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Why the refurbishment of Westminster is not a ‘white elephant’

We talk constantly about political white elephants; vanity projects undertaken by Governments in an attempt to appear hip and down with the kids. To the public, they are often seen as an enormous waste of money put forward by politicians concerned solely with their material legacy and it is hard for many people to see […]

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Interview with indie rockers Sunset Sons

As one of the few ‘old fashioned’ rock n’ roll bands in the BBC Sound of 2015 poll, Sunset Sons were always going to look like outliers. Their background, four guys meeting at a ski resort and honing their craft while touring venues in the Alps, might not tick too many boxes with the kind […]

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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday

The first and only moment of disbelief that you get listening to Chasing Yesterday arrives less than five seconds after you put the record on. It takes some serious brass neck to start your second solo album with the exactly the same rhythm and chords as your old band’s biggest hit, but that’s exactly what […]

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Death Cab For Cutie

It’s been a rough four years for Death Cab For Cutie. Since 2011’s uncharacteristically joyous and positive Codes and Keys was received with mixed reviews, Ben Gibbard has been divorced, pursued a meandering solo career and longtime guitarist/producer Chris Walla left the band after 17 years.

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Julian Casablancas and the Voidz

Tyranny is a massive step outside the indie-guitar comfort zone and is enjoyable in places, but the apocalyptic themes found throughout and the general meandering just gives off the impression that Julian and the Voidz are having a lot more fun playing the music than you are listening to it.

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Public engagement can be legacy of IndyRef

By the time you are reading this article, the result of the Scottish Independence Referendum will have been confirmed. All those leaflets, those flyers, all the hours upon hours of campaigning, all the Facebook and Twitter reposts will have led up to the early morning announcement on Friday. Whatever the result may be, it will […]