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Britain Reaches Musical Nadir

Britain produced the Beatles. Britain produced the Stones. Now Britain has produced tv talent show puppets John and Edward, who...

Who are the Scottish Band of the Decade’

Biffy Clyro have been one of the surprise acts of recent years, a group who were a few albums into their career before some...

Black Grape Reforms

The craze for bands reforming has reached the post-baggy era, and Black Grape, Shaun Ryder’s follow up to his Happy...

Taylor Confusion Cancels Concert

Taylor Swift’s sappy line in countrified pop has a lot of young fans who would happily rush to see her play. So when the...

Amnesty Campaign for Missing Music Journos

And now, something pretty bloody serious. Earlier this month two Iranian music journalists  - Behrang Tonekaboni and...

Chili Peppers Unveil New Guitarist (Video)

Late last year it was reported that once troubled guitar master John Frusciante had left funk-rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers,...

Noel to start Solo Career for Charity

Noel Gallagher has played solo shows before, but he’s now announced his first since Oasis officially split. He’s...

Cypress Hill Release Trailer, Aim to Save...

There was a time when music videos where simply promotional tools for music, before the videos became almost movies in...

Glasto Asks Bans Flags?’

Yesterday we reported on how Download became the latest festival to ban flags, and resisted the temptation to explain how we...

Hot Web Cast - Tonight

With the release of their new album 'One Life Stand' last Monday, Hot Chip have announced that their gig tonight,...

Cobain and Love’s Daughter Sings

 Given that the US is supposed to be the home of political correctness, we’re amazed that former Dresden Doll and...

Doherty 'an antillectual, egotistical...

Not our words, but part of a rant posted online by the Subway’s Billy Lunn. The alleged behavior of Pete Doherty and...

Men At Work guilty of plagiarism

That's right! The song "Down Under" that drove us all criminally insane in the early 80's (and still...

Now Download ban flags, even from your arse.

Flags at festivals: ways to stand out of the crowd and spread some much needed humour and local charm, or bloody annoying ego...

Arcade Fire Sell Out for Charity

Licensing your music for major sports events can be a money spinner, but is generally considered on a par with selling out to...

Fall out Boy Split?

A set of quotes by the two leading members of Fall Out Boy suggest the emo act may have split. Which might cause more than a...

Garbage to Return?

With their last album released in 2005, and singer Shirley Manson last spotted moonlighting in the Sarah Connor Chronicles (we...

Them Crooked Vultures go for Seconds this...

The titanic rock team up between the Queens, Foos and Zeppelin may not have changed the face of music, but they did put out a...

Mark Ronson lines acts up for new album

Mark Ronson scored a hit in 2007 with an album of dubious horn led cover versions, doing for the Zuton’s Valerie what the...

Final Glastonbury headliners revealed

Well no shock horror with Muse who will be headlining on the Sunday night however its a bit of a surprise they are wheeling out...

Dave Grohl admits he has become a pussy

Well OK not quite however the Foo Fighters frontman (damn I like how those words came out - loads of FFF's) has admited...

Leftfield to Play Live Again

In the 1990s, Leftfield were the kings of alternative dance, their bass heavy beats leading the way. Unfortunately, they...

Magnetic Fields' Man in High Concept...

Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields is to write and perform a film soundtrack. But that’s clearly not high concept...

Cypress Hill give away MP3 single It...

Here is your chance to get a brand new Cypress Hill joint off their upcoming record Rise Up, due out on April 6. The song is...

Hail Animator Release Debut E.P 'We Live...

Alternative indie outift Hail Animator will be releasing their debut EP, We Live in Boxes, on Friday 5th March 2010. The...

Nirvana and Pumpkins Playing Twister (Video)

Before the members of Smashing Pumpkins became so po-faced, and before Kurt Cobain’s depression became so crippling he...

Beyonce Sets Grammy Record, Kings and Day...

Beyonce – who, if you’ve managed to never hear of her, is probably the most famous pop/r’n’b star in...

Panda Bear to be a TOMBOY

Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, one of the still achingly hip Animal Collective, has revealed that his next album will be called...

Supergrass try Instrument Swapping

How does a far past its commercial peak indie band try and keep things fresh? Why, some keys in the fruitbowl instrument...

Susan Boyle Assassination Paranoia

The inevitable descent of the Susan Boyle camp into batshit crazyness took another step this week, after she found an intruder...

MGMT influenced by Gaga and West?

If I were to tell you that the new MGMT album ‘Congratulations’ – which has been mixed, mastered and is ready...

