In his first British interview songwriter David Mosey speaks to John Clarkson about his band London Plane's debut album 'New York Howl', which takes it inspiration from a diary from a young woman who had moved to New York in the 70's and that he found amongst a pile of garbage on a sidewalk.
Nick Halliwell found that there was only one way he could vent his anger over the European referendum result - make a new album with his group, The Granite Shore. He tells Malcolm Carter about the influences behind this album, in particular his love of that most European of pop bands, Abba.
Lou Reed's Berlin
Dismissed as a failure upon its release in 1973, Lou Reed did not perform his masterwork 'Berlin' album for 33 years. Sophie Hall examines Julian Schnabel's compelling new concert documentary which found Reed at St Anns' Warehouse in Brooklyn triumphantly performing 'Berlin' for the first time
Union Chapel, London, 20/8/2009
Chris O'Toole finds former Smog star, Bill Callahan, despite a new found buoyancy, aloof and rigid with his audience at a show at the Union Chapel in London
Oran Mor, Glasgow, 17/6/2008
After a difficult year in which two of its principal members quit, John Clarkson at Oran Mor in Glasgow watches the new line-up of previously melancholic London-based blues/country rockers Hey Negrita play a blistering set fused with a new found spirit of optimism
Babylon, Ottawa, 2/3/2006
Giant Sand frontman Howe Gelb's recent new solo album has found him working with an Ottawa gospel choir Voices of Praise. Andrew Carver watches him reunite with them for a compelling performance with them at the Ottawa Babylon
Experimental Pop Band
Summerseat, Bury, 19/5/2006
Pennyblackmusic writer Dixie Ernill is putting on his own gig in Bury near Manchester with Bristol indiepop group, Experimental Pop Band. More details can be found here
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah with the Hi Lo
Zaphod's, Ottawa, 4/9/2005
After glowing reviews on the internet Clap Your Hands Say Yeah found themselves playing their first international tour still without a record deal. Andrew Carver finds the art rockers more than living up to the hype
Elliot Brood and the John Henrys
Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ottawa, 15/8/2004
The John Henry's play California country rock of the highest calibre, while the ultra-dark Elliot Brood have found themselves labelled under the"metal folk" tag. With little in common , Andrew Carver watches them play strong sets on the same Ottawa bill
Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 5/10/2003
The Waterboys' recent tour has found them playing shows of two halves that consist of both an acoustic and an electric set. In their 21st year, long-term fan John Clarkson finds them never more "complete"
London Shepherd's Bush Empire, 31/1/2003
The Delgados' recent tour found them with nine musicians on stage. Olga Sladeckova at a show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire, however, concludes that less is often better than more
London Spitz, 6/10/2002
Rothko's recent London show found Mark Beazley, the group's only permanent member, accompanied on stage by Michael Donnelly from Delicate AWOL. Olga Sladeckova watches them both on bass guitar play a set of "dreamy" beauty
Manchester Apollo, 27th May 2001
Arriving in Manchester early enough to find the Apollo, I found myself wandering around the city centre none the wiser. Following the general drift of punk mad youngsters, I eventually turned up outside the Apollo, where an anticipant crowd was waiting.
Sno Angel Like You
Keith How examines Giant Sand front man Howe Gelb's solo album 'Sno Angel Like You' which found him working with a Canadian Gospel choir and finds it standing the test of time
Bandcamp Explorer - Feb 2021
This month's Bandcamp Explorer column is an ode to the compilation album, with six great examples to be found on Bandcamp. Let Mark Rowland be your guide.
In our 'Ticket Rewind' series, in which our writers reflect on their old gig tickets and their stories, Nicky Crewe wonders when is a ticket not a ticket now we have the ticketless gig and shares memories of a significant paper ticket found as a bookmark.
Experimental Pop Band/Davy Woodward
Summerseat, Bury, 20/3/2009
Pennyblackmusic writer Dixie Ernill is putting on for the second time his own gig in Bury near Manchester with Bristol indiepop group, Experimental Pop Band. More details for what promises to be a truly great night can be found here
New Found Glory
Katie Anderson photographs hard working Californian-based punk pop five-piece New Found Glory at a date at the Southampton Guildhall on their latest British tour
Soundtrack of Our Lives
Cat Power and the Perfect Wedding Day
After attending his cousin's wedding this summer, new Pennyblackmusic writer Andrew Hare imagines dancing at his own wedding with his new wife to Cat Power's 'I Found a Reason'
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
Pennyblackmusic Bands Night
The third Pennyblackmusic Bands Night will take place at the Spitz in London on August 2nd. There will be four great acts-Lupine Howl, Bikini Atoll, the Lazarus Effect and Ashby -and it all costs £7. Further details can be found here