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Celeste Bell : Interview - Interviews
Celeste Bell, the daughter of late X-Ray Spex singer Poly Styrene , talks to Adrian Janes about her mother and ‘Dayglo: The Poly Styrene Story’, the new music biography which she has written in collaboration with music writer Zoë Howe.

Zoe Howe : Interview - Interviews
Music writer Zoë Howe talks to Adrian Janes about ‘Dayglo: the Poly Styrene Story’, which is about the late X-Ray Spex vocalist and songwriter Poly Styrene and which has been written in close collaboration with Poly’s daughter Celeste Bell.

Cardigans : Eventim Apollo, London. 7/12/2018 - Live Reviews
On the 20th anniversary tour for 'Gran Turismo', Adrian Janes shares in the Cardigans' warm embrace of their past.

Grand Blue Heron : Interview - Interviews
Adrian Janes speaks to Paul Lamont of Belgian rock band Grand Blue Heron as they release their new album, ‘Come Again’.

Pennyblackmusic : Ten Songs That Made Me Love... - Features
Adrian Janes, who has written for Pennyblackmusic since 2012, reflects upon ten of his favourite acts and songs during his time writing for us.

Vive Le Rock Awards : Islington Academy, London, 28/3/2018 - Live Reviews
Adrian Janes finds that the 'Vive Le Rock' awards night at the Islington Academy in London deserves its own prize for sheer enjoyment and recognition of those still going strong.

Bark Psychosis : Codename: Dustsucker - Favourite Album Reviews
Adrian Janes reflects on the reissue of 'Codename; Dustsucker', the astonishing 2004 second and final album from British band Bark Psychosis, finding that, while its blend of musical moods and random sounds might be defined as post-rock, it in fact, however, transcends all categories.

Alison Moyet : Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, 11/11/2017 - Live Reviews
Adrian Janes watches Alison Moyet play a down-to-earth but gripping gig at Cliffs Pavilion in Southend

Autobahn : Lexington, London, 9/11/2017 - Live Reviews
Adrian Janes at the Lexington in London watches brooding post-punka Autobahn play an intense and compelling set.

Fantastic Negrito : Nell’s Jazz and Blues, London 28/7/2017 - Live Reviews
Adrian Janes is impressed by the Grammy-nominated Fantastic Negrito's impassioned blend of blues, rock, funk and soul at Nell’s Jazz and Blues in London.

Morgan Delt/Syd Arthur : Oslo, London, 5/6/2017 - Live Reviews
Adrian Janes at Oslo in London enjoys a first-rate night of neo-psychedelia and prog from Californian singer-songwriter Morgan Delt and Canterbury-based group Syd Arthur

1967 : Ten Songs That Made Me Love... - Features
In 'Ten Songs that Made Me Love...' Adrian Janes writes of ten of his favourite songs from 1967 and tracks by artists including the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Doors and Jefferson Airplane

Disco Inferno : In Debt - Favourite Album Reviews
Adrian Janes finds that this compilation of early recordings of experimental Essex band Disco Inferno, which were originally released in 1995, already show them taking rock music to new places

Brooders : Interview - Interviews
In the wake of their exciting 2017 mini-album, Adrian Janes interviews psych-grunge maestros Brooders to ask about their influences, the Leeds scene and their progress to this point.

Andrew Czezowski and Susan Carrington : The Roxy Our Story and Rick Poyner (Ed)/Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-1980 - Profiles
Adrian Janes reflects on two new books on 1970's punk, one on the legendary Roxy Club and the other on punk fanzines and writing

Alison Moyet : Profile - Profiles
The reissue of Alison Moyet’s first four albums gives Adrian Janes the chance to reappraise a versatile singer whose initial embrace of blues and electronica grew to include many other influences

Fantastic Negrito : Bush Hall, London, 15/9/2016 - Live Reviews
Adrian Janes watches Californian singer-songwriter Fantastic Negrito set alight the Bush Hall in London

Zoe Howe : Interview - Interviews
Music writer Zoe Howe talks to Adrian Janes about her first novel, 'Shine On, Marquee Moon', her biographies of the Slits and the Jesus and Mary Chain, and why self-publishing is punk

Sid and Nancy : Film - Profiles
Adrian Janes finds that the thirtieth anniversary reissue of Alex Cox's film about the tortuous relationship of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen depresses as much as it compels

Punk 1976-78 - British Library : Profile - Profiles
Adrian Janes finds that the Punk 1976-78 exhibition in the British Library, though by no means exhaustive, succeeds in conveying something of the fraught circumstances in which the punk movement arose in the UK and the excitement and great creative energy it unleashed

Adrian Sherwood : Jazz Cafe, !7/6/2016 - Live Reviews
Adrian Janes watches experimental musician Adrian Sherwood play a compulsive but ultimately slightly unsatisfactory set at the Jazz Café in London

Jeff Buckley : Ten Songs That Made Me Love... - Features
Adrian Janes in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' reflects on his ten favourite songs by Jeff Buckley

James Chance And The Contortions : Profile - Profiles
Adrian Janes examines the early career of New York 'No Wave' musician nad sxaphonist James Chance, and his first two albums, the first 'Buy' with the Contortions, and the second 'Off White' as James White and the Blacks , both of which are about to be reissued with extra tracks

Robert Wyatt : Interview - Interviews
With the release of a collection of 1960s Canterbury Scene band the Wilde Flowers and associates, founder member Robert Wyatt reflects on those early years, his subsequent musical career, collaborations and political commitment

Rocket From The Tombs : London Fields Brewery, London, 12/12/2015 - Live Reviews
Adrian Janes watches 1970s proto-punk pioneers Rocket From The Tombs play a storming, sweaty set in London.

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