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Euan L Davidson

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Commonwealth Games' Portrait Of Scottish Music Sucked - It's Scotland's DIY Scene That's Thriving

The Commonwealth Games began on Wednesday (July 24) in Glasgow with an opening ceremony that seemed like it had been bought in a rush at a Falkirk petrol station. Dancing Tunnock Teacakes! A twee version of ‘500 Miles’! Tartan everywhere! Rod Stewart pranced about for a bit looking like the offspring of a parrot and a garden broom. Susan Boyle was there. John Barrowman’s singing was probably the most offensive Celtic Park had ever heard and the whole thing was a patriotism fest saccharine enough to make even First Minister Alex Salmond vote no in September.


Al Horner

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Premiere - Brighton Newcomer Chalk's Brilliant 'Everyone's Problem, No One's Problem'

Brighton newcomer Steven Stride specialises in crunchy mope-rock somewhere between Elliott Smith and early Modest Mouse. It's Conor Oberst's Desparacidos his new single 'Everyone's Problem, No One's Problem' most recalls though, weaving a saucer-eyed, disenchanted tale of Generation Y drudgery, pay day loans and small town ennui around jangling guitars, snaking bass lines and snarly vocals.


Gary Jarman

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Cribs' Gary Jarman: 'Why The Ramones Sucked Me In Like No Other Band'

I am sitting backstage before the evening's Cribs show (Liverpool, July 11), hanging out, drinking, listening to records, talking nonsense. The usual backstage routine. As it is our first UK show of 2014, I am catching up with our sound guy who I haven't seen since last year sometime. He has recently had a baby daughter and tells me that there is only one band she will listen to. The Ramones. I tell him I think that's fucking rad.


Dan Brightmore

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Guardians Of The Galaxy: 5 Reasons Why It Will Rock Your World

After almost a decade of superhero domination at the box office Marvel have re-invented the popcorn blockbuster with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and the rest of the Avengers gang. Last summer's Tony Stark tale was delivered by Lethal Weapon creator Shane Black with the third instalment in the Iron Man franchise setting the bar for action smack downs segued with killer gags. Marvel's latest is a game-changer set to rip up the hero origin story blueprint.


NME Blog

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Who Are The Greatest Bassists Of All Time?

Poor bassists. Unless you're a four-string plucking frontman like Paul McCartney, virtuoso maverick like Squarepusher or irascible motormouth like this week's NME cover star Nicky Wire, life as a bass player is routinely one spent in the shadows compared to your bandmates, shoved to the back of music videos and overlooked in interviews. A drummer might get to unleash a wild drum solo live. If a bassist does it, he's gonna look like he's attempting the Seinfeld theme.

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