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Wednesday 08 June 2011
While Herman Dune have been going for over a decade, with a varying line-up, it was around their 2006 album, Giant, that they became favourites on the anti-folk scene. Their sweet, lovelorn, and often rather oddly rhymed lyrics (singer David-Ivar Herman Dune combining Swedish and French accents) bounced over jangly indie pop nicely. And with their new single getting a publicity boost from a video featuring Jon "Don Draper" Hamm befriending an adorable little blue yeti – only the latter, alas, is in attendance tonight – it seems mainstream success might just beckon.
Wednesday 25 May 2011
With his third album out soon, the rapper describes what he thinks makes his act so appealing to the public, and how he intends to stay at the top of his game.
Sunday 01 May 2011
New England's Merril Garbus has taken the anarchic homemade charm of her debut and made it more 3D.
Wednesday 13 April 2011
The dry ice, ominous synth and reverberating bass that is the prelude to Lykke Li’s stage entrance suggests that she has been taking notes from fellow Swede Fever Ray on ‘How to Spook An Audience’. However, she stops short of the stuffed bear's head approach of her contemporary and instead opts for a less disturbing and more flattering black kimono that gives the impression of Lykke Li as a trainee ninja.
Tuesday 15 March 2011
The popular folk singer Ibrahim Tatlises was shot in the head outside a TV studio, leaving him in a critical condition.
Thursday 03 March 2011
Tuesday 30 March 2010
Singer Ricky Martin has told his fans he is gay, describing himself as a "fortunate homosexual man".
Thursday 11 March 2010
Thursday 10 December 2009
Simmy Richman picks his favourite songs of 2009. Plus: nominate your favourite cultural moments of the year.
Tuesday 08 September 2009
In the select world of countertenors, there’s always one who sets the pace.
Sunday 23 August 2009
Virtuosity is not supposedto be rewarded in Englishfolk music, for the reasonthat virtuosity is a vanity.But thankfully thevirtuosity of Carter'sguitar playing does notobscure the carefulnarratives of his songs.
Friday 08 May 2009
A gay parade planned to coincide with the Eurovision Song Contest, hosted by the Russian capital, has been banned by Moscow because it will "destroy morals", a spokesman for the city's Mayor said.
Friday 20 March 2009
As I listen to Peter Bjorn and John soundcheck for their MBE performance this morning, I'm thinking about our fantastic showcase last night. The Boat People kicked it all off with a set of poppy songs, including my personal fave, "Born in the 80's", and charmed the entire room. Next up, were Oklahoma's Other Lives whose music can best be described as orchestral folk. It was packed by the point and the entire room was consumed by the music in the best way.
<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/the-life-bro-12.html">The Life Browser: No mumbo-jumbo</a>
Monday 20 October 2008
Don't you just hate those songs that ramble incessantly without really saying anything?
<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/mixtape-exactly.html">MixTape: Exactly what it says on the tin</a>
Friday 17 October 2008
In the "Caught in the net" article in today's paper, I mentioned this website, which is offering a free 20 song digital mixtape download. You choose your mixtape from 100 songs, all of which can heard on the site before any downloading is undertaken.
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