Chinese Mimers Face Fine

China is more than a little harsh. In fact, you probably can’t read this in China due to censorship restrictions. But one...

Sigur Ros Scrap New Album

Sigur Ros, purveyors of the finest Icelandic dreamscapes, have scrapped their new album. Frontman Jonsi told Spinnermusic:...

Simon Cowell to Patronize Haiti

In the US, they raised money for Haiti by having a starstudded telethon. In Britain, they’ve got Simon Cowell to organise...

Massive Attack are okay on Depressing...

No one can really deny that Massive Attack make powerful and emotive music, even if those emotions do seen to be full of doom,...

Fever Ray accepts award, says arty Fuck...

Fever Ray, aka Karin Dreijer Andersson of the Knife, doesn’t mess about when it comes to aesthetics. So who better to...

Animal Collective film trailer now live

Animal Collective stormed the ‘best of 2009’ charts and became the band of the moment. So would any other group...

Why you should have heard of Sunny Day...

A band called ‘Sunny Day Real Estate’ are to play their first live dates in over fifteen years, and their first...

The Spyro releases new material

In December 2009 The Spyro recorded three songs with a known Finnish producer Jyri Riikonen. These three songs are now ready to...

First confirmations due for FIB 2010

Thank the lord for that! - After seeing a bunch of predictable headliners in the UK festival market, our very own favourite FIB...

AC DC do Iron Man 2 Soundtrack

In all the excitement over Daft Punk doing music for the Tron 2 soundtrack, and Muse in talks to work on Clash of the Titans,...

SOAD's Serj Releases Live Album

System of a Down’s Serj Tankian is to release a live album based on tracks from his 2007 solo record. Now, you don’t normally...

Albarn offers to write you a Song. If...

Albarn offers to write you a Song. If you’re rich. The brains behind Britain’s Glastonbury Festival have long supported charity...

New Digital Format: MusicDNA

Digital music put a rather hungry cat among the music industry’s corpulent pigeons, and now the war between the future and the...

Sony are 'pig-brained arseholes'

Sometimes, when a record company is giving permission for a track to be used, they speak to the artist. Sometimes they don’t....

Childish Childish Burns Books

If you’re going to take somebody else’s design and put it on your own book, even in a slightly comedy way, you can expect a...

This is the Worst Talent Show Ever

American Idol bestrides the American television network like a talentless colossus, while X-Factor pushes track after track to...

DJ Plays Jump to Suicidal Woman

When a suicidal woman threatened to jump from a bridge crossing over Britain’s M60 motorway, the Police closed it off and tried...

Laura Marling to go Double

In the week that Luke Steele announced he’ll be releasing three albums this year, Brit nu-folk singer Laura Marling said she’ll...

Shakira's Vacuous Economic Solution

Pop stars like to shop, but what they don’t normally seem to do is feel guilty about shopping. So step forward Shakira, who has...

Non Ironic Vanilla Ice Sighting

We’ve been nice over the past two days because of musicians supporting the Haiti relief efforts, but now it’s time to point...

La Roux Changes her Style?

No, not the stupid quiff (which fortunately hasn’t spawned a new hipster trend of people looking like they’ve slept in front of...

Brit Prisons Ban Music

In Britain, if you’re playing a radio or similar device in a communal area, you need to pay for a licence. This has led to...

Madonna and Illi Broman symphonyorchestra

Madonna and Illi Broman symphonyorchestra has some plans together, tells technician who working in Madonna Sticky and Sweet...

Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit

If there is one nugget of comfort to take in the world’s reaction to the Haiti disaster, it’s how generous people have been in...

Rock Band Uploader Goes Live with 'Big' Acts

We reported a few months ago on the ‘Rock Band Network Store’, through which any band can upload their music and sell it to...

Music for Haiti Relief

I’m sure you all know about the tragedy unfolding in Haiti. If you don’t, turn on the bloody news channel. Everyone else,...

Empire's Steele goes for the Triple

Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun isn’t resting this year; instead, he’s putting out three whole albums. There’ll be a follow up...

MGMT: No Singles from Next Album

MGMT have put the cat among the management pigeons by insisting to NME they wouldn’t release any singles from their next album....

The Coral to work with Leckie

Back before there was Dave Sitek, Britain birthed John Leckie, producer behind some of 90s Brit-pop’s key albums, including the...

N-Dubz Threaten to Kill Listener

Combative hip-pop act N-Dubz have got into a spot of bother after their lead rapper threatened to kill a radio listener. The...

