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James


Interviews


Interview (2018)

James - Interview

With their fifteenth album ‘Living In Extraordinary Times’ heading for the Top 5 of the Album Charts, James multi-instrumentalist Saul Davies discusses with Richard Lewis the making of the new LP, not becoming a nostalgia act and what lies ahead for the group.


Live

King George's Hall, Blackburn, 19/5/2018

James - King George's Hall, Blackburn, 19/5/2018

Dixie Ernill at King George's Hall in Blackburn is impressed by James' live set nearly three decades after he last saw them perform a gig.


Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 6/12/2016

James - Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 6/12/2016

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'


Arena Manchester, 13/5/2016

James - Arena Manchester, 13/5/2016

Billy Seagrave watches James come home at the Manchester Arena for a night of love and passion in their own style


Royal Albert Hall, London, 19/11/2014

James - Royal Albert Hall, London, 19/11/2014

Owen Peters watches James play a frenzied but enthralling set at the Royal Albert Hall in London


Reviews


La Petite Mort (2014)


Memorable latest album from 90's chart-toppers James, which was inspired in part by the deaths of singer Tim Booth's mother and best friend


The Night Before (2010)


Energetic and fresh-sounding new mini-album from reformed stadium rockers, James


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Interviews

Interview Mad Professor - Interview

Adrian James chats to acclaimed dub produce/remixer Mad Professor about his long career and work on Xan Tyler's new album 'Clarion Call'.


Interview Lammergeiers - Interview

Last Harbour and Anna Kashfi's James Youngjohns speaks to John Clarkson about his new project Lammergeiers and their debut album, 'And I Will Wake the Dawn Itself'.


Elevator Mood
Interview Elevator Mood - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to Primevals frontman Michael Rooney and former Jolt bassist James Doak about their new project The Elevator Mood and its critically acclaimed eponymous debut album.


James Williamson
Interview James Williamson - Interview

Former Stooges guitarist James Williamson speaks to Lisa Torem about several new projects that he is presently involved in, including a remake of 1960s girl-group classic, ‘Leader of The Pack’.


Band Of Holy Joy
Interview Band Of Holy Joy - Interview

In our fifth interview with them, John Clarkson talks to Johny Brown, Inga Tillere and James Stephen Finn from London-based alternative/indie rock band the Band of Holy Joy about their remarkable latest album, ‘Neon Primitives’.


James Holt
Interview James Holt - Interview

Shirley Procter talks to rising Bolton-based singer-songwriter James Holt at a gig in Manchester about his new EP, his influences, appearing on TV and his plans for the future.


Pony Collaboration
Interview Pony Collaboration - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to Cambridge/London-based indie pop group the Pony Collaboration's vocalist and guitarist James Scallan about his band's recent return and their first album in nine years, ‘Everything Was Ages Ago'.


James McCartney
Interview James McCartney - Interview

Lisa Torem catches up with British singer/songwriter James McCartney during his second US tour in which he is promoting his second studio album 'The Blackberry Train'


Kanadia
Interview Kanadia - Interview

Owen Peters talks to James Bettis, the vocalist and guitarist in new Oxfordshire alternative rock band Kanadia, about their recent self-titled EP and forthcoming debut album


Band Of Holy Joy
Interview Band Of Holy Joy - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to Johny Brown, Inga Tillere and James Stephen Finn from London-based alternative rock band the Band of Holy Joy about the making of their band's latest album, 'The Land of Holy Joy'.


Land Observations
Interview Land Observations - Interview

Anthony Strutt chats to former Appliance guitarist James Brooks about his latest project, instrumental solo act Land Observations, and its second album, 'The Grand Tour'


James Walsh
Interview James Walsh - Interview

Anthony Strutt speaks to Starsailor front man James Walsh about his solo debut album, 'Turning Point'


Gene
Interview Gene - Interview

Anthony Strutt chats to former Gene drummer Matt James about the 90's alternative rock band, who have just all of their albums reissued on double CDs


Oliver McKiernan
Interview Oliver McKiernan - Interview

Lisa Torem chats to James McCartney bassist Oliver McKiernan about his forthcoming album 'Oliver Radio', which he is funding through PledgeMusic


Dark Dark Horse
Interview Dark Dark Horse - Interview

Dave Goodwin speaks to ex-Kyte and current Maybeshewill member Jamie Ward and Kids in Cars singer James Stafford about their Leicestershire-based electronica duo Dark Dark Horse and 'Centuries', its debut album


