Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks at End Of The Road 2014 - review
British Sea Power at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Connan Mockasin & St Vincent at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Cate Le Bon & Sam Lee at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Gruff Rhys at End Of The Road 2014 - review

As far as spectacles go, The Flaming Lips still go that extra mile. Their headline set on the Woods Stage at End Of The Road tonight (Saturday) is the most colourful and psychedelic I've ever seen at the festival, perhaps ever seen full-stop.


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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks at End Of The Road 2014 - review
British Sea Power at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Connan Mockasin & St Vincent at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Cate Le Bon & Sam Lee at End Of The Road 2014 - review
The Flaming Lips at End Of The Road 2014 - review

Earlier this afternoon, Gruff Rhys introduced his American Interior film in the Cinema tent at End Of The Road - "I don't really know what I'm supposed to be doing," his speech began, endearingly.


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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks at End Of The Road 2014 - review
British Sea Power at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Connan Mockasin at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Gruff Rhys at End Of The Road 2014 - review
The Flaming Lips at End Of The Road 2014 - review

One of the highlights of Saturday so far is Cate Le Bon, performing with her three-piece band on the Garden Stage. The vast majority of the set is taken from last year's excellent Mug Museum, and that album's brittle, angular cuts like "I Can't Help You" are the most exciting of the show.


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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks at End Of The Road 2014 - review
British Sea Power at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Cate Le Bon & Sam Lee at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Gruff Rhys at End Of The Road 2014 - review
The Flaming Lips at End Of The Road 2014 - review

As some of the stages draw to a close, I catch Swedish singer-songwriter Alice Boman over at the Uncut Tipi Tent. Joined by three other musicians, including a very subtle brass player, Boman charms the crowd with her extremely mellow, piano-based pieces.


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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Connan Mockasin & St Vincent at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Cate Le Bon & Sam Lee at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Gruff Rhys at End Of The Road 2014 - review
The Flaming Lips at End Of The Road 2014 - review

End Of The Road must cause a bit of a problem for British Sea Power - when you normally deck your stages out with leafy branches, what do you do when you play a festival which surrounds all its stages with lush foliage? You bring along even more foliage, of course, and cover it all in streams of fairy lights.


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British Sea Power at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Connan Mockasin & St Vincent at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Cate Le Bon & Sam Lee at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Gruff Rhys at End Of The Road 2014 - review
The Flaming Lips at End Of The Road 2014 - review

Welcome to our coverage of this year's End Of The Road Festival! We love it here at the Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset, and even more now we have, for a second year, our own stage, the fantastic Tipi Tent.


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In the same way that Marshall amps revolutionised rock music, allowing heavy rock and metal to flourish, loop pedals have changed the state of play for solo performers. No longer having to rely on real-time performing, the first two acts on tonight at the final night of Club Uncut at The Great Escape have been able to take folk to stranger, new climes.


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After last night's Hold Steady-headlined first night, Uncut's stage at The Great Escape continues tonight (May 10) with an opening set from Serafina Steer.


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David Byrne & St Vincent at End Of The Road 2013 - review
Ethan Johns at End Of The Road 2013 - review
Eels at End Of The Road 2013 – review
Parquet Courts at End Of The Road 2013 – review
Mike Heron & Trembling Bells at End Of The Road 2013 – review
William Tyler at End Of The Road 2013 - review

Belle & Sebastian might not have surprised anyone with their last two albums, 2006's The Life Pursuit and 2010's Write About Love, but it seems their fans' love for them is growing even deeper - these two are their highest charting records, in the UK and America.


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Belle And Sebastian at End Of The Road 2013 - review
Ethan Johns at End Of The Road 2013 - review
David Byrne & St Vincent at End Of The Road 2013 - review
Eels at End Of The Road 2013 – review
Parquet Courts at End Of The Road 2013 – review
Mike Heron & Trembling Bells at End Of The Road 2013 – review

One of the highlights of this weekend's Uncut Tipi Tent is almost certainly William Tyler's performance on Sunday afternoon. It's hot and dry in Dorset, and Tyler's dusty, crystalline solo guitar pieces are the perfect counterparts.


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The 32nd Uncut Playlist Of 2014


Such has been the drooling media focus on Kate Bush this week, it might be tough to imagine British music journalists listening to anything else these past few days. I'm not, in fairness, exempt from the hysteria: here's...