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Thursday 23 February 2012
With each soaring, emotive note, Hayley Mary makes up for Australian rock’s long-standing lack of strong female singers. Despite her pixie dimensions, The Jezabels’ vocalist commands the stage with an easy authority. No wonder they have the confidence to play by their own rules.
Friday 10 February 2012
Their name's sideways nod to The Slits' Viv Albertine is just one of a welter of new-wave influences coursing through Alberteen's Metal Book.
Sunday 05 February 2012
Not a blues album, but an album borrowing heavily from the bank of blues tonality: minor keys, draggy tempos, undecorated structures, an implicit sense of what it is to be enslaved.
Thursday 15 December 2011
It has been called the best festive song never to top the singles chart.
Sunday 30 October 2011
Peter Hook, 55
Friday 19 August 2011
Hard-Fi's third album certainly talks a good fight, with tracks titled "Feels Good", "Excitement" and, of course, "Killer Sounds", which perhaps reveals their ambition to become the British equivalent of The Killers.
Sunday 03 April 2011
"She comes alive when she's dying", sings Alison Mosshart on "Damned if You Do", a spirit of last-gasp jubilance that infects the latest from the fashion-pack rockers, who skimmed the zeitgeist sometime back in 2005.
Monday 28 February 2011
Nicolas Cage stars as a vengeance-fuelled father pursuing the killers of his daughter and to save her kidnapped baby in Drive Angry, the new in-your-face shocker from the team behind My Bloody Valentine!
Sunday 30 January 2011
As a session guitarist who looks like the son of most of the acts he plays with (Peter Bruntnell, the Pretenders, the Pogues, the Pernice Brothers), it's hard not to notice Walbourne if you're lucky enough to have caught him live.
Friday 14 January 2011
The dial is not turned quite up to 11 at tonight's in-store show: epochal post-punk band they may be, but Wire are, still, in their fifties, and they trickle on to a bizarrely polite smattering of applause.
Sunday 07 November 2010
Thursday 04 November 2010
Intimate portraits of Mancunian band Joy Division on tour the year before their frontman Ian Curtis' tragic death are available to buy as collector's items for the first time.
Sunday 22 August 2010
Ah, the hubris of the early Noughties, when punk-funk revivalists were so confident the moment was theirs they didn't even bother having proper names.
Friday 18 June 2010
Friday 14 May 2010
"I think this is the best line-up I've ever had," Mark E Smith told me back in March before the release of The Fall's new album, Your Future Our Clutter, to generally rapturous accolades.
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