Everything about tonight was extraordinary. First, for Kate Bush fans, it was a moment we never thought would happen. After 35 years away from the stage, we had accepted it was likely that our live experience of Bush would be consigned to the 1979 The Tour Of Life documentary and the music videos that followed. Second, well, we’re going to see Kate Bush, the ultimate one-of-a-kind. It is, really, the most extraordinary live event of the century so far. Never has so important an artist shunned the limelight for so long, while gathering legions of fans, generation after generation.
'I Love You'? Have 2014's most unforgiving and uncompromising newcomers, four Dublin troublemakers whose slurring noise-rock brutalises convention as much as it does eardrums, turned over a gooey new leaf with this schmaltzily-titled track? Don't panic. Girl Band are just as loud and nihilistic on this B-side to new single 'De Bom Bom' as we've come to expect from them, pounding through two minutes and 25 seconds of deranged moans about shady KGB conspirators and Albini-ish chainsaw guitars.
Bush-mania is sweeping the nation as the anointed one from East Wickham Farm returns. The reclusive singer emerges butterfly-like from her 35-year chrysalis, beginning an incredibly special run of dates at the Hammersmith Apollo starting tonight (August 26).
“Did you guys see Queens of the Stone Age last night?” Pulled Apart By Horses' Tom Hudson asked the crowd during the Yorkshire rippers' Reading Festival set on Saturday morning. “That seven foot ginger sexy bastard…” Across their six years together, the band have heavily mined Josh Homme’s sleazy guitar work for inspiration. On new album 'Blood' however, their third studio effort to date, they become a phenomenon in their own right, taking no prisoners as they smash through 12 tracks of sledgehammer riffs and sludgey chaos.
In what is one of the unlikeliest comebacks of the year, mid-noughties indie darlings The Vines burst back into life earlier this summer with ‘Out The Loop’. It marked the band rediscovering the same form of their peak days, a short, sharp reintroduction that blasts away the notion that the Australian band’s heyday is long gone. ‘Wicked Nature’, the stonking 22-track double album it’s taken from, reinforces that feeling. Split into two halves, it first shakes you by the shoulders with an onslaught of rock’n’roll before, in typical Vines style, journeying through a host of sounds.