“We're all broken boys and girls at heart,” claims Frank Turner in “The Fisher King Blues”, pinpointing the tight focus of Tape Deck Heart, in which bouts of rollicking Mumfordry help cauterise the blunt exposure of emotional scars.
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Tuesday 12 March 2013
After performing a secret gig at last year's Reading and Leeds festivals rockers Green Day have been confirmed as the final headliners for this year's event.
Monday 10 December 2012
There's great pleasure in a spot of "old-fashioned" shopping
Sunday 09 December 2012
Tre! is the third instalment of a trilogy which has been overshadowed by singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s descent into Drug Hell.
Wednesday 05 December 2012
The rock opera first grappled with by Pete Townshend and Ray Davies at the end of the 1960s, as rock’s growing thematic seriousness and their own straining ambitions seemed to demand a grander canvas than three-minute pop, was often dashed on the rocks of their hubris.
Tuesday 13 November 2012
I don't pine for childhood glories, but the disappearance of my old hairdresser is traumatic - and globalisation won't slow down any time soon
Monday 27 August 2012
Pop music is going through a prolific period. Elisa Bray reports
Friday 24 August 2012
“Bad news, guys. Billie Joe has got laryngitis. But I’m here!” said drummer Tre Cool, taking centre stage before singing a solo rude version of “All By Myself”, thus setting the tone for an evening of nostalgic messing around.
Sunday 04 September 2011
Your seatbelt isn’t the only belt that must be securely fastened if you’re a stratospherically-famous punk rocker on board a flight operated by America’s leading budget airline. So, apparently, must the one which holds up your trousers.
Wednesday 08 June 2011
Friday 18 March 2011
The Kentucky combo Cage the Elephant manage to find a new wrinkle on the face of US indie-punk, thanks to an enthusiasm for yoking catchy melodies to abrasive guitar riffs that recalls the Pixies.
Sunday 21 November 2010
Friday 19 November 2010
Who knew nihilist emo-punk could be so theatrical? My Chemical Romance revealed their penchant for the grand conceit with 2006's The Black Parade, a concept album about cancer that featured a queasy onstage mix of Busby Berkeley and pyrotechnics.
Monday 25 October 2010
Reformed Take That made their first public appearance today since Robbie Williams rejoined as the group collected a prize for their years of success at the Q Awards.
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