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Nick Hasted

Nick Hasted has written for The Independent, the Guardian and Uncut. He is the author of The Dark Story of Eminem (Omnibus, 2003).

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Ryan Adams at the Forum, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2003

"I'M GONNA PLAY all night," Ryan Adams promises the crowd. "You think I'm joking? I've got a 5am plane, man..." ...

Allen Toussaint: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2008

ALLEN TOUSSAINT talks of his sporadic, unbought solo work and the royalties from the hits he's created for others with equal affection. ...

American Music Club: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London ***

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2004

AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB was always a select establishment. Appealing to connoisseurs of the darkest underground rock, the San Francisco group's principal attraction was always Mark ...

Aphex Twin, Boards Of Canada, Grizzly Bear: 20 years of the Warp factor

Retrospective by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2009

Sheffield's Warp Records celebrates its 20th anniversary in September. Nick Hasted looks back on the cutting-edge electronica/indie label that has produced acts as diverse as ...

Arctic Monkeys: Wembley Arena, London ***

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2009

Northern soul with a heavy heart ...

Arctic Monkeys, Glasvegas, Ian Brown, Radiohead, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Radiohead, Ian Brown, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs et al: Reading Festival, Berkshire ***

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2009

Radiohead's modern jazz wrong-foots the crowd ...

Band of Horses: Tales of Terror from the Blasted Backwoods

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, February 2011

IT WAS THE first day by the lake when Band of Horses' singer Ben Bridwell saw the curtain twitch. He was staying at the isolated, ...

Buju Banton: Astoria, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2002

IT'S A SWELTERING Sunday night in London's West End, and inside this venue, a West Indian community meeting is in progress. ...

Bat For Lashes: The Spitz, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2006

NATASHA KHAN discovered her own musical world when a black horse appeared to her in a dream two years ago and led her away into ...

Beck: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2003

BECK HAS thrown Bob Dylan's career into reverse. He has arrived at a venue famous for being scandalised by Bob going electric to unplug his ...

Brendan Benson, The Raconteurs: Brendan Benson: Your Old, Unfamiliar Friend – Or So He Wishes

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2009

Since the success of his acclaimed band The Raconteurs, Brendan Benson has earned plenty of public recognition – but he'd rather have his anonymity back, ...

Bettye LaVette: Jazz Café, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2012

"WE HAVE just finished the 8-year Who the Hell Is She? Tour," Bettye LaVette jokes, with a smile which could be the definition of rueful. ...

Blondie: Debbie Harry: In A Lonely Place

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2003

IN THEIR POMP, Blondie were a one-band production line of beautiful, brash singles, each subtly hand-finished to find another angle on their signature, streamlined sound. ...

Blur: This Is A High For A Refreshed Blur

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2003

Blur: The Astoria, London ...

David Bowie: MEN Arena, Manchester

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2003

DAVID BOWIE spent much of the '90s in a state of shivering insecurity. The creative brinkmanship that let him shed identities and styles with matchless ...

Ian Brown, The Stone Roses: You're Ian Brown... Do Something!

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, January 1998

The singer of the Stone Roses did not die with the group: his single is in the Top 5, and an album is on the ...

Jackson Browne: Royal Albert Hall, London **

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 2009

THE GREY beard of experience Jackson Browne wore on the sleeve of his last album, Time the Conqueror, is gone. He looks the same lean, ...

Solomon Burke: Barbican, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 2002

IT'S BEEN 28 YEARS since the self-styled king of rock'n'soul last graced a British stage, at which rate this could be a farewell performance, too. ...

Solomon Burke: Solomon In All His Glory

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2002

The greatest male soul singers are Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and Solomon Burke. But, unlike the others, Burke is very much alive, as ...

John Cale: Remembrance Of Things Past

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 1997

WHEN THE VELVET Underground split, John Cale flew the coop most effectively. While his partner Lou Reed (who evicted Cale from the band in 1968) ...

The Cardigans, The Concretes, Fever Ray: Sweden: State-sponsored Rock Valhalla

Overview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, July 2009

IN POP MUSIC at least, Britain still imagines it rules the world. The Beatles, Kinks, Bowie and Blur are looked on as an unassailable heritage ...

