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Field Music: Measure

Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, 19 February 2010

THE BROTHERS BREWIS are natural Situationists, far too clever to take life overly seriously. This is no doubt what made Field Music's first two albums ...

Gorillaz: The Singles Collection 2001-2011

Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, 23 December 2011

WHAT THE HELL were Gorillaz? A pop curio, maybe? Hindsight suggests they were crucial in determining the shape of British pop in the millennium. Gorillaz ...

Kendrick Lamar: Bottled Lightning: Kendrick Lamar: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, 23 January 2013

John Calvert heads to a cold Hammersmith to be blown away by Kendrick Lamar — "A private epiphany, the rest is history" ...

The Klaxons: Klaxons: Surfing The Void (Polydor)

Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, 3 September 2010

WE AREN'T going to bore you with revelations that Myths Of The Near Future wasn't rave. There was such a thing as a nu rave ...

Lady Gaga: This Megalith Reality: Lady Gaga Live

Live Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, 11 September 2012

I KNOW IT'S COMING, but when it finally does it's different to how I expected. It's far worse. Less than real.  ...

The Maccabees: Given To The Wild

Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, 17 January 2012

EVER SINCE THE bottom fell out of reedy-post-punk mid-last decade, fundamentally lightweight indie acts have taken to making grand statements. The efforts of say, Foals, ...

Janelle Monáe: A New Pioneer Of Afrofuturism

Comment by John Calvert, Quietus, The, 2 September 2010

Against a pop climate beset by fraudulent marketing plans on two shiny legs, John Calvert argues that Janelle Monáe brandishes the acetylene torch for radical ...

Frank Ocean: The Future's Bright: Frank Ocean's Channel Orange Track-by-Track

Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, 3 July 2012

John Calvert heads along to a London studio for a first listen to the forthcoming album (much anticipated round these parts) from Frank Ocean ...

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All: Odd Future: Youth and Young Manhood

Guide by John Calvert, Quietus, The, 8 March 2011

After Tyler The Creator signed to XL recently, John Calvert decided to sift through hundreds and hundreds of tracks to bring you the best — ...

Lana Del Rey: An American Nightmare: Lana Del Rey Live

Live Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, 27 September 2012

I MET HER last year. She talked about loneliness and how she never had any time for religion, until she got into some trouble in ...

Lana Del Rey: Born To Die

Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, 30 January 2012

ALL THAT FUSS over one song? You'd think there'd been a murder at the White House. ...

Lana Del Rey: Original Sin

Interview by John Calvert, Quietus, The, 4 October 2011

Even though her song 'Video Games' emerged a couple of months back, Lana Del Rey has already experienced equal parts adulation and suspicion. Here, John ...

Skrillex: 100% Shock & Awe: Skrillex Blasts Tiny Venue

Live Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, 29 August 2012

THE SCENE IN the Shacklewell Arms is fairly typical of any gentrified boozer in the Hackney precinct, come Sunday night.  ...

The Streets: Computers and Blues

Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, 9 February 2011

YOU'LL HAVE TO meet us halfway on this, but Mike Skinner's swansong plays like a cracking old wake – Skinner's of course. ...

My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky

Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, 29 October 2010

SWANS WILL ALWAYS be a draw for life's spiritual derelicts, a certain constituency in peaceful agreement that the world is cruel, human nature is animal, ...

Tame Impala's Danceable New Album Currents: Track By Track First Listen Review

Review by John Calvert, New Musical Express, 23 June 2015

"I REALISED we'd never seen people dancing to our music," Tame Impala's Kevin Parker told NME earlier this year. ...

TV On The Radio As Soundtrack To Bush & Obama's America 

Essay by John Calvert, Quietus, The, 3 August 2011

Don't Let The Devil In: John Calvert takes a look at the work of TV On The Radio through the prism of a turbulent decade ...

Amy Winehouse: Lioness – Hidden Treasures

Review by John Calvert, Quietus, The, 14 December 2011

LIONESS: Hidden Treasures is an appropriately muted set, with Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi producing an honourable and moving tribute to the Amy Winehouse. In ...

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