2024

Family Band: The Dog Box EP – New Kiwi Noise Band Will Make Your Ears Bleed

Family Band might sound like a folk group singing around a forest campfire but New Zealand’s noise trio make enough of a full metal racket to make your ears bleed. (more…)

 

Twenty years ago I went to see a gig by Moby despite some reservations about what I expected to be a night of coffee-table ambient electro.

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Kevin Fowley: Ne Pleure Pas, Jeanette – Single & Video

There’s something hypnotic and calming about this dark French lullaby and video by half-French half-Irish “word mumbler and string plucker” Kevin Fowley.

Half a century ago CMAT could have been knocking ’em dead at the Grand Ol’ Opry with her big ballads – if only she’d been born in Nashville rather than Dublin. 

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The laid-back desert twang of instrumentalists Hermanos Gutiérrez sounds like something from a Mexican movie – but the brothers come from Switzerland.

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A powerful message of hope for a ceasefire in Gaza, created in collaboration by musician/producer David Holmes, film-maker/activist Douglas Hart, artist/activist Adam Broomberg, Hebron resident Issa Amro and vocalist Raven Violet.

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An apology to my Spurs-supporting friends:

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The Kings Of Leon never did much for me when they appeared 25 years ago. I always felt their story – three sons of an itinerant preacher and their cousin – was better than their music.

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RIP Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry (1937-2024) – New Orleans pianist, rockabilly legend and singer of novelty single Ain’t Got No Home.

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RIP Steve Albini – record producer extraordinaire (Nirvana, Pixies, PJ Harvey, Low, Manics, Breeders) and band member (Big Black, Rapeman, Shellac).

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