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Rob Hughes

Rob Hughes is a Graphic Designer/Illustrator/Sportswear Designer with no history in music writing whatsoever up until 2000, when he started writing for UNCUT. He has also written for GET RHYTHM. Wacky and improbable fact: Rob designed Aston Villa's kit for the 2000-01 season. We kid you not.

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The Handsome Family

Interview by Rob Hughes, unpublished, 1999

OCTOBER 1999. On the release of early-years compilation Down In The Valley - and four months prior to fourth studio album, In The Air - ...

Smog: Dongs Of Sevotion

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, May 2000

Ninth dry—lipped album from the Buster Keaton of sadcore ...

Calexico: Hot Rail

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2000

Fourth outing from prolific Giant Sand rhythm kings and assorted playmates ...

The Webb Brothers: Maroon

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2000

CHIPS OFF the old block deliver first album 'proper', produced by Smiths/Blur helmsman Stephen Street. ...

The Byrds: Outlaw Chic

Retrospective by Rob Hughes, Uncut, February 2001

ROB HUGHES SALUTES THE BYRDS' GEM THE NOTORIOUS BYRD BROTHERS ...

Grandaddy: Manchester University

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2001

STRANGE TALES of exploding androids, lost loves, graveyards for household gadgets, crashed spaceships, sunken dreams and cock-and-bull tourist authorities. Welcome to the bevelled woodchuckery of ...

Jim White: In God's Country

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2001

ON HIS EXTRAORDINARY NEW ALBUM, NO SUCH PLACE, HE HAS CONTRIVED AN ASTONISHING MIX OF SPOOKILY DEMENTED COUNTRY, SKEWED ROCK AND HIP HOP THAT CHARTS ...

The Webb Brothers

Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2001

'I'll make it through the show!' ...

Bright Eyes: Letting Off The Happiness (Wichita) ***

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2001

Prequel to last year's impressive Fevers And Mirrors from Omaha wunderkind ...

Howe Gelb: Confluence (Loose)***

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2001

TWENTY YEARS in, the Giant Sand guru's songwriting torrent courses stronger than ever. ...

Laura Nyro: Angel In The Dark (Rounder)****

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2001

THE LAST recordings from the 'Bronx Bronte', covered by everyone from Sinatra to Streisand. A live album's imminent, too. ...

Pernice Brothers: The World Won't End

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2001

DESPITE THE previous year's flawless neo-country masterpiece Massachusetts, Joe Pernice quit the Scud Mountain Boys in 1997 in pursuit of new horizons and a craving ...

Richard Hawley: Richard Hawley

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2001

Former Pulp guitarist makes dynamic debut with mini-album of spectral ballads ...

Turin Brakes

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2001

AS FIRST gigs go, it was an almost surreal baptism. Happily for them, the Queen was impressed. "She came over and said hello. I just ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Arthur Lee: We Have Ways Of Making You Talk

Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, August 2001

ONCE DESCRIBED by fellow band-member Brian MacLean as 'the baddest guy on the West Side of LA, the Cassius Clay of the streets' – Arthur ...

Pernice Brothers: The World Won't End

Review and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, August 2001

SUN-BAKED melancholy from Boston ...

Pavement, Preston School of Industry: Preston School of Industry: All This Sounds Gas (Domino)****

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, September 2001

PAVEMENT FOUNDER member emerges from dark side of the Malkmus to release solo project, whose name derives from San Francisco-area reform school ...

The Lilac Time: Compendium — The Fontana Trinity (Universal/Fontana)*****

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, September 2001

FORTY-FOUR-TRACK twofer cherry-picked from first three albums – includes B-sides and rarities. ...

New Order: Olympia Theatre, Liverpool

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2001

BY RIGHTS, they shouldn't be here at all. The acrimonious fallout from 1993's tempestuous Republic gouged a rift within New Order that seemed way beyond ...

The Handsome Family: Twilight

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2001

CALL IT WHAT you will – proto-country, Southern Gothic, backwoods noir, Americana, cow-punk, insurgent twang, murderous balladry, Appalachian folk. Whichever way you slice it, The ...

The Who

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2001

AUGUST, 1969: Upstate New York. All along America's Eastern seaboard upright citizens of this great nation are starting to slowly stir from deep and uneventful ...

