Interviews


Douglas MacIntyre - Interview

Douglas MacIntyre

John Clarkson speaks to Scottish guitarist and record label owner Douglas MacIntyre about his band Port Sulphur's second album 'Speed of Life', and 'Hungry Beat', his forthcoming oral history of the late 1970s and early 1980s Scottish post-punk movement.


Loop - Interview

Loop

Robert Hampson, the guitarist and vocalist with alternative rock band Loop, talks to Adrian Janes about ‘Sonancy’, their first album in thirty years, and his passionate views on the music industry.


Sarah Cracknell - Interview

Sarah Cracknell

Sarah Cracknell talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about her thirty plus years of fronting synth-pop outfit St. Etienne, family life and their forthcoming appearance at Glastonbury.


Tom Newman - Interview

Tom Newman

Andrew Twambley talks to record producer Tom Newman about his work on Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells', working as an in-house producer for Virgin Records, managing their Manor Studios and recording a song with The Great Train Robbers.


Dwina Gibb - Interview

Dwina Gibb

Dwina Gibb talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about her memories of her late husband, The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb,, and a new exhibition of photographs and family memorabilia to commemorate the tenth anniverrsary of his death.

More Interviews

Simon Love - Interview Simon Love

Feeder - Interview Feeder

Rob Pursey - Interview Rob Pursey

St Christopher - Interview St Christopher

Beth Arzy - Interview Beth Arzy

Freya Beer - Interview Freya Beer

Rupert Wates - Interview Rupert Wates

Roy Moller - Interview Roy Moller

Felix Cavaliere - Interview Felix Cavaliere

Rick Wakeman - Interview Rick Wakeman

Simon Bromide - Interview Simon Bromide





Profiles


Jarvis Cocker - Good Pop Bad Pop - An Exhibition of Objects and Keepsakes of Jarvis Cocker

Jarvis Cocker

Steev Burgess visits an exhibition of Jarvis Cocker's memorabilia at The Gallery of Everything in London to celebrate the publication of his new book 'Good Pop, Bad Pop' and has a chance meeting with the man himself.


Peter Adam and Matt Pooler - Britpop

Peter Adam and Matt Pooler

Despite there already being a mass of books on Britpop, Fiona Hutchings finds the latest book in Sonicbond Publishing's 'Decades' series to be compulsory reading.

More Profiles

Jann Klose - Sugar My Jann Klose - Sugar My

Heist/Idiot Son - (With The Volunteered and Simon Bromide), The Water Rats, London, 10/9/2022 Heist/Idiot Son - (With The Volunteered and Simon Bromide), The Water Rats, London, 10/9/2022

Stuart Moxham - (With Jeremy Thoms and Roy Moller), Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh, 8/10/2022 Stuart Moxham - (With Jeremy Thoms and Roy Moller), Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh, 8/10/2022




Live Reviews


Rolling Stones - Anfield, Liverpool, 9/6/2022

Rolling Stones

At the opening UK date of their Sixty Tour, and their first visit to Liverpool in over fifty years, The Rolling Stones’ retain their title of The World’s Greatest Rock N’ Roll Band. Richard Lewis reviews


Jimmy Webb  - (With support from Ashley Campbell and Thor Jenson), Cadogan Hall, London. 27/5/2022

Jimmy Webb

Dastardly watches a captivating performance by Jimmy Webb proving he’s as skilled a raconteur as he is songsmith.

More Live Reviews

Simply Red - La Marina, Valencia, Spain, 7/6/2022 Simply Red - La Marina, Valencia, Spain, 7/6/2022

Tori Amos - Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, 27/52022 Tori Amos - Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, 27/52022

Miles Kane - Roadmender, Northampton, 16/5/2022 Miles Kane - Roadmender, Northampton, 16/5/2022

Janis Ian - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 14/5.2002 Janis Ian - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 14/5.2002

Suzanne Vega - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 1/5/2022 Suzanne Vega - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 1/5/2022

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets - Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 4/5/2022 Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets - Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 4/5/2022

Divine Comedy - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 26/4/2022 Divine Comedy - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 26/4/2022

Robyn Hitchcock - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 21/4/2022 Robyn Hitchcock - Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, 21/4/2022

Stranglers - Rock City, Nottingham, 23/3/2022 Stranglers - Rock City, Nottingham, 23/3/2022

Rhiannon Scutt - (With El Heneghan and Lovell). Greystones, Sheffield, 22/4/2022 Rhiannon Scutt - (With El Heneghan and Lovell). Greystones, Sheffield, 22/4/2022





Favourite Albums


Biff Bang Pow! - A Better Life – Complete Creations 1984-1991

Biff Bang Pow!

