50 Cent has been slammed by a Christian group claiming the US rapper is “defaming the cross” with his religious bling.»
Go on, admit it: Yorkshire’s punk as fuck. It doesn’t like talking about its feelings. And it’s instantly suspicious of poseurs with ideas above their station: ‘Appen tha’s a bit too pleased wi’ tha’sen, cocker...»
Amy Winehouse and Shaun Ryder have been mooted to appear on Babyshambles’ second album. That is correct, I said ‘mooted’.»
Serving up a volatile mix of 90s artrock laced with nihilistic no-wave overtones, Brooklyn’s The Muggabears carry faint echoes of Sonic Youth at their most doggedly atonal, even when marrying their grisly guitar stabs to relatively straightforward rock beats.»
The trouble with more of the same, even when you think you’re onto a good thing, is you still end up with the same – there’s just more of it...»
Tigerfest will be setting the proverbial joos loose across the border in Scotland for a series of gigs throughout May...»
Bloc Party have announced their biggest UK shows to date hot on the heels of selling 10,000 tickets for their New York show in a day.
The three arena shows will begin at Glasgow SECC on December 12 and will be the band’s only UK headline dates this year.»
Lady-respectin’ indie music festival Les Femmes S’en Melent returns to London for three nights of genre-but-not-gender bending performances in May. Unless you consider that gender is a performative role prescribed by - (sniiii-ip, student bollocks ed)...»
Writing breezy pop nuggets doesn’t figure too highly in your average post-rock supergroup’s game plan, and one can only assume we have this much to be thankful for...»
A noticeable lack of high new entries in the singles chart this week, but plenty of jostling for position among the top five, the Arctic Monkeys' 'Brianstorm' valiantly doing battle with a stellar cast of pop’s elite to clinch the number two spot behind Beyoncé and Shakira...»
Damon Albarn has confirmed that Gorillaz won’t be releasing any more studio albums.
Speaking to Radio 2, the Blur singer explained that the band are going to make a film featuring an original score composition which will be their final album.
Camden overflowethed with the great, the good and the downright rubbish of the music 'biz' last night, and DiS was on hand to witness the lot of 'em. The horror, the horror, etc...»
In a move which Peter Andre would surely have described as ‘In-Zania’, Alex Zane is to replace Lauren Laverne as presenter of the Xfm London breakfast show...»
A great line-up, this: three acts with their own distinctive artistic bent, toiling under one label to achieve the same Domino effect...»
If you’re in the business of writing chart-bothering indie tunes one important point you’ll need to consider is what letter you’re going to use for your scatting bits...»
Mark Ronson and Kelis have been confirmed as latest additions to the Rock Ness Festival line-up in June...»
The Stills return to the UK this month with their own headline shows, in between joining Kings Of Leon on their UK tour as the main support...»
A Beckettian character with a mile-wide misanthropic streak, I always thought of Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock as the kind of guy who gets kicks out of imagining his own funeral. Brock possesses such a powerfully self-defeating intellect it’s a wonder he ever opens his mouth to speak at all, except, one suspects, for an overriding fear that one day the earth will come and swallow him up and leave nobody left to mourn his untimely demise...»
Now it’s a well-known fact that nine out of ten Yorkshire hep cats prefer Whiskas’ record label to regular everyday record companies, but Dance To The Radio’s third compilation showcase finds them flexing their burgeoning brand-name muscle to ensnare acts from as far afield as California and Berlin for your listening pleasure...»
Little Man Tate's Jon Windle must have had Jarvis in mind when scribbling the lyrics for this shoulder-shrugging ditty. But where Jarv induces a shiver of delight in conjuring lines about ‘the first girl at school to get breasts’ with a flourish of his spindly writing hand, Windle’s rewrite merely elicits a shudder...»
Why have one harmony part when you can have fifteen? Or at least, that’s the view taken by Welsh poppets Radio Luxembourg. They’re one of those bands whose records fly at you in a hail of slobber like your best mate’s excitable Labrador puppy - kind of annoying, actually, but you’d feel a bit of a cunt kicking off about it...»
First up, a confession: I’m a newcomer to Cornelius. Having been inexorably drawn to his new album by the tractor-beam allure of epithets like ‘the Japanese Beck’, and heard Good Things about his remixing work with the starry likes of Bloc Party and Blur, I thought it was high time to see what the fuss was about with this enigma of the Far East...»
Mike Skinner’s The Streets have been confirmed as headliners for this year’s Get Loaded in the Park festival...»
Epic instrumentalists 65daysofstatic have announced details of a UK tour to promote their new album, The Destruction Of New Ideas, released on Monotreme on April 30...»
It’s easy to understand the kerfuffle that made Fields a major-label interest in 2006 – of all the bands with the potential to ‘do a Snow Patrol’ over the past few months, this London five-piece’s FM-friendly distillation of folk and college rock influences has perhaps looked most likely...»
DJ and perennial MySpace fave Steve Lamacq is to host a new weekly show on BBC Radio 2 introducing audiences to new music...»
Arcade Fire have pulled out of their European tour after a sinus infection left frontman Win Butler literally speechless.»
The Indy Music Awards ceremony will be honouring top independent venues, promoters and artists at London’s Clapham Grand on May 15...
So let the cynics bleat their anti-nostalgia mantras from 30 years ago ‘til the cows come home - The Bees have made a record sparkling with enough wit and ingenuity to make the past seem an undiscovered country well worth visiting...»
It’s an irksome cliché that casts post-rockers in the mould of ‘sonic architects’, but with ‘A Star Is Born’, Amusement Parks On Fire content themselves with building new suns, so we’ll let it stand...»