Ben Christophers

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, November 2001

VOCALLY GYMNASTIC British tunesmith overcomes that difficult-second-album syndrome... ...

David Crosby

Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, November 2001

THE FORMER BYRD RECENTLY TOURED EUROPE WITH CROSBY, PEVAR, RAYMOND – RAYMOND BEING HIS SON JAMES, WITH WHOM HE WAS REUNITED IN 1995 – TO ...

Television: Lightning Strikes

Retrospective by Rob Hughes, Uncut, November 2001

Lightning strikes with Marquee Moon, Television opened the door to post-punk ...

Ashley Park

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, December 2001

CLASSIC WEST coast sounds direct from Vancouver. ...

X: Los Angeles *****; Wild Gift ****; Under The Big Black Sun **** (Rhino/Warners)

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, December 2001

REMASTERED, EXPANDED reissues from the dark heart of California. ...

Jeffrey Lewis

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, January 2002

BIZARRE BUT brilliant New York "anti-folk" singer. ...

The Cash Brothers: Matt & Phred's Jazz Club, Manchester

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, February 2002

A SPARKLING jewel of one of Uncut's Unconditionally Guaranteed CD covermounts – along with star billing on the Loose 2 compendium – was The Cash ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, March 2002

LONDON: DECEMBER, 1968. Moscow Road, Bayswater, just off the rowdy casbah din of Queensway with its hippie boutiques, bars, restaurants, buzzing crowds. There are three ...

Jim O'Rourke: The Art Of Noise

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, March 2002

HEAR AN EXPERIMENTAL, ELECTRONIC RECORD THESE DAYS AND CHANCES ARE IT WILL HAVE CHICAGOAN JIM O'ROURKE'S NAME ON IT. ROB HUGHES MEETS THE 21ST CENTURY ...

Departure Lounge

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2002

'PASTORAL' ENGLISHMEN become the toast of Tennessee. ...

13th Floor Elevators: The Psychedelic World Of The 13th Floor Elevators (Charly)****

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, May 2002

BOXED COMPENDIUM of acid-fried Texan mindbenders. Includes lives, outtakes and alternate cuts on three remastered CDs. ...

Buddy and Julie Miller: Buddy & Julie Miller

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2002

TEARS-IN-your-beer stuff from Nashville Mr and Mrs. ...

Larry Wallis, The Pink Fairies: Larry Wallis: I Thought You Were Dead

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2002

ONCE LABELLED "Hank Marvin on acid", Wallis was vocalist/guitarist in seminal UK space-rockers the Pink Fairies, penning 1973's classic Kings Of Oblivion. ...

Rosie Thomas

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2002

TRAGEDY AND comedy from homecoming queen of heartbreak. ...

Lee Hazlewood: The Lee Hazlewood Interview

Interview by Rob Hughes, Get Rhythm, July 2002

IT'S BEEN A hellish few days for Lee Hazlewood. Three days into a four-day promo frenzy of our nation's fair capital, and everyone after a ...

New Order: Move Festival, Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, September 2002

SINCE SETTING aside old bones of contention four years ago, New Order's Indian summer has seemed one long, breathless, last-skitter-of-the-dice party. ...

Bright Eyes: Lifted, Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground (Wichita)

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2002

Nebraskan boy wonder bunkers down for apocalypse. ...

Green On Red: Paisley Source

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2002

ROB HUGHES ON THE DARK AMERICAN GEM THAT WAS GREEN ON RED'S THIRD LP ...

The Coral: Everybody's Talking About…

Profile by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2002

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The Replacements: Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash/Stink EP/Hootenanny/Let It Be (Twin/Tone/Rykodisc)

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2002

IT'S EARLY 1987. Amid a fug of coke-induced paranoia, unruly punk misanthropists the Replacements have snuck back into the Minneapolis studio of Twin/Tone Records. Convinced ...

Teenage Fanclub: Ragged Glory

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2003

How TEENAGE FANCLUB became Kurt Cobain's favourite band, looked set to conquer the world, then decided they had better things to do… ...

Daniel Johnston: Use Your Delusion: Daniel Johnston: Fear Yourself (Sketchbook) ****

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2003

Twenty-first album from America's startlingly original lord of lo-fi ...

