Larry Ryan

Larry Ryan is Deputy Editor of The Independent Magazine. He has previously worked on the Home News desk and the website of The Independent and he writes the "Caught in the Net" music column for the paper's arts magazine, Radar.

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Caught in the Net: Tell the Boss what you really think of him...

Whether through his lyrics, his epic concerts, recent political campaigning or just his all-round good-guy persona, Bruce Springsteen is never shy of flexing his man-of-the-people credentials.

Caught in the Net: Holy Fire! It's an album from Foals

Foals follow up their excellent 2010 album Total Life Forever with a new record called Holy Fire in February. This week, the Oxford five-piece offered up the first track from the new album in the shape of a video for "Inhaler". The video of youthful hijinks probably isn't safe to view at work. The song itself is a good opening salvo, beginning with a spiky post-punk sound echoing their previous work before adding a harder rock edge on the chorus.

Caught in the Net: Two lions are better than one

One of the releases of the summer was Pink, a collection of previously released 12-inch tracks – and two new efforts – from Four Tet.

Caught in the net: A smooth start for Daughter

The 4AD-signed band Daughter had passed me by until I saw a video of the London-based trio performing on the David Letterman show youtu.be/VZy_vVAUej8.

Caught in the Net: Wu-Tang Clan's Iron man gets his kicks

Given many of the pop cultural reference points of RZA and his Wu-Tang Clan, it's little surprise that the former has chosen kung-fu action B-movie style for his debut as a film-maker.

Caught in the Net: Jay Z is here, there and everywhere

Jay Z is a small stakeholder in the new Barclay's Centre indoor arena in Brooklyn and the basketball team (the Brooklyn Nets) that will play there.

Caught in the Net: Dave Sitek's new label comes out fighting

Prolific producer and TV on the Radio member Dave Sitek has launched his own label, Federal Prism.

Caught in the Net: Bat haunts again with another woman

On "Laura", the first track showcased from Bat for Lashes' forthcoming album The Haunted Man, Natasha Khan, below right, pared things down with a spare, sad piano ballad. Intent on displaying her full range, for "Marilyn", the second track to emerge from the record, things go widescreen with a big 1980s synth-pop sound that's equal parts melancholy and hopeful, all underpinned by a gorgeous vocal from Khan.

Caught in the Net: Thom Yorke's Atoms hit their groove

Some time back, Thom Yorke unveiled a supergroup of sorts featuring bassist Flea, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, drummer Joey Waronker and percussionist Mauro Refosco.

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Caught in the Net: A successful return for the Mercury man

Dubliner Conor O'Brien, better know as the man behind Villagers has returned some two years after his debut solo album, Becoming A Jackal, earned a Mercury Prize nomination and an Ivor Novello Award.

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