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Simon Raymonde : Interview - Interviews
The owner of the populat Bella Union Records, former Cocteau Twins guitarist, Simon Raymonde, back for a second interview with us, talks to Olga Sladeckova about his label and Snowbird, his and his partner, singer-songwriter Stephanie Dosen's new band

Cesarians : Water Rats, London, 7/2/2008 - Live Reviews
The Cesarians have been getting a lot of favourable reviews for their debut single, 'Flesh is Weak'. Olga Sladeckova finds them focusing too much on theatre, and not enough on music at the London Water Rats

Primal Scream : Vanishing Point - Favourite Album Reviews
In the latest in our Re : View seires, in which our writers reflect upon alnums from the past, Olga Sladeckova looks at Primal Scream's under-rated 1996 album, 'Vanishing Point'

Willy Vlautin : Luminaire, London, 22//5/2007 - Live Reviews
At the Luminaire in London, Olga Sladeckova watches Willy Vlautin do a book reading from his debut novel 'The Motel Life', before bringing on his band Richmond Fontaine to play a thunderous set of country rock

Viarosa and Hey Negrita : Borderline, London, 11/4/2007 - Live Reviews
At the Borderline in London, Olga Sladeckova watches rising alt. country bands Viarosa and Hey Negrita, the latter playing its first gig in a new line-up, play stunning sets

Headlines : Dublin Castle, London, 30/1/2007 - Live Reviews
The Headlines are a new five piece band from Manchester. At a support date at the Fierce Panda and Pointy Records-sponsored Club Fandango at Dublin Castle in London, Olga Sladeckova finds their music radiating with energy

Joe Gideon and the Shark : Interview - Interviews
Olga Sladeckova chats to former Bikini Atoll front man Joe Gideon about his new duo which he has formed with his sister Viva and who will be playing the Pennyblackmusic Bands Night on the 3rd March

Primal Scream : Hammersmith Apollo and Brixton Academy, London, 24/11//2006...2/ - Live Reviews
After going to three of their shows in the space of just over a week in London, Olga Sladeckova realises that for her there can never be enough Primal Scream

Soundtrack of Our Lives : Tears in Heaven - Features
Olga Sladeckova writes of an evening at her parents' house in Prague in 2001 spent with her late father and watching with him Eric Clapton perform 'Tears in Heaven' from his 'Unplugged' album

Revenge : One True Passion : V2.0 - Favourite Album Reviews
Re-released in 2004 as 'One True Passion : V2.0' with extra tracks, New Order and Joy Division bassist Peter Hook's side project Revenge's debut album 'One True Passion' received a critical pounding upon its original release in 1991. Olga Sladeckova re-assesses it 15 years on

Freeheat : Interview - Interviews
After the collapse of the Jesus and Mary Chain, singer Jim Reid and guitarist Ben Lurie formed a new band, Freeheat. Olga Sladeckova talks to Ben Lurie about the group and their posthumously released debut album, 'Back on the Water'

Primal Scream : Hyde Park, London, 2/7/2006 - Live Reviews
...while Olga Sladeckova narrowly avoids dehydration during a vibrant set from support act Primal Scream

Robin Guthrie : Gate Cinema, London, 12/6/2006 - Live Reviews
Ex-Cocteau Twin guitarist Robin Guthrie has recently released a second solo album of instrumental music,'Continental' and to promote it recently played a cinema tour of Britain. Olga Slaeckova is impressed at a show in London

Little Man Tate/Repomen : 100 Club, London, 23/5/2006 - Live Reviews
Little Man Tate recently played a sold out show at London's 100 Club on their first big national tour. Olga Sladeckova is impressed by energetic sets from both them and support band the Repomen

Primal Scream : Astoria, London, 5/6/2006 - Live Reviews
Late to a show by her favourite band, Olga Sladeckova nevertheless finds Primal Scream worth the hassle when she goes to see them at the Astoria in London

Bikini Atoll : Interview - Interviews
London-based band Bikini Atoll have been gaining increasing acclaim during the last year. Back for a third interview with us, front man Joe Gideon talks to Olga Sladeckova recording their second album 'Liar's Exit' in Chicago with Steve Albini

Viarosa : Luminaire, London, 20/1/2006 - Live Reviews
Alt rock band Viarosa have been meeting with increasing acclaim over the last year. Olga Sladeckova watches them play a powerful set at the Luminaire in London

Moly : Islington Academy Bar, London, 15/8/2005 - Live Reviews
Olga Sladeckova almost becomes lost while looking for the elusive Islington Academy Bar, but when she finally gets there is enthralled by a stunning set from Guildford-based instrumental post rockers Moly

Paul Cannell : Obituary - Features
Paul Cannell, who created the artwork for Primal Scream's 'Screamadelica' and various other early 90's iconic record sleeves, died on the 5th July. Olga Sladeckova looks back and reflects on his life and career

Sunshine : Barfly, London, 29/4/2005 - Live Reviews
Czech band Sunshine have drawn comparisions with Primal Scream, the Damned and New Order, but Olga Sladeckova sees little in the way of originality at a recent show at the London Barfly

Rothko : Interview with Mark Beazley - Interviews
Instrumental post rockers Rothko have a new line-up and have just released a seventh album, 'A Place Between'. Olga Sladeckova chats to main man Mark Beazley, back for a third interview with Pennyblackmusic, about both

Dead Fly Buchowski : Interview - Interviews
New punk group Dead Fly Buchowski have recently signed to Beggar's Banquet and have just released their debut single 'Blackout'. With their debut album on the way, singer Roddy Campbell speaks to Olga Sladeckova about the group's rise

Penny Black Music Night : Spitz, London, 22/1/2004 - Features
Our latest Pennyblackmusic Bands Night on the 22nd January featured strong sets from Bikini Atoll, Heist, the Repomen, Lewd and Moly. Olga Sladeckova writes about what was an excellent night of music

Telescopes : Interview - Interviews
One of the great Creation Records bands, psychedelia act Telescopes returned in 2002 after long absence with their third album, 'Third Wave'. Frontman Stephen Lawrie chats about the band's rapidly evolving style, and plans for their firuth and fifth album

Repomen : Interview - Interviews
Sheffield indie act the Repomen, who first formed in 1990, recently released their fifth EP in five years 'Out of Here'. Olga Sladeckova chats to front man Denzil Watson about their longevity, the new recordand why he sees change as a good thing

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