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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Push the Sky Away - review

(Bad Seed Ltd) After the tongue-in-cheek garage noise of his Grinderman project, Cave and co have slowed the tempo. The Bad Seeds' 15th album, the first without longstanding cohort Mick Harvey, features funeral-paced songs and stripped-down music tha

How we made: New Order's Gillian Gilbert and designer Peter Saville on Blue Monday

In 1983, before computers came along, it wasn't easy to do electronic basslines and rhythms. So [New Order vocalist] Bernard Sumner started building these gadgets called sequencers. Next, we thought it would be good to create a song that was completely el

Dutch Uncles: Out of Touch in the Wild - review

Memphis Industries Dutch Uncles haven't enjoyed the top 10 success of fellow brainy Manchester electro types Everything Everything, a fact this third album seems to want to remedy. They've kept the unusual time signatures, jerky basslines and Duncan Wa

Frightened Rabbit: Pedestrian Verse - review

(Atlantic) Currently enjoying success in the US, Glasgow-based Frightened Rabbit are long overdue a breakthrough closer to home, and perhaps Pedestrian Verse will deliver it. Like some of their Scottish predecessors, from Big Country to Glasvegas,

The 1975 - review

Soyo, Sheffield The widely predicted return of guitar bands in 2013 has led to glances towards the 1975 as potential leaders of the pack, with tips coming from the usual suspects. In fact, after various name changes - eventually taking the 1975 from a

Paloma Faith - review

Academy, Leeds Paloma Faith begins by reflecting on her days as a burlesque performer, when she and her fellow dancers waited to be whisked away by the "giver of dreams". Two platinum albums and two Brit nominations later, she has been. However, in s

Paul Banks - review

Sound Control, Manchester We know what to expect with Paul Banks's regular job as frontman of New York-based melancholy rockers Interpol : black-clad musicians, starkly melodic basslines, and an atmosphere that suggests someone just died. So it's a surp

Adam Ant: The Blueblack Hussar

(Blueblack Hussar) Around a decade ago, when Adam Ant was twice convicted of affray and sectioned to a psychiatric institution, few would have backed the troubled star to return to the music that made Adam and the Ants one of the biggest and most colou