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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 »

Dylan an’ a muffin…

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