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Stevie Chick

Stevie Chick has been writing about music for ten years, contributing to such titles as MOJO, The Guardian, Plan B, London Lite, Kerrang!, Arena, Melody Maker, Careless Talk Costs Lives, NME and Sleazenation. He edited the underground music magazine Loose Lips Sink Ships with photographer and musician Steve Gullick, and his book Psychic Confusion: The Story Of Sonic Youth was published by Omnibus in 2007. His life is made all the sweeter thanks to the music of Stevie Wonder, Sebadoh, J Dilla, 8-Eyed Spy, The White Stripes, Aretha Franklin and The Lord High Fixers, and the ever-purring presence of his cat, Chang. His favourite colour is orange, and he wears a size 9 Converse lo-top.

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Amy Winehouse: Frank (Island) ****

Review by Stevie Chick, MOJO, January 2004

Stunning, hilarious debut album from UK soul chanteuse. ...

Bad Brains, Minor Threat: Ian Mackaye meets Bad Brains and invents hardcore

Retrospective by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, June 2011

NO MERE THREE-CHORD punk dullards, Washington DC's Bad Brains had chops to spare. They'd started as jazz-fusion quintet Mind Power, worshipping at the altar of ...

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan: 'I Write the Songs; He's the Eye Candy': Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, October 2010

IT'S THE CONTRASTS between Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, clearly visible from any seat in the Barbican tonight, that you notice first. Campbell, stage left, ...

Dinosaur Jr: Back From Extinction: Dinosaur Jr And The Annals Of Indie-Rock

Comment by Stevie Chick, Stranger, The, August 2005

FUNNY HOW THINGS change. Only a year ago, the idea of Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis and Lou Barlow burying their legendarily blood-splattered hatchet was laughable. ...

The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Michael Franti, Spearhead: A Q&A With Michael Franti

Interview by Stevie Chick, unpublished, Spring 2001

MICHAEL FRANTI has been one of the most consistently insightful, incisive, and intelligent voices in politicised pop music for almost 15 years now. ...

Foo Fighters: "Touring the UK? It Feels Great Every Time!"

Interview by Stevie Chick, Kerrang!, December 2005

2005 HAS BEEN, in the words of guitarist Nate Mendel, 'really fucking chaotic' for the Foo Fighters. First, there was In Your Honour, recorded in ...

Guided By Voices: Fading Captain: Guided by Voices Head Into The Sunset

Interview by Stevie Chick, Stranger, The, November 2004

GEARING UP FOR what will be his last tour with the band that won him his unlikely fame, Robert Pollard is in a reflective mood. ...

Guided By Voices: The Captain Never Fades: Guided By Voices Grows Sweeter with Time

Interview by Stevie Chick, Stranger, The, June 2002

ROBERT POLLARD HAS fronted slanted 'n' enchanted prog-punk bubblegum merchants Guided By Voices for two decades, and writing songs, he claims, "since I was eight ...

Hole: Celebrity Skin (Geffen)

Review by Stevie Chick, Melody Maker, September 1998

COURTNEY LOVE is performing the most outrageous and unexpected act of an outrageous, unexpected life: surviving. Her rewriting of 'Miss World' on Hole's last tour ...

Mark Lanegan

Interview by Stevie Chick, Loose Lips Sink Ships, February 2004

When was your first time in jail?"I was twelve years old... It was for shoplifting. Shoplifting booze, heh heh heh."Have you always been attracted to ...

Lauryn Hill: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, June 1999

WE DO NEED MiSEDUCATION ...

Life Without Buildings, The Strokes: Bowery Electric: The Strokes/Life Without Buildings: Camden Monarch, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, February 2001

THE SOUND BEGINS as a whisper, builds into murmur, stretches into a babble. ...

The Low Anthem: The Folk-Rockers Who Sing About Darwin

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, February 2010

"I HOPE PEOPLE don't think we're just relics," says Ben Knox Miller, sincerely, dressed in a jacket fashioned from an old burlap flour sack, and ...

The Mars Volta

Interview by Stevie Chick, MOJO, March 2004

FORGET THE FIB your trusted history tomes have sold you: the evolution of rock music can't be charted as some clear linear progression, artist passing ...

Mastodon: Blood, Sweat and Beards: Mastodon

Interview by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, March 2009

IN THE TWO DECADES and change since Metallica's landmark Master of Puppets album debuted, heavy metal has charted an ascendant course, from derided, marginalised and ...

My Morning Jacket: Astoria, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, Evening Standard, The, September 2006

JAMMING IS A justly maligned practice in rock, too often the last refuge of self-indulgent musos running low on inspiration. ...

Nine Inch Nails

Interview by Stevie Chick, Kerrang!, February 2005

FIVE YEARS. It's a long time by most people's standards, but when such a period passes between albums by Nine Inch Nails, the turbulent electro-noir ...

Nirvana: With The Lights Out (Geffen)

Review by Stevie Chick, Stranger, The, November 2004

POSTHUMOUS RELEASES FROM from departed artists often flail to do the impossible – to provide the music so violently and abruptly silenced by, say, Jeff ...

The Roots: The Tipping Point (MCA) ***

Review by Stevie Chick, MOJO, August 2004

Philadelphia freedom: A sixth album of adventurous, organic hip hop from the city of brotherly love. By Stevie Chick ...

RZA, Wu-Tang Clan: RZA: The Digital Revolution

Interview by Stevie Chick, Melody Maker, November 1998

One minute RZA's producing the Wu-Tang Clan, the next he's writing as his alter ego Bobby Digital, then he's off to star in the movies. ...

Secret Machines: Altered States: Secret Machines' Narcotic Bliss

Interview by Stevie Chick, Stranger, The, June 2004

"THE FIRST TIME you take acid, or have any kind of a psychedelic experience, from that point on you look at the world a little ...

The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players

Interview by Stevie Chick, Times, The, March 2004

"STOOSH OVER, DADDY!""I am stooshing! I'm stooshed over as far as I can... I don't have any more room to stoosh!" ...

Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland

Interview by Stevie Chick, Kerrang!, November 2004

THE RIBALD ROCK'N'ROLL spirit of Guns'n'Roses and their ilk has long since evaporated into the smog. Once they owned Sunset, roaring up the strip in ...

The White Stripes: SXSW, Austin Fat Tuesday's, Austin, Texas

Live Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, March 2001

THE WHITE STRIPES are quite a sight. ...

White Denim: Between Indie Rock and a Hard Place

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, May 2011

"WE'VE TALKED ABOUT starting another band and just writing really straightforward, boring pop songs," says White Denim bassist Steve Terebecki, sitting in a London bar. ...

The White Stripes: The Truth In Red And White: The White Stripes' Romanticised Reality

Comment by Stevie Chick, Stranger, The, August 2005

"I SAW THIS documentary about a classical guitarist," Jack White told me recently. "He was playing Bach and Mozart, these really ridiculously complicated pieces, but ...

The White Stripes: Detroit's Rock Heroes Remembered

Retrospective by Stevie Chick, Guardian, The, February 2011

THERE WAS AN outpouring of grief this week when the White Stripes announced they were to split. Stevie Chick explains their magic while photographer Ewen ...

The White Stripes: White Noise, White Heat: The White Stripes: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, August 2001

HE'S THE don of Detroit, the god of garage, the man reclaiming rock'n'roll from false-hearted cheats and whining, hollow charlatans. ...

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