Music Reviews

Adrian Sherwood - Never Trust A Hippy

On-U Sound master and former Clash DJ makes debut solo foray

Sonny Landreth - The Road We're On

Louisiana-based blues revivalist

Use Your Delusion

Twenty-first album from America's startlingly original lord of lo-fi

April March - Triggers

Second album from former Ren And Stimpy writer and animator

Tosca - Delhi 9

Third album from the other duo Dorfmeister (one half of nu-acid jazz stars Kruder & Dorfmeister...

The 'Burn - Sally O'Mattress

Noel Gallagher-endorsed Blackburn quintet deliver strong debut

Har Mar Superstar - You Can Feel Me

Lame comedy R&B, strictly for haters

Various Artists - Estuary English: Music From Memphis Industries Volume One

Excellent overview of Blue States' label home

Hayden - Live At Convocation Hall

With Skyscraper National Park, the quiet ebb and flow of Paul Hayden Desser's cracked, sad-slow...

Magical Misery Tour

Ten songs of dark and disturbing genius from Seattle singer-songwriter

Peter Bruntnell - Ends Of The Earth

For a man so steeped in the honeyed hickory grit of Gram Parsons, newcomers to Bruntnell could be...

This Month In Americana

Unheralded Chicago-based tunesmith comes of age

Clue To Kalo - Come Here When You Sleepwalk

Pretty, discreet indietronica from Oz

Hot Hot Heat - Make Up The Breakdown

This month's New Strokes. Disappointing

The Detroit Cobras - Seven Easy Pieces

Full-throttle rock'n'soul mini album. From Detroit, obviously

Bent - The Everlasting Blink

Now wealthy enough to not fall foul of record company lawyers (unpaid for Nana Mouskouri samples...

Susumu Yokota - Overhead

Missing link between Yokota's soulful ambient and upbeat house projects

Scenic - The Acid Gospel Experience

Arizonan soundtrackers make ill-advised foray into space rock

Medium 21 - Killings From The Dial

Young English heirs to The Flaming Lips

The Immortal Lee County Killers II - ...Love Is A Charm Of Powerful Trouble

Punk blues recorded in a condemned shack

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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...