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Post 2000 Indie
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Monday 23 February 2009
There was a time that The Cribs seemed highly unlikely to be anything other than grot rock also-rans.
Sunday 15 February 2009
It is not certain that Alfie Patten, aged 13 and looking about seven, will be a disastrous father to his daughter Maisie Roxanne. So far he has been good-natured towards the baby and keen to support her with his occasional £10 pocket money. His father, along with newspaper commentators, has expressed sentimental regrets about Alfie's loss of childhood. "He loves computer games and Manchester United," said Mr Patten. This does not actually set Alfie apart from the adult male population, who manage to squeeze in fatherhood around these twin passions.
Friday 30 January 2009
"'Tonight' is an exciting record for what it could potentially spell for Franz Ferdinand's future – from here, you could easily imagine the band further exploring electro-house productions, or stripping their sound down and making a folk record, or delving into tropical laptop-tronic pop." - http://www.pitchforkmedia.com
Wednesday 31 December 2008
Order of the Bath
Wednesday 26 November 2008
Via the music site Idolator comes a compilation video someone has made consisting of "bizarre indie cameos" on an old American kids tv show, The Adventures of Pete & Pete. See how many you can spot (they're not all music related mind you).
Sunday 16 November 2008
<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/mixtape-the-lon.html">MixTape: The Long Blondes' split ends</a>
Tuesday 21 October 2008
Oh boo hoo. The Long Blondes have split up. It’s very sad that the guy had a stroke, I wish him all the best and hope he gets well soon. But...
Monday 20 October 2008
Thursday 21 August 2008
"Thanks for 'avin' us, Portsmouth," says Alex Turner. "It's our first time." The string and brass sections glimpsed behind him like ballroom ghosts are enough to tell you the Arctic Monkeys' prosaic urban dreams have been briefly left behind. His new band with The Rascals' Miles Kane, The Last Shadow Puppets, instead attempts urbane sophistication on record. David Axelrod and Love's Arthur Lee are among its challenging models. But tonight's full debut unexpectedly harnesses this sound to driven rock'n'roll. The shrieking strings aren't prissy adornments, but aggressive implements in the service of the old-fashioned, four-piece beat group Turner and Kane lead at the front. The daring of their experiment is clarified thrillingly.
Sunday 20 July 2008
It's been two years since this LA quartet dropped their sunshine-drenched 'Sing Song' EP, with its flattering nods towards Big Star and the Byrds.
Sunday 25 May 2008
Dropped by 679 Recordings after poor sales of their second album, Mackem quartet the Futureheads came close to splitting up, but instead applied their work ethic, regrouped, and formed their own label for album number three.
Friday 23 May 2008
There's nothing new in pop acts deploying back-projected images to add a dimension to a live show, but, for her biggest London date so far, Leslie Feist extended the visual frontiers with an effect that was as beguiling as the music that has lifted her from indie obscurity to major mainstream success.
Monday 12 May 2008
The first record I bought was…
“CU when u get there” by Coolio. I’ve held my head up high, poor and righteous ever since, just like Coolio wanted.
The first gig I went to was…
Hear’Say. Birmingham NEC. Totally Rad.
My favourite album is…
Friday 09 May 2008
Naming your band after a Bonzo Dog song is risky, but Death Cab for Cutie's moniker hasn't hindered their progress, judging by the platinum sales of 2005's Plans. This follow-up is more experimental. There's still a fair complement of standard American indie-rock in songs like "No Sunlight", a catchy piece of stomp-pop that recalls their chums The Shins, and the opener "Bixby Canyon Bridge", which builds from a quiet thrumming of guitars to a vortex of sound.
Sunday 04 May 2008
They may come from Leeds, but Hadouken!, on the face of it, are the most Hoxtonite band imaginable: as much as the press release rubbishes the "new rave" and "grindie" tags, with their mix of early Nineties 'ardcore synth riffs and wound-up white-boy rapping over the top that's exactly what they are.
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- 1 Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Richard Dawkins says 'date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse' on Twitter
- 5 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below