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The DOT

Mike Skinner is the peripheral pop star. He enjoyed huge commercial success with The Streets but always seemed uncomfortable with celebrity, devoting one album...

SWN Festival

You may have stored away your tent, hosed off the wellies, given thanks for the unspeakable beauty of sleeping in an actual bed and...

Howler/Cast Of Cheers/Gross Magic

"Hi,” says the first man/boy to take the stage, “I’m Justin Bieber.” WHAT!?! Has the booker of the Generation Next tour lost their mind?...

Spector/Swim Deep/Splashh

It’s easy to see why Spector provoke sniffiness in certain quarters. Yet as indie withers on the vine commercially and its bands respond by...

The Midnight Beast

A disquieting thought occurs to us about halfway through The Midnight Beast’s set tonight: has pop music reached a place where it’s so unsalvageably...

Radiohead

When Thom Yorke introduces ‘Paranoid Android’, a nearby man in his early forties finally allows a strangled cry of elation to leave his throat,...

Crystal Castles/Health

The image of a woman in a burka clutching her wounded son – on a backdrop looming behind the stage – is startling. She’s...

Azealia Banks/Zebra Katz

You’ll have noticed there’s still no debut album from Azealia Banks in this world. The hefty six-month delay from the original release date for...

Ellie Goulding/Haim

For sale in the Roundhouse bar tonight is a one-night-only Ellie Goulding cocktail made with pink grapefruit, vodka and chilli. It makes a lot...

Example/Katy B/Skream/Diplo

A taxi stops somewhere along an a road outside Manchester. There’s barely a pavement, so hundreds of kids clutching bottles of clear spirits are...
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