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Meet: The Coral’s James Skelly takes us through the inspirations for the new album ‘Coral Island’, the magic of memories, and how The Coral are the Robbie Fowler of the music industry.

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See: The monochrome video for Trevor Sensor’s ‘Chiron, Galactus’: an instant classic of mourning, cathartic Americana

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Album review: New Bums – ‘Last Time I Saw Grace’: Ben and Donovan reveal an unexpected treat

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Did you hear the one about the writer, the rapper and the producer? Sounds like the start of a old joke, the sort of thing that Ronnie Corbett would do between the good bits on the Two Ronnie’s (well, maybe not the rapper bit), to waste a bit of time, on a set that looked …

I don’t watch Eastenders anymore. There aren’t enough mike Reid dressed in only his bow tie to woo Pat (perish the thought), and too many Den and Angie divorced at Christmas type bits. In short, all the funs gone out of it – and let’s be honest, there wasn’t a great deal in it in …

Those cheeky scamps the Rizzle Kicks have released details of their new single, fresh from their appearance at the Glastonbury festival, where they played the BBC introducing stage. ‘Lost Generation’ will come out on August 26th, ahead of the release of their new album ‘Roaring 20’s’ which is out on Island records on September 2nd. …

Apparently, according to Mancunian Francesca and Northern-Irish Londoner Ian a.k.a. I am a Camera, to steal, appropriate, connect, evolve and become legendary is what it’s all about. ‘It’s your survival instinct’ they say, ‘It’s that state of mind that gets you out of bed, fuels your ambition, drive and individuality, it’s your lightning. Our new …

One of the endearing memories I have of my Grandmother was that she liked Cowboys and Indians. It seemed sort of bizarre that this old lady, who had spent her life as a farmers wife before moving to an unremarkable estate just outside Leicester (obvious wild west joke avoided here) well into her 80’s would …

Although my children are growing up (too fast, I think sometimes) I like it how there’s something magical about a rainbow still. Even for someone as cynical (read, fairly old) as me, I still sort of daydream about coming across the gold at the end of it. It’s always a good talking point to temporarily …

Some people have to change names, for lots of reasons. I had an English teacher that changed her name from Miss Pratt to, actually I can’t remember,  but she was still known as Miss Pratt to everyone. Making your way in the music and film world is always rather a treacherous path, but one made …

Citizens. It’s times like these we have to be vigilant. If you happen to be in the vicinity of a nightclub, soundsystem, or even radio, never mind on the internet, you might get offered something. Like all these things its a short term fix for a long term problem, to make all those worries go …

I thought I liked to invent genre’s. So far since I started this blog, only some seven months ago but sometimes it seems like a lifetime, the amount of time I (and the rest of the brilliant contributors we have here at the moment) spend keeping everyone updated with musical and artistic musings. I’ve sandwiched …

We can all breathe a sigh of relief. 2010 saw the rugged indie rock of Exit Calm coming to the fore in the shape of the self titled album and a couple of singles, Hearts and Minds and Don’t look down, which grazed the consciousness of many, and caused some to fall for their retro …