Grouper live is barely visible, extremely quiet, and very, very good

Only the front few rows at St. John at Hackney Church actually catch a glimpse of Gruoper, but tonight is about the sound, not the songs or their performer.

The Twilight Sad give it their all in Leicester

The Scottish trio are on a mission to prove they “give a sh*te” at the Cookie Jar.

The Arcade Fire’s Will Butler hops from punk thrash to beautiful ballads in solo London show

The most energetic man in indie rock's most restless band is no less reserved in this Scala showing.

Of Montreal ditch the costume changes and reinvent themselves as an honest-to-goodness band

Kevin Barnes tones down the theatrics and turns up the volume at this Islington Assembly Hall show.

Laura Marling makes a dramatic but welcome homecoming

Having swapped the English countryside for the West Coast of the USA, Marling returns to London for a stint at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Nadine Shah strikes the balance between flippant and frenzied

Weaving bone-dry wit between pithy post-punk paeans, Shah ensures that the crowd leave The Exchange with their psyche intact.

Barli come alive when the moon is high

After our first glimpse of Barli at Stoke Newington’s Waiting Room, we’ll be monitoring this lot closely.

An evening of heartbreaking serenity spent with Sufjan Stevens

The man behind one of the year's best albums bring Carrie & Lowell to New York's Beacon Theatre.

Chilly Gonzales delivers classical elegance in purple dressing gown

As this Milton Court Concert Hall gig proved, Chilly Gonzales is extremely good at the piano.

Falling under the spell of Seasick Steve

We head down to Hammersmith Apollo to catch some lovely songs, and a glimpse of the even lovelier smile he gives in between them.

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