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Short Cuts

UK hip hop label Low Life eschews the ersatz glitz of bling for a compilation of kitchen sink narratives. Jehst's lyrical ingenuity shines on "New Bohemia" while Task Force's spoof-Neptunes "Rockstarz" is a razor-sharp exercise in British sarcasm.


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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...