Beck: The Apollo Theatre, Manchester

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2003

Solitary refinement: Stunning one-man set as the eclectic troubadour of cool goes back to his folk-blues roots ...

Gillian Welch: A Kind Of Bluegrass

Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, September 2003

Don't be fooled by her old-time country music and rural folk imagery. Gillian Welch is no mountain girl… ...

Lisa Marie Presley: To Whom It May Concern (Capitol) **

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, September 2003

The most famous scion in rock history aims for a spot in the sun ...

David Bowie: Changing Man: David Bowie: MEN Arena, Manchester

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, February 2004

So much to answer for… the Bard Of Bromley's back in fine forward-looking fettle with a scintillating combination of the old and the new ...

Bobby Charles' Bobby Charles

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2004

BY THE TIME he got to Woodstock in 1971, Robert Charles Guidry was a wanted man. ...

The Shins

Guide by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2004

Power pop? Another bunch of Beatles nerds with '60s gear and no tunes, then? ...

Will Oldham: Just William

Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, May 2004

Whether recording as Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Palace Brothers or just plain Palace, Will Oldham is one of the most enigmatic, brilliant songwriters in America ...

Loretta Lynn, Jack White: Loretta Lynn: Van Lear Rose

Review and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2004

Awesome rebirth of original Country Queen, produced and arranged by the White Stripes' Jack White. ...

Jim White: Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus ****

Film/DVD/TV Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2004

SHOWING FOR A limited time at London's National Film Theatre prior to an airing on television this is film-maker Andrew Douglas' road trip through America's ...

Morrissey: A Quiff of Nostalgia: Morrissey: M.E.N. Arena, Manchester

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, August 2004

The toast(ed teacake) of Tinseltown comes home. DVD to follow. ...

Uncle Tupelo: Are you ready for the alt. country?

Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, August 2004

UNCLE TUPELO only recorded three albums, but their legacy is extraordinary. Here we talk to original members Jay Farrar, Jeff Tweedy and Mike Heidorn about ...

Kim Fowley: Welcome To The Weird World of Kim Fowley

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, March 2005

"I can kill people, cheat, seduce, amuse and abuse. When they drop a bomb, I'll get a hard-on, go out into the street and I'll ...

Judy Henske, Jerry Yester: Judy Henske & Jerry Yester: Farewell Aldebaran (Radioactive)

Review and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, January 2006

AMONG THE ODDITIES released on Frank Zappa's Straight label at the end of the '60s, none was more exotic than the one conceived by a ...

Kris Kristofferson

Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, May 2006

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON is tough to nail. Uncut first catches him, fleetingly, en route to the airport at his home in Maui. ...

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Sultans Of Swamp

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, May 2006

LORD KNOWS, Lynyrd Skynyrd had seen it coming. On the flight from Florida to South Carolina, the band's Convair 240 tour plane had begun spewing ...

P. F. Sloan: The Stars That Fame Forgot: P. F. Sloan

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, August 2006

"P.F. Sloan gave us arguably the first real 'protest rock'. It wasn't folk music anymore, it was ROCK AND ROLL protest music. 'Eve of Destruction' ...

Josh Ritter: Girl In The War

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, January 2007

Delicate Mini-Album From Idaho Minstrel ...

Ray LaMontagne: Til The Sun Turns Black (14th Floor) ***

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, February 2007

New Hampshire star's long-awaited second sneaks into UK shops ...

Wanda Jackson: Hard-Headed Woman

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Record Collector, February 2007

WANDA JACKSON was the original Riot Grrrl. In the late '50s, she shook, rattled and roared next to Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and boyfriend ...

Richard Swift: Dressed Up For The Letdown

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, March 2007

CONNOISSEURS OF grand American pop will love Richard Swift. Like the young Van Dyke Parks or Harry Nilsson, his baleful, piano-led cabaret sounds like an ...

Richard Swift: Dressed Up For The Letdown

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, March 2007

CONNOISSEURS OF grand American pop will love Richard Swift. Like the young Van Dyke Parks or Harry Nilsson, his baleful, piano-led cabaret sounds like an ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Sermon On Exposition Boulevard

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, March 2007

Startling Return Of L.A.'s Duchess Of Coolsville. ...

