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?
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 2 Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
- 3 London council removes 'unacceptable' Stamford Hill posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
- 4 The response to my Pizza Express review has been overwhelming, and taught me a lot about journalism
- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'