Jamie T’s second album in two years is a punk, rap, pop and hardcore tour de force
The Pigeon Detectives, Black Kids and The Rascals
Microphone circus tricks, big pop choruses and a surprise Arctic Monkey – don’t say we never give you anything. Astoria, London (February 7)
Then Black Kids. Their chirpy disco-pop could be cloying in large doses, but tonight ‘I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You’ and ‘Hurricane Jane’ are greeted like the soon-to-be classics they are. If John Hughes ever remakes Pretty In Pink they’re perfect for the soundtrack.
It’s clear the audience are only here for one group, however. Many may deride The Pigeon Detectives as the ultimate ‘my mate in a band’ band and certainly this evening, the crowd is indistinguishable from the five men onstage. But what the Pigeons lack in glamour they more than make up for in choruses: ‘I’m Not Sorry’, ‘Take Her Back’ and ‘I Found Out’ are all monsters. While some of their peers struggle to make the leap to playing Proper Big Shows, Matt Bowman and co graduate with ease, delivering their rabble-rousing chart indie with an impressive assurance. It’s not flawless – at one point Bowman swings his mic lead out so far that it zooms offstage and hits a hapless roadie – but as harmless fun goes, this takes some beating.
Character studies and ready melodies abound in the latest record by the Oxford quartet
A battle-like record where fear and dread rule
Another gripping Pedro Almodóvar mystery, full of vibrant visuals and emotional revelations
The Californian succeeds, once again, in exposing the ugliness of mankind. It’ll get under your skin