The Barometer: Cass McCombs; Vivian Girls; Major Lazer; DAF; The Decemberists; Beastie Boys
Friday 17 July 2009
Cass McCombs Dreams Come True Girl
This sunny 50s-tinged pop opener from Catacombs finds Californian crooner Cass McCombs at his best.
Vivian Girls When I'm Gone
Surf-rock, punk and shoegaze combine in the first track from the Brooklyn trio's new album, Everything Goes Wrong, which arrives in September.
Major Lazer Keep it Goin' Louder
On their latest collaboration, scene-defining DJs Diplo and Switch display a knack for sublime, day-glo pop.
DAF Mein Herz Macht Bum
German duo in their early-80s pomp show what synth-pop should be like: dark, dangerous and dirty.
The Decemberists The Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!)
The US alt-folk rockers sing about shape-shifting demons in a twisted tribute to English folk music.
Beastie Boys Sure Shot
As their 1994 album Ill Communication is reissued, it's a perfect moment to relive the brilliance of the record's flute-sampling opening salvo.
Art Piece taken off website amid 'severe security alert'
Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challengeTV
Academy criticised after no non-white actors nominated
tvAn expose of hooliganism masquerading as an ideological battle
artLee Hadwin can't draw when he's awake, but by night he's an artist
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 2 UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Warriors in ancient Iraq suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder more than 3,000 years ago, say researchers
- 5 This crazy skiing video will leave you feeling queasy
Heavy metal producer's corpse to be mutilated by models as per his dying wish
Mr Selfridge series 3: Actress Kara Tointon says 'we're starting to see his demise'
Benedict Cumberbatch says Hollywood is better for black British actors
Downton Abbey season 5 episode 6 - review: Thomas and Lady Edith show sad signs of the times
Sia apologises for 'Elastic Heart' music video that sees Shia LaBeouf wrestle 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party