Centro-matic: Distance And Clime

Review and Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, February 2002

PROLIFIC LO-FI Texans have tape recorders at the ready ...

Charlatans, The (UK): The Charlatans: Academy, Islington, London ***

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2004

FEW BRITISH BANDS can tear the roof off a venue as ruthlessly as The Charlatans. It's one of the reasons for the enduring affection in ...

Vic Chesnutt: Dark Side of The Tune

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 2003

IN 1983, VIC CHESNUTT, an obscure country misfit, was 18, drunk again, and crashing his car in America's southern state of Georgia. When he woke ...

Jimmy Cliff: Hail Reggae's Lost King

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2003

MANY PEOPLE THINK Bob Marley stole his crown. But it was Jimmy Cliff who gave reggae to the world, when he starred in and wrote ...

Coldplay: O2 Arena, London **

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2011

THE KRAFTWERK allusions, the Brian Eno productions, the "experimental" new directions: the propaganda which comes with each new Coldplay album would make you think they ...

Elvis Costello at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 1999

THERE'S BEEN loose talk lately that Elvis Costello is becoming an irrelevance. The only one of his Nineties albums to gain pop acceptance was an ...

Elvis Costello: Mighty Like A Rose

Retrospective by Nick Hasted, Uncut, November 2002

SUMMER 1991, AND Elvis Costello's kingdom was about to crumble. In the world outside, it was the year of Screamadelica, Nevermind, Blue Lines and dance ...

Kevin Coyne: Exile on Hauptstrasse

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, January 2001

IN 1985, KEVIN COYNE walked out of his Clapham flat, saying goodbye to his wife and two children, on his way to a short tour ...

Kevin Coyne: Moody Blues

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 2001

KEVIN COYNE has been balancing on the border of sanity for more than 30 years now. Adolescent jobs as a psychiatric nurse, arts therapist and ...

Curtis Mayfield: Soul Brother No. 1

Retrospective by Nick Hasted, Uncut, August 2005

Ghetto-funk pioneer, civil rights activist, blaxploitation soundtrack master — the late Curits Mayfield is one of the all-time soul greats ...

Cypress Hill: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2000

CYPRESS HILL'S 1993 breakthrough Black Sunday straddled every hip-hop fault line. Racially, Italian-American rapper B-Real joined Latinos DJ Muggs and Sen-Dog in a traditionally black-American ...

The Darkness: The Astoria, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2003

I HAD WATCHED THE DARKNESS phenomenon from a distance, in dismay. Despite the sheer unexpectedness of their vault from clubs to stadiums, every glance at ...

Ray Davies at Bloomsbury Theatre, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 2004

"It's been a very difficult year for everybody," Ray Davies admits, the nearest he gets to acknowledging his being shot in the leg by muggers ...

De La Soul: Art Official Intelligence (Mosaic Thump)

Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, September 2000

NO ONE who saw the packed, mostly young, black crowd reveling in the house party atmosphere of De La Soul's last UK gig in 1997 ...

Destiny's Child: Earl's Court, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2005

FOR THE "INDEPENDENT WOMEN" of one of their biggest hits, Destiny's Child have a tendency to do what they are told. The middleclass work ethic ...

Dexys Midnight Runners, Kevin Rowland: Kevin Rowland: Return of the Soul Rebel

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 2003

IN A REHEARSAL room in south London, Kevin Rowland steps from behind a pillar and stalks to the front of Dexys Midnight Runners. He is ...

The Dixie Chicks: Dixie Chicks: Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2003

DISSENT STILL finds its focus in pop, more than any other art form. But there can have been few less likely standard-bearers for this radical ...

Dizzee Rascal: Bringing It All Back Home

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2003

THE FIRST TIME you hear Boy in da Corner, it's a jolt. The debut album of 18-year-old Dizzee Rascal has just been nominated for the ...

Dizzee Rascal: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2005

DIZZEE RASCAL saunters on stage sporting the infectious grin of a boy who feels that every day is Christmas. Though he starts with 'Sittin' Here', ...

