The Flaming Lips at End Of The Road 2014 - review



The Flaming Lips at End Of The Road 2014 - review

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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Gruff Rhys at End Of The Road 2014 - review



Gruff Rhys at End Of The Road 2014 - review

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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Cate Le Bon and Sam Lee at End Of The Road 2014 - review



Cate Le Bon and Sam Lee at End Of The Road 2014 - review

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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Connan Mockasin, St Vincent and more at End Of The Road 2014 - review



Connan Mockasin, St Vincent and more at End Of The Road 2014 - review

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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British Sea Power at End Of The Road 2014 - review



British Sea Power at End Of The Road 2014 - review

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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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks at End Of The Road 2014 - review



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
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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John Mulvey

The 32nd Uncut Playlist Of 2014



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 my review of the second Before The Dawn show, in case you missed it (or avoided it) yesterday.


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John Mulvey

Reviewed: Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo, August 27, 2014



Reviewed: Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo, August 27, 2014

There is a song on "Aerial", Kate Bush's eighth and possibly best album, called "Bertie". "Here comes the sunshine," it begins, "Here comes that son of mine/Here comes the everything/Here's a song and a song for him." Nine years later, here, perhaps is a show for him: an unexpected comeback; a ravishing absurdity; a launchpad for his theatrical aspirations. Our pleasure may, to some degree, be collateral.


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John Mulvey

Inside the new Uncut...



Inside the new Uncut...

Vile day here in London, improved to some degree I'd hope by the arrival in UK shops of the new edition of Uncut. It has Nick Drake on the cover, as you probably know if you're a subscriber and your copy arrived over the weekend.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Finding Fela



First Look - Finding Fela

It's a satisfyingly busy time for music films at the moment. The excellent Nick Cave documentary, 20,000 Days On Earth, is upon us; following swiftly in its wake are biopics of James Brown and Jimi Hendrix.


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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...