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Aimee Mann : Interview - Interviews
Jamie Rowland talks to singer-songwriter Aimee Mann about her ninth solo album 'Mental Illness', her songwriting and the influence of film and comedy on her music

American Honey : Film - Profiles
Jamie Rowland reflects on new road movie 'American Honey', which is about a girl joining a travelling teenage magazine crew, and its hip-hop-fused soundtrack

Bayou Maharajah : Film - Profiles
Jamie Rowland findS impressive 'Bayou Maharajah', a new bio-documentary about the tragic life of brilliantly talented bot overlooked one-eyed blues pianist and drug addict, James Booker

Couple in a Hole : Film - Profiles
Jamie Rowland is impressed by Tom Geens’ new film ‘Couple in a Hole’ which tells of a grief-stricken British couple living in a hole in the French Pyrenees and which includes a soundtrack from experimental group Beak

Calexico : Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, 28/4/2015 - Live Reviews
With a mix of songs both old and new spread over two joyful hours, Jamie Rowland finds that Calexico’s phenomenal set at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London still feels way too short

Sharon Van Etten : Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, 29/4/2015 - Live Reviews
Jamie Rowland watches Sharon Van Etten somehow makes a sold-out show at Shepherd's Bush Empire in London feel like an intimate performance, with a night of raw, confessional and beautiful music

Hamilton Leithauser : Interview - Interviews
Jamie Rowland chats to ex-Walkmen front man Hamilton Leithauser about his debut solo album, 'Black Hours'

Kristin Hersh : Interview - Interviews
Jamie Rowland speaks to Kristin Hersh about Throwing Muses' first album in ten years 'Purgatory/Paradise' which has been packaged with a book, their UK tour, and her solo career

John Peel : Ten Songs That Made Me Love... - Features
In 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...', Jamie Rowland writes of ten songs that he first heard listening to John Peel's late night Radio 1 show

Profile : BBC Radiophonic Workshop - Profiles
Jamie Rowland reflects, with albums of its music ‘BBC Radiophonic Music’ and ‘The Radiophonic Workshop’ just having been reissued, upon the history of the BBC's remarkable Radiophonic Workshop studios

Golden Orioles/Council Tax Band : Interview with Andy Elliot - Interviews
Jamie Rowland talks to former Das Wanderlust front man and guitarist Andy Elliott about his two new musicial projects, Golden Orioles and Council Tax Band

Arrows of Love : Interview - Interviews
Former front man with London-based alt-folk band, Hush the Many (Heed the Few) Nima Teranchi speaks about his abrasive current band the Arrows of Love and their new single 'Honey'

Funke and the Two-Tone Baby : Interview - Interviews
Jamie Rowland chats to Medway-based singer-songwriter Daniel Turnbull about his one-man alt-blues band Funke and the Two-Tone Baby and his recording career to date

Metric : Shepherds Bush Empire, London, 2/7/2012 - Live Reviews
Jamie Rowland watches Canadian new wave/indie rock band Metric play a fiery, if self-indulgent set at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London

Bad Weather California : Interview - Interviews
Jamie Rowland chats to Chris Adolf, the front man with Denver-based band bad Weather California about their second album which has just been released on Akron/Family’s Family Tree Records, touring and playing back-up for Daniel Johnston

Gimme Indie Rock : Top 5 No. 2: Breathtaking Drummers - Features
In the second of his Top 5 lists for his 'Gimme Indie Rock', Jamie Rowland provides a list of his five favourite drummers

Arrows of Love : Islington Academy, London, 28/3/2012 - Live Reviews
Jamie Rowland is entranced by former Hush the Many guitarist/vocalist Nima Ternachi's current band Arrows of Love in an energetic and intimidating set at the Islington Academy in London

Nada Surf : Interview - Interviews
Jamie Rowland speaks to Matthew Caws, the front man with New York-based alternative rock act Nada Surf, about their extensive career and latest album, ‘The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy‘

Pocket Gods : Interview - Interviews
Jamie Rowland chats to Mark Christopher Lee from irreverent St Albans-based indii pop band the Pocket Gods about his group's recent Grammy nomination and new book, ‘Weird – The Life and Times of a Pocket God’

WATERS : Koko, London, 8/2/2012 - Live Reviews
Jamie Rowland is impressed by alternative rock act WATERS' energy and gusto, which is powerful enough to silence the whole crowd, in a support slot to Nada Surf at the KOKO in London

Gimme Indie Rock : A Record Collection Inspection with Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws - Features
In 'Gimme Indie Rock', Jamie Rowland talks to Matthew Caws from American alternative rock band Nada Surf about some of the records in his record collection

Sharon Van Etten : Interview - Interviews
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten speaks to Jamie Rowland in her second interview with us about her forthcoming third album, 'Tramp', collaborating with the National's Aaron Dessner and being made to cry in her dentist’s office by a Hollywood musical star

Gimme Indie Rock : Crying for Christmas - Features
Jamie Rowland in 'Gimme Indie Rock' examines some of the current seasonal music and explains why crying is okay at Christmas

Pennyblackmusic Bands Night : Half Moon, London, 29/10/2011 - Features
Jamie Rowland looks back on our Pennyblackmusic Bands' Night on October 29th at the Half Moon in Herne Hill in South London, which saw sets from Morton Valence, Madam, the Doomed Bird of Providence and Rome Pays Off

Shonen Knife : Interview - Interviews
Jamie Rowland speaks to Naoko Yamano, the guitarist/vocalist and founding member Naoko Yamano with Japanese punks about their thirty years together, and the effect of the Ramones on their work

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