Category Archives: Music

The Continuing Adventures of the Desperate Quartet – in conversation with Robert Lloyd

Spring is in the air, and with it the distant promise of a return to live music across the UK. But you’ll forgive Robert Lloyd for being a little guarded about the prospects right now. The legendary Nightingales frontman lit … Continue reading

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Celebrating Preston Pop Fest 2021 … and the (hopefully) imminent return of live music

Whisper it, but while we never seem to be too far away from the latest new wave when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic, spring and summer are definitely on the mind, and surely … hopefully … better days await. … Continue reading

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The Rilly Groovy return of the Beautiful People – in conversation with Du Kane

Remember the Beautiful People’s If 60’s Were 90’s? If nothing else, you may recall a couple of commercials from the mid-1990s featuring their songs, including a car ad featuring Manchester United and Wales football legend Ryan Giggs and Aussie actor … Continue reading

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Taking the Afrobeat message forward – in conversation with Femi and Made Kuti

At a time when hope and inspiration is needed perhaps more than ever, a brand new two-album package involving solo LPs from both Afrobeat legend Femi Kuti and his son Made fits the bill nicely. The pair have joined forces … Continue reading

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Back in time with K÷ – in conversation with Peter Hook

It was suggested I should persevere when trying to get hold of Peter Hook, the Joy Division and New Order bass guitar legend not always likely to answer his phone. The moment I was told that, I was reminded of … Continue reading

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Timeless cack-handed melodies – talking The La’s and Shack with Iain Templeton

“I’ve kind of been airbrushed out of their history really. I was busking in a band on Bold Street, and someone said, ‘The La’s are checking you out.’ I replied, ‘Ah, fuck The La’s. Syd Barrett meets The Beatles. Not … Continue reading

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Updating the profile – the Cathal Coughlan interview

Home is normally London for Cathal Coughlan, having initially left Cork in the summer of 1983 alongside Sean O’Hagan to relaunch Microdisney, keen to pick up on interest from legendary BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel and escape a supposed … Continue reading

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Creating soundscapes, drawn from life at home and abroad – the Brick Briscoe interview

Brick Briscoe was editing his TV show at his home studio in Petersburg, Indiana, when I called last week, needing it submitted by Sunday night ahead of an air date of February 11th. “I’m almost done – get off my … Continue reading

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Ever redefining: from The Continental to The Colossalist – the Vukovar feature

Remember live music? It’s been a while. Come mid-March it’ll be a year since my last gig, and slightly longer since my most recent visit to cherished Lancashire arts venue The Continental in Preston, where at one stage it seemed … Continue reading

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The further rise, beyond The Fall with Brix Smith

Brix Smith has a defining year ahead of her, having made best use of her pandemic downtime, despite personal loss and heartache, like so many of us. The Los Angeles-born singer-songwriter and guitarist – her moniker in tribute to a … Continue reading

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