The Barometer: Dirty Hands, M.I.A. Pete and the Pirates, Smith Westerns, Fixers, Tribes, Pandit, Kyla La Grange, Lil Wayne ft Cory Gunz
What's hot on our playlist
Friday 14 January 2011
Baby, Life's Too Short
The Strokes-meets-tough Fifties rock'n'roll. As angsty and heartfelt as a James Dean movie. Expect big things. ( http://www.thisisdirtyhands.com )
Spiralling synths and a beat produced by the Timbaland protégé Danja. This is M.I.A. back at her very best.
Pete and the Pirates
A drum- and bass-driven effort from Reading-based indie-pop heroes returning to under-appreciated form. File next to Mystery Jets.
All Die Young
Finally, these scuzzy punksters reveal their sing-along glam-rock influences. This could be an outtake from Bowie's 'Hunky Dory'.
Iron Deer Dream
Hazy, Beach Boys-influenced surf pop from, erm, Oxfordshire? The nasal, dual vocals are perhaps more Blink-182 than the intended Jan and Dean, though.
Hotly tipped grunge revivalists. Fans say Nirvana, critics say Feeder. We're hearing post-'Pinkerton' Weezer.
Pack Your Bags
A beautifully fragile song with waves of melody, not a million miles away from early Coldplay.
Kyla La Grange
Walk Through Walls
Dramatic indie-rock with an Arcade Fire influence.
Lil Wayne ft Cory Gunz
6 Foot 7 Foot
Weezy is back with the first single from his forthcoming 'Tha Carter IV'. Is that a UK grime influence we're hearing?
Final Top Gear reviewTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 BBC told new political editor must be 'impartial' with Nick Robinson reportedly stepping down
- 2 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 3 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
- 4 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
- 5 Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
Church of Scientology allegedly sent threatening letters to film distributors and festivals showing damning documentary
This is surely the best way to watch Jaws
James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl performs with broken leg seated on massive throne made of guitars
Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture