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LONDON E1 VIBE BAR

DJS COME AND DJS GO BUT surely as day follows night, as overdraft follows hedonism, Carl Cox will always be around. Rave? Shaped it. Ibiza? Larged it. Techno? Scene it,…

LONDON HACKNEY EMPIRE

NOTHING BEATS an evening of good, old-fashioned illicit fun. And the sense of borderline legality that pervades in this converted warehouse seems essential to the enjoyment of tonight's event. Not…

London WC2 Astoria

IT'S HARD NOT TO SUPPOSE that the continued dormancy of Beat Happening lends Calvin Johnson's other groups more allure than they intrinsically merit. Though Olympia, Washington's legendary exponent of basso…

‘Best OF’

THIS IS [I]THE [/I]MOST [I]PERFECT [/I]rock'n'roll record EVER made. GAAA! They're called Guitar Wolf - which is the best band name ever. The album's called 'Planet Of The Wolves' -…

Zero

AND SO, IN THE INEVITABLE TRIAL BY 'BEST Of', Guy Chadwick stands for his verdict. Will he be lauded as the visionary who, with The House Of Love, took Bunnymen…

Roman Candle / Elliott Smith

Under normal circumstances, we'd be advising these people to get out more. Clive and Martine are Broken Dog, a couple who function in the late 20th century without surnames and remain…

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Punch Drunkard

MAINSTREAM SUCCESS BECKONS FOR Elliott Smith in the wake of his Oscar-nominated [I]Good Will Hunting [/I]soundtrack. He's just signed a contract with Dreamworks and the recently released third album 'Either/Or'…

The Great Crossover Potential

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE HEARD AN Other Band saying they're 'Big in Japan'? A lot, frankly. And The Yellow Monkey are no different: "We're really big in Japan," they…

Estate Style Entertainment

IN 1987, BRITISH MUSIC NEEDED A bit of overseas help. The Smiths had split, [I]NME[/I] readers' favourite band was The Wedding Present, Sigue Sigue Sputnik were the future of rock'n'roll,…

Va Va Voom

A RARE TALENT IN THE TRUEST sense of the word, Louisiana native Lucinda Williams has released only four albums in a career spanning 18 years. Drawing deep on her peripatetic…

Waved Out

AS EMBRACE ARE WONT TO TELL YOU, YOU should always come back to what you know. For one David Lewis Gedge, this is a self-penned encyclopedia entitled 1,001 Ways To…

El Nino

ECCENTRICITY AND AMATEURISM MIGHT BE virtues typically associated with the English, but Robert Pollard, singer with Ohio's Guided By Voices is no stranger to either. To the rest of the…