If the challenge faced by Jake Bugg on his second album is to prove you can take the boy out of Clifton (the Nottingham council estate where he was born) without taking all traces of Clifton out of the boy, then it’s one he rises to. Those who see Bugg’s so-called “authenticity” — whatever that means — as a storm of hype might spy signs of “grooming” in the decision to record in LA with producer Rick Rubin, but the follow-up to his hit debut makes the Midlands-to-Malibu move look largely seamless: as an exercise in expanded range, Shangri La is too diverse and distinct to dismiss.
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Sunday 24 March 2013
Their Britpop rivalry was legendary, but Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn have put their musical differences aside to perform together in aid of a cancer charity.
Wednesday 13 March 2013
His return may not quite match the frenzy which greeted David Bowie’s comeback but 14 years after quitting Oasis, Bonehead, the band’s original guitarist, is to release his first album.
Friday 08 March 2013
Comic Relief has apologised to its supporters after Frankie Boyle caused controversy at a charity gig with a string of gags about the Queen.
Friday 08 March 2013
You know when Russell Brand is in town. Outside the Duchess Theatre in London’s Theatreland are trucks and trailers denoting that this is no ordinary event.
Thursday 07 March 2013
Noel Gallagher says he has enough new material for three new albums but can not be bothered to record them.
Tuesday 05 March 2013
This brand of dirge-rock can feel like being drenched in cheap lager at the end of a Rod Stewart tribute night
Thursday 28 February 2013
Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr will be deemed a "god-like genius" tonight, but while the musician said it was nice to be appreciated, it was really all about the music.
Wednesday 27 February 2013
Artist Sir Peter Blake is to appear on a record sleeve, after years of creating striking images for artists such as The Beatles, The Who and Oasis.
Tuesday 26 February 2013
Robbie Williams has shown off the first fruits of his return to working with Guy Chambers with an expletive-fuelled track in which he branded the Brit Awards "boring".
Friday 15 February 2013
Jake Bugg will headline a festival in his hometown Nottingham this summer.
Monday 11 February 2013
Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr is to receive a top honorary prize at this year's NME Awards - the annual Godlike Genius title.
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