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Ben Hewitt

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014

Gary Barlow And Cee Lo Green: A Twitter Non-Apology Is Not A Get-Out Clause For Acting Like A Dick

Sorry doesn’t seem to be the hardest word at all lately; not at the rate that popstars have been flinging it around so lightly. The latest culprit is Gary Barlow, who has apologised for investing in an alleged tax avoidance scheme. “With a new team of accountants we are working to settle things with all parties involved ASAP,” he wrote on Twitter. “I want to apologise to anyone who was offended by the tax stories this year.” Ah, yes. ‘I’m sorry for any offence taken.’ Truly, never has a more maddening phrase been uttered.


NME Blog

Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014

What's The Best Foo Fighters Album? All 7 LPs, Reappraised And Ranked Worst To Best

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...


Lisa Wright

Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Top 10 Underrated Cribs Songs You Need To Know

‘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.


Jeremy Allen

Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nick Cave, Aphex Twin and 8 Other Ingenious Myth-Makers In Music

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).


Al Horner

Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mercury Prize 2014 Shortlist - Five Talking Points

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?

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