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Pere Ubu : Interview - Interviews
Erick Mertz talks to David Thomas, the front man with influential alternative rock act Pere Ubu, about his group's experimental new album, ‘20 Years in a Montana Missile Silo’.

Car Seat Headrest : Ten Songs That Made Me Love... - Features
Erick Mertz reflects on ten of his favourite songs by Car Seat Headrest, the project of Virginia-bred singer-songwriter and lo-fi alternative rock musician Will Toledo

ELF : Profile - Profiles
Erick Mertz examines the legacy of blues rock act Elf, the early band of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio's Ronnie James Dio, whose 1974 second album 'Carolina County Ball'and 1975 third album 'Trying to Burn the Sun' have both been reissued by Cherry Red

Emerson Lake And Palmer : Profile - Profiles
Erick Mertz examines double Cd reissues of Emerson Lake and Palmer's 1972 and 1973 albums, 'Trilogy' and 'Brain Salad Surgery'

Emerson Lake And Palmer : Profile - Profiles
Erick Mertz reflects on Emerson, Lake and Palmer's reissues of their first three albums which have just been re-released in double CD editions

Scientists : Profile - Profiles
With a new eighty track box set 'A Place Called Bad' having been just released of their music, Erick Mertz examines the immersive career of influential Australian post punks, the Scientists

Fun Lovin Criminals : Come Fun Yourself - Favourite Album Reviews
In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Erick Mertz examines the Fun Lovin' Criminals masterwork of 90's funk, blues and hip-hop, 'Come Find Yourself', which has just been re-released for its twentieth anniversary in a three CD box set edition

Still in a Dream : Profile - Profiles
Erick Mertz reflects on the memories that a bonanza of shoegaze classics enhances on a new five CD box set, 'Still in a Dream'

Everything But The Girl : Profile - Profiles
Erick Mertz is by impressed dance pioneers Everything But The Girl's final two albums, 1996’s 'Walking Wounded' and 1999’s 'Temperamental', which have just been re-released in two CD editions, but finds dull the remixes that accompany them

Neds Atomic Dustbin : La Luna, Portland, Oregon, June 1996 - Features
In 'Gig of a Lifetime' Erick Mertz writes of attending a Ned's Atomic Dustbin show in Portland in 1996 with a friend, who at his first gig, believes that he attending a Doors show and ends up having his life changed by rock and roll

Nap Eyes : Whine of the Mystic - Favourite Album Reviews
Erick Mertz is impressed by the ragged glory of Canadian album 'Whine of the Mystic', which originally released by Nova Scotia band Nap Eyes in a limited edition of just 200 LPs is now receiving an extensive reissue

Looper : Profile - Profiles
Erick Mertz examines 'These Things', a career-defining box set from legendary Glaswegian genre benders, Looper

Looper : Interview - Interviews
Erick Mertz talks to Looper's Stuart David on the eve of the release of their five disc retrospective, 'Offgrid:Offline'

Pop Will Eat Itself : Interview - Interviews
Pop Will Eat Itself frontman Graham Crabb talks to Erick Mertz about three decades of stirring the underground pot and returning to the stage for the Gigantic Festival

UB40 : Labour of Love - Favourite Album Reviews
Erick Mertz reflects upon UB40's 1984 fourth album and covers record 'Labour of Love', which is about to reissued in a three CD extended edition

Belle and Sebastian : Ten Songs That Made Me Love... - Features
In our series, in which our writers write about ten songs that made them love a particular artist or band, Erick Mertx writes about his favourite songs by Belle and Sebastian

Motorpsycho : Demon Box - Favourite Album Reviews
In our 'Re;View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Erick Mertz refelects on Norwegian heavy metal/psychedelic rockers Motorpsycho's classic third album, which has just been re-released in a four CD box set

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