As ever, Kele Okereke’s energies are divided between the political and the personal on Four, with agit-punk assertions like “ Coliseum” and “Kettling” and the contemptuous pillorying of political duplicity in “So He Begins to Lie” punctuated with more tenderly rendered emotional wrestling on tracks such as “Truth” and “Real Talk”.
The former Soviet republics are awash with money and it is being thrown at football clubs – the vanity projects of tycoons or politicians
While his reputation as a difficult interviewee precedes him, I was still excited to get a chance to talk to Kele Okereke at the Creators Project last weekend. I figured that since I wasn’t going to be asking him what he had for breakfast, or doing a meta-piece on his disdain for the interviewing process, as the NME tried in 2005, I’d be ok.
Blondie performing for picnickers in the Cotswolds might seem unlikely, but somehow it works
There are few better ways of seeing the world than by joining a band and going on tour – as The Rakes have found out. Alex Hannaford reminisces with them about some hard travelling
When non-stop touring left them creatively shattered, Bloc Party had to reinvent their sound. Gavin Cumine hears how they did it
The big autumn show at London's V&A museum takes a timely look at design during the Cold War. Here, the curator Jane Pavitt previews the highlights
The Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon has been branded a bigot after his entourage allegedly assaulted Bloc Party's Kele Okereke, in an "unprovoked and racist" attack at a music festival in Barcelona on Saturday.