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Spring might not yet have sprung but at least the desolate month of January has finally been laid to rest. Forget about the freezing weather – the post-New Year hangover period is never the best time for bands to get out on the road, and labels aren’t exactly falling over themselves to release their prize gems to a partied-out public. Three cheers for February then.

A Month In Music: February

Spring might not yet have sprung but at least the desolate month of January has finally been laid to rest. Forget about the freezing weather – the post-New Year hangover period is never the best time for bands to get out on the road, and labels aren’t exactly falling over themselves to release their prize gems to a partied-out public. Three cheers for February then.

A Month In Music: November

It might be cold, dark, windy and wet – but Music Magazine has some scorching musical highlights to look forward to this month to warm the cockles of your heart.

A Month In Music: October

The summer may be a distant memory but festival fever’s still alive and kicking thanks to Oxjam. Oxfam’s October-long fezzie features hundreds of events throughout the country, promotes local acts and at the same time raises money for the charity. Well worth checking out then. Head to www.oxjam.org.uk to find out what’s happening in your home town.

Independent Record Store Standing: The Diskery Records, Birmingham

Following on from our extracts of Graham Jones' Last Shop Standing comes this feature short on one of Birmingham's record shops that's been a well-loved institution since 1952.

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: Midnight Juggernauts

The first record I bought was...
A used dog-eared LP of Cosmic Thing by The B52s.

Guest Columnist: 45 Forever #1

There's something inherently cool about vinyl. Beyond the evident heightened sound quality there's something more to this archaic format, something more than the look, the touch, the smell; there's rumination; there's the childlike excitement of the whole thing. It’s how Rough Trade stays in business, how Moshi Moshi stay so cool, and it’s the thing that has inspired writers, musicians and filmmakers the world over. It’s Anita handing William a copy of Simon and Garfunkel and it’s The Count grappling with death. It’s the reason budding music tycoons get into the business... to release the pinnacle of indie cool, the 7” single. It has, for years, been the platform to launch any new band worth their salt in the realm of guitars, and the point in which they can declare their existence in the music archives.

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

Why Glastonbury shouldn't be televised

A Music Magazine reader reminisces on a festival institution

Music & Me: Primary 1

The first record I bought was...
Dangerous by Michael Jackson, on cassette

Spaghetti metal gets Stigmatised

Italian deathcore band Stigma on starting from the bottom and coming up fighting...childhood

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.

Band of the Week: Stricken City

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