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Friday 22 July 2011
The LA indie queen Diva Dompé displays a "kooky" avant-gardism on her solo debut: she's like a MIA minus the rhythm and politics.
Friday 10 June 2011
Monday 21 March 2011
Few bands are without an identifiable frontman or woman, but some are more front than others. Oregon six-piece The Decemberists are a case in point.
Friday 11 March 2011
The Brooklyn experimentalists Gang Gang Dance re-enter the fray with their fifth album, Eye Contact, released on 4AD in May. Recently, they unveiled the opening track from the record – "Glass Jar" is streaming at ganggangdance. com. At a little over 11-minutes long, they're certainly in no rush.
Thursday 10 March 2011
The stage is filled with amps, microphones, musical instruments and trees. An old film is rolling in the background, the members of British Sea Power getting off a train, mumbling something indecipherable and walking off screen. Moments later, the Brighton six-piece emerge, utter a brief "hello" and launch straight into their set, their barrier-hugging acolytes' screams of excitement matching the band's first tracks decibel for decibel.
Thursday 03 February 2011
Arctic Monkeys reportedly turned down a six figure sum to play at a neighbourhood garden party.
Sunday 16 January 2011
Kicking off with a Dylanesque blast of harmonica, the Decemberists reveal their new intent right up-front.
Sunday 09 January 2011
Wednesday 15 December 2010
It's 10 years since Butlins holiday camp was first taken over by twee indie-folksters Belle & Sebastian for their Bowlie Weekender. Since then, the All Tomorrow's Parties festivals have become a fixture of the musical year. To celebrate, Butlins hosted Bowlie 2, again curated by Belle & Sebastian.
Friday 10 December 2010
Dirty Projectors have been cutting a defiant swathe through the indie scene, in various guises, for the past eight years, gathering an impressive list of collaborators along the way. So it comes as something of a surprise when front man, and the axis around which Dirty Projectors revolves, David Longstreth reveals to the audience that their first UK show was as recent as 2007. Following the release of last year's "Bitte Orca", sixth out of seven albums from Longstreth, it's almost impossible to imagine a time before Dirty Projectors, so established is their talent.
Monday 06 December 2010
Best Coast are the current darlings of the indie scene. Fronted by a stoner pin-up, Bethany Cosentino, the band are nominally members of the "chillwave" movement, a loosely aligned bunch of music-making slackers. But Best Coast's especially laconic take on "classic" US indie shares little with the rest of the scene, which tends to produce sparse, haunting electro instead of asinine surf rock.
Friday 03 September 2010
Stars and Sons are part of a new wave of British art-pop that seems to believe that the more you add to a song, the better it gets, when the obverse is often demonstrably true.
Friday 30 July 2010
Begun by two teenagers in 2005, the singles label is now on its 50th release. To mark the occasion, founders Nadia Dahlawi and Sara Jade have pulled together 35 tracks that document the vibrancy of London's music scene.
Tuesday 20 July 2010
While his reputation as a difficult interviewee precedes him, I was still excited to get a chance to talk to Kele Okereke at the Creators Project last weekend. I figured that since I wasn’t going to be asking him what he had for breakfast, or doing a meta-piece on his disdain for the interviewing process, as the NME tried in 2005, I’d be ok.
Monday 12 July 2010
Mystery Jets' apparent popularity has always been rather confusing.
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