Interview: The Japanese House

The Japanese House, interviewed by Rowan Ferguson & Aoife de Bhál. Amber Bain, aka The Japanese House, is on the way to great things. Her debut track ‘Still’ was Zane Lowe’s final ‘hottest record’ on Radio 1, and her distinctive style of melancholic alt-pop has been tipped for the mainstream by international tastemakers such as The […]

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Live Review: Local Natives

Local Natives, an indie rock band originally formed in Southern California, opened the UK leg of their “Sunlit Youth” tour at the O2 Academy, Oxford 1 November. The insistence of their call for social awareness equalled the high quality of their live music. They struck a nice balance between past hits and recent releases, making […]

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Unprecedented. Unpredictable. Unmissable; Manic Street Preachers, Futurology.

Few words are more applicable to Wales’ Manic Street Preachers more than ‘longevity’. I choose this word very specifically over ‘reliability’ or ‘consistency’, as these would do them the disservice of tacit agreement with those who would seek to label them pedestrian, predictable, or simply guilty of churning out the same po-faced, inept political bellyaching […]

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Beware, musos: the balls are in their Courts

“Is it intellectual? I don’t know, maybe it is a little bit.” An interview with Parquet Courts singer and guitarist Austin Brown  rapidly descends into a pretty ‘meta’ conversation about influence, criticism, and music journalists with repressed egos. It is clear that Parquet Courts have some very specific ideas about what they are doing, and […]

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On the road with Young Kato

  The sextuplet of Young Kato have been considered to be rising stars ever since their performance on Made in Chelsea. The band were danced along to somewhat unconvincingly by the social elite but nevertheless it seems to have done them a world of good, given the number of teenage girls who were in the […]

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