The Rolling Stones at Glastonbury 2013 – review



The Rolling Stones at Glastonbury 2013 – review

It starts about two hours before The Rolling Stones come onstage - hordes of people, normally milling around merrily, are now purposefully heading towards the Pyramid Stage. By the time Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie appear, the crowd has swelled to fill the entire field - backs to the food stalls and all.


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Elvis Costello at Glastonbury 2013 – review



Elvis Costello at Glastonbury 2013 – review

What with the sun blazing dangerously down on Worthy Farm, everyone seems to be in a blissful mood at Glastonbury this afternoon. Extraneous, and in some cases, all clothing layers have been shed, and the Southwest's supply of UV facepaints has been decimated.


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Melody's Echo Chamber at Glastonbury 2013 – review



Melody's Echo Chamber at Glastonbury 2013 – review

Stunning weather today (Saturday) at Glastonbury - though due to the lack of shade there are now thousands of people walking round with horrific sunburn, dazed from a combination of heat and cheap cider.


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Portishead at Glastonbury 2013 – review



Portishead at Glastonbury 2013 – review

Compared to the number of people packed in to see The Lumineers and Foals on the Other Stage earlier today, headliners Portishead had a much smaller crowd - after all, they're up against Arctic Monkeys on the Pyramid Stage, and Geoff Barrow and co are hardly feelgood fodder for festivals.


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Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 at Glastonbury 2013 – review



Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 at Glastonbury 2013 – review

At 2011's Glastonbury, Robyn Hitchcock performed all of Captain Beefheart's Clear Spot record - this year the former Soft Boy is toeing the line a little more, and appearing with his American supergroup of a backing band, The Venus 3.


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Michael Bonner

The Best Films Of 2013: Halftime Report



The Best Films Of 2013: Halftime Report

Taking my cue from John's round-up of the best albums of 2013 so far, I thought I'd compile a similar list of the best films released between the start of January and the end of June this year.


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Goat at Glastonbury 2013 – review



Goat at Glastonbury 2013 – review

So music at Glastonbury begins today, after Thursday's rain-soaked warm-up. Thankfully the sun is out, the mud is mostly gone, and the relieved party atmosphere is perfect for Goat at the West Holts Stage.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy's The Councellor trailer



First Look - Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy's The Councellor trailer

In among short stories from Annie Proulx, Ed Park and Dashiell Hammett in The New Yorker’s recent “Crimes & Misdemeanours” fiction special was, unexpectedly, new material by Cormac McCarthy.


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John Mulvey

The 24th Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 24th Uncut Playlist Of 2013

Over a week on, I suppose we’re still dealing with a kind of Neil Young & Crazy Horse feedback. This week’s major live distraction in the office, though, has been a stream/download of Wilco’s covers set from their festival last Friday night. The whole thing is hugely recommended but, if you’re pressed for time, please have a listen to the uncanny version of “Marquee Moon” I’ve embedded below.


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Allan Jones

Neil Young: Walk Like A Giant



Neil Young: Walk Like A Giant

Last week started on an absolute high when Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s Alchemy tour rocked up to London’s 02 Arena, turbulence in its wake, some of the crowds they had recently played to evidently unhappy with aspects of the band’s current set, notably the long jams around the songs they are playing from last year’s Psychedelic Pill, especially “Walk Like A Giant” and the extended feedback cacophony of its final 10 minutes, which was spectacularly brutal. Audiences in Birmingham and Newcastle had been from all accounts clearly agitated.


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Dave Edmunds at 70! Happy birthday, boyo!


First of all, there was the somewhat staggering recent news that Captain Sensible was about to turn 60. Then a few weeks ago, Nick Lowe was 65. And today, it turns out, Dave Edmunds, Nick’s former best mate and partner in Rockpile...