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Simone Felice : Interview - Interviews
At a solo gig in London, former Felice Brothers member Simone Felice talks about his recovery from life-threatening heart surgery, other career as a novelist and his group the Duke and the King's forthcoming second album

Eels : Brixton Academy, London, 1/9/2010 - Live Reviews
Despite songs about death and suicide, Anthony Middleton finds the Eels to be surprisingly fun at a show at the Brixton Academy in London

Profile : Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Profiles
Anthony Middleton looks at the mid 80's and early 90's history of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, who in the second instalment of an extensive reissue campaign have just had three albums from that era, 'Tender Prey', 'Henry's Dreaam' and 'The Good Son',all re-released

Willy Vlautin : Roundhouse, London, 9/2/2010 - Live Reviews
At the London Roundhouse, Anthony Middleton admires Richmond Fontaine singer Willy Vlautin's honesty, humour and insight at a show in which he both played songs solo and also performed readings from his new novel, 'Lean On Pete'

Simone Felice : Hawley Arms, London, 16/2/2010 - Live Reviews
At the Hawley Arms in London, Anthony Middleton watches the Duke and the King front man Simon Felice put on an intimate and acoutisc rare solo performance

Stephen Fretwell : Luminaire, London, 15/12/2009 - Live Reviews
Anthony Middleton watches Manchester-based singer-songwriter Stephen Fretwell at the Luminaire in London play an occasionally mesmerising set of acoustic, but proving too engaging and ultimately struggling to control his audience

Graham Coxon : Barbican, London, 28/11/2009 - Live Reviews
After Blur's reunion shows of this summer, Anthony Middleton watches guitarist Graham Coxon at the Barbican in London play an excellent solo set with a backing band that inlcudes in its line-up folk elder statesman Martin Carty and also Robyn Hitchcock

Duke and the King : Scala, London, 22/11/2009 - Live Reviews
Anthony Middleton is impressed by rising Americana act the Duke and the King's infectious brand of Americana at show at the Scala in London

Daniel Johnston : Bloomsbury Ballroom, London, 31/10/2009 - Live Reviews
At a show at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in London, Anthony Middleton watches Daniel Johnston play an erratic, but heartfelt and ultimately compelling set

Howe Gelb : Luminaire, London, 4/10/2009 - Live Reviews
At the London Luminaire, Anthony Middleton watches Howe Gelb manage to pull off the rare trick of being both consumately entertaining and also genuinely experimental and inspirational

DVD : White Lightnin' - Profiles
Anthony Middleton finds compelling, but also sometimes disturbing new DVD spoof documentary, 'White Lightnin', about the trials and tribulations of white trash dancer and killer, Jesco White

Marianne Faithfull : Royal Festival Hall, 20/7/2009 - Live Reviews
Anthony Midleton watches a superb set from sixties survivor Marianne Faithfull to promote her new album of covers, 'Easy Come, Easy Go', at the Royal Festival Hall in London

Parish Music Box : Bedford, London, 30/6/2009 - Live Reviews
At the Bedford in London, Anthony Middleton finds that recent Caffe Nero band of the month Parish Music Box able to tap into nerves with their smooth and melodic blend of country rock

Blur : Goldsmiths College, London, 24/6/2009 - Live Reviews
At an intimate gig at Goldsmiths Collge, and their first London show since they reformed, Anthony Middleton watches Blur play a set of surprising emotional and artistic integrity

Eagles of Death Metal : Brixton Academy, London, 24/6/2009 - Live Reviews
At the Brixton Academy in London Anthony Middleton quickly finds tiresome American garage rock act Eagles of Death Metal on-stage theatricals and leaden humour

Profile : Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Profiles
Anthony Middleton examines the early career of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, who have just had their first four albums, 'From Her to Eternity', 'The Firstborn is Dead', 'Kicking Against the Pricks' and 'Your Funeral… My Trial',all re-released

Film : Awaydays - Profiles
Anthony Middleton enjoys the post-punk soundtrack of 'Awaydays', a new film about late 70s Liverpool football hooligans and music fans, but finds it otherwise lacking grit and over stating its social commentary

Fleet Foxes : Roundhouse, London, 22/2/2009 - Live Reviews
At the Roundhouse in London Anthony Middleton discovers that much hyped Seattle-based group the Fleet Foxes' veneer of innocent charm has hidden and unchanneled depths in a perfect evening of music

Soundtrack of Our Lives : Jarvis Cocker - My Part in His Downfall - Features
In the latest in our 'Soundtrack to Our Lives' column, in which writers write of the personal impact of music on their lives, Anthony Middleton tells of living in Camden in the early 90s as Britpop exploded

Herman Dune : Scala, London, 17/12/2008 - Live Reviews
Of continental European and Israeli heritage, Herman Dune are one of the leading lights in the Anti-Folk scene. Anthony Middleton enjoys a fun-filled show of unlikely influences at the Scala in London

James Yorkston : St Giles Church, London, 11/12/2008 - Live Reviews
Anthony Middleton watches Scottish folk artist James Yorkston, although suffering from sound problems, play a set of warm and humour to a rapt audience at the magical venue of St Giles' Church in London

Unbending Trees : Luminaire, London, 4/12/2008 - Live Reviews
Fronted by ex-friar Kristof Hajos, Hungarian group the Unbending Trees have recently released their debut album on Everything But the Girl's Ben Watt's Strange Feeling label. Anthony Middleton is impressed by the impassioned intensity of their performance at a show at the Luminaire in London

Shearwater : St Giles Church, London, 22/11/2008 - Live Reviews
In the sedate environment of St Giles' church in central London, Chris O' Toole watches acclaimed progressive folk rockers play an emotive, thoroughly engaging set

Profile : Classic Album Tours - Profiles
Anthony Middleton examines the growing phenomenon at concerts of often relatively young bands performing their most celebrated albums in full

Fuyiya and Miyagi : Bush Hall, London, 24/9/2008 - Live Reviews
At a show on their latest tour at the Bush Hall in London, Anthony Middleton finds Fuyiya and Miyagi's wispy electronica intriguing, but also often monotonous

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