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The Barometer: Grizzly Bear; Buddy Holly; 12 Dirty Bullets; Broken Records; Kanye West; Bombay Bicycle Club
Friday 08 May 2009
Friday 20 March 2009
Who says London's clubland is dead? Certainly not Lydia Butler, hostess and DJ at Bite, a new night at the Soho venue Punk. Butler made her name by playing to up a thousand every Saturday at Holborn's After School night. Bite's inaugural evening, on Monday, offered up cheap drinks, more girls than boys, a BBC3 film crew, photographers from Vice and model scouts galore.
Wednesday 04 March 2009
Sunday 08 February 2009
Sunday 28 December 2008
Friday 28 November 2008
Written in the aftermath of the death of his mother and his break-up with fiancée Alexis Phifer, 808s & Heartbreak marks a shift in Kanye West's musical direction, his usual hip-hop style replaced by a minimal electropop sound based on the Roland TR-808 drum machine.
Sunday 23 November 2008
Kanye West is both a large talent and a supersized ego, and any new recording is a battle for which of the two will come to the fore.
Wednesday 19 November 2008
Sunday 31 August 2008
Monday 21 July 2008
If you ever wondered who dreamed up Cosmo Kramer, the hipster doofus with a mistrust of authority at the centre of one of American television's most successful comedies, Seinfeld, then look no further than Larry Charles, a Jewish-American comedian with an encyclopedic brain and ZZ Top beard.
Wednesday 16 July 2008
Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. As we approach an hour-and-a-half of standing in one of London's most attractive courtyards, this conscientious performer introduces his backing singers and six-man band with an admittedly much-deserved rap for each. Hard to recall now that gigs by US hip-hop acts used to be about poor sound and slovenly stagecraft.
Friday 13 June 2008
Friday 13 June 2008
With MTV, Rolling Stone and Blender magazines, and even Kanye West conceding he's the hottest rapper, and his MySpace site becoming the first to clock up a hundred million visits, no act currently has their finger as firmly on the pulse of contemporary American culture as Dwayne "Lil Wayne" Carter, whose long-delayed sixth album finally appears following extensive leaks last year.
Monday 11 February 2008
Here is a list of the main award winners at the 50th annual Grammys, followed by a complete list of all the winners:
- 1 'He was lucky he didn't die' - George Michael fell out of speeding car onto M1 motorway, according to eye witness
- 2 Austerity has hardened the nation's heart
- 3 Gay couple beaten in park urge MPs to moderate language on gay marriage
- 4 X marks the spot: The find that could rewrite Australian history
- 5 'It was just like the movie Twister': Man survives Oklahoma tornado by taking refuge in horse stall
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