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(Photos: Loreana Rushe) As recently as a year ago, this gig would not have been possible – at least in the order in which the acts took to the stage on Saturday night. Local act Adebisi Shank’s career trajectory has been well-documented in these pages (though whispers of a US release in the offing may […]


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It’s either that I get distracted way too easily by shiny things, or it’s the mofukin’ latest video clip for Daft Punk’s Derezzed that just so happens to double for a TRON: Legacy trailer that’s got me hot and bothered right now. Either way, I’m getting my electronic on. Click it. Load it. Check it.


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Sarah Fimm has always been passionate about her music and sincere about getting it into the hands of as many people as she can. She is constantly making her music available to stream online, and isn’t above giving away albums – as she did a few years ago with White Birds. Even though she is […]


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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of October 26 , 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. 2Mex – My Fanbase Will Destroy (Strange Famous Records) 6Blocc – I Dubs Vol. 5 12″ [EP] (6dub) All Ends – A Road To Depression […]


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We all knew it would happen one day. After clearly signalling his intent with movies like Men In Black and Independence Day (and probably others – what was Bad Boys II about? Did anybody even see it?), there’s not a person on this earth who wasn’t fully aware that “Turncoat” Will Smith had managed to […]


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Friends, family and complete strangers often ask me where the best place is to start discovering the work of Wildhearts frontman Ginger. Usually I’ll say something like “Earth vs. the Wildhearts” or “P.H.U.Q.” Occasionally I’ll throw out a “Valor del Corazon.” One time I even said “Yoni“! There have been a couple of Wildhearts compilations […]


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Los Angeles indie rock quartet Warpaint will release their debut album The Fool on October 26, and record label Rough Trade have kindly made the full record available to stream in full via the delightful embedded widget below. In addition to being a handy excuse to use the word “widget,” The Fool is a genuinely […]


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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of October 19 , 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Agua de Annique – Live In Europe (Self Released) Allstar Weekend – Suddenly Yours (Hollywood Records) A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Autumn, Again (Mis Ojos […]


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As far as rock bands go, they don’t really come any more profit-oriented than KISS. It’s decades now since the New York glam pioneers cottoned onto the idea, first articulated by the Rolling Stones, that nostalgia is the true money pit, that unabashedly playing the hits year-on-year to the same audience is a far more […]


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Calabasas, California rockers Incubus have been performing a new track, entitled ‘Surface To Air,’ on recent tour dates in South America. This splendidly clear video footage was shot at the Santiago stop (that’s in Chile, for the benefit of all of you living in that space between Mexico and Canada) on October 8. The band […]


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Joyce Carol Oates’s Wild Nights! is a book of five short stories chronicling fictionalized accounts of the last days of Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, and Mark Twain.  It is an impressive collection for a number of reasons:  firstly and most obviously, it further cements the fact that Oates can do […]


Last month, Villager-in-chief Conor O’Brien dropped by the Sun newspaper offices (for some reason) and recorded a cover of ‘Tightrope,’ the lead single from bequiffed soul sensation Janelle Monae’s excellent debut album The Archandroid (Suites II and III). There are no ultra-choreographed dance moves that we can see or hear, unfortunately, but Conor’s simple acoustic […]


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To celebrate Jónsi’s (Sigur Ros) forthcoming tour of the United States, we’ve teamed up with the Icelandic musician’s label XL Recordings to bring you an exciting competition. Jónsi and Alex, his boyfriend and collaborator in Riceboy Sleeps, have put together a mix CD containing 13 of their favourite songs, including tracks by Billie Holiday,  Django […]


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The Justin Bieber story took its inevitable step into hip hop last month with Kanye West’s remix of ‘Runaway Love,’ but it took a leap into the ultra-surreal earlier today when he premiered ‘Speaking in Tongues,’ the first glimpse of his rapping alter-ego Shawty Mane. It’s entirely unclear whether this is a genuine musical statement […]


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Credit for this one goes to ATM on the hip hop forum. Mere mortals like myself tend to be mesmerised by beatboxers at the best of times, but Los Angeles rapper Red takes it to a whole ‘nother level. This video, filmed when Red was homeless on the streets of LA, shows him in full […]


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