Geldof has, it seems, found a novel way of composing songs which may or may not be popular or sell well: imitate other people's.
He went from Oscar nominee to bearded crackpot bent on a rap career. But the 'meltdown' was all an act, writes David Usborne
Casey Affleck has admitted to what many critics suspected all along - that his documentary about Joaquin Phoenix is a fake.
Investigators at Folsom State Prison in California are trying to piece together the series of events that led guards to use semi-automatic weapons to fire on a crowd of unruly inmates, leaving seven men needing hospital treatment for their injuries.
Best known for writing a bouquet of diversely distinctive 1960s hits – "I Can't Let Go", "Angel of the Morning" and "Wild Thing" – Chip Taylor has led the kind of life that usually only happens in Hollywood films, including a stint as a professional gambler ultimately banned from Las Vegas casinos.
"Don't want to stay alive when you're 25" go the words of Mott the Hoople's 1972 hit "All the Young Dudes", written by David Bowie. Several decades on, the band's frontman, Ian Hunter, begs to differ.
Like many a young Americana act, burly troubadour Austin Lucas cut his teeth on underground punk and hardcore before soaking up the sounds of his heritage (his father Bob Lucas, whose banjo stipples some of these eleven tracks, is a Grammy-winning songwriter).
I'm listening to Johnny Cash, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Howlin' Wolf and 'This Charming Mixtape' by Theophilus London.
An associate of the country outlaw generation that included Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Larry Jon Wilson's burly baritone burr brought tableaux like "Ohoopee River Bottomland" and "Sheldon Church Yard" to vivid life, but his refusal to compromise curtailed his Seventies career after just a few albums.
Carter lost four family members in 2003: mother June, sister Rosie, partner Howie Epstein and stepdad Johnny Cash. Not a good year, and it bottomed out a not hugely productive passage of life in general – her last new work came out in 1995. Life seems to have improved since and ‘Stronger’, though sunk firmly in the grief-and renewal groove you’d expect, makes for a broadly enjoyable return. Carlene’s stock vibe s rockin’ country with added perk. But there’s a lurking solemnity behind the bouncy frontage, most obviously in the title track, which is a direct address to Rosie. Good to hear her again, though.