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Paris Motel : Interview - Interviews
Art rockers Paris Motel play songs about Vita Sackville-West and bisexual Elizabethean female pirates. Emma Haigh chats to front woman and violinist Amy May about songwriting, her group's first 18 months and their self-released first two EPs

Listen With Sarah : Interview with Sarah Nelson - Interviews
One of the last artists to attract the attention of the late John Peel, Sarah Nelson makes music using just her computer. Emma Haigh talks to her about her self-released debut album on her own label 'Are You Sitting Comfortably ?"

Ruth Minnikin : Interview - Interviews
Former Guthries star Ruth Minnikin has just self-released her debut album, 'Marooned and Blue'. She talks to Emma Haigh about it, and why she intends to remain totally independent

Re : view-Magnetic Fields : 69 Love Songs - Favourite Album Reviews
Running to three volumes, '69 Love Songs' is the Magnetic Fields masterwork. Emma Haigh says that "nowhere in the history of pop does an album come so close to capturing love’s jaundiced oversights, alienating highs and grateful awe"

Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players : Water Rats, London, 8/7/2004 - Live Reviews
The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players are an art-rock pop band who take old sets of slides from the 50's, 60's and 70's and evocatively set them to music. Emma Haigh watches them reach with dignified humour "a depth that few others could manage"

Nemo : Buffalo Bar, London, 24/7/2004 - Live Reviews
Nemo share a love for the likes of Joy Division, Television, Human League and Talking Heads. Back after an enforced break because of line-up changes, Emma Haigh watches them play a compelling set in the London Buffalo Bar

Jesse Malin : Interview - Interviews
Much acclaimed singer-songwriter Jesse Malin recently returned with his second album, 'The Heat'. He speaks to Emma Haigh about how he has avoided the pitfalls of making the same album twice

Broken Family Band : Interview with Steven J Adams - Interviews
Since forming three years ago, British alt. country band the Broken Family Band have met with increasing acclaim and attention. Frontman Steven J Adams talks to Emma Haigh about the group's rapid rise and their new album, 'Jesus Songs'

Mum : Old Vic, London, 25/4/2004 - Live Reviews
Icelanders Mum are often seen to be enigmatic. At a show in the intimate surroundings of the London Old Vic, Emma Haigh watches them dispel with some myths and also create a few more

Black Dice : Spitz, London, 31/3/2004 - Live Reviews
New York ensemble and Fat Cat signings Black Dice recently toured Britain with their experimental music. Emma Haigh is enthralled by a show that is both "spontaneously individual, and strangely conversant between it’s three performers" at the London Spit

Magic Numbers : Water Rat's London, 16/3/2004 - Live Reviews
The "shyly raucous" Magic Numbers' tally of live performances has yet to enter into double figures, but already have a stage presence. After a London Water Rat's show, Emma Haigh leaves with her "mind swirling and speaking in colours"

Fiction and Vinyl : Water Rat's, London, 19/3/2004 - Live Reviews
Femme-led Brit Rockers Fiction and Dublin garage rockers Vinyl have been plodding around the music circuit for a few years. At a show at the London Water Rat's, Emma Haigh is struck by just far suddenly they have both come

Phantom Planet : Water Rats, London, 26/3/2004 - Live Reviews
At the excellent finale to a European tour, new Pennyblackmusic writer Emma Haigh finds edgy LA 5-piece Phantom Planet's blend of garage rock both gritty and polished

Izzys : Profile - Features
The Izzys have been dubbed The Next Big Thing, and have been likened to the Stones. Emma Haigh found little appealing in their debut album on first listening, but believes now on further hearings that there is more to it than initally meets the ear

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