Pete Doherty: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 2011

THIS LONDON gig was rescheduled after Pete Doherty's latest drug-related jail spell. He's on his best behaviour, looking puffy or perhaps just well-fed, starting on ...

The Doors: The Lizard King's life's work digitally remastered and packaged as vinyl replicas

Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, November 2000

Strange DaysWaiting For The SunThe Soft ParadeMorrison HotelLa WomanEssential Rarities ...

Dr. John: Dr John: Barbican, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, January 2005

DR JOHN'S LONG journey to this concert hall has been faltering and nearly fatal. Born Mac Rebennack in New Orleans, he is as steeped in ...

Duran Duran, Paolo Nutini, Snow Patrol, Stereophonics: Duran Duran, Stereophonics, Paolo Nutini, Snow Patrol: Olympic Concert, Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, July 2012

Snow Patrol, Simon Le Bon and Ricky Gervais's beard strike a chord ...

Bob Dylan

Comment by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 1997

WHEN BOB DYLAN hovered briefly between life and death last summer, his heart seemingly about to give in, his condition reported in headlines round the ...

Bob Dylan: Enter Good-Time Bob

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 1997

Bob Dylan: Bournemouth ...

Bob Dylan: Liverpool

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, May 2001

'THE PROBLEM OF an artistic life that now moves forward like a shark is there's no time to think' ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Royal Court, Liverpool

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2003

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS on, and every Liverpudlian hipster of a certain age is here to pay their respects. With their debut album, Crocodiles, Echo & The ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Echo and the Bunnymen - live in Liverpool

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 1997

IT'S HARD to remember now how much Echo and the Bunnymen meant. Fourteen years ago, they were crowned Kings of Rock, each album was greeted ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Echo and The Bunnymen at Mayfair, Newcastle

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 1999

THE NEW Echo & The Bunnymen album is a brave move forward, a disavowal of the band's grand past for simple statements of ageing and ...

Mark Eitzel: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2000

It's not all doom and gloom ...

Eminem: Can't Forget The Motor City: Detroit from Hitsville to 8 Mile

Book Excerpt by Nick Hasted, Omnibus Books, Summer 2003

The Dark Story of Eminem is the first book by Nick Hasted, whose work has previously appeared in The Independent, the Guardian and Uncut magazine. ...

Eminem: Cleaning Up

Profile by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2003

In the hood: Eminem is pulling out all the stops for his European tour ...

Eminem: Love, Hate And The Only Important Pop Star Left

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, February 2001

Eminem: Evening News Arena, Manchester ...

Eminem: Slim Shady's Rap-Sheet Of Relapse And Recovery

Profile by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 2011

Eminem soared from drug-filled poverty to adulation and notoriety, and then collapsed into gilded, narcotic, seclusion. But, after his latest comeback, his biographer Nick Hasted ...

The Fall: Koko, London ***

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 2009

MARK E. SMITH is hunched at the back of the stage in black leather jacket and wheelchair, looking like Salford's Davros. ...

Faust: Nosferatu Soundtrack, Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 2000

Interludes With A Vampire   ...

Lou Ford: Sad, But Familiar

Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, May 2000

THE ALBUM cover's a telegraph pole, wires strung across the horizon. A shoe's been tied to one, drunkard's wit. The title? Sad, But Familiar. Welcome ...

Fun Lovin' Criminals: Gangstas of Cheese

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, July 1997

10CC'S 'I'M NOT in Love' seems unlikely material for three New York rappers. But the Fun Lovin' Criminals' cartoon pastiches – mixing Scorsese with Scooby ...

The Futureheads: The Garage, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2004

IN THE SHADOWY darkness of London's indie mecca The Garage, four young men from the North in tightly rolled shirt-sleeves are playing clipped guitar music ...

Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Godspeed You Black Emperor!: Live at The Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, June 2000

"MISS CELINE Dion sings love songs while our cities burn". intones an awkward-looking man by way of greeting. "Kill her!" a woman in the crowd ...

