Spotlights

Spotlight: Giant Sand – Blurry Blue Mountain

by Tom Jowett

Giant Sand, or more precisely Howe Gelb, is one of those artists who should have delivered more than what was initially promised. Twenty-five years ago,…



Obituary: Solomon Burke

by Daniel Paton

Whilst Solomon Burke will justly be remembered for his committed, powerful soul voice, singing was not necessarily his prime vocation. He described himself as “a...

Spotlight: Robbie Williams – In And Out Of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990-2010

by Nic Oliver

In common with other great British institutions, Robbie Williams has been hovering around our media-saturated lives for a lot longer than many of us realise....

Spotlight: Orange Juice – Coals To Newcastle

by Andrew Burgess

When discussing the post-punk musical landscape of the early ’80s, it’s impossible to overlook Orange Juice. Fronted by Edwyn Collins and his somehow confident and...

Spotlight: The Making Of Nick Cave

by Nic Oliver

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ first four albums, From Her To Eternity, The Firstborn Is Dead, Kicking Against The Pricks and Your Funeral… My...

Spotlight: Morrissey, 25 Years On

by musicOMH

Another year, another Morrissey album. Years Of Refusal is his 30th in an extraordinary 25-year career, if you include all The Smiths’ releases, his solo...

Spotlight: 2008 Mercury Music Prize Nominations

by Ben Hogwood

Approximately 240 albums were submitted as entrants for this year’s Mercury Prize, an indication perhaps of the effect a nomination can have on sales and...

Spotlight: Bella Union at 10

by Michael Hubbard

Bella Union is a special record label. If you’re a music fan, chances are you already know this. It is an independent, headed by former...

Spotlight: The Fall and Rise of Shoegaze

by James Buckley

Shoegaze, says Wikipedia, “is a genre of alternative rock that emerged from the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. It lasted until the mid 1990s,...

Obituary: Arthur Lee

by Jenni Cole

Arthur Lee, lead singer of the band Love, died peacefully in his sleep in Memphis on the afternoon of 3rd August, 2006 from complications arising...

Spotlight: Kate Bush – Mystery Maiden?

by Richard Ings

Kate Bush is back, 12 years since The Red Shoes, with a double album: Aerial. Her record label, EMI, have treated the album’s launch with...

Spotlight: Duran Duran – Notorious Wild Boys

by Steve Malins

As their first biography is published ahead of a huge tour and DVD release, Duran Duran’s biographer Steve Malins charts the lavishly bumpy life of...

Spotlight: Richard Hawley

by Helen Wright

Richard Hawley is finally coming into his own. With a move to Mute and a showcase gig for an invited audience, it’s surely (finally) possible...