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Indie pop pioneers The Primitives are currently on the road on their Electric Acoustic tour which celebrates the release of boxset 'Bloom! The Complete Recordings 1985-92'. Guitarist/vocalist Paul Court chats to Richard Lewis about the group’s early days, chart success and returning to the stage.
With ‘lost’ LP ‘This Time Tomorrow’ recently released and a tour to celebrate their 1995 debut LP ‘Smart’ this August, Sleeper lead singer Louise Wener chats to Richard Lewis about the new album and upcoming plans
With festival dates over the Summer and a Winter Tour due in December, Richard Lewis talks to Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder about the group’s formative early years and future plans.
Ahead of two Christmas shows in early December, Embrace bassist Steve Firth chats to Richard Lewis about the band’s forthcoming 2019 tour to celebrate the 21st Anniversary of the group’s debut LP ‘The Good Will Out’.
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.
With their seventh album ‘Love Is A Basic Need’ just released and a UK tour due to start in late March, Embrace bassist Steve Firth chats to Richard Lewis about the recording of the new album, live dates and future plans for the quintet.
With fourteenth studio album ‘Welcome Stranger!’ set for release in January along with an extensive UK tour, Gerard Langley, the leader of Bristol art-rock outfit the Blue Aeroplanes, chats to Richard Lewis about the making of the new LP
‘It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah!’, the classic debut LP by Black Grape celebrates its 21st Anniversary with a reissue edition and a tour that sees the band play the album in full. Front man Shaun Ryder chats to Richard Lewis about the making of the LP and the group’s upcoming third album
Six By Seven
Richard Lewis chats to Happy Mondays’ lead singer/lyricist Shaun Ryder about the making of the band’s groundbreaking 1990 album ‘Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches’ which the band are set to play in its entirety on tour this winter
Editors bassist Russell Leetch talks to Richard Lewis about the band’s return with new album ‘The Weight of Your Love’, their first in four years which saw the group working with film composer Clint Mansell
New Mexico husband-and-wife Americana duo the Handsome Family talk to Richard Lewis at a show in Liverpool about their critically acclaimed latest album 'Wilderness'
Acclaimed drone/space-rockers Six by Seven announced last month they have reformed. Frontman Chris Olley talks to Richard Lewis about a new nine album box set retrospective of the band’s and his solo work, their future plans, the state of the music industry and photographing Bill Hicks
Richard Lewis chats to Mike Murphy, the singer-songwriter with psychedelic Liverpool-based band the Wicked Whispers, about his group's new EP, which was produced by White Stripes producer Liam Watson
Paul Molloy and Candie Payne from Liverpool-based folk/country duo the Big House talk to Richard Lewis about the inspiration behind their songs and their highly anticipated debut single
Folk musician and playwright Lizzie Nunnery talks to Richard Lewis about the inspiration behind her new music and her upcoming live shows
Atmospheric folk band Bird have won a considerable following in their hometown of Liverpool and the support of BBC 6Music. Richard Lewis talks to lead singer and songwriter Adele Emmas
Recorded during their longest ever tour, a reissue of 1988 concert film The Delicate Sound of Thunder sees Pink Floyd attempting to adapt their pioneering psych/ prog rock for a new generation. Richard Lewis reviews
Richard Lewis watches a highly impressive document of Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters’ huge 'Us + Them' tour, which sees the musician in typically uncompromising, fiery form.
Richard Lewis examines a five box set reissue of Simple Minds’ 1984 commercial breakthrough ‘Sparkle in the Rain’ which represents the group’s gradual shift away from their founding art rock template
Richard Lewis takes a look at the recent success of Morrissey’s autobiography and other entries in the genre and asks why some artists have been profiled in print more than others
The Kinks have just re-released their first three albums, 'The Kinks', 'Kinda Kinks' and 'The Kinks Kontroversy', in deluxe editions. Richard Lewis examines each of their three albums and their lasting legacy
On the road to promote new LP 'Fat Pop (Volume One)' and celebrate the anniversary of 1990s classic 'Stanley Road', Paul Weller shows no signs of slowing down on record or on stage at a capacity Liverpool Olympia. Richard Lewis reviews
Live Rooms, Chester, 12/9/2021
Leaf, Liverpool, 5/3/2020
Mountford Hall, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, 6/12/2019
Ritz, Manchester, 12/12/2019
Albert Hall, Manchester, 30/1/2019
Ritz, Manchester, 12/2/2019
(With Therapy?), 02 Academy, Liverpool, 6/3/2018
Olympia, Liverpool, 1/12/2017
(With Ulrika Spacek), O2 Academy, Liverpool, 14/11/2017
Arena, Manchester, 14/11/2017
Jesus And Mary Chain
O2 Academy, Liverpool, 21/9/2017
Gorilla, Manchester, 19/5/2017
Indie pop progenitors The Primitives roll back the years with a career-scanning set delivered in breathless fashion. Richard Lewis reviews
Richard Lewis watches Gomez lead singer Ben Ottewell turn in an excellent solo performance at Leaf in Liverpool.