Macy Gray: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2003

MACY GRAY'S RECORDS rarely seem to match up to her image: the flaky, funky, erratic, but traditional soul sister. This was the kind of entertainer ...

Grizzly Bear: Out of the Woods, Into the Light

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2009

ED DROSTE is settling into the bar of his east London hotel with his Grizzly Bear bandmate Daniel Rossen, to attempt to explain their sky-rocket ...

Guns N' Roses: Reading Festival, Berkshire

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2010

Axl flounders as Reading made to wait for its rock fix ...

Hamell On Trial: Upstairs At The Garage, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, July 2001

"EVERYONE HERE'S very nice to me. Shutthefuckup when I'm talkin'!" The self-described "bald, sweaty fucker on stage", Ed Hamell, of Syracuse, New York, is dressed ...

Peter Hammill, Van Der Graaf Generator: Peter Hammill: Heart Attack Music

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2004

When Peter Hammill collapsed in the street with a sudden heart attack last year, it didn't make the papers. The one-time singer of the group ...

Ed Harcourt: Borders, Oxford Street, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, June 2001

THE CROWD for One of Uncut's biggest Borders night so far are backing up from the DIY department into History. Some are still in line ...

Ed Harcourt: Live at The Borderline, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, August 2001

THE SINGER-SONGWRITERLY hush of bookshops doesn't, it turns out, bring out the best in Ed Harcourt's combative soul. His recent Borders acoustic show may have ...

PJ Harvey: Inside the Hidden Heart of PJ Harvey (and John Parish)

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, March 2009

POLLY JEAN HARVEY and John Parish are sitting across from each other in a quiet hotel with the comfort of 20 years' acquaintance. Harvey, of ...

Richie Havens: Jazz Café, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, January 2004

RICHIE HAVENS'S LIFE hinged on Woodstock. His three-hour opening set at the festival, climaxing with 'Freedom', his anthemic improvisation on the spiritual 'Motherless Child', linked ...

Richard Hell: Punk's Founding Father, Richard Hell

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2005

RICHARD HELL was punk's John the Baptist. In one year, 1974, he found the movement its home (CBGB's), created its style (ripped and spiked), indicated ...

Robyn Hitchcock, The Soft Boys: The Soft Boys: The Three Kings, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, May 2001

THE ONE-TIME freaks are out tonight, suited and booted for this biz-only reintroduction to Robyn Hitchcock's reconstituted Soft Boys, in the tucked-away, locked-up Clerkenwell pub ...

The Hives: The Return Of Your Old Favourites

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2004

The Hives: Electric Ballroom London ...

The Horrors: How To Survive On The Outside

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2009

Author's note: This is the full, unedited version of the piece that appeared in The Independent ...

Jamelia: Some Kind Of Superstar

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, February 2004

WHEN JAMELIA disappeared four years ago, it seemed her coronation as Britain's R&B queen might be postponed for ever. Four hit singles, including the Top ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: The Jesus and Mary Chain: Crash And Burn

Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, August 2000

FEBRUARY 2000. Seventeen months after the corpse of The Jesus And Mary Chain finally stopped twitching. In the claustrophobic interior of London's 12-Bar Club, a ...

Elton John: Rocket***

Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, October 2001

BACK TO basics, and partial return to form, on 28th studio album ...

Kenickie: These Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 1998

KENICKIE ARE SLUMPED in the shadow of a hundred teen idols. From the wall of their rehearsal room cafe, signed photos of former sensations, from ...

Kraftwerk: Triumph Of The Machines

Comment by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, March 2004

KRAFTWERK'S MOST recent record, the long-waited Tour de France Soundtracks – their first album of new material since 1986's Electric Café, and a variation on ...

Femi Kuti: Born Into The Struggle

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 2008

Femi Kuti has both Nigeria's music and its deadly political conflicts in his blood, he explains to Nick Hasted ...

Lambchop: Kurt Wagner: The quiet American

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, February 2004

LAMBCHOP are America's leading underground band, secret kings of a scene too modest to be named. They have turned their backs on the bombastic MTV ...

