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Experimental Rock (avant-rock)
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Wednesday 27 July 2011
Portishead's 1994 debut, Dummy, was so perfect it almost instantly became a cliché, a cul de sac they only escaped with 2008's aptly titled Third. But on the first night of a festival the Bristol band curated and headline, they dig deeper into songs it had seemed would bury them, expanding their sonic terrain of scratched hip-hop, vintage vinyl spookiness and Cold War spy movie cool, Billie Holiday and John le Carré.
Tuesday 19 July 2011
Portishead find it "hell" making music.
Wednesday 13 July 2011
Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics is home of the Lovell telescope, one of the largest and most powerful radio telescopes for "investigating cosmic phenomena" in the world. The Flaming Lips are an American psychedelic rock band who put on a seriously cosmic show. As frontman Wayne Coyne announces: "This is our place".
Friday 20 May 2011
Gently wrought from strands of acoustic guitar, mandolin, violin and harp, encountering the genteel Demolished Thoughts after Thurston Moore's more abrasive work with Sonic Youth is akin to hearing Paris 1919 after John Cale's rampaging Velvet Underground period.
Friday 15 April 2011
Friday 08 April 2011
Critics' darlings in their native America, TV On The Radio have struggled to make much of an impression over here, and I can't see Nine Types Of Light altering that situation.
Sunday 03 April 2011
Friday 25 March 2011
The sleevenote to Tim Buckley's debut album fancifully described him as "a kind of quintessence of nouvelle" – a ludicrously high expectation to place on a 19-year-old's shoulders, but one that Buckley was to fulfill time and again, changing his approach radically from album to album, taking in folk-rock, art-rock, folk-jazz, avant-garde jazz, erotic funk and AOR soul.
Sunday 06 March 2011
Sunday 06 March 2011
Friday 04 March 2011
It's proving a bumper season for returning art-rock bands. Radiohead recently delivered their first new album in three and a bit years; The Strokes will soon end a five-year hiatus with a new album; now Brooklyn's finest, TV on the Radio, emerge on the horizon with their fourth album, Nine Types of Light, which arrives on 14 April. Last week Seattle radio station 107.7 The End premiered the first song to emerge from the album at ind.pn/erPcrr. The song is called "Will Do", and it's a laid-back effort that slowly rumbles along. It feels like a cousin to the show-stopping ballad "Family Tree", from their 2008 LP Dear Science. Though not as dramatic/epic as that one, with it's chiming sounds and soulful vocals, it's quietly affecting and whets the appetite nicely for the rest of the album.
Friday 25 February 2011
"The eight songs here are less like an album and more like two EPs in a set: one of spectral, understated ballads, and the other of spectral, understated takes on left-field electronic music." nymag.com
Sunday 20 February 2011
The announcement on Valentine's Day of an imminent Radiohead album was greeted as enormously significant in many quarters, like Moses coming down from the mountain with a brand new slab under his arm.
Friday 18 February 2011
Faust's core duo of bassist Jean-Hervé Péron and drummer Zappi Diermaier are joined here by Geraldine Swayne and Gallon Drunk frontman James Johnstone, both wrestling sounds from a variety of stringed and keyed devices.
Friday 18 February 2011
New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site on Friday
Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy
New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
- 1 Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
- 2 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 3 Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson criticised for beer tweet
- 4 Woman blinded as a child can see again after hitting her head on a coffee table
- 5 The bubble bursts for Sodastream