When Dave Grohl first stepped into Shoreline's Robert Lang Studios in October 1994, still reeling from the suicide of Nirvana band mate Kurt Cobain some six months earlier, what happened next he couldn't have anticipated. 20 years later, he's probably still trying to figure it out - how, after causing a pop culture cyclone with the grunge heroes, somehow outstripped Nirvana's success with his next band, commercially speaking at least. Foo Fighters' latest album 'Sonic Highways' will be their eighth released across two decades of scorched, emotion-packed radio rock. What it sounds like, we don't know yet. Here's how the other seven stack up though, in order of greatness...
‘Shut up and play the hits’ might be a no-nonsense, guaranteed approach to getting a crowd onside, but sometimes as a fan you want something that cuts a little deeper. Wakefield’s finest, The Cribs – advocators of nerding out over your favourite bands if ever there were some – understand this, so tonight, at a special show at London’s Relentless Garage for Zig Zig Unbleached Sessions, the trio are playing a set entirely chosen by the fans.
Did you know Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds were briefly known as Nick Cave - Man or Myth when they formed in 1983 out of the detritus of The Birthday Party? And since that time Cave - the focus of the new movie 20,000 Days On Earth (where he stars as himself) - has done nothing but increase the mystery surrounding himself even when he tries to convince us that he’s actually quite normal. For instance, the Australian songwriter toils from nine to five in an office like many of us, but he composes tunes or piano parts or writes scripts or novels (or whatever else the polymath gets up to).
Every year, it’s the same – the names come out, then the surgical gowns and scalpels. The annual unveiling of the Mercury Prize shortlist has begun to resemble something of a biopsy for British music these last few years. Critics and columnists crowd into the examination room to aggressively pick its bones, trying to work out what kind of health it’s in, like history’s shittest ever episode of Holby City. The think-pieces reacting to this year’s selection of best British albums, revealed earlier this evening, are no doubt already rolling in: “Polar Bear and GoGo Penguin both on the shortlist?
I've been keeping tabs on Canadian songsmith Tobias Jesso Jr ever since I first heard his amazing debut track 'Just A Dream' some 12 months ago. I'm a sucker for all those John Lennon Dakota piano demos from the late 70s, which is probably why I connected with it so heartily from the off. Since then, we've had a couple of further tracks to contend with, and a few rumours about the record he's been making.