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Graham Coxon - A&E

Graham Coxon - A&EFrantic riffs, motorik grooves and "perverse sounds" define Blur guitarists eighth solo album...

Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls

Alabama Shakes - Boys & GirlsAssured full-length debut by precocious spawn of Muscle Shoals....

Dr Feelgood - All Through The City

Dr Feelgood - All Through The CityLong overdue boxset includes the four original albums, plus extras...

Dr John - Locked Down

Dr John - Locked DownAmong the residents of Treme, David Simon’s HBO drama series about the inhabitants of New Orleans...

Morrissey - Viva Hate

Morrissey - Viva HateMoz reissues his fine solo debut...

Grateful Dead - All The Years Combine

Grateful Dead - All The Years CombineThe full extent of the Dead’s official DVD arsenal...

Andrew Bird - Break It To Yourself

Andrew Bird - Break It To YourselfChicagoan prodigy drops his guard and takes flight..

Michael Kiwanaku - Home Again

Michael Kiwanaku - Home AgainEarnest, soulful debut from hotly tipped North Londoner...

Julia Holter - Ekstasis

Julia Holter - EkstasisEA new American maverick finds her voice...

John Cale - Conflict & Catalysis: Productions & Arrangements 1966-2006

John Cale - Conflict & Catalysis: Productions & Arrangements 1966-2006The Velvet Underground man’s knob-twiddling years.

Big Brother & The Holding Company - Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968

Big Brother & The Holding Company - Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968Fly on the psychedelic wall: The Bear's sonic journals snag a masterpiece...

Lee Ranaldo - Between The Times And The Tides

Lee Ranaldo - Between The Times And The TidesSonic Youth guitarist makes his 'proper song' debut...

The Shins - Port Of Morrow

The Shins - Port Of MorrowCareer. Commitment. Can this really be The Shins? It surely can...

The Chemical Brothers - Don't Think

The Chemical Brothers - Don't ThinkBrothers gonna work it out live in Japan...

Dirty Three - Towards The Low Sun

Dirty Three - Towards The Low SunAlbum ten finds Warren Ellis and company staking out new and beautiful territory...

The Jazz Baroness

The Jazz BaronessMini-bio of the great Thelonius Monk...

Paul Weller - Sonik Kicks

Paul Weller - Sonik KicksA sprightly Modfather, bringing it all back home on another career-high solo album...

Django Django - Django Django

Django Django - Django DjangoSpirited art-rock from swashbuckling quartet...

Anais Mitchell - Young Man In America

Anais Mitchell - Young Man In AmericaThe follow-up to Hadestown seals Mitchell’s pre-eminence...

Jim White - Where It Hits You

Jim White - Where It Hits YouRousing fifth solo LP from peripatetic US maverick...

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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...