Marcus King Band, Electric Ballroom, Camden, 25th February 2020

It’s been two years since The Marcus King Band last played London and this time they’re promoting King’s solo release ‘El Dorado’. Produced by Dan Auerbach, it represents a change in direction from earlier releases, being predominantly psychedelic soul with only an occasional nod to the blues/Americana that he’s best known for. Tonight the crowd is mixed, but it’s primarily a younger audience. It’s clear that his cross-over appeal is growing with only a handful of the usual Radio 2 type blues fans in attendance, squinting and shielding their eyes from the ever present light show. Continue reading “Marcus King Band, Electric Ballroom, Camden, 25th February 2020”

The Magpie Salute, Oslo, London, 10th August 2018

When The Magpie Salute were last in the UK they played a now legendary residency at Under The Bridge rocking the venue for four nights and never playing the same song more than once. So when Rich Robinson proclaims tonight, “We played that one last night but we like it so thought we’d play it again,” you could be fooled into thinking this show might be a similar affair. Tonight’s performance, though, was more about promoting the new album so sadly for the travelling fans this wasn’t going to be the case. Continue reading “The Magpie Salute, Oslo, London, 10th August 2018”