Former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins, who was handed a 35-year sentence for a string of child sex offences, has lodged an application for permission to appeal the length of his sentence.
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Saturday 16 June 2012
The Hives' fifth album has been five years in the making. It's the time it takes to make a classic, the natty rockers tell Gillian Orr
Tuesday 12 June 2012
Having made her name following a Sandy Denny tribute concert in 2008, Mary Epworth spent four years revitalising the kind of psychedelic pop singer the late 60s created so well. The resulting feral stomp of ‘Black Doe’ was play-listed at 6 Music and Radio 2 and introduced a fiery raw talent.
Saturday 09 June 2012
There's a drive and urgency about Maxïmo Park's The National Health that perfectly matches frontman Paul Smith's dominant lyrical theme, of taking arms against a sea of troubles in order to forge a better life for yourself.
Monday 04 June 2012
Now in its sixth year, East London’s Field Day festival has built its reputation on being one the best places to encounter brand new talent before it hits the mainstream.
Sunday 03 June 2012
The Scotland coach, Andy Robinson, has freshened uphis team for Tuesday's Test against Australia. The prop Ryan Grant will make his debut and the 21-year-old centre Matt Scott will start for the first time. The hooker Ross Ford will lead the side.
Sunday 27 May 2012
Soul Jazz continues its unending commitment to the recesses of CS Dodd's back catalogue.
Saturday 19 May 2012
Following the news about punk singer Tom Gabel, Matilda Battersby hears about the pressures faced by musicians who dare to cross the gender divide
Friday 11 May 2012
Shaun Ryder’s voice cuts sharply through the mix, every syllable landing cleanly. It’s as unexpected as the sight of a man who has spent most of his 49 years caning it, with a consistency which would put William Burroughs to shame.
Monday 07 May 2012
Many of today's female singers simper about boys and clothes, says Gillian Orr. Thank goodness the original rebel-rousers are back
Sunday 06 May 2012
The press notes describe this baroque, Scandi girl band as purveyors of "fairground burlesque" and, accordingly, this first UK release is an aural Waltzer, exhilarating and nauseous.
Sunday 08 April 2012
This New York-based trio's name has always irritated because it fails to convey how musically eclectic they are.
Wednesday 04 April 2012
Having gained overdue reward in the Champion Hurdle last month, one of the most respected veterans on the circuit has now been given the chance to complete his fulfilment in the John Smith's Grand National itself. If Noel Fehily happens to win on State Of Play at Aintree on Saturday week, however, it would be no less a triumph of patience for the owners and trainer of his mount.
Sunday 01 April 2012
Received wisdom suggests this urban-ish popster is the first "credible" signing to Cowell's Syco label, in so much as he's emerged organically via initial success as a writer/producer.
Saturday 31 March 2012
Cancellation of music festival leaves owner struggling to pay for essential repair work
Saturday 31 March 2012
Photographer Simon Barker was there to capture it. Michael Bracewell opens his archive.
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