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Performance as therapy on a grand scale: Björk live

‘Will you be dancing?’ the man in front asks his friend before the lights go down. ‘Most likely,’ she says. Two songs in and it’s looking less…

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Boy-girl duo Striking Matches blow the roof off The Borderline

Two sell-out shows at the Borderline club this week are a long way from superstardom but new country duo Striking Matches are halfway…

‘We have a new home for country music right here in London’

The key moment of the 2014 C2C Festival came at the end of Dierks Bentley’s set on Saturday night when, overwhelmed by waves of enthusiasm…

Lucinda Williams: raw and powerful, bruised and broken

As one of her final numbers thundered to a climax, Lucinda Williams turned round and gazed in admiration at the light show bathing her…

Short, uplifting show by Darren Hayman and four-piece band

At a loose end on Monday, I checked out the listings for The Vortex in Dalston. It’s my favourite small venue in London, but I’m not…

North Mississippi Allstars: Yes, it’s all about that bass

I’m not keen on bands without bass players. Specifically, I’m not keen on White Stripes-style duos who pretend that…

This was a Robert Plant show… but Patty Griffin stole it

Plant did a fine and brave thing when he turned down squillions of dollars and refused to continue the Led Zeppelin reunion…

Fairport Convention still going strong after 45 years

I went to this gig with a fellow 50-something who couldn’t believe I’d never seen Fairport Convention before. He’s been…