Kings of Leon: Kings Of Leon: Because Of The Times (Columbia) ****

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, May 2007

SWAMPY RETURN OF THE "SOUTHERN STROKES" ...

Ryan Adams: Easy Tiger

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, July 2007

Boy Wonder Eases Up: Only His 9th LP In Seven Years ...

Ike Turner

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Record Collector, September 2007

FUNNY HOW things change. A little over a decade ago, Ike Turner was rock'n'roll's terminal pariah. Damned by 1993's What's Love Got To Do With ...

The Mekons: Mekon…And On…And On…

Report and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, September 2007

They wanted to be punk's slowest band. They ended up accidentally inventing alt.country and sticking around for 30 years. Raise your glasses, please, to the ...

Blue Cheer

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, December 2007

How three Summer Of Love acid-heads became the heaviest band on the planet. ...

Van Dyke Parks's Song Cycle

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2008

BY THE TIME of his 1968 debut, Van Dyke Parks already had pedigree. Mississippi-born and Louisiana-raised, as a child actor he starred in 1956's The ...

Willard Grant Conspiracy: Pilgrim Road

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, June 2008

Opulent seventh from Robert Fisher's ever-evolving collective. ...

Giant Sand: proVisions

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2008

Deconstructionist country-blues from Arizona hero ...

Lambchop: Oh (Ohio)

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, November 2008

Best in nearly a decade from newly-trimmed Nashville collective. ...

Dawn Landes: Dawn's Music

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, December 2008

Reissued early stuff from Kentucky-born folkstress. ...

Neko Case: Middle Cyclone

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2009

Freewheeling sixth from the loud Virginian. ...

Rodriguez: An Interview

Interview by Rob Hughes, unpublished, Fall 2009

"DID I HAVE DREAMS of being a big star? Yeah, I had hopes of making it. We all do, but in music there are no ...

Laura Veirs: July Flame

Review and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, January 2010

Peachy "comeback" from Portland nature-lover. ...

Them Crooked Vultures: High Flyers

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Classic Rock, March 2010

Most 40th birthday parties end with a sore head, regrettable dancing and uneaten cake. Dave Grohl's bash finished up with him, John Paul Jones and ...

Sparklehorse: Mark Linkous, 1962-2010

Obituary by Rob Hughes, Guardian, The, 9 March 2010

THE AMERICAN singer-songwriter Mark Linkous, who has killed himself aged 47, worked with the Flaming Lips, Daniel Johnston and Danger Mouse, but is best known ...

John Hiatt: The Open Road

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2010

Nashville-based veteran rips through the gears. ...

Wanda Jackson: You Know I'm So Good!

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2010

Elvis Presley, Jack White, Amy Winehouse... and the return of Wanda Jackson, first lady of rock'n'roll. ...

Frank Zappa, Tom Waits: Herb Cohen: Combative label boss and manager of Frank Zappa and Tom Waits

Obituary by Rob Hughes, Guardian, The, 1 April 2010

HERB COHEN, who has died aged 77 of complications from cancer, did not elicit much affection from the artists he managed, but he played a ...

Emitt Rhodes: An Interview

Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, May 2010

Thwarted! He could have been L.A.'s McCartney. Instead, he ended up "ashamed of being human". ...

Sparklehorse: Mark Linkous: Singer-songwriter, Sparklehorse leader (1962-2010)

Obituary by Rob Hughes, Uncut, May 2010

OF ALL THE tributes that followed the tragic death of Mark Linkous, who shot himself through the heart in Knoxville, Tennessee, none was more concise ...

Frank Sidebottom: Chris Sievey 1955-2010

Obituary by Rob Hughes, Guardian, The, 22 June 2010

Musician, entertainer and alter ego of the cult comedy creation Frank Sidebottom. ...

The Dream Syndicate: Unsung Heroes: The Dream Syndicate

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, September 2010

Bad medicine! The dark lords of the Paisley Underground revisited. ...

The Duke & The King: Long Live The Duke & The King (Loose/Silva Oak) ****

Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2010

Dashing country-soul from Felice Brother's lively ensemble ...

Giant Sand: Blurry Blue Mountain

Review and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, December 2010

25 years on, Howe Gelb's band are still a vital force. ...

