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Finding her voice again – the Sam Brown interview

I still can’t get used to online video interviews, and this one with Sam Brown was definitely one that caught me out. When in-person one-to-ones are ruled out by time and impracticalities, it’s arguably the next best thing, somewhat more … Continue reading

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Looking back on The Jam, 1982 and all that – back in conversation with Rick Buckler

This time 40 years ago, Rick Buckler must have been wondering just what was next, Christmas and New Year behind him, the ultra-successful group that had been his life for the past decade disbanded, his future uncertain. But as the … Continue reading

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Running around my soul – talking Working Men’s Club with Syd Minsky-Sargeant

Three months after its initial release, Working Men’s Club’s cutting-edge second album, Fear Fear, returns in a deluxe edition next Friday (October 28th), this fast-rising Heavenly Recordings act having reached No.11 in the UK LP chart on its release, amid … Continue reading

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Tally Ho to your New Modern Homes – The Chesterfields / The Amber List: The Talleyrand, Manchester

A new venue for me, and a cracking one at that. Initially set up as a bar with in-house art gallery and performance space, The Talleyrand – around four years on as a venue, give or take the odd break … Continue reading

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Dig Yourself that Lytham rhythm – The Undertones / Hugh Cornwell: Lytham, Lowther Pavilion Theatre

Two Undertones / Hugh Cornwell nights out in six months? In a year in which I’ve caught just nine live shows? Monsieur, with zis you are really spoiling us.   Actually, with Derry’s finest it’s more Mars confectionery than that … Continue reading

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Stay to the End – from Senseless Things to Loup GarouX via Gorillaz, Delakota and Deadcuts, with Cass Browne

Considered Senseless Things’ classic album, The First of Too Many has received the triple CD and double 12-inch coloured vinyl LP expansion and revision treatment, three decades after its initial release. And it serves as a fitting tribute to lead … Continue reading

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I guess you’ve heard he’s seen the word: talking Blancmange’s 40-year recording odyssey with Neil Arthur

Before I picked up the phone to call Neil Arthur, I had another listen to latest Blancmange single, ‘Reduced Voltage’, ahead of the release of the new album, Private View, which followed yesterday (Friday, September 30th). And as I put … Continue reading

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Way beyond The Implausible Man – crossing the Irish Sea with Adam Leonard and Invaderband

Prolific is the word that springs to mind when describing Adam Leonard’s output these last couple of decades. Head to his Wikipedia entry, missus, and you’ll see a stream of releases since 2003 debut LP, How Music Sounds, and he’s … Continue reading

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The Lemonheads: still giving reasons for being around – the Evan Dando interview

Three decades after their first proper breakthrough this side of the Atlantic, The Lemonheads have lined up a 17-date UK and Irish tour to celebrate fifth LP, It’s a Shame About Ray, playing the album in full. The Boston outfit … Continue reading

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Ready to plant my feet on solid ground – contemplating life off the road with Gretchen Peters

‘I work the high wire in the centre ringDefying gravity, that’s my thingGuess I never wanted no regular lifeI couldn’t stand to be nobody’s wife.’ This year marks the 25th anniversary of Gretchen Peters’ first UK tour, and she celebrated … Continue reading

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