Michael Kagan's oil painting was judged the most creative
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Friday 27 November 2009
With the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Primal Scream, Klaxons, Peaches and Iggy all contributing cover - version tributes to celebrate Alan Vega's 70th, and Suicide's recent ATP NY performance finding them acclaimed as the oldest and most extreme of the festival's 39 participants, the original techno-punk duo's influence still resonates through rock'n'roll.
Wednesday 23 September 2009
Klaxons started the nu-rave "movement" as a semi-fictional scam, but its after-effects can still be felt tonight. Devon's Joseph Mount, the man behind Metronomy, is associated with the briefly burning scene through remixing and touring with Klaxons, and the nod to their glow-stick fad in the pulsing chest-lights his band wear. More vitally, the way he approaches introspective, guitar-loaded indie music as if it's dance music pulls the same genre-bending trick. Last year's breakthrough album, Nights Out, also offered a version of The Streets' 21st-century kitchen-sink tales. Add Mount's interest in clunky 1980s synth-pop, and Metronomy become an honest cross-over hit waiting to happen.
Friday 21 August 2009
Wednesday 22 July 2009
Bat For Lashes has revealed that she wants to scoop the Barclaycard Mercury Prize this year so she can get her own studio.
Wednesday 03 June 2009
Saturday 28 February 2009
Wednesday 10 December 2008
Somehow, The Prodigy shouldn't feel as vital, as snarlingly alive, as this. On the verge of releasing only their third album in 11 years (Invaders Must Die, due in spring 2009), the swift natural erosion of the innovation-hungry dance-music world should have ground them down into retirement, or at least into an embarrassing parody of their former selves.
Wednesday 12 November 2008
So nu-rave was a bit of a non-event in the end, wasn't it? It's been a few months since the genre that spawned a thousand luminous T-shirts seemingly dissolved in a Hadouken!-shaped mess on the floor and, other than a pair of broken white Ray Bans, what have we to show for it?
Wednesday 05 November 2008
Three men in black stand on a red-lit stage, each with a glowing white orb stuck to his chest. At first sight and sound, Metronomy may seem like just another post-Klaxons dance-pop group, but appearances are deceptive.
Friday 15 August 2008
British swimming and Michael Phelps had good days at the office here today. Both will go to bed dreaming of turning six gold medals into seven. And there the similarities end.
Friday 25 July 2008
Talvin Singh ('Ok' - Winner 1999)
People got to know my music that had never heard it before, so that is a positive point, and the Mercury Prize can stretch your career in that way, but I've never really taken much advantage of that because I've been on a bit of sabbatical from recording for the past few years. When I won you couldn't get my records for four months because the record company had never thought of me winning so they didn't stock up. So, for record sales, that didn't really help.
Tip to win: Burial
Monday 30 June 2008
The firecrackers started before the final whistle. The trumpets followed, then the streams of cars swinging through the streets of the Spanish capital, honking their hearts out, scarlet and gold flags rippling from the windows. "Viva Espana!" wafted in the air as they passed.
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Friday 29 February 2008
Gordon Brown and Andy Burnham both claim to listen to them on their iPods, but the Arctic Monkeys received a slightly hipper seal of approval last night when they were called the "Oasis of their generation" by the New Musical Express.
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