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Music Magazine Features

Band of the Week: Arcadian Kicks

’19 Days’, the self-released, Mike Chapman produced, Charlatans funded, gem of a single from Birmingham’s Arcadian Kicks is something of a mongrel of the pop industry. Something about the band doesn’t quite seem right at first, something not quite “organic”, but the more this debut single slams your record player, the less your guard is up, and the more genuine the band seems to feel.

Music & Me: James Yuill

The first record I bought was...

Earth, Wind & Fire - Greatest Hits Volume 1 on cassette. It was originally for my sister but i stole it back

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.

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.

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

Haiti Fundraiser at the Roundhouse, London

The Haiti Benefit Gala, supporting ActionAid and Médecins Sans Frontières humanitarian aid efforts following the recent earthquake, has announced the release of tickets and the first few names to play the event at Camden’s Roundhouse venue on Thursday 25th February.

Music & Me: Tom Ravenscroft

The first record I bought was?

It was a happy hardcore record called Six Days on The Run, I was scared to go into the record shop so got my tough mate to buy it for me.

The first gig I went to was..

The earliest gig I can remember was Nirvana, it was before Nevermind and I went with my dad who told me they would be good. He was right.

Extracts from Graham Jones' 'Last Shop Standing': Week 2

Last Shop Standing lifts the lid on an industry in tatters. Graham Jones has worked at the heart of record retailing since the golden era of the 1980s. He was there during the years of plenty and has witnessed the tragic decline of a business blighted by corruption and corporate greed. Last Shop Standing is a hilarious yet ahrrowing account by a man who has been there and sold that.

Dance music: Minimal techno makes way for something more... maximal

Towards the end of last year, a mild frisson developed on dance blogs and forums regarding the diminishing merits of minimal techno. Why the fuss over a genre big in Germany but with a profile as low as its deliberately muted beats pretty much everywhere else? Well, it turned out to be just one manifestation of a recurring worry. That dance music has lost its way, proliferating into ever more microscopic genres which appeal to ever more microscopic audiences.

Tricky returns to the live arena

After five years in the wilderness, Tricky is staging a comeback. Matilda Egere-Cooper caught up with the voice of trip-hop about where he’s been – and why he thinks that Jo Whiley has got it in for him

Label Profile: Faith And Hope

An evening of overindulgence can often end with drunken boasts, flights of fancy and grandiose business plans for global domination. But for frustrated musician Neil Claxton, his alcohol-fuelled rant with a friend about the state of the music business struck such a chord that, in the cold light of day, he phoned his friend David Wood with a proposition.

Music & Me: Alison Mosshart of The Kills

The first record I bought was…

I don’t honestly remember. There was no place to buy records where I was living, so I used to tape songs off the radio and listen to them on my Walkman.