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For the majority of the all-seated crowd in Glasgow’s atmospheric underground railway arch venue, the suspicion is they’re here because of the ‘featuring John Paul Jones’ element of tonight’s bill.

Caught in the Net: Russell comes back to life

The best song I've heard this week is a previously unreleased track recorded by Arthur Russell (left). Best known as a pioneering disco producer in New York in the 1970s and 1980s, Russell fell into obscurity before his death from an AIDS-related condition in 1992, but his reputation has been ressurrected with numerous releases in the last ten years. Alongside disco, his instrument of choice was the cello, while also he tried his hand at pop music and all manner of experimental and avant-garde musical endeavours. He left behind 1,000 tapes of his work, so there is still music to be unearthed, like this folky track, "Come To Life". Channelling Nick Drake, the song has gorgeous vocals from Russell and an unnamed female singer, with a lilting electric guitar and a great horn section popping up here and there. It was recently released as a limited edition split seven-inch vinyl single with the debut song by CANT, a side project of Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor. The track is streaming on the Gorrilla vs Bear site, found at, and the MP3 can be purchased at

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Vocals - Kathleen Hanna
My teenage years were filled with the sound of Bikini Kill. I love Kathleen's voice. I would want her shouty shrieks and screams all over this band. Her politico-sexual female empowerment is just what this band needs.

Love hurt as Guitar Hero resurrects Kurt Cobain

You can mock his haircut, crack jokes about the "grunge" movement he pioneered, and even take a prurient interest in the drug-related suicide that so tragically killed him. But woe betide anyone who has the gall to suggest that Kurt Cobain might have once been fond of Bon Jovi.

The stars come out for GQ awards

He is not known for his dress sense, but Boris Johnson was presented with an award by style gurus Trinny and Susannah.

Foo Fighters, City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester

'Do you mind," Dave Grohl asks several thousand Mancunians, "if we play some new shit, some old shit, some rock shit, and some acoustic shit?" That's a lot of shit. But the Foo Fighters have a lot of time. "I hope you've had a really big piss," he cautions not long after the start. "It's gonna be a long night."

Album: Foo Fighters

In Your Honour, SONY BMG

Album: Queens of the Stone Age

Lullabies to Paralyze, INTERSCOPE

Foo Fighters, Wembley Arena, London

Yes, there is life after Nirvana

Album: Foo Fighters

One by One, Roswell/RCA

It was five years ago today: Got a grunge problem? Try 'Bleach' by Nirvana

On 15 June 1989, the Seattle indie label Sub Pop released 300 white vinyl and 2,000 green vinyl copies of a debut album by a young rock band. The sleeve-notes boasted that it had been "recorded in Seattle at Reciprocal Recording by Jack Endino for $600". Sub Pop said it was "hypnotic and righteous heaviness ... They're young, they own their own van and they're going to make us rich".

Pop: Playing fast and loud

Verbena's unorthodox brand of spiky, deep-south rock is backed up by their solid gigging reputation. Tim Perry talked to them as they prepared for a European tour with the Foo Fighters


Sweet 75: Sweet 75 (Geffen, CD). Since the death of Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, once the drummer of Nirvana, has found new fame in Foo Fighters, ignoring the precedent set by the surviving members of the Doors and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Hoping to buck the trend for a second time is Krist Novoselic, Nirvana's bassist, and now leader of Sweet 75.

ROCK : Clinton wasn't the only American rocker in town

It's American Rock Week here at the Independent on Sunday, and the obvious choice to start us off are the Foo Fighters - although on the evidence of their new album, maybe it isn't quite so obvious after all. Not that The Colour and the Shape (Capitol) is a bad record, but it won't convince anyone that Dave Grohl is a punk-pop genius, either. If he hadn't once been the drummer of Nirvana, his band would be nowhere near so well-known. They'd have a loyal cult following, and in Britain their records would graze the top 38. And maybe that's what Grohl would prefer.

Foo Fighters The Colour & The Shape Capitol

The Colour & The Shape may be an improvement on Foo Fighters' debut, but it has less impact. It is difficult to tell why; this is pleasant enough grunge-pop, energetic and melodic in roughly equal parts, but there is a touch of desperation about the album, as if Dave Grohl and his cronies realise that there's not that much mileage left in this kind of lumpen, overwrought American rock.
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