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Friday 06 May 2011
Though many tracks are co-written with Alex Turner, Miles Kane's solo debut bears scant comparison to the duo's more grandiose work as The Last Shadow Puppets.
Wednesday 04 May 2011
Jason Isbell strides onstage and apologises for the slimmed-down nature of his band, trimmed from five to three for his current tour. "We're not so much the 400 Unit tonight as the Jason Isbell power trio," he admits, but nobody's complaining: Alabama blue-eyed soulster Isbell has the burly, no-nonsense look of someone who can take care of himself pretty well. Besides which, he's one of the few guitarists for whom the phrase "power trio" doesn't portend endless indulgence, but rather an attention to texture and rhythm that plugs any holes in the arrangements.
Friday 29 April 2011
Braids are four best friends from Canada, who have just released their debut album, Native Speaker. Bursting with lush, multi-layered dream pop, including their sumptuous-sounding single "Lemonade", it has seen the newcomers heralded as "Canada's newest heirs to Arcade Fire's throne" by NME. Now Braids are about to embark on their first UK tour.
Saturday 16 April 2011
Few players have gone from one extreme to another, but Gretar Steinsson will complete a remarkable rags-to-riches journey when he lines-up for Bolton in tomorrow's FA Cup semi-final against Stoke.
Sunday 10 April 2011
Back to basics time for the Foo Fighters. Well, kinda.
Wednesday 09 March 2011
A man whose house was smashed by a boulder in the Christchurch earthquake has sold the rock in an online auction for NZ$60,000 (£27,000).
Friday 04 March 2011
For almost two decades, George Shaw has been painting, doggedly and systematically, the unprepossessing, post-war housing estate in Coventry where he grew up. The means he uses – Humbrol household paints – are as modest in their workadayness and as limited in their tonal range as the subject matter itself. It is as if Shaw has positively wanted to strait-jacket himself in this way.
Friday 04 February 2011
Saturday 15 January 2011
Up to 50 people disembarked from an overcrowded London bus moments before a devastating explosion tore through it on 7 July 2005, the inquest into the terrorist attacks has heard.
Thursday 25 November 2010
Blackstone is considering deals that would give the private equity group a 1,200-strong network of UK petrol stations. The company yesterday played down reports that offers have been made, but it is understood to be showing an interest in 780 Total-branded garages put up for sale by the French oil giant in September, and also 460 UK service stations put on the block by Murco Petroleum, a subsidiary of US-based Murphy Oil.
Wednesday 06 October 2010
There was some debate over Nick Cave's shadow at this outing of the much-discussed "supergroup" comprising Cave and long-time collaborators Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos. The spotlight banged into Cave's mangled frame and cast a huge silhouette across one wall of the venue. It seems interesting that, because of the sometimes limited views of the stage, this shadow is all some audience members saw of the singer. It wasn't so much an image, as a negative impression of the real performer.
Monday 13 September 2010
It is a strange thing, watching one of the very biggest pop stars in the world mere metres from the stage at one of London's smallest venues. And yet, it is happening: Brandon Flowers, sometime of the Killers, is performing his new solo album for the very first time to at most 500 people.
Wednesday 08 September 2010
Friday 03 September 2010
Jean Reno is the saving grace of this violent gangland thriller, based on real-life events described in Franz-Olivier's book L'Immortel.
Monday 23 August 2010
Garages are routinely failing to find basic faults and charging for bogus work, according to an investigation.
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