Thomas Newman
Interview Thomas Newman - Interview

Mark Rowland chats to American film composer Thomas Newman about his soundtrack for the new James Bond film, 'Skyfall'


Galtres Festival
Interview with James Houston Miscellaneous - Interview with James Houston

Spencer Robertshaw talks to James Houston, the organiser of North Yorkshire festival Galtres, which is now in its eighth year, about his extraordinary festival and its links with charity


Oliver McKiernan
Interview

London-based musician Oliver McKiernan, who is the bassist with James McCartney's backing group, and a composer in his own right, talks with Lisa Torem about the band's first North American tour


Twilight Sad
Interview Twilight Sad - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to James Graham from brooding Scottish rock band the Twlight Sad about his band's post-punk influenced third album, No One Can Ever Know’


Brian Ray
Interview Brian Ray - Interview

Brian Ray is both Paul McCartney's current guitarist and was also for fourteen years Etta James's musical director. He speaks to Lisa Torem about playing with McCartney and James, and also his long solo career and recent album, 'This Way Up'


Profiles

Big Feastival
Profile Miscellaneous - Profile

Nick Dent-Robinson profiles this year's Big Feastival, which run by Alex James, the bassist with Blur, is taking place between the 23rd and 25th August in his native Oxfordshire.


ELF
Profile ELF - Profile

Erick Mertz examines the legacy of blues rock act Elf, the early band of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio's Ronnie James Dio, whose 1974 second album 'Carolina County Ball'and 1975 third album 'Trying to Burn the Sun' have both been reissued by Cherry Red


Bayou Maharajah
Film Miscellaneous - Film

Jamie Rowland findS impressive 'Bayou Maharajah', a new bio-documentary about the tragic life of brilliantly talented bot overlooked one-eyed blues pianist and drug addict, James Booker


James Chance And The Contortions
Profile James Chance And The Contortions - Profile

Adrian Janes examines the early career of New York 'No Wave' musician nad sxaphonist James Chance, and his first two albums, the first 'Buy' with the Contortions, and the second 'Off White' as James White and the Blacks , both of which are about to be reissued with extra tracks


Profile-Anatomy of a Label
ECR Music Group Miscellaneous - ECR Music Group

Lisa Torem attends a launch party in New York for ECR Music Group, which run by musician/producer Blake Morgan, also includes on its roster Janita, David Cloyd, James McCartney and 60's star Lesley Gore


Profile
Jesus and Mary Chain Part 3 Jesus And Mary Chain - Jesus and Mary Chain Part 3

In the second third of his occasional series, about the Jesus and Mary Chain, who have recently had all their albums reissued, Anthony Strutt examines their fourth album, 'Honey's Dead'


Profile
Dio Dio - Dio

Peter Allison examines the early 80's career and influence of heavy metal band Dio, the band of the late Ronnie James Dio, who have had recently had their first three albums, 'Holy Diver','The Last in Line' and 'Sacred Heart', reissued


Profile
Etta James Etta James - Etta James

Lisa Torem looks back and reflects on the career and life of jazz artist Etta James, who died earlier this year


Profile
Jesus and Mary Chain Part 2 Jesus And Mary Chain - Jesus and Mary Chain Part 2

In the second part of his series, and wth all of their studio albums having been recently reissued in double CD editions, Anthony Strutt reflects upon the Jesus and Mary Chain's 1989 third album, 'Automatic'


Profile
Jesus and Mary Chain Part 1 Jesus And Mary Chain - Jesus and Mary Chain Part 1

With all six of their studio albums having been recently reissued, Anthony Strutt in a new series looks back on the career of Scottish alternative group the Jesus and Mary Chain and begins by looking at their first two albums, 'Psychocandy' and 'Darklands'


DVD-James Brown
Live in America Wild Mercury Sound - Live in America

Spencer Robertshaw finds completely enthralling new James Brown concert film DVD, which was filmed in Georgia on the late Godfather of Soul's 70th birthday


Profile
No Wave Part 3 Miscellaneous - No Wave Part 3

In the third part of his four part series, on New York's late 1970's confrontational No Wave movement, Jon Rogers reflects upon Brian Eno's album 'No New York', which featured four of its acts Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, James Chance and the Contortions, Mars and DNA.