Lambchop: Union Chapel, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, December 2000

"THERE'S SO many of you!" Peering out uncertainly from under a peaked work-cap, what Lambchop's Kurt Wagner sees is his biggest British crowd to date, ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: Yoko Ono: Starting Over

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 1997

YOKO ONO was a lightning rod for the Sixties' most vicious currents. John Lennon was a man she'd barely heard of, a man she fell ...

Cat Power, Lift To Experience: Cat Power/Lift To Experience: The Garage, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, November 2001

IT STARTS WITH guitars screaming, and ends in a whisper. The sadistic social experiment of putting Lift To Experience's apocalyptic Texan assault second on the ...

Lullaby for the Working Class: Lullabies From Wide Open Skies

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 1997

Nebraska's Lullaby for the Working Class's unusual country-influenced music comes complete with religious imagery, Tolstoy, and the loneliness of their home state. Nick Hasted met ...

Baaba Maal: 'Say What You Believe is True'

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, February 2009

BAABA MAAL IS BACK in Britain next week. If he isn't yet as familiar a name here as his fellow Senegalese Youssou N'Dour, this is ...

Magazine: 'These gigs are a cherry on a cake'

Report and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, February 2009

THE ONE-TIME "most important man in pop" made a quietly triumphant comeback last week. Howard Devoto's Magazine, missing since 1981, were the most uncategorisable band ...

The Magnetic Fields: Lyric Theatre, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, January 2001

Pop avalanche from a New York bar ...

Marilyn Manson: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, January 2001

THE FEARFUL naivety of the American mainstream that hates him has made Marilyn Manson the multi-million selling man he is today. ...

Willy Mason: A Breath Of Fresh Air

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2004

IF YOU'RE FEELING bad about America after last week's election, Willy Mason is one reason to change your mind. The 19-year-old New Englander has already ...

Massive Attack: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, July 2004

MASSIVE ATTACK have been shaken almost to pieces in recent times. First, one of their central trio – Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles – left for good, ...

MC5 members and friends: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, March 2003

FORGED IN DETROIT in 1965, the MC5 played rock'n'roll in an America where motorbike police charged their fans, and ferment and trouble trailed the band ...

MC5: Motor Boys Motor: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, May 2003

What's left of the MC5 kick out those jams again with help (and hindrance) from Dave Vanian, Ian Astbury and a razor-sharp Lemmy ...

MGMT: Inheritors of the Head-expanding Hippie Ethos

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2010

FEW OF THE BANDS playing Glastonbury's 40th anniversary this weekend fit the consciousness-expanding ethic of the festival at its best as well as MGMT. They ...

Morrissey: Troxy, London ***

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, July 2009

AT LONDON'S Wireless Festival last year, Morrissey was a hilarious showman in easy command of his powers, playing rollicking unreleased songs and Smiths favourites. That ...

Mull Historical Society: Loss

Review and Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, December 2001

COLIN MACINTYRE on his messages from the edge of the world. ...

Mull Historical Society: The Scala, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, May 2002

THERE ARE blow-up sheep hanging from the ceiling, choirboys waiting in the wings and a brass section on stage, all auxiliary members of the rebel ...

Mystery Jets: From Songs of Innocence to Grown-up Experience

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, July 2010

THE MYTH OF MYSTERY JETS is easily told. Out on Eel Pie Island, off the coast of Twickenham in west London, bands from the Rolling ...

The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur: Gangsta Scrap: Nick Broomfield’s Biggie And Tupac

Film/DVD/TV Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, May 2002

Suge Knight: the new Al Capone? Exposing the truth behind the Rap Wars ...

Oasis: Don't Look Back In Anger

Comment by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2009

Noel Gallagher's decision to quit Oasis is years overdue, says Nick Hasted. The band were no longer relevant. And yet there is much to celebrate ...

Phil Ochs: Bringing It All Back Home

Comment by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2001

"WHILE THE Movement died a natural death, the music died by hanging," Esquire's headline said when the protest singer Phil Ochs committed suicide in 1976. ...

Tom Ovans: On The Road

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, August 2002

IN 1971, WHEN he was 18, Tom Ovans dropped into an underground America, and never came back. Born into a working-class community just outside of ...

