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Grimes – The Ritz, Manchester – 30th August 2012

August 31, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for High Voltage As Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, walked on stage at The Ritz in Manchester, the excitement in the hall was palpable. It’s been a phenomenal year for Grimes. The release of her third studio album, Visions, was met with a justifiably high level of acclaim. Critics were pretty much […]

Video of the Day…Gore Vidal & Hitchens on Chomsky

August 30, 2012

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Robert Pollard Today’s Video of the Day is of Gore Vidal and Christopher Hitchens telling the same funny anecdote about one of my favourite writers and thinkers – Noam Chomsky. Professor Chomsky first came to my attention when I was studying English A-Level. He is one of the most celebrated and important linguists ever, something […]

Video of the Day…Bombay Bicycle Club – Lights Out, Words Gone

August 28, 2012

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words – Robert Pollard After interviewing Bombay Bicycle Club at Leeds and then watching their terrific Main Stage performance, I’ve been listening a lot to their new record, A Different Kind of Fix, which really is fantastic. It’s great to see a UK band making interesting music and not being restricted to a certain sound. […]

Backstage at Leeds…with Bombay Bicycle Club

August 27, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for Leeds Festival Three albums in and Bombay Bicycle Club have established themselves as one of the most innovative purveyors of UK indie music. Each album has seen them attempt new sounds, meaning they remain fresh and challenging for the listener. We caught up with Jamie MacColl and Ed Nash backstage […]

Backstage at Leeds – Gallows Interview

August 27, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for Festival Republic Gallows have had an interesting career trajectory thus far. Initially signed to Warner Brothers, they were subsequently dropped by the label mid-deal. They’ve also undergone the biggest possible change to a line-up, with Wade MacNeil replacing Frank Carter as lead singer of the band. All this appears to […]

Backstage at Leeds – Interview with The Maccabees

August 27, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for Leeds Festival The Maccabees are one of the biggest bands at Leeds this year. They headlined the NME/Radio 1 Stage on Saturday for what was one of the finest moments of this year’s festival. We caught up with Felix White and Orlando Weeks backstage prior to their show to get […]

Morrissey – Canadian Radio Session

August 13, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard Last year, Morrissey and his band took part in an in-studio session with Tony Visconti for the Canadian television group Rogers. It was only available to Rogers subscribers or on in-flight entertainment on certain Air Canada flights, meaning the elusive footage began to take on legend status, with fans desperate to […]