Last Friday, Blur made their live comeback at London venue Mode, a teeny 300-capacity sweatbox located (where else?) near the Westway. Here, to the delight of the gaggle of competition winners inside, they played new album ‘The Magic Whip’ from start to finish: the first airing of their first album in 12 years. Not all hope was lost if you weren’t among the chosen few, however. Last night (March 25) the band streamed the gig in full on YouTube, giving fans a glimpse at the record a month ahead of its April 27 release date.
We’ve probably all put our name to an e-petition at some point, whether it’s asking for Jeremy Clarkson’s P45 or demanding no tax is spent on a museum for Margaret Thatcher. Most never achieve their stated aim, nor are they ever really intended to: they’re simply a way of thumbing your nose and bearing your arse at something you don’t like.
A taste of pop mania on the road with Paramore last year didn't stop Dutch Uncles from grappling with alienation and anxiety on their fourth album, the impressive 'O Shudder', released last month via Memphis Industries. That same sense of unease is rife on 'Realm', the beautifully menacing B-side to new single 'Upsilon'. "You've been scarred in the wastelands by bad life management," trembles frontman Duncan Wallis above lightly mathy guitars and lush neoclassical strings before a dark jerking climax you'll spend repeat listens trying to unpick.
The Royals is the first ever scripted series from E!, home to Keeping Up The Kardashians and Fashion Police, and it's every bit as flashy and attention-grabbing as you'd expect.
In the 2014 film Boyhood, Ethan Hawke’s character gives his son a CD compilation of John, Paul, George and Ringo’s best solo work, called ‘The Black Album’ – as the actor had done for his own daughter, Maya. Here he explains why the post-breakup years are such a significant part of the Beatles story... Paul McCartney always says, “People ask me what have I done since The Beatles, so I say: what have you done since The Beatles?” The work of the individual Beatles after the band split isn’t a footnote to their story, it’s a whole new story.