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CD Review: Neil Young – Prairie Wind

Sometimes it's nice to return to the familiar and, if you're in the business of making money, the successful. Read More »

Live Review: Josh T Pearson

The gangly ZZ Top-bearded Texan and former Lift To Experience frontman sits hunched contemplatively over his electro-acoustic guitar. Read More »

CD Review: Babyshambles – Down In Albion

Neither the blindingly obvious classic the music press wanted nor the half-finished mumblings of Doherty's Tabloid Junkie Waster persona. Read More »

Live Review: Be Your Own Pet

It all goes wrong right from the start. Before they even play a note Nashville's new hope, Be Your Own Pet, have already lost their bassist... Read More »

The Hot Topic: Coffee and CDs

Would you be willing to buy music from a coffee company? Read More »

Review: The Beatings – If Not Now, Then When?

For those of you who’ve been asleep for the last two years, we’d like to confirm: the 80s are back. And we don’t mean the shoulder-padded Spandau Ballet variety – it seems we were only ever one Pixies reunion and a Gang Of Four revival away from the wholesale resurrection of the Alternative 80s all along. So, with regards to ... Read More »

Review: Maximo Park – A Certain Trigger

The UK art-rock renaissance, unwittingly launched eighteen months ago by the now all-conquering Franz Ferdinand, yielded a mixed bag of second wavers. For every divine pop creation, there’s been an associated damp squib borne of incessant hype. Combine that with the recent revival of the North East’s musical fortunes thanks to The Futureheads and, less successfully, The Golden Virgins, and ... Read More »

Review: The White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan

The White Stripes’ fifth album finds Jack White in the same position, though not in the same league, as Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Thanks to his high profile romance with Renee Zellweger, which ended recently in suitably bizarre fashion both parties married other people in secret, Jack has been clasped to the bosom of the gutter press. A very public falling ... Read More »

Ryan Adams And The Cardinals – Cold Roses

Which hat is Ryan Adams wearing this time round: depressive barfly, old school rocker or bedroom whiner? Read More »

Dylan an’ a muffin…

The Grauniad picks up on the new Dylan albums, including the new one Starbucks is selling. Read More »