Guardian Reviews

  • by Garry Mulholland
    Why traipse through Glasto's swamps when you can watch your favourite bands play on an island in the Danube? Garry Mulholland travels to Hungary to find a festival gemIt's a balmy midnight in Hungary and you are walking through a forest lit with fairy lights. To your right there's an impromptu 50s-style sock hop, DJed […]
  • by Garry Mulholland
    The contrast between US and UK art-rock is exemplified by these two fine LPsI was sheltering from the hail in my local indie record store the other day, flicking though the latest vinyl missives from the precious world of Music No One Buys. This store puts helpful notes on the sleeves about what the record […]
  • by Garry Mulholland
    At a time when nu-metal and dad-rock ruled the airwaves, the Strokes rewired rock'n'roll with irresistible songs, inventive guitars and arty arroganceMore top 10 albums of the decadeThe impact of the first Strokes album was immediate and dramatic. But if private school-educated New Yorkers Julian Casablancas, Albert Hammond Jr, Nick Valensi, Nikolai Fraiture and Fabrizio […]
  • by Garry Mulholland
    (MN Records)No disrespect to the likes of Thieves, Bernard Butler and Jools Holland, but you can tell how much David McAlmont's stock has risen by the identity of his more recent collaborators. Having laboured through the 1990s, burdened by the novelty of being the only black indie singer of the Britpop era, Croydon's answer to […]
  • by Garry Mulholland
    (Mute)James Chapman, aka Maps, is yet another British laptop electro one-man band, in the mould of Calvin Harris and Theoretical Girl. He comes from Northampton, got a Mercury nomination for his 2007 debut We Can Create, and, in a great many ways, has no distinguishing features in a UK pop landscape awash with arty 80s-influenced […]
  • by Garry Mulholland
    (Cooperative/Downtown)What do you get if you Auto-Tune the sound of a baby? A ghostly and beautiful noise, as it happens, which turns up on the penultimate song of this kaleidoscopic and rambunctious album. Sadly, the men behind Major Lazer – dance producers Diplo (Philadelphia's Wesley Pentz) and Switch (London's Dave Taylor) – opt to end […]
  • by Garry Mulholland
    (Parlophone)The problem with Pete Doherty has always been the gaping chasm between what he says and what he does. Way back in July 2004, I did my one and only interview with the king of conspicuous drug consumption. He sweetly acknowledged that he'd got "fucking bogged down in being Peter Libertine: The Rehab King" and […]
  • by Garry Mulholland
    (Polydor)One might imagine that being a Morrissey fan is one long rollercoaster ride of emotions. I mean, we've had to cope with the shock Smiths split, the fall-outs with the NME, the accusations of racism, the LA wilderness years, the triumphant comeback. But, in truth, being a Morrissey fan is a nice, safe, predictable home […]
  • by Garry Mulholland
    (ATP)Garry Mulholland wonders where the odd yet accessible Americans have been all his lifeSan Francisco's Deerhoof have been together in one form or another since 1994, but feel like a new group. So few of us heard their first 10 albums of elliptical art-pop that last year's extraordinary Friend Opportunity came like a bolt out […]
  • by Garry Mulholland
    Pig out on Beggars Banquet photos at this Stones exhibitionThere are two insights into the world's greatest rock'n'roll band this month. While the DVD release of Martin Scorsese's concert film Shine a Light peeks inside the court of the Mick Jagger-controlled outfit of the present day, a new exhibition of photographs shot for the 1968 […]

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