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Eve Barlow

Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015

 
Remembering TLC's Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes, The Trail-Blazing R&B Badass Who Should Never Be Forgotten

There's definitely been more written about the Radiohead song of the same name over the years, but for me it was another early '90s single called ‘Creep’ that really impacted my life at the time. The video seemed glued to MTV, and featured three proto-feminist tomboys wearing the kind of silk gowns I'd see wee ladies in Glasgow hairdressers’ chairs sporting in a far less alluring way. TLC were a trio who appeared real proof of my mother's constant advice that you have to make the best of what you’re given.

 

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Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015

 
Bat For Lashes Teams Up With Violinist John Metcalfe On Stirring New Track 'Just Let Go' - Listen

Proving that classical and pop music can be comfortable bedfellows, violinist John Metcalfe has spent a career bringing his traditional training to innovative new grounds. Recently he was a member of Manchester post-punk mainstays The Durutti Column, while previous to that he helped set up Factory Classical – a new strand of the legendary Factory Records label with head honcho Tony Wilson. Now, Metcalfe is readying to release a new LP – 'The Appearance Of Colour' (out on Real World on June 8) – and to tee it up he's shared a collaboration with Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan.

 

Larry Bartleet

Posted on Friday, April 24, 2015

 
10 Years Of YouTube: The Music Viral Videos You Might Have Forgotten

This week marks a decade since the first ever YouTube upload. I'd ask where the time has gone but let's face it, the answer's probably 'on YouTube'. The web's go-to place for procrastination, it's amazing how many hours can slip away from you as you hop from viral video to viral video. Over the decade, there's been no shortage of music-themed viral videos.

 

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Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2015

 
Oasis: 10 Classic Tracks No Reunion Gig Should Be Without

If the rumours are true, then after six years of monitoring the Gallagher brothers’ every move, quip and tweet, Oasis fans might just be about to see the Britpop kings return for a second slice of the pie. Having topped every ‘dream headliner’/ ‘dream reunion’/ ‘please god just get back on a stage together again’ poll in recent memory, this one’s obviously the motherlode in terms of comebacks. And what fuels a comeback more than a superlative set full of crowd-unifying glory?

 

Larry Bartleet

Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2015

 
This American Life: Five Must-Hear Music-Themed Episodes Of The Cult Podcast

If you've never listened to This American Life – where have you been? Hosted by the gentle-voiced Ira Glass, picking at a different strand of American living in compelling weekly hour-long bursts, the show has been running for nearly 20 years now, originally on US public radio before gaining a new lease of life on iTunes. Each episode has a different theme: some dark, dealing with child abuse and school shootings, others light-hearted and pondering. Across its two decades on air, there's been some memorable music moments.

 
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