Music Reviews

Going To California

South London duo head out West to beef up sound for follow-up to The Optimist LP

Wayne Kramer - Adult World

The Hellacopters and Syd Straw aid MCS guitarist on fourth solo LP

Moloko - Statues

Sheffield's ever-quirky modern dance troupe refine their chilly club choons

Nicolai Dunger - Tranquil Isolation

Well-connected singer-songwriter on the spot again. Features Will Oldham

Fat Truckers

Sheffield synth-bloke trio's debut album

Cursive - The Ugly Organ

Concept album about sexuality from Nebraska quintet

Cass McCombs - Not The Way

Promisingly dazed US singer-songwriter

Short Cuts

Also released this month...

Junior Senior - D-D-Don't Stop The Music

Riotously infectious debut from fun-fixated Danish duo

Calla - Televise

Doom-laden noodling from NYC's latest press darlings

The Joe Jackson Band - Volume 4

He's The Man again

Nobukazu Takemura - 10th

Playful electronica from Japanese DJ

Molotov Cocktail

Imagine if the Cheeky Girls were as good as retro-kitsch archivists will probably one day pretend...

Martina Sorbara - The Cure For Bad Deeds

Tales of sleazy sex from young Canadian singer-songwriter

Mark Bacino - The Million Dollar Milkshake

Power pop with guts

Entrance - The Kingdom Of Heaven Must Be Taken By Storm

Baltimore freak lets it all hang out

The Angels Of Light - Everything Is Good Here

Avant-garde noise merchant turns it down to brilliant effect

Wayne Shorter - Alegria

Latest from thriving '60s jazz veteran

The Stratford 4 - Love & Distortion

BRMC buddy rides Britpop-fuelled rocket

Procol Harum - The Well's On Fire

Veteran outfit still going strong

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Introducing… Elvis Costello: The Ultimate Music Guide


In June 1977, Allan Jones of the Melody Maker took a familiar route to the offices of Stiff Records in West London. His appointment, that day, was with a notably irascible young singer-songwriter from Hounslow. In the course of a frequently startling interview, the man who had chosen to call...