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Tiny Magnetic Pets : Interview - Interviews
John Clarkson speaks to Sean Quinn from Dublin-based electronic trio Magnetic Pets about ‘Deluxe/Debris’, their first album in eight years, and their recent tour in support of OMD.

Tomorrow We Sail : Interview - Interviews
John Clarkson speaks to vocalist and guitarist Tim Hay and drummer and percussionist Alistair Hay from orchestral Leeds-based band Tomorrow We Sail about their forthcoming second album 'The Shadows'

Esme Bridie : Interview - Interviews
John Clarkson speaks to young Merseyside-based singer-songwriter Esme Bridie about her debut album, ‘Today It Rains’, which is due out in March.

Mary O'Meara : 1966-2017: An Appreciation - Profiles
John Clarkson pays tribute to our writer and his friend Mary O'Meara who died in December.

New International : Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 5/2/2018 - Live Reviews
John Clarkson watches semi-orchestral Glasgow/Edinburgh band A New International at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh preview a set of songs that they are collaborating on for a pop opera and theatre production which will tour nationally next year.

Cindy Wilson : Interview - Interviews
John Clarkson speaks to B-52s vocalist Cindy Wilson about her debut solo album 'Change' and forthcoming UK tour.

Vintage Calvinos : Interview - Interviews
John Clarkson speaks to Aberdeen-based based bass player and vocalist David Baird about his orchestral pop project the Vintage Calvinos whose just released debut album 'An Invitation to Infamy'involves over twenty other musicians.

Steve Hunter : Interview - Interviews
John Clarkson speaks to acclaimed guitarist Steve Hunter about his just released seventh solo album, 'Before the Lights Go Out', which was recorded despite him battling blindness and sight difficulties.

Dials : Interview - Interviews
John Clarkson speaks to Dermot Watson and Andy Taylor from Brighton-based 60's-influenced band the Dials about their just released fourth album, ‘That Was the Future’.

Crash City Saints : Interview - Interviews
John Clarkson speaks to Joshua Gorman from Michigan-based indie guitar band Crash City Saints about their second album and first in seven years 'Are You Free?', which tells of his teenage years and his discovery then of the late 80’s/early 90’s alternative rock/pop scene.

Rev Rev Rev : Interview - Interviews
Italian shoegaze band Rev Rev Rev talk to John Clarkson before a two-week European tour about Rimbaud's influence on their last recording and how the Modena scene cleared a path for their unique sound.

Stephen McLaren : Interview - Interviews
Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Stephen McLaren talks about his debut solo album, 'We Used to Go Raving', which was written and recorded on the piano.

Palace of Light : Interview - Interviews
John Clarkson speaks to guitarist Mark Brend about his former band folk/psychedelia outfit The Palace of Light, whose 1987 only album ‘Beginning Here & Travelling Outward’ has just been reissued.

Bronski Beat : Interview - Interviews
John Clarkson speaks to Steve Bronski from 80s synth pop band and gay rights activists Bronski Beat about 'The Age of Reason', their first album in twenty-two years, a reworking of 'The Age Of Consent', their bestselling 1984 album.

Paul Simpson : Interview - Interviews
Paul Simpson talks to John Clarkson about his forthcoming memoirs 'Incandescent', his post-punk group The Wild Swans and his memories of late 70's/early 80's Liverpool and its bands

Hipsway : Interview - Interviews
Guitarist Pim Jones speaks to John Clarkson about Scottish dance/rock act Hipsway's history and their remarkable recent reformation after an absence of nearly thirty years.

Mary O'Meara : Interview - Profiles
Pennyblackmusic writer Mary O'Meara, who has previously published ‘Between the Lines: A History of Haven’, a 2012 music biography and personal memoir about 90s indie/alternative band Haven, speaks to John Clarkson about her debut novel, 'A Certain Kind Of Light'.

Guns N Roses : Stade de France, Paris, 7/7/2017 - Live Reviews
Richard Lewis reviews the reunited classic line up of Guns N’ Roses on excellent form at the Stade De France, Paris as part of their Not In This Lifetime Tour

Dream Syndicate : Interview - Interviews
John Clarkson speaks to vocalist and guitarist Steve Wynn about his decision to reform his seminal 80's alternative rock act the Dream Syndicate and 'How Did I Find Myself Here?', their first album in nearly thirty years which will come out in September

My Darling Clementine : Interview - Interviews
John Clarkson speaks to Michael Weston King from acclaimed husband-and-wife duo My Darling Clementine about their just released fourth album, 'Still Testifying'

Future War Bride : Interview - Interviews
Mikkel Bostrom, the frontman and guitarist with Copenhagen-based psychedelic pop band Future War Bride, speaks to John Clarkson about their debut single 'Gloves Off', which was was recorded while he was suffering from severe memory loss

Mary O'Meara : A Certain Kind of Light - Profiles
John Clarkson examines 'A Certain Kind of Light', the debut novel of Pennyblackmusic writer Mary O'Meara

Maz O'Connor : Interview - Interviews
Singer-songwriter Maz O'Connor speaks to John Clarkson about her two new singles, a piano ballad, 'Young Hearts Run Free', which reworks Candi Staton's 1976 disco classic, and 'Wasteland' which is her own track

Bruce Sudano : Interview - Interviews
Award-winning songwriter Bruce Sudano talks to John Clarkson about his developing career as a solo artist and his political new album '21st Century World'

Broken Dog : Interview - Interviews
John Clarkson speaks to Clive Painter and Martine Roberts from late 1990s/early 2000s London experimental duo Broken Dog in their first interview since they split in 2004 about their career and new rarities compilation 'Flips' which is being released for Record Store Day

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