Richard Lewis enjoys a set of classic hits and more obscure early tracks from the Happy Mondays at the Liverpool date on what might be their last full-scale tour for a while.
Richard Lewis examines Britpop act Shed Seven's Greatest Hits compilation 'Going for Gold', which, originally released in 1999, has just been reissued in a new double CD edition with additional studio sessions and live tracks.
In our 'Re:View' section, Richard Lewis explains why British band, The Verve, is considered one of the seminal bands of the late 1990s and early 2000s due to 1997 Platinum album, 'Urban Hymns', which has just been reissued in an expanded 5 CD with DVD box set
The Rolling Stones’ 1967 album ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’ saw the band moving into psychedelia and was recorded against the backdrop of the most tumultuous period in their history. Recently reissued, Richard Lewis in our Re: View section examines a LP that is a curio in the Stones’ catalogue
New Order and Liam Gillick
Stunning first album in nearly thirty years from groundbreaking and influential post-punk outfit the Psychedelic Furs
Impressive return-to-form on third comeback album sInce they reformed from Boston alt. rock legends Pixies
Groundbreaking indie/electronica outfit New Order team up with revered conceptual artist Liam Gillick for a frequently dazzling live set recorded during the band’s five night residency at Manchester International Festival 2017
Eclectic but frustrating first album in a decade from alt.rock act the Lemonheads which is a collecton of both familiar and obscure covers
Introspective but haunting latest album from Swedish singer-songwriter, Christian Kjellvander
Acclaimed UK indie rockers Editors return with fifth LP which sees them bring more of an electronic edge to their sound with mixed results
Underwhelming latest album from Swedish psychedelic/drone outfit, the Skull Defekts
Atmospheric and haunting debut album from ethereal Liverpool-based post-punk outfit, Bird
Impressive combination of 60's and 70's-influenced blues and folk on second album from London-based band, Wolf People
Haunting orchestral pop on latest single from Cambridge-based band, Fuzzy Lights
Fabulous combination of Southern Gothic-inspired folk and country on tenth album from husband-and-wife duo, the Handsome Family
Slow-burning, but hypnotic sixth album from Baltimore trio Arbouretum, who merge together prog rock, country and folk
Lizzie Nunnery and Vidar Norheim
Excellent latest solo release from former Hüsker Dü/Sugar front man, Bob Mould
Over clean-sounding 60's-influenced third album from Ontario-based garage rockers, Elk
Politically aware and musically innovative collaboration between highly acclaimed Liverpool-based playwright/folk singer Lizzie Nunnery and Wave Machines multi-instrumentalist Vidar Norheim
Compact, compelling debut offering from the mysterious Mozambique Courier, which is being released exclusively on cassette
Superb, swaggering electro-glam rock from Liverpool-based three-piece Mashemon
Excellent solo debut LP from former Cracatilla lead singer and La’s and John Power sideman, Jay Lewis
Excellent second album from acclaimed electronic/shoegaze French two piece, Yeti Lane
Acoustic and lo-fi album of hotel room recordings of largely previously released material from the Lemonheads, which provides a stop-gap in the now seven years absence of new material from them
Amor de Dias
Short, yet brilliant garage rock on latest single from Norwich-based indie rock group, Bearsuit
Increasingly impressive first single from their forthcoming third album from country infuscd Australian neo-goths, Howling Bells.
Ambitous debut album from dark Liverpool-based indie rockers Strawhouses, which, taking war as it principal theme, they have self-released for £1
Perfectly understated gentle chamber pop on debut album from Amor de Dias, the new band of Alasdair MacLean of the Clientele and Pipas' Lupe Nunez-Fernandez
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