Tonight we have come expecting the casual, ramshackle charm and strangely whimsical grace of Babyshambles circa 2009 and Grace/Wastelands but the band’s new album, Sequel to the Prequel seems almost unnaturally controlled and surprisingly vibrant.
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Tuesday 03 September 2013
See the AIM Independent Music Awards winners in full (below)
Friday 19 July 2013
Bruce Springsteen and I don't know each other. We've never met. There are no Rolling Stone or NME-style backstage stories for me to recount about chats over beers after a gig — let alone memories of dancing onstage amid the E Street Band. And as a middle-class Brit who can't drive, I'm hardly the natural audience for an American singing about underemployed labourers driving '69 Chevies out west in search of work. Yet had I been one of the lucky fans asked about their relationship with The Boss for a new documentary released on Monday, that wouldn't have been a problem.
Friday 17 May 2013
Kate Nash will play next month
Friday 11 January 2013
Crowd surfing continues with the band off-stage, a topless girl balances on a mate's shoulders and the bouncers look panicked. This year’s hotly tipped saviours of guitar rock take all this in their stride, at least until a chaotic finale, suggesting either they learn fast or this is typical of their gigs.
Thursday 06 December 2012
Wednesday 18 July 2012
Singer Pete Doherty has reportedly been asked to leave a rehabilitation facility in Thailand for disrupting the treatment of other patients.
Monday 07 May 2012
Former Libertines frontman is auctioning his paintings and collected curiosities
Wednesday 11 April 2012
Libertines star Pete Doherty said he has “a long way to go” before he gets off drugs but is planning to enter rehab later this month. .
Friday 17 February 2012
As the former Libertine prepares his UK debut as an artist, he talks frankly and exclusively to Matilda Battersby about Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse, his baby daughter and why he paints with his own blood
Saturday 16 July 2011
My parents were... two very different peas in a pod, I'm not sure quite how they ever ended up with each other. I love them dearly.
Sunday 10 July 2011
I suppose it's one way of seeing whether short prison sentences work: the singer Pete Doherty was released on Wednesday after serving less than two months of a six-month sentence for possession of cocaine. It was his third spell in jail, and the judge who sentenced him remarked on his "appalling record", which includes at least 13 previous court appearances. Doherty has been arrested many times for drug and driving offences, and he could face another prison sentence after allegedly breaking into a record shop in Germany in March.
Thursday 23 June 2011
Ex-Libertines singer Carl Barat takes you behind the scenes.
Friday 13 May 2011
The mother of an actor who plunged to his death from a balcony following a row with the singer Pete Doherty and his friends has accused the police of a cover-up.
Monday 11 April 2011
Thursday 07 April 2011
Carl Barât's talent has often been superseded by his fame. His combustible relationship with the ever-newsworthy Pete Doherty is well-documented, and rumours continue to swirl about a possible Libertines reunion. Yet in the midst of the headlines, Barât has formed one half of the last decade's most memorable songwriting partnerships and fronted two of its more popular indie bands. Now, standing centre stage at Koko, the limelight shines solely on him, but what's unclear is how happy he is to embrace it alone.
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