Glastonbury Day 1: Courtney Barnett and Lily Allen



Glastonbury Day 1: Courtney Barnett and Lily Allen

In a welcome blast of sunshine between downpours, an excursion to the fringe stages on the southern slopes of the Glastonbury site provides a welcome relief from the liquid mud lakes and crowd crushes around the main arenas.


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Glastonbury Day 1: Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Band Of Skulls and Haim



Glastonbury Day 1: Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Band Of Skulls and Haim

Thunder, lightning and heavy downpours over Glastonbury right now. Deep joy for the 125,000 people already onsite, with more arriving every hour. It seems the gods of rock are angry. And they are not the only ones making a racket.


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Glastonbury Day 1: Blondie, New Build, East India Youth



Glastonbury Day 1: Blondie, New Build, East India Youth

"Glastonbury!" beams Debbie Harry. "Nowhere else like it!"

Just past midday on Friday in the Vale of Avalon, and the world’s largest voluntary refugee camp is already on the move.


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John Mulvey

The 24th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 24th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Lots to dig into this week, not least a song to sample from the Hiss Golden Messenger album that I’ve been alluding to for so long. Strong Ronnie Lane vibes there, perhaps. Among some biggish new entries here, some lesser known names to check out, too: Jennifer Castle; 75 Dollar Bill’s weird adaptation of desert blues; the new Blonde Redhead album that increasingly feels like their strongest in an age; and Hurray For The Riff Raff, magnificent on Letterman.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Stuart Murdoch's God Help The Girl



First Look - Stuart Murdoch's God Help The Girl

For anyone with even a passing familiarity with the work of Belle and Sebastian songwriter Stuart Murdoch, God Help The Girl – his debut as a writer and director – will hold few real surprises.


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Michael Bonner

Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, Le Bataclan, Paris, June 22, 2014



Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, Le Bataclan, Paris, June 22, 2014

“Welcome to an evening of country and eastern,” smiles Robert Plant as he gestures expansively round this fabled Paris venue, taking in not just the lively capacity crowd gathered here tonight but also to his latest musical collaborators, The Sensational Space Shifters.


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John Mulvey

Clapton, Mary Chain, MacGowan, Minutemen, Hurray For The Riff Raff... Inside this month's Uncut



Clapton, Mary Chain, MacGowan, Minutemen, Hurray For The Riff Raff... Inside this month's Uncut

When Graeme Thomson sent us his interview with Eric Clapton, it was not, to be honest, quite what we expected. We anticipated a poignant chat about Clapton’s old friend JJ Cale, to tie in with the forthcoming tribute album, “The Breeze”. As it transpired, though, the album was just a jumping-off point for one of the most unexpected and revealing Clapton pieces most of us can remember.


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John Mulvey

The 23rd Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 23rd Uncut Playlist Of 2014

I suspect I wasn’t the only one who, last night, came out of the World Cup rabbit hole to discover that Gerry Goffin had died. As has become a slightly weird but nonetheless heartfelt tradition – a public display of mourning and taste, I suppose – I posted a favourite song onto Twitter: the Byrds’ version of “Goin’ Back”.


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John Mulvey

The Grateful Dead and the ultimate "Dark Star"



The Grateful Dead and the ultimate "Dark Star"

It’s not a situation I could have predicted 20 years ago, I’ll admit, but there’s a point I reach quite often on Friday afternoons when all I really want to hear is The Grateful Dead. As default, I’ll cue up something from 1972 – the Wembley Empire Pool set from that year, say – mention it on Twitter, then receive a lot of static from my Dead friends who see me as something of a lightweight for clinging so conservatively to that year.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Nick Cave in 20,000 Days On Earth



First Look - Nick Cave in 20,000 Days On Earth

As an artist, Nick Cave has mastered many different disciplines – musician, novelist and screenwriter among them – but arguably his greatest accomplishment has been the on-going management of ‘Nick Cave’.


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A garage rock round-up: Ty Segall! Meatbodies! Wand! King Gizzard! Cool Ghouls!


By its very nature, garage rock can be a trashy, erratic business - inevitable given the unbridled spontaneity it privileges. One of the many amazing things about Ty Segall and the ever-expanding circle of artists around him, however, is how they've found a way of adding consistency to the...