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Stone Roses : Stone Roses - Favourite Album Reviews
In our Re:View column, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Jonjo McNeill looks at the Stone Roses' massively popular and inflential debut album, and its just released remastered twentieth anniversary edition

Asobi Seksu : Interview - Interviews
At a gig in Newcastle on their recent European tour, Jonjo McNeill speaks to singer Yuke Chikudate and guitarist James Hanna from New York shoegazers Asobi Seksu about touring, songwriting and their just released third alabum, 'Hush'

Soundtrack of Our Lives : And My Soul Has Been Spiritualized - Features
In the latest in our 'Soundtrack of Our Lives' series, in which our writers write about the personal impact of music on our lives, Jonjo McNeill describes how Spiritualized's early 1995 album, 'Pure Phase', helped him re-evaluate his Catholic upbringing

Odd Shaped Head : Interview - Interviews
Odd Shaped Head, who come from Newcastle, have been attracting a cult audience across Britain with their angular guitar rock sound and quirky lyrics. Frontman Paul Bentley chats to Jonjo McNeill about their forthcoming debut album, 'I Wonder How This Endeavour Will End’

Dashboard Confessional : Interview - Interviews
Starting as a solo project for Chris Carabba and soon expanding into a full-band, Dashboard Confessional have just released their fourth album, 'The Shade of Poison Trees'. Jonjo McNeill speaks to Chris Carabba about his decision to return to his acoustic roots with it.

Shy Child : Interview - Interviews
After an exuberant show in Newcastle, Jonjo McNeill chats to drummer Nate Smith from rising New York synth duo Shy Child about touring and their new album, 'Noise Won't Stop'

Shy Child : Northumbria University, Newcastle, 11/5/2007 - Live Reviews
At Northumbria University in Newcastle, Jonjo McNeill watches sleazy American synth duo Shy Child kick up a storm

Ash : Northumbria University, Newcastle, 25/2/2007 - Live Reviews
Back to being a three piece after the amicable departure of guitarist Charlotte Hatherley, Jonjo McNeill finds pop punk Ash have lost none of their passion in a sharp and edgy set at Northumbria University

Charlatans : Interview - Interviews
Since forming in the late 80's the Charlatans have released nine studio albums. With a singles compilation 'Forever' being released at the end of the last year, Jonjo McNeill chats to front man Tim Burgess backstage at a gig in Newcastle to promote the new collection

Boo Radleys : C'mon Kids - Favourite Album Reviews
In the latest in our 'Re : View' series, in which our writers re-examine on albums from the past, Jonjo McNeill writes about the impact on him of the Boo Radleys 1996 avant-garde nasterpiece, 'C'mon Kids'

Maximo Park : Carling Academy, Newcastle, 10/12/2005 - Live Reviews
Maximo Park enjoyed a great year in 2005, with a Top 10 album, a sold out UK tour and a Mercury Music Prize nomination. At a homecoming Christmas gig in their native Newcastle, Jonjo McNeill sees the boy who left as small fry come back as stars

Babyshambles : Northumbria University, Newcastle, 28/9/2005 - Live Reviews
After a dreadful week in the media, Peter Doherty's Babyshambles band hit Newcastle. Jonjo McNeill watches them give a low key yet passionate performance in which the music far out played the hype

Conway Story : Academy 2, Newcastle, 30/10/2005 - Live Reviews
The Conway Story play emotion-led power pop and have just released their second single 'Photogenic'. With their debut album on the way next year, Jonjo McNeill, catching them supporting the Bluetones in Newcastle, warns us to prepare for their impact

Kills : Carling Academy, Newcastle, 22/10/2005 - Live Reviews
At its Carling Academy, Jonjo McNeill watches controversial duo the Kills play a riveting set and "the sleaziest, most glamorous rock and roll Newcastle's seen for quite some time"

Oasis : Metro FM Arena, Newcastle, 13/7/2005 - Live Reviews
Oasis have attracted a lot of bad press in recent years. Jonjo McNeill, however, finds them back on fiery form at one of three sold out shows at Newcastle's Metro FM Arena

Arctic Monkeys : Cluny, Newcastle, 1/8/2005 - Live Reviews
Much hyped Sheffield youngsters Arctic Monkeys have just finished their first UK tour, which entirely sold out. At the Newcastle Cluny Jonjo McNeill is enthralled by "an everyman band" who "we can, and probably will, all fall in love with"

Hot Water Music/Explosion : Garage, London, 11/2/2005 - Live Reviews
After a week solid of watching new bands all over London, a burnt out and hungover Jonjo McNeill still manages to leave the London Garage after seeing Hot Water Music "with the buzz that only comes with an outstanding gig"

Libertines : What Became of the Likely Lads ? - Features
The Libertines have gained much press of late for singer Pete Doherty's ongoing battles with both drugs and authority. Jonjo McNeill examines the band's deconstruction and says that both fans and the media alike have to share responsibility

Re : View-Dashboard Confessional : The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most - Favourite Album Reviews
An odd encounter with a Vagrant records sampler plunged Jonjo McNeill into the beginning of a love affair with emo group Dashboard Confessional. He writes about the hold the band's second album 'The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most' has on him

Re : View-Puressence : Only Forever - Favourite Album Reviews
In the first in our new regular 'Re : View' series, Jonjo McNeill reflects on the impact of him of Puressence's 1998 album 'Only Forever', which he bought after seeing the band on the now defunct Saturday morning music video programme, 'The Chart Show'

Hellacopters : Interview - Interviews
Massive in their native Sweden, and increasingly successful elsewhere too, the Hellacopters have just released their seventh album 'By the Grace of God'. Jonjo McNeill chats to them about it, and living the rock 'n' roll dream

Doves : Royal Albert Hall, London, 5/4/2003 - Live Reviews
In an incredible show featuring a guest performance from the Who's Roger Daltrey, Jonjo McNeill watches Manchester's Doves transfrom London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall "from a dull, upper class opera house into a sweaty Northern indie club"

Puressence : Sheffield Leadmill, 22/3/2003 - Live Reviews
Puressence have been through the wars recently, getting dropped by their record label, and having had to cancel their last Sheffield gig because of illness, but Jonjo McNeill finds them playing "one of the most passionate sets the Boardwalk has ever seen"

Sights : Interview - Interviews
Detroit born and raised, the Sights' exciting brand of punk rock pop has had both critics and music fans in awe. Jonjo McNeill caught up with them on the last night of their first British tour to speak about their second album 'Got What We Want'

Vines : London Shepherd's Bush Empire, 4th November 2002 - Live Reviews
The latest object of the NME's unfaltering love, Australia's the Vines have been attracting enormous critical interest. Jonjo McNeill at an sometimes lacklustre show in London is not totally convinced by the hype

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