Email Artswrap on Twitter Artswrap on Facebook

Rock & Pop

Show events

CD: Eric Clapton & Friends - The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale

It’s not quite true to say no one would have heard of JJ Cale without Eric Clapton. Clapton’s cover of “After Midnight”, released in 1970 as the first single on his debut solo album, put Cale on the map as a songwriter and paved for his own inimitable...

Jasper Rees | The Artsdesk

Beck's Song Reader, Various Artists, review: 'whimsical'

The recording of Song Reader is more immediately graitifying than his solo work, says Neil McCormick.

Neil McCormick | The Telegraph

Beck Song Reader review 'a highly listenable, risk-free album of covers'

Back in late 2012, Beck released a volume of sheet music, a limited edition album housed between hard covers.

Kitty empire | The Guardian

Owl John – Owl John

Scott Hutchison, aka Owl John, claims that this record, fun as it was to make, is more about cleansing his palate and exercising a few underworked songwriting muscles before the next Frightened Rabbit album proper. If that’s the case, we’d best start...

Finbarr Bermingham | The Skinny

Womad 2014 review exceptional: classic energy and ebullience

From Sinéad O'Connor and Salif Keita, the Gloaming and 9Bach, to emotional reunions, supergroups and furry stovepipe hats: this was a vintage Womad.

Robin Denselow | The Guardian

Shabazz Palaces - 'Lese Majesty'

Palaceer Lazaro's second album of conscious hip-hop is weird, funky, spiritual and futuristic

Louis Pattison | NME

The Ramona Flowers – Dismantle and Rebuild

There’s a particular seam within the current indie strata that’s all but been mined out. The mass hunger for sweeping, fist-pumping anthemics, however, shows little sign of abating. Kodaline. Bastille. The 1975. Chancers all; purveyors of the very...

Gary Kaill | The Skinny

Jenny Lewis, Voyager, review: 'lush'

Jenny Lewis' third solo album is overflowing with sunshine melodies and breezy harmonies, says Neil McCormick

Neil McCormick | The Telegraph

CD: Jenny Lewis - The Voyager

Context is everything. It’s the difference between that “lady without a baby” line that’s got everybody talking delivered straight up, and the knowing smile and cross-dressing Hollywood actresses that come with it in the song’s accompanying video. It’s...

Lisa-Marie Ferla | The Artsdesk

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - 'Hypnotic Eye'

The veteran's latest critiques modern America while embracing the heartland rock of their early years.

Mischa Pearlman | NME