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The Flaming Lips: The Terror - review

(Bella Union) The Flaming Lips have come a long way since 1999's unit-shifting The Soft Bulletin and 2006's At War With the Mystics, and all those happy-clappy, celebratory gigs featuring giant rubber hands and frontman Wayne Coyne in an inflatable glo

Ian Hunter - review

City Varieties, Leeds "I don't know if this is what you're expecting, but this is what you've got," says Ian Hunter with a laugh. Rather than bringing a rock show to town, he's touring with just an electric guitarist and a chap who perches a giant double

Edwyn Collins: Understated - review

(AED) Edwyn Collins understandably addresses his continuing struggle to recover from the two brain haemorrhages he suffered in 2005. As he puts it on the slinky, horn-augmented Baby Jean, "I've got to find a way to understand the world." He is still

Sound City OST: Sound City - Real to Reel - review

(Columbia) In 1991, Nirvana rolled up at Sound City recording studio in Los Angeles. The tattered room, which had recorded everyone from Neil Young to Johnny Cash, wasn't what they had expected. However, the album they recorded there - Nevermind - beca

Status Quo - review

In 2009, Status Quo's Francis Rossi told an interviewer that reuniting the band's original lineup would be like "trying to get your dick up your own arse". Four years on, Rossi appears to achieved the anatomically impossible: after years of acrimony and c

Bastille - review

Long before Bastille could ever have dreamed of a No 1 album , frontman and mastermind Dan Smith was a student at University of Leeds. As he tells those who have come to see him at his alma mater, he got the news about Bad Blood 's success as his tour

How we made Killer, by Seal and Adamski

The singer and producer recall the acid house anthem that took them from illegal raves to stardom and a No 1 hit Seal, singer I was living in a squat. Before that, it had been floors and sofas, but then I'd managed to finance my way travelling round A

Rhye: Woman - review

(Polydor) When mysterious duo Rhye began posting their music online, comparisons to the likes of Sade and Tracey Thorn led to assumptions that singer was a female . While the band have now revealed themselves as Copenhagen producer Robert Hannibal and T

Jimi Hendrix: People, Hell and Angels - review

(Sony Legacy) With almost four times as many posthumous collections as studio albums released during his lifetime, James Marshall Hendrix really may be worth more dead than alive. Most of the dozen songs here have been released before in other forms, a

Stereophonics: Graffiti on the Train - review

(Stylus) For their sizable fanbase, Stereophonics will be for ever be synonymous with good times, Chris Evans's TV show and hands punching the air. For their detractors, they remain purveyors of meat-and-potatoes musical gruel. It may be too late to ch