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Cracking Compilations : Bandcamp Explorer - Features
This month's Bandcamp Explorer column is an ode to the compilation album, with six great examples to be found on Bandcamp. Let Mark Rowland be your guide.

Alternative Alternatives : Bandcamp Explorer - Features
Mark Rowland takes a deep dive into the fare on offer this month on Bandcamp, a site that has become established as a melting pot of nascent talent. Taking on the genre formerly known as indie, here is his guide to 'alternative alternatives'.

Spooky Genres : Bandcamp Explorer - Features
In his new series 'Bandcamp Explorer' Mark Rowland reviews some of the spooky genres on Bandcamp.

Idles : Abbey Road Studios, London, 29/8/2020...30/8/2020 - Live Reviews
Mark Rowland watches Idles play a remarkable three set lockdown session over two days at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Indie Cuts : Bandcamp Explorer - Features
In his new series 'Bandcamp Explorer' Mark Rowland reviews the best indie acts on Bandcamp.

Gringo Records : Bandcamp Explorer - Features
In his new series 'Bandcamp Explorer' Mark Rowland goes orienteering through the Bandcamp wilderness to find its hidden gems and begins by profiling the latest releases of Nottingham label Gringo Records.

Dinosaur Jr : Profile - Profiles
Mark Rowland examines Dinosaur Jr's four 1990's albums, which have just been re-released in expanded and remastered editions on Cherry Red.

Vinita Joshi : Interview - Interviews
Vinita Joshi, the owner of indie label Rocket Girl, talks about the 20th anniversary of its first release, and a new commemorative book, CD, seven inch and flexi disc which are all being released to celebrate this anniversary.

Ryan Adams : It’s Time We Torpedoed Rock Mythology - Profiles
With the recent allegations against Ryan Adams, Mark Rowland says that it is finally time to stop forgiving our rock stars for their abusive behaviour.

Green River : Profile - Profiles
Mark Rowland examines the career of grunge pioneers Green River, whose 1987 EP 'Dry as a Bone' and 1988 posthumous album 'Rehab Doll' have recently both been re-released.

This Mortal Coil : Profile - Profiles
This Mortal Coil’s three albums are being remastered and reissued in new deluxe editions on CD and vinyl. Mark Rowland, a This Mortal Coil novice, digs into their back catalogue.

Mudhoney : Interview - Interviews
Mudhoney leader Mark Arm chats about the Seattle grunge pioneers thirty years as a band and forthcoming album 'Digital Garbage'.

Soundgarden : Ten Songs That Made Me Love... - Features
In the wake of the untimely death of Chris Cornell, Mark Rowland revisits in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' some of the Soundgarden songs that shaped him during his formative years

Television Personalities : Profile - Profiles
With the first four Television Personalities LPs set for a reissue, Mark Rowland takes a look at their legacy

Big Star : Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live ... And More - Profiles
Mark Rowland enjoys DVD tribute concert 'Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live ... And More' which features Big Star members Jody Stephens, Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer and also guests including REM's Mike Mills, Robyn Hitchcock and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy

Wag Club : Profile - Profiles
While the original 80's club could be horrendously snobby, Mark Rowland finds that a new four CD Wag Club compilation BOX SET digs out some long forgotten gems

Pavement : All Tomorrow’s Parties, Minehead, June 2010 - Features
Mark Rowland relives his favourite gig of all time, a long-awaited chance to see Pavement at their curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Minehead

Wedding Present : Profile - Profiles
Mark Rowland reflects on the first decade of the Wedding Present's career, who are about to have their first six albums, from 1987's 'George Best' to 1996's 'Saturnalia', reissued in deluxe three CD and DVD boxsets

Cardiacs : Sing to God - Favourite Album Reviews
In our 'Re: View' section, in which our writers look back on the albums from the past, Mark Rowland reflects on English art rockers the Cardiacs' recently reissued 1996 album. 'Sing to God'

Death : Interview - Interviews
Mark Rowland chats to long lost 70's Detroit garage rock outfit Death about their sudden emergence from obscurity to cult act and their recently released third retrospective

Sebadoh : Ten Songs That Made Me Love... - Features
In our series, in which our writers write about ten songs that made them love a favourite band or artist, Mark Rowland reflects on his favourite songs by the American alternative rockers Sebadoh

Flaming Lips : (Gig of a Lifetime) Lovebox, London, July 2008 - Features
Mark Rowland, in our 'Gig of a Lifetime' series, writes of seeing the Flaming Lips for the first time at the Lovebox Festival in 2008

Rocket Girl : Interview with Vinita Joshi - Profiles
Mark Rowland talks to Vinita Joshi, the owner of Rocket Girl, which now has released over a hundred records, about her long-standing London-based label which she has run since 1997

Rock 101 : Buying Records - Features
In Rock 101 Mark Rowland reflects upon the joys even in present times of buying records

Book-Rob Jovanovic : Big Star: The Story of Rock's Forgotten Band - Profiles
Mark Rowland examines Rob Jovanovic's revised and updated biography 'Big Star: The Sory of Rock's Forgotten Band' while tells of the frequently tragic story of Memphis-based band Big Star

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