. Many of them get lost in the crowd, but every once in a while, a couple of gems will find their way to the front. Soccer Mommy and Brooke Bentham are two that have written music with more, making them stand head and toe above the sea.

Oh Sees • Beak> • Flatworms – O2 Forum, London

Oh Sees pound out a trailblazing, intoxicating, impression at London’s O2 Forum on their current European tour to promote latest release Smote Reverser.

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