Elbow - 'The Take Off And Landing Of Everything'

Elbow - 'The Take Off And Landing Of Everything'

I once interviewed huggable indie bear and affable radio host Guy Garvey about his love of astronomy. Well, I say ‘love of astronomy’; it turned out what Guy meant by ‘astronomy’ was more ‘looking at pretty things in the sky’ than...

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Elbow - 'Dead In The Boot'

Elbow - 'Dead In The Boot'

When you really think about Elbow – and their omnipresence in our sports TV shows means that we have plenty of opportunity to do so – it’s really kind of odd how it has all ended up for them. ‘One Day Like This’, their big show-closer,...

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This Week's Singles Reviewed

This Week's Singles Reviewed

Hamish MacBain takes on this week's releases. Elbow - 'Lippy Kids' Good on Elbow and all that, but fuck me backwards, their Glasto set was nauseatingly pleasant. This is the one off the new album from which all the gushing reviews have...

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This Week's Singles Reviewed - 25/04/11

This Week's Singles Reviewed - 25/04/11

Elbow - ‘Open Arms’ “THANK YOU COMIC RELIEF FOR SHOWING ME THIS FUCKING SONG/BAND!!!! God this is amazing,” writes one Youtube commenter, and to me, this is the sentiment that binds together all Elbow fans. The mistaken belief that what...

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Album Review: Elbow - Build  A Rocket Boys! (Fiction/Polydor)

Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys! (Fiction/Polydor)

Specificity in art is a sign of bravery. Anyone who obfuscates what they mean (either for lack of something to say or for fear of being taken to task) is not only a coward but probably not worthy of the tag ‘artist’ in the first place. This is...

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Elbow

Elbow

While Guy Garvey is at pains to remind us all that this gig sold out before his band’s Mercury Prize triumph, their current UK tour is completely coloured by it, giving the dates the air of one long party. It’s a party featuring the most...

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Elbow

Elbow

If 2005’s ‘Leaders Of The Free World’ was Elbow’s on-tour love letter to Manchester, this is the sound of them returning and re-evaluating their relationship with the city. Mancunians have a curiously tempestuous relationship with their...

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Elbow

Elbow

You can pretty much say anything in a Mancunian accent and still sound ridiculously relaxed. Whether trapped in a well or angrily protesting a crossbow injury the likelihood is that you’ll sound like you’re reclining on a lush Caribbean beach....

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Elbow

Elbow

This is the new, classier Elbow,” announces Guy Garvey, surveying his surroundings. We’re at the Porchester Hall – an opulent west London ballroom opened in the reign of George V – to witness his band’s live return, and Manchester’s...

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Elbow/The Duke Spirit/¡Forward, Russia!/Larrikin Love: Astoria, London, Tuesday, February 21

Elbow/The Duke Spirit/¡Forward,...

There may have been a hugely varied array of bands on display at the ShockWaves NME Awards Shows these past two weeks but, really, there’s little doubt that tonight is the king of all diverse bills. Headlined by Guy Garvey and his...

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