Suede Reunion. Sort of.

The former head of Nude records, Saul Galpern, has confirmed one of his leading acts is reuniting: Suede. The band had a string...

Snow Patrol Spin Off Albums

Gary Lightbody, the singer in Snow Patrol (one of the more surprising indie crossovers of the last decade) has revealed two...

MIA says No Gimmicks

MIA finally gained recognition in the US music scene last year when one of her tracks appeared in a movie, and has spoken about...

Guy Ritchie Launches Vanity Label

When Guy Ritchie isn’t busy pretending to be a county squire or down with London gangsters, he makes films. But now he’s making...

Noah and the Whale's Equipment Returned

In September we reported on the theft of a trailer full of Noah and the Whale’s equipment. Well, now the instruments have been...

Last Cash American Recordings for Release

In the final years of his life, Johnny Cash experienced a popular rebirth through his American Recordings series, a set of...

Last LCD Soundsystem Album Coming Soon?

James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem quietly became the dance music it’s okay for indie types to love, a stark and often emotive...

New Joanna Newsome Album in Feb

After sly hints from Drag City, including a cartoon which featured a man looking under a woman’s full length skirt and finding...

Music Campaign to 'honour' Mrs Robinson

The background you need for this story is thus: Mrs Iris Robinson, a sixty year old Northern Irish politician, has been having...

This is glamorous music for deviants, and...

This is glamorous music for deviants, and it has a brain too. Scary enough for you? - Andrew Hawnt - PowerPlay Magazine (UK)

Jay Reatard Found Dead

Modern garage rocker Jay Reatard has been found dead; he was 29 years old. A post by Goner records says he was found dead in...

Ting Tings Name New Album after Massage...

The Ting Tings, one of the more hotly tipped British acts of recent years, have decided upon a title for their sophomore album...

Cowell to inflict X-Factor on America

If you thought Simon Cowell announcing he’s leaving American Idol meant you’d see less of him, you were wrong: he’s signed a...

Lanegan teams up with UNKLE

Given that James Lavell’s UNKLE project recruits a lot of guest artists, and that it’s worked twice with Queens of the Stone...

Rihanna Appeals for Leukemia Aid

We take the piss a lot, and sometimes it’s nice to report on somebody just doing something worthwhile. Rihanna, last seen...

Ellie Goulding wins Sound of 2010

Singer / electrofolk songwriter Ellie Goulding has won the BBC Sound of 2010, a poll of tastemakers to see who’s going to be...

Jack White to Play with Himself?

The much anticipated Jack White solo album is on! In a chat with Rolling Stone, he answered queries as to whether there’d ever...

JENNIE WALKER'S ALBUM REVIEW FOR IT'S MY...

Jennie Walker, a New York based singer, songwriter and charity fundraiser, has received a glowing first pre-release album...

The 'best' of the 2000s. Scrub your ears...

So we’ve entered a new decade, time for those ‘who sold most during the last one’ lists. According to USA Today, the...

Two Nine Inch Nails Albums This Year

When Trent Reznor was packing in touring for the foreseeable future – a move he underlined by selling off all the old equipment...

Jay-Z the Wedding Singer?

Sometimes being the world’s biggest rap star and the head of a multi-million dollar business empire just isn’t enough....

Van Morrison Hacking Mystery

Recently a post went up on Van ‘the Man’ Morrison’s website stating that the elderly singer was the proud father of a new baby....

Kinky Kings of Leon Competition

The weekly Norman Records email has appeared in my inbox, and they’ve got a great Kings of Leon competition. Not because of the...

Muse want to do Film Soundtracks,...

I’ve always thought Muse would make an excellent film score, and their current homage to Queen just underlined this, as Freddie...

Lil Wayne to Voice Jesus

Lil Wayne is going to spend a year in prison for weapons offences, and his rock album keeps being pushed back, possibly because...

ILLI BROMAN SYMPHONYORCHESTRA and Burj Dubai

ILLI BROMAN SYMPHONYORCHESTRA from Finland is one of nominated Orchestra's when they looking for music witch better embody the...

Christopher Lee to record Metal Album

Christopher Lee is 87 years old and a legendary actor, appearing as Hammer’s Dracula, Saruman in the Lord of the Rings, and...

Pavement Best of, Plus Competition

Pavement, who we feel need no further introduce, are to release a career spanning ‘best of’ album in March called Quarantine...

Yorke Writes for Tibet Doc

Radiohead are, according to their drummer, nearing a studio for work on their next album, but Thom Yorke’s been busy...