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Dave Simpson

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

Villagers: {Awayland} - review

(Domino) For all the charm of Conor O'Brien's first album, 2010's Becoming a Jackal , it contained nothing to suggest that he was anything other than a folk-informed Paddy McAloon. The Dubliner's follow-up , though no less literate, is more adventuro