Live Reviews

Philadelphia six-piece bring their intoxicating blend of krautrock to Brixton Academy. The War on Drugs live in Brixton ★★★★★ The New Yorkers size down to play London's Forum as part of the NME Awards shows. Interpol live: Masters of subtlety The Jarman brothers treat Camden's Electric Ballroom to a 19-song set. The Cribs return: "Musical puritans" The band perform in Shoreditch as part of the NME Awards Shows. Childhood live at XOYO: "Celestial indie" Laura Marling absolutely connects in an out-of-character venue. Laura Marling live at the Silver Bullet Jessie J scales back to deliver a toned down set to the Brixton crowd. Jessie J live at Brixton Academy reviewed The notorious live band play Village Underground for Independent Venue Week. Fat White Family live: "Unflinchingly sleazy" How did alt-J fare for the biggest show of their careers? alt-J live at the O2 reviewed: 'Innovators' Paolo Nutini proves he's on course to be a megastar with a show that ticks all the boxes. Paolo Nutini live at The O2 review ★★★★ 20 years on, The Holy Bible kicks every bit as hard. Manics Holy Bible tour reviewed ★★★★★ What other star in 2014 - after the criticism - would still be having this much fun? Lily Allen live at Brixton Academy review The band prove that they're more than fit to host the last gig at Earls Court. Bombay Bicycle Club live review Thankfully, success doesn't seem to have cost Metronomy their trademark eccentricity. Metronomy live review: A band on the up Singer-songwriter brings his No.1 album to Manchester's O2 Apollo. Ben Howard live: 'Impressive and hypnotic' Essentially a glorified victory lap crossed with a good excuse for a piss-up. Kasabian, Maccabees in London - review The rapper and poet delivers a set of eloquent hip-hop for Generation Y. Kate Tempest reviewed live in London ★★★★ Absence has made the heart grow fonder as the songster continues his resurgence. Jamie T live review: 'He's got it all' The Brighton two-piece refuse to bow down to dusty rock cliches. Royal Blood live: "Wryly constructed chaos" Success has pushed him into becoming one of the UK's most formidable performers. Sam Smith live in London - review What do Ebola, Harry Potter and undressing all have in common? Rixton live: From tomfoolery to impromptu jams Charli XCX proves she's far more than a feature artist and songwriter. Charli XCX live: "Pop's new cheerleader" Manchester Cathedral becomes the perfect cure to losing the Mercury Prize. Nick Mulvey live review: 'No stopping him' Although Lady Gaga remains a compelling force, something needs a rethink. Lady Gaga live: Equally compelling and lacking St Vincent might have found a spiritual home in Camden's Roundhouse. St Vincent live: "Kaleidoscopic" ★★★★☆ Everyone's pretty excited about George Ezra. How does his live show size up? George Ezra live in London reviewed Don't be fooled, Wolf Alice are conjuring their assault. Wolf Alice live: "An enthralling ascent" "There are more than a few loyal disciples worshipping at the altar of Jake Bugg." Jake Bugg live review: A bewitching show The ever-rising singer-songwriter takes to arenas - can he pull them off? Jake Bugg live review: 'Pure talent' Sheeran brings his DIY credentials to 20,000 people. Ed Sheeran live in London: "Inimitable" Whatever the future of The Neighbourhood holds, it will be authentic. The Neighbourhood live in London - review Live review: The Vamps are a band who have spent the past year perfecting their craft. The Vamps are a genuinely enjoyable live act He proves that, in terms of repertoire, no other current popstar can touch him. Pharrell live at The O2, London - review Technically excellent but lacking an essential human element. The Horrors live in London - review This rock band's songs are too powerful for this stage to take. Lonely the Brave live review: Raw and sweaty Frances McKee and Eugene Kelly sauce up Hoxton with their smutpop. The Vaselines live in London: Sex and sass The star's glamour, charisma and strong vocals made sure it didn't fall flat. Kylie live at The O2, London - review The band exceed themselves with a tight show complete with all their quirks. The Libertines live in London - review Banks treats the thin Brixton crowd to a frustrating display of talent. Azealia Banks live in London - review Indie band arrive in Manchester for the first of two sold-out shows. alt-J live in Manchester - review The Aussie looks every bit the superstar, but needs a little more substance. Iggy Azalea live in London - review