Kveikur finds Sigur Rós in more forceful and declamatory mood than usual, a shift heralded by the explosion that ushers in the heavy guitar riff and juddering bass of “Brennisteinn”.
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Sunday 03 February 2013
As a teenage Rio surfer, Valle wrote "Summer Samba (So Nice)", a huge bossa hit. Now, retro-specialist label Light in the Attic has pointed its torch at his neglected early 1970s LPs, when coded lyrics protesting the military dictatorship were partnered by musical excursions into funk, psychedelia and prog.
Sunday 20 January 2013
This strikingly original band from southern Italy have been taking the traditional taranta dance of Salento and giving it contemporary resonance and edge since 1975.
Sunday 13 January 2013
No other band got close to Cream – or ever will I played the drums, Eric [Clapton] was the best guitarist of all time and our sets [featuring hits such as "Sunshine of Your Love"] were never the same two nights running; it was magic. Unfortunately it didn't last [the band broke up in 1968] but the reunion at the Royal Albert Hall [in 2005] was amazing; it felt like we'd not seen one another for a few weeks, not 35 years!
Saturday 08 December 2012
'I think Björk would just be the perfect twist of lemon on top of an already pretty weird band'
Wednesday 05 December 2012
Muniz's career since 2006 has not matched the success of his hit show
Saturday 01 December 2012
His roll call of collaborators was impressive; it included Bilk, Melly, Fawkes and Lyttelton
Sunday 25 November 2012
In a scene dominated by jazz graduates who are fluent in the language but don’t have much to say, the music of saxophonist Birchall – who came to Coltrane via reggae’s Cedric Brooks – screams “Belief!”
Thursday 15 November 2012
P David Ebersole, 103mins, NC
Tuesday 23 October 2012
It is Grizzly Bear vocalist Ed Droste's birthday, and the crowd break into a haphazard round of 'Happy Birthday'. This should please the Brooklyn four-piece - they publicly moaned that an audience in Newcastle was too quiet last week.
Sunday 14 October 2012
The best tracks on these two mid-1960s albums by the trio of Brazilian pianist Dom Salvador have a rhythmic density that could still get chin-strokers dancing.
Saturday 06 October 2012
Meshell Ndegeocello's tribute to Nina Simone recasts the High Priestess of Soul's repertoire in the bassist's more subtle, reflective manner.
Saturday 29 September 2012
Beth Orton's first album for six years is an elegant affair, whose ruminations are given pleasing lustre by Tucker Martine, the production polisher of folk-rockers The Decemberists.
Saturday 29 September 2012
What do you do if you're a musician with an album to make and your funding falls through? Raise the money yourself, of course!
Friday 28 September 2012
The drummer and music producer spills the beans on his new American band The Emperor's of Wyoming
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