Van Dyke Parks: The Greatest Collaborator

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, July 1999

VAN DYKE PARKS knows people who know. He always has. He has the CV of Woody Allen's Zelig, is in the corner of the picture ...

Pearl Jam: Binaural

Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, July 2000

Patchily thrilling sixth effort from grunge vets ...

Pearl Jam: State Of The Union

Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, December 2002

SEPTEMBER 11, 2002, and the battle lines are being drawn across Seattle. Flick the channels on your TV and you'll hear America speaking in one ...

Josh T. Pearson: Upstairs At The Spitz, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, December 2002

YOU CAN'T SEE his fearsome, feral face any more. It's covered by a beard so vast and wild at first you think Josh Pearson's become ...

Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham: Penn & Oldham: Good Ol' Boys In The Hood

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 1999

DAN PENN'S writing credits read like a soul jukebox. Often working with his friend Spooner Oldham, Penn was behind many of the defining songs from ...

Kelly Joe Phelps at the Jazz Café, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2003

KELLY JOE PHELPS has been punching through the boundaries of who he is supposed to be with every album. I first knew him as the ...

Kelly Joe Phelps: Beat The Devil

Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, February 2002

KELLY JOE Phelps is on stage at the Knitting Factory in New York City, one month after the World Trade Center's destruction, in front of ...

Kelly Joe Phelps: Blackheath Halls, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, January 2002

THIS PLUSH municipal concert hall in the well-heeled south London neighbourhood of Blackheath may seem a strange destination for the blues. But it's not as ...

Kelly Joe Phelps: Live in London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, April 2000

KELLY JOE Phelps' slide guitar seemed to spring into independent life at the multiple climaxes of 1997's breakthrough LP, Roll Away The Stone, to ripple ...

The Pixies: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2004

EXACTLY HOW much this, the first UK night of the Pixies' reunion tour, means to the crowd is shown when they walk on stage to ...

Pony Club: Home Truths

Report and Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, June 2002

HEART-WRENCHING bedroom symphonies from Dublin. ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: Iggy Pop And The Stooges: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2005

SEEING THE STOOGES' name on the one-time Hammersmith Odeon's marquee, 30 years after they split, feels like an eerie warp in time. When the band ...

Mark Stewart, The Pop Group: The Pop Group: The Politics of Dancing

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 1998

THE POP GROUP'S life was brief and fierce. Begun in 1978, collapsing in 1980, the Bristol teenagers' insertion of black funk, free jazz, dub and ...

Elvis Presley: The Once And Future King

Film/DVD/TV Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, March 2001

WE ALL KNOW the way it was in the Seventies, Elvis Presley's last eight years on earth. He spent them as a bloated, drug-glazed fraud, ...

Public Enemy: Fightin' The Hype

Interview by Nick Hasted, Deadline, 1991

A WEEK AGO the Brixton Academy, jammed to its shadowy rafters, waited to listen to Public Enemy. ...

Public Image Ltd, O2 Academy, Birmingham****

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2009

Difficult, honest and angry, Lydon pushes at the limits ...

Queens Of The Stone Age: Queens of the Stone Age: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2003

I CAN HEAR THE screech of two low jets from the bar. Nick Oliveri and Josh Homme, of Queens of the Stone Age, learnt to ...

Radiohead: Radio Daze

Comment by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2003

IN 2000, RADIOHEAD'S Kid A was delivered to journalists like Holy Writ, handed out individually to the chosen few in a candle-lit chamber. It's 2003, ...

Radiohead: South Park, Oxford

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, September 2001

IT'S ALWAYS been easy to hate Radiohead, and I always have. There have been undeniable sparks of beauty on every album ('High And Dry' to ...

R.E.M. at Brixton Academy, London

Report by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2003

SEEING A BAND OF REM's stature at a medium-sized venue such as Brixton Academy is undeniably some sort of occasion. The suspicion nags, though, that ...

Josh Rouse: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, May 2002

ON HIS SECOND LP, Home, Nashville-based Nebraskan Josh Rouse seemed to favour the brass-brushed country-soul sound of friend and fellow citizen Kurt Wagner. But new ...

