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Live Event: Ukrainian Supergroup S.K.A.Y. reviewed by Ian Mole

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This was clearly more than just a gig; it was a celebration of being Ukrainian. S.K.A.Y were given a great reception at 229 The Venue when they took to the stage and the audience lapped up their show not only for the songs, which clearly meant a lot to them. It was also for the opportunity…

Ian Mole | March 1, 2016
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Europe’s even newer ‘Headache’ – Polish Band Trupa Trupa, reviewed by Ian Mole

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Trupa Trupa are a four-piece band from Gdansk, who sing throughout in English. Headache – their third album – was recorded in Gdansk in 2014. Their style is deliberately repetitive, stark and uncommercial. Track titles such as ‘The Sky is Falling’, ‘Getting Older’, ‘Headache’ and ‘Wasteland’ are examples of the sombre flavour of this album…

Ian Mole | February 29, 2016
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The Maciek Pysz Quartet at Pizza Express, reviewed by Depo Olukotun

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The Maciek Pysz Quartet, in the intimate setting of the Soho Pizza Express Jazz Club, warmed up a chilly Tuesday night. With the strums of Pysz’s flamenco guitar it also placed Europe – perhaps unwittingly – firmly on the menu. The continent – though never specifically mentioned – was a recurrent and edifying theme throughout,…

Depo Olukotun | February 27, 2016
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Ukraine’s Digital-Age Evita: Tina Karol at the Troxy, reviewed by Depo Olukotun

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To describe Tina Karol as a Ukrainian national treasure and institution might seem far-fetched, yet Karol’s concert at the Troxy in East London had to be seen to be believed, and the experience warmed up the wintry Saturday evening of January the 30th. Did British legends like Elton John, the Rolling Stones or the recently…

Depo Olukotun | February 5, 2016
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Czech Band Ghost of You: Debut Album ‘Glacier and the City’ reviewed by Ian Mole

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This is the debut album by Ghost of You, a young four-piece band from Brno in the Czech Republic and it was released in October 2015. The opener ‘Armenia’ bears many of the hallmarks of their sound, with powerful staccato drums placed well forward in the mix, twangy guitar and washes of synths – as…

Ian Mole | December 26, 2015
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Concert: Rachmaninoff and Enescu at Cadogan Hall, reviewed by Lucy Murphy

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The Christmas tree that towered over the stage of the Cadogan Hall on 17th December 2015 gave a magical, festive atmosphere to this concert at Cadogan Hall. The Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London had their debut here in 2013, and two years later their reputation for innovative programming and quality performances remains untarnished. Conductor Christopher…

Lucy Murphy | December 26, 2015
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Lőrinc Barabás at the Forge Camden, reviewed by Depo Olukotun

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A live music set isn’t often a metaphor for staying power and rising to a challenge, yet Lőrinc Barabás’ appearance at the Forge Camden certainly is. Lőrinc Barabás or Barabás Lőrinc – in Hungary the surname is written first – launching his latest studio album Elevator Dance Music on the night, is a multi-instrumentalist one-man-band:…

Depo Olukotun | December 16, 2015
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Polish Psychedelic Folk Group Księżyc at Cafe OTO, reviewed by Ian Mole

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They played for just over an hour without any breaks and mesmerized the vast majority of the audience packed into this small Dalston venue. This Polish five-piece were originally together from 1990 to 1996 but reformed in 2014. Their name means ‘moon’ and appropriately their music is about the symbolism of the moon : femininity,…

Ian Mole | December 6, 2015