Profile
No Wave Part 2 Miscellaneous - No Wave Part 2

In the second part of his four part No Wave series, Jon Rogers reflects upon the influence of the saxophone-playing James Chance and his band the Contortions


John Barry
1933-2011: The Name's Barry-John Barry John Barry - 1933-2011: The Name's Barry-John Barry

Spencer Robertshaw looks back on the life of film soundtrack and James Bond composer, John Barry, who died at the age of 77 in Januray


Live

James Holt
Night People, Manchester, 1/3/2019 James Holt - Night People, Manchester, 1/3/2019

Shirley Procter reviews rising Bolton-based singer-songwriter James Holt at an excellent showcase at Night People in Manchester.


Damned
Hydro, Glasgow, 19/6/2018 Damned - Hydro, Glasgow, 19/6/2018

John Clarkson at the Hydro in Glasgow watches punk legends the Damned in a set in support of the Hollywood Vampires play a set of their classic singles and songs.


Starsailor
Ritz, Manchester, 24/10/2017 Starsailor - Ritz, Manchester, 24/10/2017

Dixie Ernill enjoys his first Starsailor gig, despite a lack of air con at the Ritz in Manchester.


Lockn' Festival
Infinity Downs Farm, Arrington, Virginia, 24/8/2017...25/8/2017 Lockn' Festival - Infinity Downs Farm, Arrington, Virginia, 24/8/2017...25/8/2017

In perfect weather L. Paul Mann enjoys the first two days of the fifth Virginia-based Lockn' festival which saw sets from jam and improvisational acts such as Umphrey’s McGee, String Cheese Incident, Jim James, Brandi Carlile and the Terrapin Family Band


Jesus And Mary Chain
O2 Academy, Liverpool, 21/9/2017 Jesus And Mary Chain - O2 Academy, Liverpool, 21/9/2017

Noise rock pioneers The Jesus and Mary Chain turn in an excellent career-spanning set at the O2 Academy, Liverpool in support of recent LP ‘Damage and Joy’. Richard Lewis reviews.


Big Feastival
Kingston, Oxfordshire, 25/8/2017...26/8/2017 Miscellaneous - Kingston, Oxfordshire, 25/8/2017...26/8/2017

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys this year's Big Feastival, Blur bassist Alex James' annual festival of food and music in Oxfordshire.


Jesus And Mary Chain
Academy, Manchester, 25/3/2017 Jesus And Mary Chain - Academy, Manchester, 25/3/2017

Richard Lewis finds the Jesus and Mary Chain, who are currently touring 'Damage and Joy' their first new album in nineteen years, to be on formidable form at a near-capacity Manchester Academy


Slow Readers Club
Bodega, Nottingham, 30/3/2017 Slow Readers Club - Bodega, Nottingham, 30/3/2017

Riding on the back of their tour with fellow Manchurians James, The Slow Readers Club set off on a tour of their own to massive acclaim especially in Nottingham where they sell out the Bodega


James McCartney
Schuba's Tavern, Chicago, 21/6/2016 James McCartney - Schuba's Tavern, Chicago, 21/6/2016

At Chicago's Schuba's Tavern, Lisa Torem watches singer-songwriter James McCartney' treat fans to new material from 'The Blackberry Train'


Wendy James
Live Room, Manchester, 3/6/2016 Wendy James - Live Room, Manchester, 3/6/2016

Ex-Transvision Vamp singer Wendy James returns to the live music arena with a brand new LP, ‘The Price of the Ticket’. Vanessa Lourenco (words) and Melanie Smith (photos) report back from the Manchester leg of the UK tour


Foxes
Club Academy, Manchester, 24/10/2015 Foxes - Club Academy, Manchester, 24/10/2015

Writer James Lowther and photographer Melanie Smith head to the intimate Club Academy in Manchester to catch hotly tipped London songstress Louisa Rose Allen, AKA Foxes as she tours her latest album ‘Better Love’


Ex Hex
Ruby Lounge, Manchester, 8/11/2015 Ex Hex - Ruby Lounge, Manchester, 8/11/2015

Writer James Lowther and photographer Melanie Smith catch rising all-female punk rock outfit Ex Hex at The Ruby Lounge in Manchester as they storm through their fantastic debut album ‘Rips'


Kendal Calling
Lowther Deer Park, Kendal, 30/7/2015...2/8/2015 Kendal Calling - Lowther Deer Park, Kendal, 30/7/2015...2/8/2015