Scissor Sisters: The Scissor Sisters: Trafalgar Square, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2006

THE FACT THAT New York's Scissor Sisters can fill Trafalgar Square and still, relatively speaking, not get arrested back home should be a matter of ...

Patti Smith: ULU, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, March 2004

THE SECOND ACT OF Patti Smith's great career has been catalysed by death. The loss of her mother inspired the forthcoming Trampin', her fourth album ...

Smog: Old Vic, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2001

SMOG'S BILL CALLAHAN remains an enigma not, it seems, because he won't say anything, but because he can't. ...

Songdog

Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, August 2001

Welsh champions of the Beats ...

Songdog: Live at Borders, Oxford Street, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, November 2001

SONGDOG'S LYNDON Morgans is unusually nervous before he starts to sing in the neutral atmosphere of this Uncut-sponsored gig. He knows most of the crowd ...

Sparklehorse: Borderline, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 2001

FIVE YEARS ago, just before the release of his band Sparklehorse's first album, Mark Linkous collapsed in his hotel room from an excess of Valium ...

The Special AKA, The Specials: Jerry Dammers: A Ghost From The Past

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 2007

THE MAN WHO created 2-Tone, Coventry's own Motown, and wrote Britain's most perfect fusing of politics and pop, the single 'Ghost Town' by his great ...

The Specials 2009. But Where's Jerry?

Report and Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, April 2009

SLIGHTLY DOWNWIND of Pentonville Prison in a north London photographer's studio, six Specials are posing for their first pictures since 1981. ...

Spoon: Britt Daniel: The Borderline, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, March 2002

Spoon's Girls Can Tell was near to being last year's best album. It compressed new wave melodies and twitching post-punk rhythms into songs of pristine ...

Spoon

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, February 2002

SPIKY, POST-punk-inspired indie pop from Texas. ...

Spoon: Kill The Moonlight (12XU) ****

Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, October 2002

FAST FOLLOW-UP to Texans' 2001 post-punk pop classic Girls Can Tell ...

Starsailor: Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2003

THE MUSIC PRESS has bitterly dismissed Starsailor's second album, Silence Is Easy. Once the band were seen as saviours, but it's now as if they ...

The Streets: Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2004

THE DEBUT ALBUM by Mike Skinner, a.k.a. The Streets, (Original Pirate Material) was a touching, thoughtful ode to all the aspects of modern Britain its ...

The Strokes: Braehall Arena, Glasgow

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2003

ALL THE DISAPPOINTED assaults on the Strokes have been based on the thought that they should be about more than music. The tired shrug of ...

Poly Styrene, X-Ray Spex: The Return of Punk's First Lady: Poly Styrene

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2008

Thirty years after singing of bondage and toothpaste, via a stay at a psychiatric hospital and motherhood, Poly Styrene is back on stage, without X-Ray ...

Super Furry Animals: Still Light Years Ahead: Super Furry Animals

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2009

"WYCHWOOD IS OUR first festival this year," Super Furry Animals' singer Gruff Rhys informs me. "We're committing to only playing outside from now on. Especially ...

David Sylvian: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2003

JAPAN DISSOLVED with barely a murmur, just as 'Ghosts' brought the band overdue success in 1982. The strain of their avant-garde glam-pop suddenly being in ...

Max Tundra, Tele:funken: Tele:funken: A Collection Of Ice Cream Vans Vol 2

Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, July 2000

LIKE LABELMATE Max Tundra's debut last month, Tele:funken, aka Tom Fenn, here attempts electronica disconnected from the dancefloor, skipping round the looped conservatism of current ...

Television: Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, June 2001

IT WAS the Sixties that divided London and New York punk: just traces to be kicked over, fathers to be killed, went the official line ...

Tinie Tempah, O2 Arena, London ***

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2011

I HEARD PEOPLE close to Tinie Tempah talk passionately about how his appeal and personal qualities were part of a Britain that went beyond race, ...

Richard Thompson: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, March 2003

WHITE, MIDDLE-AGED English men dominate a crowd who have packed this venue to bursting for a man barely known outside their tribe. ...

