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Pennyblackmusic : '20 Years of Pennyblackmusic' Documentary - Profiles
Filmmaker and former Pennyblackmusic writer Sarah Rowland writes about her new film documentary about this site, '20 Years of Pennyblackmusic', which has been released to coincide with our recent twentieth anniversary.

Ani DiFranco : Union Chapel, London, 10/1/2012 - Live Reviews
Sarah Johnson watches American singer-songwriter and feminist Ani DiFranco play an energetic and immensely enjoyable set at the Union Chapel in London

Profile : Marvin Gaye - Profiles
Sarah Johnson examines the 40th anniversary box set of Marvin Gaye's 1971 classic 'What's Going On' album

Broken Social Scene : HMV Forum, London, 30/6/2010 - Live Reviews
In an evening that involved show-stealing audience participation, Sarah Johnson at the HMV Forum in London watches Canadian group Broken Social Scene play an extensive and riveting set of indie rock

Comment : Evo Music Rooms Recording for Channel 4 - Profiles
Sarah Johnsos is in the audience for the making of the first programme in new Channel 4 music proramme, 'Evo Music Room'

Jay-Z : The Blueprint - Favourite Album Reviews
In our 'Re:View' section in which writers look back at albums from the past, Sarah Johnson reflects on Jay-Z's 2001 rap breakthrough album, 'The Blueprint'

Soundtrack of Our Lives : Alanis Morissette and 'Jagged Little Pill' - Features
In our regular 'Soundtrack of Our Lives' column, in which our writers describe about the personal impact of music in their lives, Sarah Johnson writes about discovering Alanis Morissette as a 12 year old shortly after its release in 1995 and its continued effect on her

Akron/Family : ICA, London, 20/5/2009 - Live Reviews
Despite having recently lost founder member Ryan Vanderhoof and now being reduced to a three piece, Sarah Johnson at the London ICA finds New York experimental folk act Akron/Family having lost none of their spontaneity, but also having an increased tightness

Akron/Family : Interview - Interviews
New York-based experimental folk act Akron Family have recently seen the departure of a founding member and also left their label, Young God. Multi-instrumentalist Seth Olinsky speaks to Sarah Johnson about these changes, which are reflected on the band's new 'Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free' album

Profile : Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Profiles
Sarah Johnson looks back upon and assessses the history to date of New York punk trio, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who have just released their third album, 'It's Blitz'

Joe Gideon and the Shark : Borderline, London, 26/3/2009 - Live Reviews
At a homecoming gig at the Borderline in London at the end of a British tour to promote their debut album 'Harum Scarum', Sarah Johnson watches sibling duo Joe Gideon and the Shark completely amaze their audience with their unique brand of alternative rock

Joe Gideon and the Shark : Interview - Interviews
Sarah Johnson speaks to Joe Gideon from London-based duo and former Pennyblackmusic Bands Night band Joe Gideon and the Shark about his group's long awaited debut album, 'Harum Scarum'

Rose Kemp : Interview - Interviews
In a second interview with Pennyblackmusic, Bristol-based singer-songwriter Rose Kemp Rose Kemp speaks to Sarah Johnson about her just released third album, 'Unholy Majesty', which has come out on One Little Indian, and the procs and cons of being a professional musician in internet culture

Lix Phair : Exile in Guyville - Favourite Album Reviews
In our Re : View series, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Sarah Johnson examines Liz Phair's emotive 1993 debut album, 'Exile in Guyville', which has recently been re-issued with extra tracks and a documentary DVD

Lovebox Weekender : Victoria Park, London, 20/7/2008 - Live Reviews
On the second day of the Lovebox Weekender festival at Victoria Park in London, Sarah Johnson enjoys visually spectacular sets from both Goldfrapp and, in their only British show of the year, the Flaming Lips

Silver Jews and Monotonix : ULU, London, 29/5/2008 - Live Reviews
At the London ULU, Sarah Johnson sees Nashville alt. country act the Silver Jews play an electric set, but nevertheless finding themselves being overshadowed by their support, beer-spraying Israelite trio Monotonix

Shortwave Set : Soho Revue Bar, London, 15/4/2008 - Live Reviews
At a showcase gig to promote their second album, 'Replica Sun Machine', Sarah Johnson watches distinctive electronic folk trio the Shortwave Set, despite their stage show involving some very complex-looking technology, play a flawless set

Gary Numan and the Tubeway Army : Replicas - Favourite Album Reviews
In the latest in our Re : View series, in which our writers examine albums from the past, Sarah Johnson looks at Gary Numan and the Tubeway Army' seminal electronic masterpiece, 'Replicas', which has has just been re-released in a double CD 30th anniversary edition

Ruby Suns : Interview - Interviews
The Ruby Suns were started in a basement studio in Auckland and make indie pop with a big sound and involving strings and brass. Sarah Johnson speaks to frontman Ryan McPhun about the group's fluctuating line-up and 'Sea Lion', its just released second album

Friends : Interview - Interviews
In our third interview with them, Sarah Johnson speaks to William Jones from durable indie pop group Friends about the band's just released ninth album, 'Spangleland', and recent return to live work after an absence of nearly 15 years

Ida Maria : Interview - Interviews
Swedish singer-songwriter Ida Maria has attracting rave reviews from the music press. Sarah Johnson speaks to her about her debut single 'Oh My God', growing up in the remote and isolated town of Nesna and her explosive live shows which recently resulted in her breaking a rib on stage

Soundtrack of Our Lives : Divorce and Snow Patrol - Features
In the latest in our 'Soundtrack to Our Lives' series, in which our writers write about the personal impact of music in their lives, Sarah Johnston tells of listening to Snow Patrol at the time of her parents' seperation and marriage break-up

Akron/family : Interview - Interviews
One of the rising bands of the alt. folk scene, Akron/family have recently released their fourth album, 'Love is Simple', on Michael Gira's Young God label to much acclaim. Sarah Johnson speaks to band members Ryan Vanderhoof and Seth Olinsky about it

Mogwai : Interview - Interviews
Post rockers Mogwai are currently working on their sixth album which will be released next year. Sarah Johnson speaks to the group's leader Stuart Braithwaite about it and the group's strong Glaswegian roots

Rose Kemp : Interview - Interviews
Carlisle-born singer Rose Kemp has recently released her third album through One Little Indian. Sarah Johnson speaks to her outside a gig at the Brixton Windmill and they witness a robbery

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