Tommy Gunnarsson reflects upon a new six-disc box set on Cherry Red which compiles together Creation Records boss Alan McGee’s recordings with his 80’s and 90’s band Biff Bang Pow!

More Favourite Albums

Keith Richards - Main Offender Keith Richards - Main Offender

Lemonheads - It's a Shame about Ray Lemonheads - It's a Shame about Ray




Features


Tommy Gunnarsson - A Life in Music

Tommy Gunnarsson

In her series, 'A Life in Music', in which she speaks to Pennyblackmusic staff about how music has affected and influenced them, Cila Warncke talks to our Swedish writer Tommy Gunnarsson.


The Decline of the Rock Group - Comment

The Decline of the Rock Group

Nick Dent-Robinson examines why in the current musical landscape bands have become something of the past.

More Features

Evidently Spencertown - Get Some of This in Your Life Evidently Spencertown - Get Some of This in Your Life

Deep Purple - The Image That Made Me Weep Deep Purple - The Image That Made Me Weep

Ukraine - Bandcamp Explorer Ukraine - Bandcamp Explorer

Radiohead - Willam Allen: Radiohead On Track: Every Album, Every Song Radiohead - Willam Allen: Radiohead On Track: Every Album, Every Song




Photography


Public Image Ltd - Photoscapes

Public Image Ltd

At the Manchester Ritz Andrew Twambley takes photos of punk legend John Lydon on the opening date of his band Public Image Limited's latest tour.


Brix Smith - Photoscapes

Brix Smith

Andrew Twambley takes photographs of former Fall guitarist and Adult Net frontwoman Brix Smith at a gig at The Ritz in Manchester.

More Photography

When Rivers Meet - Photoscapes When Rivers Meet - Photoscapes

Troy Redfern - Photoscapes Troy Redfern - Photoscapes

Eric Gales - Photoscapes Eric Gales - Photoscapes

Psychedelic Furs - Photoscapes Psychedelic Furs - Photoscapes





Reviews


Soup Review - Go and See

Soup Review

Extraordinary latest collection from Soup Review about everyday topics will bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye


Lucky Ones - Slow Dance, Square Dance, Barn Dance

Lucky Ones

Yukon roots music ensemble The Lucky Ones have released a fine if less exuberant second album.

More Reviews

Lykke Li - Eyeye Lykke Li - Eyeye

Kim Robins - Leave the Porch Light On Kim Robins - Leave the Porch Light On

Emile Sande - Let's Say For Instance Emile Sande - Let's Say For Instance

Def Leppard - Diamond Star Halos Def Leppard - Diamond Star Halos

Dave Stewart - Ebony McQueen Dave Stewart - Ebony McQueen

Various - Heroes & Villains – The Sound Of Los Angeles 1965-1968, Various - Heroes & Villains – The Sound Of Los Angeles 1965-1968,

Girls At Our Best! - Pleasure Girls At Our Best! - Pleasure

Sigrid - How to Let Go Sigrid - How to Let Go

Paul Iwan - Present Paul Iwan - Present

Gabi Garbutt and the Illuminations - Cockerel Gabi Garbutt and the Illuminations - Cockerel

Smile - A Light for Attracting Attention Smile - A Light for Attracting Attention

Various - Un-Scene! Post-Punk Birmingham 1978-1982 Various - Un-Scene! Post-Punk Birmingham 1978-1982

Low Drift - The Low Drift Low Drift - The Low Drift

Simon Love - Love, Sex and Death Etc Simon Love - Love, Sex and Death Etc

Peter Doherty and Frederic Lo - The Fantasy Life of Poetry and Crime Peter Doherty and Frederic Lo - The Fantasy Life of Poetry and Crime

Bonnie Raitt - Just Like That... Bonnie Raitt - Just Like That...

Soft Cell - Happiness Not Included Soft Cell - Happiness Not Included

Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway - Crooked Tree Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway - Crooked Tree

Norah Jones - Come Away With Me: 20th Anniversary Edition Norah Jones - Come Away With Me: 20th Anniversary Edition

Father John Misty - Chloe And The Next 20th Century Father John Misty - Chloe And The Next 20th Century

Sam Brace - Fever and Bones Sam Brace - Fever and Bones

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Changeup Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - Changeup