Tricky: Hackney Empire/Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 1997

TRICKY'S MIND can't freeze long enough to be recorded. Since Maxinquaye's trip-hop trigger, he's been too edgy, too impatient, to stay in the studio honing ...

Tricky: Koko, London ***

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 2010

Still tripping on the ghosts of the past ...

Van Der Graaf Generator: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, May 2005

WHEN THE FOUR core members of this almost-forgotten prog-rock band start a gig for the first time in 29 years, a joyous roar bounces round ...

Venus Ray: Chuck Berry vs IBM

Review and Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, April 2001

SPRAWLED IN the baroque bohemianism of their singer-songwriter Diggory Kenrick's west London local, Venus Ray seem a lifetime away from the 18 days of madness ...

The View: Grown-Up and Mystical: The View

Report and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, January 2009

THE HOUSE-TO-HOUSE search of his old haunts in Dundee has been completed, and here comes The View's singer Kyle Falconer. ...

Martha Wainwright: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, December 2012

AMONG THE prodigal polymath musicians of the Wainwright-McGarrigle clan, Martha seems destined to come second to her brother Rufus. Among the prodigal polymath musicians of ...

The Walkabouts: The Band That Came Back From The Edge Of The World

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 1999

THE WALKABOUTS MET and got the hell out of Seattle before the music industry had even heard of the place. Fifteen years on, having survived ...

The White Stripes: Civic Hall, Wolverhampton

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 2003

THE WHITE STRIPES find out the day before this first show of their tour that Elephant, the startling beast of a record that they made ...

The White Stripes: The New Generation

Comment by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2005

JACK WHITE WILL never have the blues badly enough. Though The White Stripes' new album, Get Behind Me Satan, suggests the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson's ...

The White Stripes: The Special Relationship

Profile by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 2003

THE PERFECT BLUEPRINT for a band devised by Jack and Meg White in Detroit obscurity six years ago has put them at rock's pinnacle today. ...

Wilco: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, April 1997

WILCO'S SINGER-SONGWRITER Jeff Tweedy was maimed by rock 'n' roll, tamed by rock 'n' roll, named by rock 'n' roll, according to the most wistful ...

Willard Grant Conspiracy

Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, November 2000

They say that everything will turn out right/It never seems that way, this time of night ...

Willard Grant Conspiracy: Come Together

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2003

The Willard Grant Conspiracy has gone underground. The only way you can hear the new album by one of America's best bands in their home ...

Jah Wobble: Cargo, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, September 2004

JAH WOBBLE THUDDED into the public consciousness in a flurry of violence. He reportedly pulled a knife on NME's Nick Kent while Sid Vicious chain-whipped ...

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Forum, London

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, June 2003

THE HEADY MIX of hype and talent bubbling around the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, from New York, on this one-off return to London should have made ...

Warren Zevon: Life'll Kill Ya

Retrospective and Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, September 2002

PITTSBURGH, 1989: WEREWOLF IN THE MALL "I'd read things I didn't know I'd done/It sounded like a lot of fun..." (Warren Zevon, 'Trouble Waiting to Happen') ...

Warren Zevon: Live

Live Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, August 2000

THE GREATEST night of Warren Zevon's performing life was in the hometown of the boxer, Buster Douglas, after Douglas had become the first man to ...

Warren Zevon: Pictures From Life's Other Side

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, February 2000

'Death doesn't scare me. I have the impression that life is the lobby and death is the apartment – maybe it's OK' ...

Zoot Woman

Profile and Interview by Nick Hasted, Uncut, September 2001

EIGHTIES SYNTH-POP revisited with soul and style. ...

Zoot Woman: Living In A Magazine (Wall Of Sound)****

Review by Nick Hasted, Uncut, June 2001

PRISTINE ROBO-pop from Madonna's favourite retro-futurist. ...

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How An NME Cassette Launched Indie Music

Retrospective by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, October 2006

C86, the unassuming mail-order cassette compiled by NME, through which the indie sound and scene first coalesced, will have its 20th anniversary celebrated tonight with ...

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