There is something to be said for the shoe-string budget movie. Recent films like Locke (Tom Hardy having a meltdown while travelling in a car from Birmingham to London) proved to be a refreshing and inventive corrective to the seasonal trudge of blockbusters. Blue Ruin is a similarly impressive low-budget affair, showcasing two emergent talents: writer/director Jeremy Saulnier and lead actor Macon Blair.
The new issue of Uncut went on sale late last week, with a cover story on Arctic Monkeys and features on Warren Zevon, Kate Bush, Isaac Hayes, Toumani and Sidiki Diabate, The Handsome Family, plus a quick word with Neil Young about what he’s currently up to, which as usual is a lot.
Neil Young was among thousands of people who took to the streets in Washington, D.C. on Saturday [April 26], urging the Obama administration to reject a proposed pipeline. Scroll down to watch him address the march.
The rally was a culmination of a five-day "Reject and Protect" protest against the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project, which would bring diluted bitumen from Alberta to refineries in the Gulf Coast.
Jeff Bridges and his band took to the stage to play a 30-minute set at Lebowski Fest in Los Angeles on Friday (April 25).
As reported by Associated Press, the actor, who played Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski in the 1998 Coen Brothers film The Big Lebowski, performed songs from his 2009 film Crazy Heart among others.
Kyle Gass, best known as one half of Tenacious D alongside Jack Black, opened the night with a set of songs drawn from The Big Lebowski itself.
Paul McCartney has announced two new American tour dates, including the last ever show at Candlestick Park on August 14 - the site of The Beatles' final full concert on August 29, 1966.
He has also announced he will play Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium a few days earlier on August 10.
Candlestick Park is the former stadium of American football team the San Francisco 49ers. McCartney’s show is being billed as "Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert".
Willie Nelson was among the inaugural inductees to the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame on Saturday night [April 26].
As reported by Associated Press, Matthew McConaughey, who last month won the Academy Award for best actor, inducted Nelson with the words: "There would be no Austin City Limits without Willie Nelson."
As Damon Albarn prepares to release his debut solo album, Everyday Robots, on Monday, and 20 years since the release of Parklife is celebrated, we delve back into the Uncut archive (July 2009, Take 146) and go behind the scenes of the sessions that produced Blur’s classic albums and reveal the conflicts that nearly destroyed the band… Interviews: Nick Hasted
The Libertines will reunite for a live show at Hyde Park in London this July.
The band will headline the British Summer Time festival on July 5 on a bill that also includes The Pogues, Spiritualized, Maximo Park and The Enemy.
Rumours about a potential reunion emerged over the weekend after Pete Doherty gave an interview in which he claimed he had been approached with an offer to reunite the band for a live show.
Beyond the Ebay landfill mountains of luminous “Ghostbusters” singles, there were a weird few days this week when it seemed as if no-one had actually located a copy of Neil Young’s “A Letter Home” on Record Store Day. After everything, did it actually exist? Had Neil, in his current capricious mood, personally had it removed it from the stockrooms of record stores on Friday night?