The singer is at the summit of both the midweek singles and albums charts
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Friday 23 October 2009
Wednesday 07 October 2009
The rain was tipping down over Manchester but inside the conference hall the sun still shone, fluffy clouds floated round the auditorium. See what happens when you cast aside cynicism? It brings spring to October, and the joy of perpetual day. Ah, the noble calling.
Sunday 06 September 2009
Beginning with the rat-tat-tat-tat of the irresistible "Toxic Beaming Happiness", which mixes music written for the US pianist Geri Allen with an homage to Britney Spears, drummer/ composer/bandleader Bancroft has created a powerful yet playful concept album about personal/marital breakdown.
Monday 24 August 2009
Friday 24 July 2009
"Perhaps Jack White's continued dominance over contemporary blues-rock is in fact the product of some deal with the devil – and if that means more bands as fully realized as the Dead Weather, let's hope that Beelzebub will consider a contract renewal." - pitchfork.com
Sunday 12 April 2009
It's probably just me but a certain type of US TV drama is increasingly spoiling my love of a certain type of US music. So you're watching, say, Grey's Anatomy, when there, in the background of the sad reflective scene, is an artist you thought of as your own: a Jason Molina or a Maria Taylor. Inevitable, I guess, and Taylor's polished pop fits the bill perfectly – all Carole King meets Lone Justice. And just in case Mr TV Dude's not listening, Michael Stipe pops up on the final track.
Sunday 18 January 2009
One member down, Brandon Curtis's Secret Machines roll along in fairly familiar shoegaze-meets-prog style.
Sunday 11 January 2009
What makes this 65-year-old Angolan veteran's music so compelling is that he effortlessly mixes Brazilian samba with the melancholy yearnings of Cape Verdean morna.
Friday 14 March 2008
This band have been around for a while; since 1991, in fact. In that time they always seem to have skirted the edge of the public’s consciousness.
Thursday 06 March 2008
Monday 02 October 2006
- 1 Cameron's freebie to apartheid South Africa
- 2 Is this the scariest advert ever? Japanese tyre commercial comes with its own disclaimer and health warning
- 3 Sherlock series 3: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman provide teasers for the biggest comeback in British television
- 4 A forgotten episode in Russian history leaves links with the Philippines
- 5 People will try to reduce Mandela to a lilting reggae tune about ‘love’. They will fail