Michael Hann

A magnificent farewell: Stornoway, at Womad Festival, reviewed

13 August 2022 9:00 am

The greatest pleasure of writing about pop music – even more than the free tickets and records, nice as they…

They have the weakest catalogue of any major act: Abba: Voyage reviewed

11 June 2022 9:00 am

One of the biggest talking points in pop these past couple of years has been how successful old musicians have…

Harry Styles has entered his imperial phase – but his music still has no distinct identity

4 June 2022 9:00 am

At the turn of this century, looking back on the late 1980s when the Pet Shop Boys could do no…

I’m not sure they ever reached a fourth chord: Spiritualized, at the Roundhouse, reviewed

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Every so often, Jason Pierce drifts into focus. It happened at the end of the 1980s, when his then group…

The perfect pop star: Dua Lipa at the O2 Arena reviewed

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Dua Lipa’s second album, Future Nostalgia, was released at the least promising moment possible: 27 March 2020, the day after…

I would be surprised if his next tour included arenas: Louis Tomlinson at Wembley reviewed

30 April 2022 9:00 am

You don’t need to be a historian of pop to realise that having been part of a huge manufactured group…

He is now a family entertainer: Stormzy at the O2 Arena reviewed

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Stormzy occupies a curious place in British pop culture right now. He’s the darling of liberals for all his good…

Felt like being caught on the moors in a storm: Keeley Forsyth, at the Barbican, reviewed

19 March 2022 9:00 am

It took a moment to realise Keeley Forsyth was there. There were already three musicians, faint figures on a dark…

The buzz band of 2022 sound like they're from 1982: Yard Act, at Village Underground reviewed

26 February 2022 9:00 am

One of the curiosities of modern pop’s landscape is that no one knows any longer how to measure success. An…

One of the most exciting hours I’ve spent in ages: Turnstile at O2 Forum Kentish Town

12 February 2022 9:00 am

Even leaving aside its origins as prison slang, punk has always meant different things on either side of the Atlantic.…

Triumphant: Idles at the O2 Brixton Academy reviewed

29 January 2022 9:00 am

The single thing you don’t want when you are beginning a run of four shows in a prestige venue, with…

A soulful man with a blistering voice: Sipho, at Studio 9294, reviewed

4 December 2021 9:00 am

When I were a lad — back when you could buy the entire back catalogue of the Fall for thruppence…

One of many soul acts looking back 50 years and doing very good business: Black Pumas, at the Roundhouse, reviewed

20 November 2021 9:00 am

No musician ever went bust overestimating the public desire to hear classic soul. Slapping on a Motown backbeat has revived…

Joyous perfection from a band that's sure to go far: Gabriels at The Social reviewed

30 October 2021 9:00 am

The bigger the next big thing, the smaller the room you want them playing in. You want the people who…

A terrible joke gone wonderfully right: Rick Astley and Blossoms Perform the Smiths reviewed

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Many of us who grew up loving the Smiths have rather shelved that affection in recent years. Many of us,…

Two gigs that prove that rock and pop is never just about the music

2 October 2021 9:00 am

The single most boring and pointless thing that is ever said about rock and pop — and it always comes…

Teenage Fanclub are not a dramatic group, but they are lovely

18 September 2021 9:00 am

They may no longer get many teenagers at their shows spending all their money on merchandise, then throwing up on…

What a genuine delight to be among people: Gorillaz, at the O2, reviewed

21 August 2021 9:00 am

The new music economy relies on cross-promotion and artists reaching out to different scenes. And the rise of streaming means…

Could she be the new Sade? Celeste at Union Chapel reviewed

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Some years ago, when I was the music editor of a newspaper, I called a number of historians of black…

The real death of rock

17 July 2021 9:00 am

What would a rock band have to do now to be seen as heralding the future? Twenty years ago, it…

The joys of musical comfort food

26 June 2021 9:00 am

I’ve given up comfort food. I’m trying to shift lockdown pounds that have left me with the physique of the…

Wispy, gauzy beauty: This Is The Kit, Barbican, reviewed

5 June 2021 9:00 am

On the way home from This Is The Kit’s show at a socially distanced Barbican, I listened to Avalon by…

A perfect welcome back to live music: Sarathy Korwar at Kings Place reviewed

29 May 2021 9:00 am

There is a reason music writers tend to stick with music writing rather than transferring their manifold talents to the…

‘I’m not interested in moral purity’: St Vincent interviewed

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Michael Hann talks to St Vincent about Sheena Easton, Stalin and performing in five-inch heels

Watch kids go giddy in Niamey: Mdou Moctar live in Niger reviewed

1 May 2021 9:00 am

The other week someone posted on Twitter a link to a YouTube clip titled ‘Family Lotus and D.J. Cookin’ at…