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Live Review: Plan B, Sound, Leicester Square, 19th May

As Kafka once described; "When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous insect”, thus a metamorphosis of the self can definitely make a big change, be it for better or worse. With this in mind, Plan B, obviously failing at Plan A, has transformed into a giant insect that climbs walls for pleasure. Ah, not really, he’s just changed in to a male Amy Winehouse (which is similar to be a big insect climbing the walls come to think of it) and he’s managed to blow away critics with his new album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks.

Live Review: Lyrebirds, Camden Barfly, 5th May

In recent years the rise of the indie bands that ironically ‘share’ the same sound as Manchester legends, Joy Division, isn’t something that instantly springs originality to my ears. The first of this sad bunch, and I mean sad in the non-contemporary form (or not), was the hideous Joy Division impersonators, The Editors. Singing songs about not knowing “love like they used to”, could marriage to Radio One DJ Edith Bowman be that bad? They shamelessly dance, sing, and fashion everything (apart from the epileptic fits) that is Ian Curtis, this can only fill me with resent.

Vampire Weekend to open this summer's Eden Sessions in Cornwall

Vampire Weekend are set to make a return to the UK this summer headlining the Cornish music event, Eden Sessions on June 24 with special guests Broken Bells.

The New York indie quartet first played the Eden sessions in 2008 when they were special guests to The Raconteurs.

Exclusive album stream: James, 'The Night Before'

With a career that includes 10 studio albums, twenty UK Top 40 singles and 12 million album sales so far, James have stepped into the digital age with their new mini-album 'The Night Before', released on Monday and exclusively available to stream in full in conjunction with The Independent, below.

Guest Review: Son of Dave, 'Shake a Bone'

What with the vigourous pressures of making good of one's art via musical artistes/singer-songwriters/solo artists, it's somewhat of a welcome return for Canada's Son Of Dave's third album outing with Shake A Bone. Son of Dave is a one-man band starring Benjamin Darvill with many strings to his bow, quite literally. For prior to becoming the offspring of David, he was a former member of 90's folk group Crash Test Dummies playing guitar and mandolin. You may remember them from such seminal tracks as Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm and er, that's..about it.

Live Review: Doom, Roundhouse, London, Monday 22nd March

Spain's Sonar Festival provided a teaser of what they're essentially all about for a two-night residency at the Roundhouse in Camden, kicking off tonight, doing what no other promoter prior had done - book the enigmatic, cult underground hip hop icon, Doom. Granted, this was part of a short jaunt around Europe but the popularity amongst discernable hip hop fans cannot be overstated. For the past decade, Doom (real name Daniel Dumile) has an output of material cataloguing many collaborations such as DangerDoom with (you guessed it) acclaimed producer Danger Mouse, resulting in the applauded 2006 release, 'The Mouse and the Mask'. That's not to mention guises on names from Viktor Vaughn, MF Doom, to just plain ol' Doom.

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The Fun Lovin' Criminals are back doing what they love

With their new album ‘Classic Fantastic’ just released, Huey Morgan tells us why his new lyrics that speak of freedom and optimism are in fact the outcome of previous mental entrapment, politics of the music industry and a cultured childhood

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Finding the Lostprophets

How Ian Watkins the lead singer from the band Lostprophets is far from being lost...

The Secret Garden Party announce 2010 line up

Blooming this July, Secret Productions have now released tickets for the main event this summer and are pleased to announce the following artists are now confirmed...

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Class acts but no surprises at last night's Brits

There was no mistaking that the crowd were in two camps - those of JLS and Lady Gaga - at last night's Brit awards. The former delivered a spectacularly thumping version of their ever-popular Beat Again, which took on a new dimension with a tougher bass, and the latter similarly delivered a brilliant performance, betraying a rather powerful and beautiful voice before her performance, that could easily lend itself to old-fashioned soul. Her main attraction though remains her ability to command a brilliant piece of stage theatrics, although it would be god to hear more from this softer side in future; this was one Lady definitely worthy of the three BRIT awards she took home.

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