Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow
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Friday 20 August 2010
The first release on Eels' E Works label is the final part of a trilogy begun with 2009's Hombre Loco and continued earlier this year with End Times, an emotional arc dealing first with the dark urges of desire, then with the fallout of a shattered relationship, and concluding here with a celebration of emotional renewal.
Thursday 19 August 2010
Laurence Gardner was a prominent author and speaker in the "alternative history" genre of research and writing, whose eight published works presented often controversial revisionist theories, challenging orthodox views of world history.
Sunday 08 August 2010
Recorded in much the same way as previous efforts (jamming, recording, looping, cutting and pasting), the biggest surprise about the latest from this Portland, Oregon, trio is how darn traditional it sounds.
Saturday 07 August 2010
The thing about alternative comedy is that it isn't very alternative any more. Like "New" Labour, time has rendered the adjective redundant, and the nation awaits the alternative to alternative comedy. Maybe comics will go back to wearing dinner suits with frilly shirts and cracking mother-in-law gags.
Sunday 01 August 2010
When I was asked to join this year's Pink List panel and rank the UK's high achievers in the lesbian and gay world I thought it would be an opportunity to influence a list that, historically, has predominantly drawn from the gay mainstream.
Friday 30 July 2010
Tuesday 27 July 2010
The brainchild of Sean McLusky, once a member of Subway Sect and now a co-owner of the independent record label 1234, the 1-2-3-4 festival heralds the re-emergence of a DIY subculture. The arrival of the internet has prompted the decline of the major labels' stronghold on musical culture and the resultant era of "accessibility" has sparked the return of a non-conformist aesthetic that was prevalent in the punk movement.
Monday 26 July 2010
The electro-shoegaze return band with their first new material in 14 years. And rather good it is too.
Sunday 11 July 2010
Before his recent death, alt-country icon Mark Linkous (aka Sparklehorse) and producer Danger Mouse began work on the collaborative project that would become Dark Night of the Soul, featuring an astonishing array of guest vocalists, among them Wayne Coyne, Iggy Pop and David Lynch.
Thursday 08 July 2010
Thursday 08 July 2010
As mentioned in Tuesday’s blog, Friday’s General Synod is looking ever more like a watershed for the CofE.
Tuesday 06 July 2010
"Alternative-folk", "freak-folk", even "psych-folk" are expressions that have been used to describe the Texan-born singer Devendra Banhart and his band The Grogs. But at Koko, it became clear that the group, part of the New Weird America movement, has morphed into a very different beast from the quirky, folky hippies who produced Cripple Crow in 2005.
Thursday 24 June 2010
As this year's BBC talent show Over The Rainbow reaches the end of its yellow brick road, one talented hopeful will be thrust into West End stardom. Whoever is chosen will have it made. A role in a West End show sets you up for life, right?
Wednesday 23 June 2010
Music legend Lou Reed is preparing to make a guest appearance with Gorillaz as they headline Glastonbury Festival, it was confirmed today.
Monday 21 June 2010
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
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