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Rock stars are a funny breed. They like to present themselves as leading lights of innovation and inspiration in the recording studio, and far ahead of their reactionary record companies...
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The UK Hitlist

Seems like I had enough time on this last visit home to do some proper shopping. Of course it was all CDs, books, wine and Animal clothing. Here are the...
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Words To The Wisened

Brought back from Blightly almost a full suitcase of publications. The British music media, much though it suffers from self-aggrandizement, still pisses all over its American counterparts. Here are some...
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Five Gigs In Five Nights: Air Traffic at the Camden Barfly

Monday October 2 and I’m back in London. In fact, I’m back on the Chalk Farm Road, up Camden way, scene of Friday night’s merry old shindig at The Roundhouse...
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Five Gigs In Five Nights: The Rapture, Radio 4 and Chikinki at La Cartonnerie, Reims

Sunday September 30, the third annual Magnitudes festival kicked off at host venue La Cartonnerie, in Reims, north-eastern France, with a show featuring The Rapture, Radio 4, Chikinki and the...
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Five Gigs In Five Nights: Barathon in Reims

Saturday night, September 30, found me on my own in the northern French city of Reims. Given I needed to be there the following night for work, I’d decided to...
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A Funny Thing Happened On My Way Past The Roundhouse…

…It was Monday night, 72 hours since I’d been to the show at the Roundhouse reviewed below, and I found myself passing that beautifully renovated Chalk Farm venue en route...
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Five Gigs In Five Nights: X-Press 2, The Fratellis and Killa Kela at The Roundhouse, London

The London Roundhouse is a London legend – especially given that it closed back in the early 1980s and ceased functioning fully quite a while before even that. Even those...
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