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New Music Reviews

Michael Rother, Jazz Cafe review - classic Krautrock from the Neu! and Harmonia legend

Tim Cumming

Neu!, Neu! 2 and Neu! 75.

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Reissue CDs Weekly: Tunnelvision - Watching the Hydroplanes

Kieron Tyler

A ghostly voice pronounces “there’s no need to make the sepulchre white.” Following this declaration, what sounds like an ocarina wails mournfully over spindly guitar, a sonorous bass guitar and circular, heartbeat drumming. Tunnelvision’s “Whitened Sepulchre” isn’t a happy-go-lucky look at life.

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theartsdesk on Vinyl 52: Yardbirds, Fad Gadget, Spoon, Cate le Bon, Cabaret Voltaire and more

Thomas H Green

Welcome to the latest edition of theartsdesk on Vinyl, the monthly online musical resource that knows no genre boundaries as it treks through every release on plastic that it can find.

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Duff McKagan, Islington Assembly Hall review – Guns N' Roses bassist revels in the spotlight

Ellie Porter

Guns N’ Roses members do love a side project, from Slash’s Snakepit and Conspirators to Axl’s stint as AC/DC frontman.

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Peaches, Royal Festival Hall review - blissful anarchy

Katherine Waters

“Thank you for making us so fucking special!” It’s the end the set and both adjectives are appropriate. “Yes I had to say fucking special,” Peaches yells, combative and loved.

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CD: Whitney - Forever Turned Around

Owen Richards

As days get shorter and the sun tucks itself behind a blanket of clouds, Whitney return with the bittersweet sound of summer ending. Forever Turned Around is the long-awaited follow up to 2016’s Light Upon the Lake, and the band have lost none of their melodic magic.

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Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Dingwalls review - What's going on? Good question

Liz Thomson

There’s something truly sad and dispiriting about listening to an artist trash their back catalogue and absolutely totally ruin their greatest song, especially when that song has acquired anthemic status and been chosen to be preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry.

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Reissue CDs Weekly: Creedence Clearwater Revival - Live at Woodstock

Kieron Tyler

Apparently, Creedence Clearwater Revival drummer Doug Clifford’s snare drum broke during the first song of their set at Woodstock Festival. On the new double album Live at Woodstock, it’s impossible to detect this happening. As “Born on the Bayou” progresses, the band’s forward motion is relentless and their dedication to the groove is undiminished during this and the remainder of a blistering, paint-peeling set.

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Edinburgh International Festival 2019: JARV IS review - Britpop legend still delivers

Miranda Heggie

”Cunts Are Still”. Well, that got your attention, didn’t it? Not my words, merely the title of one of JARV IS’s new tracks. In case you didn’t get it, JARV IS is a play on words and the name of given to Pulp frontman and founder Jarvis Cocker’s latest outfit. Cocker still is releasing new material. He still is an exuberant and energetic performer. He still is wearing those glasses. And still is very good.

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Eels, Hammersmith Apollo review – dark, swampy and endlessly entertertaining

Ellie Porter

"Would you mind if I jammed on my new... castanets?" We’re halfway through Eels’ triumphant set at Hammersmith's Eventim Apollo and this is the kind of question we’ve come to expect from frontman Mark Oliver Everett, AKA "E".

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