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James : Interview - Interviews
With their fifteenth album ‘Living In Extraordinary Times’ heading for the Top 5 of the Album Charts, James multi-instrumentalist Saul Davies discusses with Richard Lewis the making of the new LP, not becoming a nostalgia act and what lies ahead for the group.

Embrace : Interview - Interviews
With their seventh album ‘Love Is A Basic Need’ just released and a UK tour due to start in late March, Embrace bassist Steve Firth chats to Richard Lewis about the recording of the new album, live dates and future plans for the quintet.

Stranglers : (With Therapy?), 02 Academy, Liverpool, 6/3/2018 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis watches punk legends the Stranglers showcase their impressive live firepower at a full capacity, extremely hot O2 Academy in Liverpool with Northern Irish rockers Therapy? in support.

Happy Mondays : Olympia, Liverpool, 1/12/2017 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis finds seminal Manchester band Happy Mondays rolling back the years with an all-conquering Greatest Hits set at the Liverpool Olympia.

Ride : (With Ulrika Spacek), O2 Academy, Liverpool, 14/11/2017 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis watches shoegazing pioneers Ride turn in an impressive set in Liverpool to plug excellent comeback set ‘Weather Diaries’ with rising London alt. rock crew Ulrika Spacek in support.

Killers : Arena, Manchester, 14/11/2017 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis watches the Killers, visiting the city they call their ‘musical spiritual home’, turn in a stunning career-spanning set to a rapturous capacity crowd at Manchester Arena.

Jesus And Mary Chain : O2 Academy, Liverpool, 21/9/2017 - Live Reviews
Noise rock pioneers The Jesus and Mary Chain turn in an excellent career-spanning set at the O2 Academy, Liverpool in support of recent LP ‘Damage and Joy’. Richard Lewis reviews.

Rolling Stones : Their Satanic Majesties Request - Favourite Album Reviews
The Rolling Stones’ 1967 album ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’ saw the band moving into psychedelia and was recorded against the backdrop of the most tumultuous period in their history. Recently reissued, Richard Lewis in our Re: View section examines a LP that is a curio in the Stones’ catalogue

Verve : Urban Hymns - Favourite Album Reviews
In our 'Re:View' section, Richard Lewis explains why British band, The Verve, is considered one of the seminal bands of the late 1990s and early 2000s due to 1997 Platinum album, 'Urban Hymns', which has just been reissued in an expanded 5 CD with DVD box set

Evan Dando : Gorilla, Manchester, 19/5/2017 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis finds Lemonheads mainstay Evan Dando is ramshackle and superb in equal measure at Manchester Gorilla on a tour to support the reissue of 2002 solo LP ‘Baby I’m Bored’

Jesus And Mary Chain : Academy, Manchester, 25/3/2017 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis finds the Jesus and Mary Chain, who are currently touring 'Damage and Joy' their first new album in nineteen years, to be on formidable form at a near-capacity Manchester Academy

Blue Aeroplanes : O2 Academy, Liverpool, 11/1/2017 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis reviews Bristolian art rock stalwarts the Blue Aeroplanes' highly impressive return to the stage on the opening night of their first UK tour in years

Embrace : Olympia, LIverpool, 15/12/2016 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis watches resurgent quintet Embrace turn in an impressive career-spanning hits set at the beautiful Liverpool Olympia

Blue Aeroplanes : Interview - Interviews
With fourteenth studio album ‘Welcome Stranger!’ set for release in January along with an extensive UK tour, Gerard Langley, the leader of Bristol art-rock outfit the Blue Aeroplanes, chats to Richard Lewis about the making of the new LP

Black Grape : O2 Academy, Liverpool, 17/11/2016 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis watches Happy Mondays' front man Shun Ryder's other band Black Grape make an excellent return to form in a comeback gig at the O2 Academy in Liverpool

Black Grape : Interview with Shaun Ryder - Interviews
‘It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah!’, the classic debut LP by Black Grape celebrates its 21st Anniversary with a reissue edition and a tour that sees the band play the album in full. Front man Shaun Ryder chats to Richard Lewis about the making of the LP and the group’s upcoming third album

Oasis : Be Here Now - Favourite Album Reviews
With a 3CD re-issue 'Be Here Now: Chasing the Sun Edition' set for release in October, Richard Lewis, in our 'Re:View' section examines Oasis’ divisive third album issued amid colossal anticipation in 1997 to outstanding reviews only to suffer a huge backlash within months of release

Alarm : O2 Academy, Liverpool, 8/3/2016 - Live Reviews
Marking their 35th year as a band, the Alarm plays to a sizeable crowd supporting the Stranglers at the Liverpool Academy

David Bowie : Station to Station - Favourite Album Reviews
In our 'Re:View' section, Richard Lewis looks at David Bowie’s tenth album, 'Station to Station', which released in 1976 marked another significant stylistic shift

Happy Mondays : O2 Academy, Liverpool, 13/11/20115 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis watches Happy Mondays, touring their classic album 'Pills 'n’ Thrills and Bellyaches' for its twenty-fifth anniversary, play a stunning show at a sold out Liverpool Academy

Happy Mondays : Interview with Shaun Ryder - Interviews
Richard Lewis chats to Happy Mondays’ lead singer/lyricist Shaun Ryder about the making of the band’s groundbreaking 1990 album ‘Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches’ which the band are set to play in its entirety on tour this winter

Simple Minds : Profile - Profiles
Richard Lewis examines a five box set reissue of Simple Minds’ 1984 commercial breakthrough ‘Sparkle in the Rain’ which represents the group’s gradual shift away from their founding art rock template

Paperback Writers : Rock Biographies - Profiles
Richard Lewis takes a look at the recent success of Morrissey’s autobiography and other entries in the genre and asks why some artists have been profiled in print more than others

Editors : Interview - Interviews
Editors bassist Russell Leetch talks to Richard Lewis about the band’s return with new album ‘The Weight of Your Love’, their first in four years which saw the group working with film composer Clint Mansell

Scott and Charlene's Wedding : Shipping Forecast, Liverpool, 7/8/2013 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis is riveted by Australian-formed but New York-based group Scott and Charlene's Wedding's shambolic but yet surprisingly tight brand of alternative rock at a show on their first UK tour at the Shipping Forecast in Liverpool

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