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Are the Pixies recording a new album in Wales?

September 25, 2012

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Whatever Frank Black is  recording right now, it’s a project to which he’s given serious thought. In an interview with The Quietus in April, he said the following: I’m writing a lot of songs right now. The next recording session is going to very important. I haven’t made demos like this in years! I’m trying to […]

Pete Williams – the Lexington, London, 13th August 2012

August 17, 2012

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Spent Monday night in London after a short trip abroad. By a happy coincidence, Dexys stalwart Pete Williams and his band were playing a show at the Lexington.   The set was mainly drawn from his new album ‘See’. It’s a really nice record, and Pete’s assembled a fine band that truly brings the songs […]

Paul Heaton’s ‘The 8th’ – Barbican, London, 6th July 2012

August 8, 2012

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Here’s a review originally published on Louder Than War. “What did you make of that then?” asks Paul Heaton. It’s the first night of the tour for his soul opera ‘The 8th’, following a brief run at the Manchester International Festival last summer. The show is many things. The seven deadly sins expressed through song, […]

This is what they’re like – Dexys, Parc & Dare Theatre, 04/05/2012

May 7, 2012

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Kevin Rowland knows how to test the devotion of his fans. Situated in the heart of the Rhondda Valley, Treorchy’s Parc & Dare Theatre isn’t the most like;y venue with which to kick off a UK tour. Regardless of where you’re travelling from, it’ll take you a long time to get there. There’s already a […]

Jonathan Richman – Clwb Ifor Bach

March 14, 2012

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Barely three songs into the set, Jonathan Richman has stopped playing. “It feels like… we’re too far away” he says. Briefly deliberating with the only other band member, longtime drummer Tommy Larkins, he sets about rearranging their equipment til the pair are barely two feet away from the audience. It doesn’t take long – there’s […]

“I don’t want to expand my audience… I want to refine it” – an interview with Kristin Hersh

November 22, 2011

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This post originally appeared on the ITV Wales blog   It’s hard to think of another band quite like Throwing Muses. Fronted by guitarist/singer Kristin Hersh, the Boston quartet released a series of brilliantly mercurial albums from 1986 onwards. The lineup went through a few changes, most notably with guitarist Tanya Donelly leaving in 1991. Today, the […]

“You can be angry and have fun!” – Pris interview

October 31, 2011

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This has also appeared on the ITV Wales blog…       With perfect pop, DIY videos, and a wonderfully brash Twitter account to their name, Pris have already picked up quite a following. Formed little over a year ago, they’re no strangers to Wales, playing one of their earliest shows supporting the Manic Street Preachers […]