Anyone who's seen Watt-Roy play bass with the Blockheads, before or after Ian Dury, will know what a star he is.
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Saturday 31 August 2013
A second album since the mournful Ali Campbell was replaced as lead voice by his brother Duncan. And they have a theme.
Friday 26 July 2013
While acknowledging that there must be omissions when the two sets of the Stones' Hyde Park shows are condensed down into one manageable download album package, I'm frustrated that so many of my favourites have been cut in favour of a more populist sequence. But there's no denying the power of a set stuffed with riffs like “Honky Tonk Women”, “Brown Sugar” and “Jumpin' Jack Flash”, played with that inimitable loose/tight dialectic that characterises the Stones at their best. And it's worth it for “Paint It Black” alone.
Saturday 11 May 2013
This UK ensemble have followed up a collaboration with Mulatu Astatke with their most compellingly immersive work to date.
Friday 03 May 2013
Produced again by Joe Henry, the follow-up to Let Them Talk follows a similar format of easy-rolling jazz arrangements and simpatico guest spots supporting Hugh Laurie's blues piano.
Friday 05 April 2013
There's a strange, archaic feel to the songs of head Messenger, MC Taylor, with their Biblical references and invocations to “cleave ye to the rock”.
Saturday 16 March 2013
If Mount Moriah's Heather McEntire were a contestant on a TV talent show, she'd get this vote within half a second of opening her mouth.
Friday 01 March 2013
The 2010 outtake collection Valleys of Neptune covered the final recordings of the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Monday 18 February 2013
Wales captain has fallen out of favour
Wednesday 09 January 2013
Beyonce will sing the national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony.
Saturday 29 December 2012
The 10 albums that comprise this box set depict one of the most extraordinary career arcs in all of pop music, testament to the questing intelligence with which Joni Mitchell approached music.
Sunday 23 December 2012
Any Christmas album that begins with a rendition of "Silent Night" on the musical saw (from David Coulter) scores points, at least, for originality.
Sunday 18 November 2012
Generous, creative – and still groovy after all these years
Sunday 11 November 2012
Once upon a time in the Near Country
Saturday 13 October 2012
Each new Donald Fagen album is like trading in your old car for a new version of the same model.
Sunday 08 July 2012
Six albums down the line, Dirty Projectors – aka David Longstreth and his band – show no signs of settling into any one formula.
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
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