Shepherds Bush Empire
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Wednesday 07 May 2008
Sunday 20 April 2008
Tuesday 25 March 2008
Thursday 20 March 2008
Friday 14 March 2008
The Cure are packing them in on the Continent, Bauhaus have just released a new album – and promptly split up again – and The Cult have been trying to sell us sanctuary again. So it's no surprise to see Siouxsie, the original grande dame of post-punk with the Banshees, playing a sell-out concert in the capital at the end of a British tour to promote Mantaray, the full-length solo debut album she released last autumn.
Thursday 13 March 2008
Here to preview their second album, Red, the band named after an obscure sea bird continue to beguile and baffle in equal measure. While it is birds of a feather that normally flock together, this more motley bunch find it hard to gel.
Wednesday 12 March 2008
You could form one hell of a supergroup with the musicians queuing to see the premiere performance of Odessey and Oracle, the wonderful, pastoral album The Zombies released 40 years ago. Paul Weller is in attendance, as are Robyn Hitchcock, Gary Lightbody, and Sid Griffin, the American musician-turned-journalist and broadcaster.
Friday 07 March 2008
The first record I bought was…
The Wurzels’ “Combine Harvester” from Natland Village Hall jumble sale, in Kendal. Strange how fate works as British Sea Power had a lovely tug of war behind Shepherds Bush Empire with The Wurzels a few years later.
Thursday 28 February 2008
If their record sales ever dry up, We Are Scientists could always forge a second career as a comedy troupe. BBC3 would probably give them a show in a second, for while their guitar hooks may be catchy as hell, they can also riff between songs – on subjects as diverse as Billy Joel's sunglasses and the O2/iPhone exclusivity deal.
Wednesday 20 February 2008
Dizzee Rascal's struggle to stretch out and show his full creative range, without snapping the bond to his roots, will define how he is remembered. His Mercury-winning debut, Boy in Da Corner (2003), remains UK hip-hop's pinnacle, and his career already dwarfs every other British rapper's. But Dizzee's move from a Bow council estate to an English country home, and the presence of Alex Turner and Lily Allen on last year's Maths + English, shows the bigger picture he has always understood. "World Outside" opened that album, repeating the assertion of Showtime (2004) that pride in the "ghetto" background he carries inside him would not stop him rising from it.
Wednesday 06 February 2008
Wednesday 30 January 2008
Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're going to get. Thus far in her career, the Atlanta-born singer-songwriter's performances have been more strawberry cream than truffle delight, known for her fits of crying, forgetfulness and stage fright. She's been responsible for some of the most terrible concerts of the past decade. But something has changed. The 36-year-old is now a bona-fide mainstream success, not just as a singer, but as an actress (in Wong Kar- Wai's My Blueberry Nights) and an improbable fashion muse to Karl Lagerfeld.
Wednesday 02 February 2005
Wednesday 11 February 2004
Tuesday 16 December 2003
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign