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Metro

Metro is a free newspaper published in tabloid format in the United Kingdom. It is distributed from Monday to Friday on many public-transport services in selected urban centres across the United Kingdom. The paper was launched in London in 1999, but is now also distributed in other major UK locations

27 articles

Estelle: Urban Ambassador

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Metro, 7 April 2005

IT'S BEEN A long time coming, but finally things are moving for the feisty Fulham-born singer and rapper Estelle. Fast. So fast, in fact, that ...

The Roots: How I Got Over (Mercury/Def Jam)

Review by John Lewis, Metro, 27 June 2010

PHILADELPHIA'S ROOTS aren't really like any other hip hop acts. They're a proper live band, for starters (you might have seen them guesting as the ...

The Klaxons: Klaxons: "We've never been ashamed of the fact we are a pop band"

Report and Interview by John Lewis, Metro, 15 August 2010

South London nu-rave champions the Klaxons tell Metro the truth about their psychedelic project and the follow-up to their Mercury Prize-winning album. ...

The Gaslamp Killer: A bright spark hits the decks

Interview by John Lewis, Metro, 18 October 2010

Kooky DJ the Gaslamp Killer, known for his psychedelic sounds, talks to Metro about his experimental style, which includes work by Italian composers and dirty ...

Cassandra Wilson: Cassanda Wilson: Breathing new life into sound

Profile and Interview by John Lewis, Metro, 22 November 2010

Jazz great Cassandra Wilson tells Metro how British history has left its mark on the genre and how she has followed its ley lines. ...

Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner: "Tupac's 'California Love' is my karaoke tune of choice"

Profile and Interview by John Lewis, Metro, 6 June 2011

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner talks to Metro about how living in the US made the band's new album Suck It and See sound more ...

Ed Sheeran: +

Review by John Lewis, Metro, 11 September 2011

SINGER/SONGWRITER Ed Sheeran is a 20-year-old Prince Harry lookalike from Suffolk who somehow straddles the worlds of folksy MOR and hip hop. ...

Kid Koala: "I always wanted to work on The Muppet Show"

Profile and Interview by John Lewis, Metro, 16 September 2011

Musician, cartoonist, graphic novelist, DJ, primary school teacher… Metro meets the many sides of Canadian polymath Kid Koala. ...

Feist: Metals

Review by John Lewis, Metro, 30 September 2011

Feist's direct, simple and appealingly childlike melodies shine throughout latest album. ...

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Review by John Lewis, Metro, 14 October 2011

IT MUST HAVE been a relief for Noel Gallagher when Oasis finally split up. Finally, the bestselling British songwriter of the past quarter century was ...

Sharon Jones: Make A Date: Sharon Jones

Report and Interview by John Lewis, Metro, 1 March 2012

Sharon Jones of the Dap Kings is enjoying the life of the late-flowering soul diva. ...

Foals' Yannis Philippakis: Getting on his highbrow horse

Interview by John Lewis, Metro, 14 December 2012

There's a lot going on in the mind of Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis – Metro finds out more. ...

Everything Everything: Arc

Review by John Lewis, Metro, 11 January 2013

EVERYTHING EVERYTHING follow up their 2010 Mercury nominated debut Man Alive with Arc – and the results are both pleasingly complex and maddeningly simple. ...

Eels: Wonderful, Glorious

Review by John Lewis, Metro, 1 February 2013

THE TENTH ALBUM from Eels shows that, while they may have fallen out of the limelight, their music is as sharp as ever. ...

Frightened Rabbit: "We were never cold enough to be art school"

Profile and Interview by John Lewis, Metro, 7 February 2013

Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison talks about swearing, not being an art school band and their new album Pedestrian Verse. ...

Iggy Pop, The Stooges: Iggy and the Stooges: Ready To Die

Review by John Lewis, Metro, 26 April 2013

ONE MIGHT mock Iggy Pop for advertising car insurance, but the truth is that being a rock legend doesn't come with a guaranteed stipend: his ...

Disclosure: Settle

Review by John Lewis, Metro, 31 May 2013

IF SURREY DJ outfit Disclosure illustrate anything, it's the endlessly cyclical nature of dance music. ...

A Tribe Called Quest, Jurassic 5, N.W.A., RZA, Wu-Tang Clan: With Wu-Tang Clan and Jurassic 5 touring, why are we hooked on nineties hip hop?

Report and Interview by John Lewis, Metro, 7 June 2013

Hip hop heads often get misty-eyed about the 'golden age' of hip hop. But when was it? The formative years of Grandmaster Flash and Sugarhill ...

Lil' Kim: The hip hop star is a little big woman in a man's world

Interview by John Lewis, Metro, 11 July 2013

"I'M A GIRLY GIRL," says Lil Kim. "I'm strong but I'm very timid. Very dainty." This, of course, is the same Lil Kim who wrote ...

Wild Beasts: Masculinity is so unnatural

Profile and Interview by John Lewis, Metro, 21 February 2014

"MACHISMO IS basically a drag act," says Wild Beasts' frontman Tom Fleming. "There's a gross swagger that usually accompanies masculinity, and that's something that's learned ...

Kate Bush's Before The Dawn: Eventim Apollo, London

Live Review by John Lewis, Metro, 28 August 2014

IT WAS A comeback that had been hyped up for months. ...

Anna Calvi: Hunter

Review by Simon Price, Metro, 28 August 2018

IT WASN'T ALWAYS easy to discern the purpose of Anna Calvi. A spare PJ Harvey in case we lost the real one down the back ...

The Kooks: Let's Go Sunshine

Review by David Bennun, Metro, 28 August 2018

DISCLOSURE: I had forgotten the Kooks existed. When the Brighton indie quartet first surfaced some 12 years ago, I described them as an "amiably ordinary ...

The 1975: A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

Review by David Bennun, Metro, 27 November 2018

SOMETIMES YOU hear a record that feels like comfort in a diffuse and dissonant age, a warm, reassuring record that harks back to former certainties, ...

Ed Sheeran: No. 6 Collaborations (Atlantic)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Metro, 15 July 2019

OTHERWISE known as Pop's Insanely Successful Mr Average, Ed Sheeran rouses many people to eye-rolling disbelief: four albums in, how can Ginger Ordinaire still be ...

Ezra Furman: Twelve Nudes

Review by David Bennun, Metro, 27 August 2019

"TRANS" IS QUITE the motif for indie cult hero Ezra Furman. ...

Lizzo: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by David Bennun, Metro, 8 November 2019

ALL BIG ACTS start small – but the difference between the Lizzo who played a hole in Brighton's seafront wall five years ago, and the ...

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