Cherry Vanilla: Nymphomaniacs Anonymous

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, March 2011

Whatever happened to the celebrity groupie? Legendary '70s party animal Cherry Vanilla has a few theories. ...

Duane Eddy: "All Pilots Are Musicians"

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Word, The, July 2011

Downhome philosopher, barrier-busting King Of Twang noise-bringer — Duane Eddy strums the semi-acoustic soundbox of sagacity. ...

Roy Harper: Songs Of Love And Loss: Volumes 1 & 2

Review by Rob Hughes, Word, The, July 2011

Like Marmite and modern jazz, Roy Harper tends to polarise opinion. The man allergic to authority gets a digital reboot. ...

Björk: Manchester International Festival

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Word, The, September 2011

Björk's new live show: sci-fi, gothic soundtrack and head-scrambling visuals. Each song comes with an interactive app. ...

Roy Harper

Interview by Rob Hughes, Word, The, September 2011

"Unwanted Alien" — the stamp on Roy Harper's passport in 1962. It's been the story of his life: troubled outsider tries to break in. ...

Ganglians, The Horrors, Wooden Shjips: The Horrors: Skying/Ganglions: Still Living/Wooden Shjips: West

Review by Rob Hughes, Word, The, September 2011

Three of the planet's most diffident, messy and murky indie bands throw open the doors and let the pop stream in. ...

Anna Calvi: Things I Like

Interview by Rob Hughes, Word, The, January 2012

Siren of art-house blues-rock, raised on Beefheart and modelled on Edith Piaf. Ashamed of her attraction to Glee. ...

Roy Wood

Interview by Rob Hughes, Word, The, January 2012

Anyone else apart from Roy Wood ever been sued by a prime minister? ...

June Tabor: Things I Like

Guide by Rob Hughes, Word, The, February 2012

Folk luminary, former librarian, Anne Briggs acolyte and breadmaker. Well-versed in the history of war. ...

The Black Keys: O2 Apollo, Manchester ****

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Daily Telegraph, 7 February 2012

ONE OF THE great things about pop music is its happy habit of making heroes from the unlikeliest base material. ...

Rufus Wainwright: What I Like

Interview by Rob Hughes, Word, The, May 2012

Songwriting, film-scoring opera-pop dandy with formative Thomas Hardy habit. Puccini apologist and Family Guy fanatic. ...

Gaz Coombes: The Things I Like

Interview by Rob Hughes, Word, The, June 2012

Mutton-chopped Britpop anthem-penner, absurdist and Muppeteer. Sucker for slow, intense camera work. ...

Bonnie Raitt interview

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Daily Telegraph, 6 June 2013

SOMETIMES, JUST sometimes, the good ones win out. Ask Bonnie Raitt. In a career now into its fifth decade, and which once appeared to be ...

The Pixies: Looking back on Doolittle and the making of a classic

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Classic Rock, May 2014

30 years after the Doolittle album took The Pixies from obscurity to alt.rock's top table, the band Kurt Cobain wanted to be in look back ...

Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias, The Durutti Column, The Fall: Into The Valley! The Deeply Vale Festival

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, January 2015

1978. Hippies and punks come together at an idyllic free festival near Rochdale: "It was a really transformative moment!" ...

Skip Spence: Dark Star: The Tragic Genius Of Skip Spence

Retrospective by Rob Hughes, Classic Rock, 23 January 2015

Moby Grape co-founder Skip Spence wrote his album Oar in a psychiatric ward after threatening his bandmates with an axe. Fifteen years after his death, artists ...

Miracle Legion: Promised You A Miracle

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, January 2016

At last! Mark Mulcahy and Ray Neal plot the second coming of Miracle Legion. ...

Brian Eno: "When he sang, David Bowie became a different person"

Profile and Interview by Rob Hughes, Daily Telegraph, 23 July 2016

BRIAN ENO is Britain's favourite cultural polymath. He contributed a chime for a clock that will ring once every 10,000 years. He wrote a soundtrack ...

Wand: Plum

Review and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2017

CORY HANSON didn't hang about when he formed Wand with fellow art school chums Lee Landey and Evan Burrows in 2013. ...

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