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Maddy Costa

The Elephantom review the show goes off like a fireworks display

It's 15 minutes before there is an Elephantom in the room but the party animals are worth the wait in this fast-paced show.

Lewis: L'Amour review a coded declaration of passion

(Light in the Attic) What a strange and singular album this is. Recorded in 1983 by one Randall Wulff a man who looks like a humanoid from Blade Runner , played the stock market, paid for the sleeve image for his vanity album with a cheque that bounced,

George Ezra: Wanted on Voyage review chirpy melodies, bulldozer choruses

(Columbia) Resistance to George Ezra is futile his debut album is so loaded with clean-cut chirrupy melodies and bulldozer choruses that it's never going to be far from radio or TV. There's undoubtedly a fire in his lungs, but it rages uncontrolled, oblit

Tune-Yards: Nikki Nack review reeling with captivating contradictions

Merrill Garbus could sing about what she had for breakfast and make it sound scintillating.

British Sea Power: Machineries of Joy - review

(Rough Trade) The word "eccentric" has dogged British Sea Power since their debut a decade ago; five albums in, that quixotic oddity is more pronounced than ever. Machineries of Joy skitters all over the place: from the uplifting chorus, cheerful rhythm

House of Love: She Paints Words in Red - review

(Cherry Red) Even on their debut album , now 25 years old, the House of Love were steeped in nostalgia. Since reuniting a decade ago, frontmen Terry Bickers and Guy Chadwick have spent most of their time looking back; the songs on She Paints Words in

Daughter: If You Leave - review

(4AD) London trio Daughter make music for troubled souls and broken hearts - but there's no consolation in their debut album, only an echo of misery. The opening song, Winter, has frontwoman Elena Tonra singing of lovers "drifting apart like two sheets o

Mies Julie - review

South African playwright-director Yael Farber has taken the bones of August Strindberg's 1888 play, in which an aristocratic woman has sex with a manservant, and stitched on new muscle, a new nervous system, new skin. Then, just as carefully, she slices t

Steve Mason: Monkey Minds in the Devil's Time - review

(Double Six) Steve Mason's 2010 album Boys Outside was relatively straightforward; it was as if, in discarding his various monikers to record under his own name, he also shed a little of his personality. Monkey Minds couldn't be more different: its 20

A musical adventure in the Peak District

Folk artist Bella Hardy reveals how Edale - and atmospheric walks on the Pennine Way in the Peak District - provides inspiration for her music The sky is beginning to blush as the afternoon train from Sheffield pulls in to Edale, the starting post of the