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Neil Kulkarni

Neil Kulkarni

Neil Kulkarni has been writing about pop since 1994 in a career characterised by an unerring determination to make his writing the very best on the planet. Starting at Melody Maker in 1994, Kulkarni was one of the few print-dissidents to the mainstream in the Britpop era and has been a ferocious champion of extreme music and hip-hop for nigh-on 20 years through publications as diverse as DJ, Bizarre, Uncut, Terrorizer, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Bang, Plan B, Careless Talk Costs Lives, Loose Lips Sink Ships and the Quietus website. Hugely influential on a whole generation of new critics, he's a writer that inspires fear in his peers, awe in his readers and divides opinion wherever his words drop. After spells as a DJ and broadcaster he's still writing and is currently a lecturer in media and music at a college in his beloved home town of Coventry.

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Graham Coxon: The Leadmill, Sheffield

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, July 2000

MAYBE THE whys and wherefores don't matter. Maybe it's pointless trying to figure out the real reasons for people coming here. Nobody could really have ...

Cypress Hill, Ice Cube: Cypress Hill: Do Believe The Hype

Interview by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, September 1995

CYPRESS HILL's self-titled debut album changed the face of hip hop. Their second, Black Sunday, was the rap crossover LP of the early Nineties. But ...

The Deftones: Deftones (Maverick)

Review by Neil Kulkarni, Bang, June 2003

FOR ALL THE horseshit rock bands come out with about "maturity", "creative steam" and "progression", the true measure of whether or not their freshest opus ...

Dilated Peoples: 'Hip-Hop Culture Has Suffered. We Want To Reverse That'

Interview by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, October 2000

IT'S NOT JUST PUNK AND METAL THAT ARE KICKING OFF STATESIDE — SO IS HIP-HOP AS DILATED PEOPLES TELL US ...

Dr. Dre: The Dre Today: Dr. Dre Presents: The Aftermath (Interscope/MCA)

Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, November 1996

Don't be fooled by his past, DR DRE is a one-man Motown, a pop perfectionist for the 21st Century ...

Dr. Dre, Eminem, N.W.A.: Dr. Dre: 10 Reasons Not To Forget About Dre

Comment by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, November 2000

THOUGHT DR DRE HAD SLIPPED OUR MINDS, DID YA? NOPE — US MUTHAF***AS WERE JUST ACTING LIKE WE HADN'T REMEMBERED THE HIP-HOP POWERHOUSE. HERE'S WHY ...

Eminem: Subterania, London

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, April 1999

20 Minute Party People ...

Foo Fighters: Have We Got Foos For You

Interview by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, April 1996

Foo Fighters are back with a new single, 'Big Me', and a fresh determination to not let adulation force them into a Nirvana–type corner. Melody ...

Ghostface Killah, Method Man, RZA, Wu-Tang Clan: Wu-Tang Clan: Martial Lore

Special Feature by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, May 1997

Public Enemy's fall from grace left hip hop without a heroic focus. Enter WU-TANG CLAN, a crew from Staten Island whose ever-changing line-up has produced ...

Ice Cube / Gravediggaz: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, September 1994

TRY AND tie down hip-hop with yer baggage and it always finds a way to bust loose. Never mind asking "Has Rap Gone Too Far", ...

Infinite Livez

Interview by Neil Kulkarni, Plan B, April 2007

WHAT ARE you playing at? "Not what you think" whispers Infinite Livez, Big Dada's most wayward emissary and co–creator (alongside Swedish electrojazz–duo Stade) of a ...

Kenickie: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, June 1998

HEY, LITTLE rich girl, where did you go wrong? The 'Nick should never have moved to London. Left home, met all these glittery chuckleheads, built ...

Kula Shaker: K (Parlophone)

Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, September 1996

I'VE JUST BEEN informed by that porridge-faced wanker, Simon Mayo, that Kula Shaker are "the next Oasis". Of course, the obvious questions don't even get ...

Limp Bizkit: Is This Metal's Answer To Puff Daddy?

Interview by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, October 1999

The Maker gets rapping with LIMP BIZKIT's Fred Durst, the ex-tattooist who has become the most powerful man in metal and a big name in ...

Marilyn Manson: Alternative Cult Star

Interview by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, September 1997

He's seven-foot tall and rips his stomach to shreds with a half-broken bottle on stage. But, heh, he's still little Brian to his mum. We ...

Method Man, Redman: Redman: Dare Iz A Darkside/Method Man: Tical (Def Jam/Island)

Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, January 1995

REDMAN'S Whut? Thee Album came out around the first Cypress Hill's and for those that investigated it was even more blunted to the bone, streaked ...

Peace: Tiny, Smug and Blissfully Ignorant Minds: New British Indie and Peace's In Love (Columbia)

Special Feature by Neil Kulkarni, fuckyouneilkulkarni.blogspot.co.uk, April 2013

"I. Man's perceptions are not bound by organs of perception; he perceives more than sense (tho' ever so acute) can discover." — William Blake, ...

Pulp: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Quietus, The, July 2011

Neil Kulkarni breaks his no-festival rule and braves the corporate overkill of Wireless to see his Pulp. His verdict? They "now stand mighty amidst the ...

Radiohead: Meeting People Is Easy

Film/DVD Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, November 1998

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Screaming Trees: Riverside, Newcastle

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, November 1996

FOR A gig you might've expected to be a pissed–up, beery slop, all bum–notes and chaos, it's all in the subtleties of feel. This is ...

Sleeper: Digbeth Institute, Birmingham

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, October 1995

INDIE IS IN Birmingham. Indie goes down a rapturous storm. Indie makes everyone happy tonight. Indie is lovely. Indie is the fleetfooted reduced to leadboot ...

Soundgarden: Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, September 1996

PERFECT. AS only the superficial can be. ...

Britney Spears: Baby One More Time (Jive)

Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, March 1999

I WOULDN'T, actually. Jailbait. Pastels. Popsox. Mall rat. Sure, all the obvious jokes cover up the fact that this is a document of pure venality. ...

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Wild Style: Hip Hop Don't Stop

Retrospective by Neil Kulkarni, Uncut, July 1998

Re-released this month after 15 years, WILD STYLE isregarded as the seminal rap movie. Director Charlie Ahearn puts needle to the groove with Neil Kulkarni ...

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