Less than two years ago, the Manic Street Preachers played the 20,000-capacity O2 Arena. Now, they play to a tenth of that audience size, the intimacy of this west London venue - and others on this tour - ideal for their new, 11th studio album, Rewind the Film, which revolves around gentle acoustic modes. It seems that in their middle age the Welsh band are embracing subtlety (musically, at least).
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Friday 26 November 2010
"You can shout abuse if you want," offers Cherry Ghost's Simon Aldred. "It's kind of what we're used to." Predictably, his 2008 Ivor Novello Best Contemporary Song award has not gone to the head of a man who looks ready to flinch reflectively from praise. The self-deprecation keeps coming: on learning that the audience for this intimate showcase gig are competition-winners, he sympathises: "And we're the prize!"
Last Night's TV - Getting On, BBC4; Harry and Paul, BBC2: The Secret Life of the National Grid, BBC4
Wednesday 27 October 2010
Sunday 10 October 2010
Thursday 07 October 2010
His 1959 debut might have been called Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will Travel, but the legendary Duane Eddy hadn't graced a British stage since a tour with the Everly Brothers in 1991. All dressed in black, including an immovable Stetson, and playing his beautiful Gretsch signature guitar, Eddy rolled back the years from the off with "Detour" and his debut hit, "Moovin'N'Groovin". Backed by Richard Hawley's excellent band and a very adept saxophone player, he re-created his run of instrumental hits that are so evocative of the late Fifties and early Sixties. Eddy and his co-writer and producer, the late Lee Hazlewood, had a way with a title – cue "Cannonball" and the even snappier "Yep!" and "Shazam!" – and moved the guitar on from Les Paul's clean sound to a meaner, leaner rock'n'roll style.
Tuesday 14 September 2010
Friday 20 August 2010
With support from Jack White and Bryan Ferry, Smoke Fairies are no ordinary folk-oriented outfit. Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies met as part of a school choir in rural Sussex, gaining further inspiration from their parents' Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young records and a desire to get the hell out of Chichester.
Sunday 04 July 2010
Gentle melancholia as tied to its place of origin (Manchester) as Richard Hawley's is to Sheffield.
Friday 11 June 2010
A trio of guitar greats - Jimmy Page, Duane Eddy and Richard Thompson - were honoured tonight for their inspirational contribution at a major music awards event.
Tuesday 04 May 2010
Chart stars Florence And The Machine lead the field for music awards bash the Mojo Honours this year after being shortlisted for four gongs, it was announced today.
Tuesday 04 May 2010
Richard Hawley's affinity for the sea has long been evident, through songs such as "The Ocean" and "The Sea Calls", so this slim portfolio of maritime pieces is no great surprise.
Saturday 24 April 2010
Capturing America: Mark Lawson's History of Modern American Literature, Radio 4 <br/>The Ocean, Radio 2
Sunday 14 February 2010
On the agenda: Tiger, tiger, burning bright – and it's coming right for us! Plus, lessons in carving turkey
Sunday 29 November 2009
Whether you like to see a master at work or watch an auteur in the making, Rolex's biennial Mentor and Protégé programme will catch the eye. Six virtuosos, from visual artist Rebecca Horn to author AS Byatt, each take an up-and-coming talent under their wing for a year, and will be discussing their experience at various venues around the capital.
Sunday 11 October 2009
Friday 24 July 2009
There's plenty to admire on this follow-up to 2007's The State Of Things, not least Jon McClure's swashbuckling political commentaries, which state much the same things as before, but with added panache.
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
- 2 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 3 US? China? India? The 10 biggest economies in 2030 will be...
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes