Issue 28

Where the Bad Boys Rock festival, Effenaar, Eindhoven

After The Deep Eynde some geezer in a tigerstriped Elvis suit appeared on stage and started singing Elvis songs, very nice indeed.

King Me - Guide Down

Somewhat maudlin in tone, but full of power and presence

The Futureheads - News And Tributes

It only takes one listen to realise why DJs across the land are still playing the old stuff. Too many of the tracks are just, well, dull.

Dirty Pretty Things - Waterloo to Anywhere

 this is ultimately an album designed for visceral rather than intellectual pleasure




Dirty Pretty Things - Waterloo to Anywhere


Espers - Espers II

this is reflective music and meant to induce a state of near trance in the listener. 

Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped

Anyone who has been curious about Sonic Youth but been put off by their awkwardness will find this a perfect starting point.

Why Aren't You Listening? Funkadelic - Maggot Brain

There are guitar heroes and then there are guitar heroes. You get my drift?

The back catalogue of Belle & Sebastian part 2

Dear Catastrophe Waitress is the sound of a band who have finally realised how good they are and have just pulled out all the stops without a second thought for how other people will react

In defence of David Gray

The aftermath of Sell, Sell, Sell was being dropped by EMI after non-existent sales and a calamitous American tour (one gig was actually seen by no people, after everyone decamped to a nearby bar after the local support band), and four years in the wilderness with no income and, if rumours are true, cocaine and marriage problems.

The back catalogue of Belle & Sebastian part 1

A cash reward may exist for the person finding the piece which doesn't use the words “fey” or “twee” in conjunction with the band.

Letter from London: January adventures

Am I allowed to say 'I was there' if I arrived, saw it was full and then left? Probably not.


My Brightest Diamond - Paradiso, Amsterdam - 13/02/2007

Is she a little girl?  Is she a rock goddess or is she an opera-diva-magic-fairy cast member of The Wizard of Oz?

Jarvis - Paradiso, Amsterdam, 22/01/2007

If ever a man were born to be on stage, it's Jarvis.

Rose Kemp - A Hand Full Of Hurricanes

Don't let lazy comparisons put you off.


The Delgados - The Complete BBC Peel Sessions

the blueprint for all indie bands to follow

David Van Der Velde - The Moonstation House Band

lush seventies style arrangements

The Jack Stafford Foundation - Long Live Love

clean-sounding, slightly wistful

Explosions In The Sky - All of a sudden I miss everyone

a curate's egg

White Hills - Glitter Glamour Atrocity

the best band in the US at present

Earthling Society - Albion & Plastic Jesus and the...

battered by the sonic weight of the guitars

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