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Ute Lemper - Punishing Kiss

Ute Lemper – Punishing Kiss

by Fiona Thorne

Nick Cave‘s opener Little Water Song is a hauntingly beautiful piece – the last thoughts of a girl as she is drowned by her lover…



Max Tundra – Some Best Friend You Turned Out To Be


Max Tundra, a minutely-framed chap also known as Ben Jacobs, has released his second album of experimental electronica. No longer with Warp Records, he now...

David Gray – White Ladder


The success of David Gray‘s White Ladder has at least in part been due to word of mouth. So many people have bought it and...

Black Box Recorder @ Underworld, London


I can’t think of anyone else who has managed to get three record deals (with Hut, Chrysalis and Nude), always two concurrently, for the same...

South – From Here On In


Baggy, BritPop, BritRock, Grunge, Electronica – dead, aren’t they? Think again. South’s debut album, From Here On In, restores one’s faith in the waning star...

Cane 141 – Garden Tiger Moth


This first release from Decor Records (we assume, as we have no press release to say otherwise) is from some Galway chaps collectively known as...

Hefner – We Love The City


They don’t, you know. They positively hate the city, the city in question being London. But this is a fun album, from start to finish,...

William Orbit – Pieces In A Modern Style


William Orbit might be well known as a megastar producer, the man who gave us Blur‘s 13 and Madonna‘s Ray Of Light. But this solo...

Linus @ The 12 Bar


Out of five bands in the 12 Bar on this freezing December evening, Linus were the most mentionable, but not always for the best reasons....

Ani DiFranco @ Forum, London


This was to be my third audience with Ani DiFranco, but I’d not seen her for two years, during which time she’d released another basket-load...

Sparks @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


“They’re a bit like Kraftwerk,” someone told me prior to this gig. This was just before the idiosyncratic American brothers Mael and their percussive accomplice...

Ani DiFranco – To The Teeth


She’s back. Well, it isn’t as if she ever left; Ani DiFranco has been regularly releasing two folksy-rootsy offerings per year for some time now....

The Auteurs @ Quad, London


The Auteurs were not the next act on after their support band. Whistler, an intriguing mix of Beth Orton and Belle and Sebastian live, finished...

Venini @ Wag Club, London


Imagine that you are on the set of a movie. Just for a moment, assume that the star is Mike Myers and that the costume...

The Frank And Walters @ Borderline, London


The Frank And Walters’ latest album Beauty Becomes More Than Life appeared in shops in July of this year. It is now September and here...

Brassy @ Borderline, London


“I said B to the R to the A to the S to the S to the Y!” … I’m not into hip-hop and am...

The Divine Comedy – A Secret History


This is an album that symbolises the parting of the ways between The Divine Comedy and Setanta Records. The band are presently recording material for...

Venini @ The Reading Festival


Silt, who had all but caused a riot at midday in the Carling Premier Tent at the Carling Premier Weekend while drinking Carling Premier, finally...

Black Box Recorder @ Union Chapel, London


I first heard of Black Box Recorder because of The Auteurs, and I suppose I’m not alone. That band’s front man, Luke Haines, co-wrote all...

Venini @ The Bar Fly


If anyone should be under the impression that Venini’s following would include a sizeable portion of Pulp fans, all excited about seeing ex-Pulp guitarist and...

The Auteurs – How I Learned To Love The Bootboys


If you’re going to be influenced by the music of decades other than the present one then you may as well allow that music to...