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Reviews


James Iha (2012)


Look to the Sky
Imaginative and delicately melodic second solo album from ex-Smashing guitarist, James Iha


Made Out of Babies (2008)


The Ruiner
Fine stoner rock on third album from New York-based group Made out of Babies, helped in no small part by the stunning vocal talents of singer Julie Christmas



My Jerusalem (2012)


Preachers
Melancholic, but atmospheric and haunting second album from Austin-based alternative rock act, My Jerusalam


Nadja (2008)


Skin Turns to Glass
Borderline mood-enhancing doomy shoegaze rock on meandering latest album from Toronto-based duo, Nadja



Winds (2008)


Prominence And Demise
Excellent third album from Norwegian group Winds, who merge metal with classical music to superb effect


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Interviews

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Charlatans
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Since forming in the late 80's the Charlatans have released nine studio albums. With a singles compilation 'Forever' being released at the end of the last year, Jonjo McNeill chats to front man Tim Burgess backstage at a gig in Newcastle to promote the new collection


Darren Hayman
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As he prepared for the release of 'Home Time', his 17th album, Darren Hayman speaks to Ben Howarth about his most personal album and his reflections on the end of his epic, award-winning 'Thankful Villages' project.


Distractions
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In what is our second interview with 80's new wave act the Distractions, Malcolm Carter chats to guitarist and songwriter Steve Perrin about their second album, 'The End of the Pier', which is being released 32 years after their debut record


Glissando
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John Clarkson speaks to Richard Knox and Elly May Irving from Leeds-based post-rock group Glissando at a gig in Edinburgh about how the end of their relationship inspired and gave them the focus they needed, after years of unsuccessful recording, to record their band's debut album


Immortal Lee County Killers
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Alabama punk blues duo the Immortal County Lee Killers have just released their second album 'Love is a Charm of Powerful Trouble'. Anthony Dhanendran meets with them at the end of the British leg of their first European tour to talk about it


Jack
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Jack frontman and lyricist Anthony Reynolds talks to John Clarkson about literature, record deals and the band's first album in almost four years, 'The End of the Way It's Always Been'


Lynne Hanson
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Canadian singer-songwriter Lynne Hanson at the end of a difficult British tour talks to Owen Peters about her recent solo album, 'River of Sand'


Malcolm Middleton/Arab Strap
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Former Arab Strab guitarist Malcolm Middleton is just about to release his third solo album, 'A Brighter Beat'. He speaks to John Clarkson about the break-up of Arab Strap at the end of last year and about the new solo record.


Rachel Goswell
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In the second part our interview with Slowdive and Mojave 3's Rachel Goswell, she talks to Anthony Strutt about the end of Slowdive and new beginnings with Mojave 3


National
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One of the most acclaimed of the indie scene, the National return at the end of May with their fourth album, 'The Boxer'. Guitarist Aaron Dessner talks to Ben Howarth about the band's development over the last five years and why the new album is a step up for them


Paul Draper
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After more than a decade working behind the scenes in the music industry, Mansun frontman Paul Draper has stepped back into the light with his debut album 'Spooky Action'. He speaks to Denzil Watson about the enduring love for Mansun as a cult act, being older and wiser, and the end of his old band.


Relict
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The project of former Clientele member Innes Phillips, the Relict released their long-awaited debut album, 'Tomorrow is Again' at the end of last year. Tommy Gunnarsson chats to him about his band's first few years


Servants of Science
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Dave Goodwin talks to Stuart Avis, the keyboardist and main songwriter in new Brighton-based band Servants of Science, about his band's debut album 'The Swan Song', which is a concept record about an astronaut witnessing the end of the world from outer space.


Freeheat
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Ex Jesus and Mary Chain members Jim Reid and Ben Lurie formed a new band Freeheat at the end of 1999. In an exclusive interview with Olga Sladeckova, they talk about their much delayed debut Ep "Retox' , touring and their first two years.


Willard Grant Conspiracy
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Profiles

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DVD-Arctic Monkeys
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Jon Rogers examines the remarkable history behind Nico's 1974 fourth album album 'The End', which about to be re-released was recorded in tribute to her late lover the Doors' Jim Morrison and also was inspired in part by the notorious German terrorist group, the Baader-Meinhof gang


Live

Emmy the Great
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Laura Holt watches Emmy the Great play an entrancing set of lyrical-based anti-folk pop at a homecoming gig at the end of a short tour at the London ICA


Gary Numan
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Dave Goodwin at the Forum in London watches Gary Numan at the end of a three night residency play all of his 1980 album 'Telekon' and perform an astounding set which Numan has said is probably the best gig of his career


iLiKETRAiNS
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At a homecoming gig at the end of a troubled European tour, Helen Tipping watches melancholic post-rockers iLiKETRAiNs play an intense and at points surprising set at the Leeds Brudenell Social Club


James
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Dave Goodwin enjoys a mesmerising performance at the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall from James as they tour their latest album, 'Girl at the End of the World'


James Yorkston
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At the end of what was a particulary bad day for him, Emma Dawson watches James Yorkston play against the odds stunning solo set at the Manchester Night and Day Cafe


Joe Gideon and the Shark
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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


Kaaboo
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L Paul Mann surveys the end-of-summer scene at the opening day of the musically diverse KAABOO music festival in California.


Photoscapes
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Primal Scream
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Sex Pistols
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At the end of a summer of playing festivals, Anthony Middleton finds that the reformed Sex Pistols thirty years on still having a lot to offer at a one-off gig at the Hammersmith Apollo in London


Young Rebel Set
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At the end of a hard week at work , Dixton Ernill at the Moho in Manchester has his energy replenished by an impressive set of skiffle pop from Stockton-on-Tess seven piece, the Young Rebel Set


Albums

A Place to Bury Strangers
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Anthony Strutt examines the eponymous debut album of the self-proclaimed loudest band in New York, A Place to Bury Strangers, which he missed out on when it was released at the end of last year


Pulp
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In the latest in our 'Re : View' series, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, new writer Sophie Hall examines Pulp's 1998 ultimate hangover album 'This is Hardcore', which spelled the end of Britpop


Condemned to Rock 'n' Roll
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With the London Electronic Dance Festival due to take place at the end of August, Ben Howarth, in his regular 'Condemned to Rock 'n' Roll' column, asks what the future holds for dance music







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