Billy Seagrave enjoys the four days of the tenth year of the Lake District festival Kendal Calling, which this year included main stage sets from James, the Vaccines, Elbow, Snoop Dogg and the Kaiser Chiefs


Jesus and Mary Chain
Rock City, Nottingham, 22/2/2015 Jesus And Mary Chain - Rock City, Nottingham, 22/2/2015

Anthony Strutt at Rock City in Nottingham watches the Jesus and Mary Chain play an enjoyable but over-rehearsed show to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of 'Psychocandy', their seminal debut album


James Atkin
Ruby Lounge, Manchester, 20/3/2015 James Atkin - Ruby Lounge, Manchester, 20/3/2015

Billy Goodwin watches James Atkin, the former front man with EMF, play an exuberant comeback gig to promote his new solo album, A Country Mile’


Starsailor
Royal Albert Hall, London, 19/11/2014 Starsailor - Royal Albert Hall, London, 19/11/2014

Owen Peters at the Royal Albert Hall in London enjoys a fantastic set of high quality pop from the much acclaimed Starsailor, who have reformed after an absence of five years


Big Feastival
Kingham, Oxfordshire, 31/8/2013...1/9/2013 Blur - Kingham, Oxfordshire, 31/8/2013...1/9/2013

Nick Dent-Robinson is impressed by the Big Feastival, the annual food and music event staged by Jamie Oliver and Blur bassist Alex James at James's farm in Oxfordshire and which this year saw sets by Basement Jaxx, the Feeling, Rizzle Kicks, Dodgy and KT Tunstall


Liverpool Sound City
2/5/2013...4/5/2013 Miscellaneous - 2/5/2013...4/5/2013

At this year's three day Liverpool Sound City Harry Sherriff watches set from among others the 1975, Lulu James, ex-Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones, Darwin Deez and the Sugarmen


James McCartney
Bottom Lounge, Chicago, 22/5/2012

Lisa Torem witnesses Paul McCartney's son James follow in his father's footsteps and she's suitably impressed at a show at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago


Liverpool Sound City
Liverpool, 17/5/2012...19/5/2012 Miscellaneous - Liverpool, 17/5/2012...19/5/2012

Richard Lewis at the three day Liverpool Sound City festival enjoys sets amongst others from Mystery Jets, Dan Croll, Willis Earl Beal and James Vincent McMorrow


Albums

Re : View -Jesus and Mary Chain
Stoned and Dethroned Jesus And Mary Chain - Stoned and Dethroned

In the latest in our new 'Re :View' series, in which we look back upon albums that we feel deserve re-evaluation, Olga Sladeckova reflects upon the Jesus and Mary Chain's underacknowledged masterpiece, 'Stoned and Dethroned'


Favourite Album-Electric Light Orchestra
Out of the Blue Miscellaneous - Out of the Blue

In the latest in our series, in which a different one of our writers writes about a favourite album of his or her choice, James Alexander writes about ELO's much maligned 1978 album '"Out of the Blue'.


Jesus and Mary Chain
Psycho Candy Jesus And Mary Chain - Psycho Candy

When East Kilbride’s The Jesus And Mary Chain surfaced early in 1984 it changed music forever for me. Before that I’d hated the eighties mainstream music and really only listened to 60’s stuff and als


Features

James Taylor
TV Music Memories - MusiCares Person of the Year 2006 James Taylor - TV Music Memories - MusiCares Person of the Year 2006

In his new column 'TV Music Memories', in which he will be examining music programmes on television, Owen Peters watches a tribute concert originally shown in 2006 for James Taylor


This Metal Sky
Smashing Pumpkins Smashing Pumpkins - Smashing Pumpkins

Jeff Thiessen in 'This Metal Sky' looks back on the Smashing Pumpkins' erratic career, and reflects on why their latest record, 'Oceania', is their greatest moment to date


Soundtrack of Our Lives
The Jesus and Mary Chain Jesus And Mary Chain - The Jesus and Mary Chain

In our 'Soundtrack of Our Lives' column in which our writers describe the personal impact of music in their lives, Anthony Strutt writes of discovering the Jesus and Mary Chain in the mid 1980s


Condemned to Rock 'n' Roll
September 2006 Miscellaneous - September 2006

Radiohead's Thom Yorke, the Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield and Idlewild Roddy Woomble have all recently released solo albums. Ben Howarth looks at them in the latest in his 'Condemned by Rock 'n' Roll' column







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