Bush Hall, London
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Tuesday 21 August 2012
If you are expecting a deep and meaningful experience from a music festival like glastonbury or Green Man, you’re not going to find it at V.
Saturday 18 August 2012
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”.
Thursday 16 August 2012
Noel Gallagher has claimed he turned down an invitation to perform at the Olympics closing ceremony after being asked to mime.
Saturday 28 July 2012
Blur are marking 21 years, and possibly their final days, by re-releasing almost everything they have ever recorded. Andy Gill discovers a host of unheard gems
Thursday 05 July 2012
Saturday 02 June 2012
This soundtrack to Heiner Goebbels' installation piece Stifters Dinge is one of the most gripping musical experiences I've had in ages.
Saturday 26 May 2012
New bands should take top billing at the big festivals, says Emily Mackay
Tuesday 08 May 2012
Royal Tunbridge Wells may be the traditional voice of Middle England’s morality but the busybodies are in danger of being drowned out after one of its nightspots was named the best small music venue in the UK.
Saturday 05 May 2012
Cutesy covers of classic songs are marketing gold, says Rhodri Marsden
Tuesday 01 May 2012
There are several eye-watering anecdotes in this memoir by Tim Burgess of The Charlatans, though one in particular stands out. It involves a straw, a paper cone, a Rizla paper and two willing participants, and offers the seasoned cocaine user a novel method of ingesting their drug of choice. Suffice to say that this chapter is called "Cocainus".
Monday 09 April 2012
When a band reforms after a long hiatus, their comeback album can be seen as an afterthought amid the ensuing cash-in, so credit is due to Cast. After a 10-year break, the Scouse four-piece choose to perform three-quarters of their latest release rather than rely on back-catalogue safety.
Friday 06 April 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
Wednesday 04 April 2012
They were the “future of music”, the band with a quote for every occasion who would revive Britpop’s stadium-filling glory days.
Saturday 10 March 2012
Saturday 10 March 2012
When running the country gets him down, it's an Irish drinking song that gets David Cameron playing air guitar. The Prime Minister has revealed that Thin Lizzy's "Whiskey in the Jar" boasts his favourite riff of all time.
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
30,000 reasons why the rhetoric on immigrants claiming benefits can stop now
- 3 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
- 4 British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia