Arthur Russell is best known for his experiments in folk and minimal avant-garde, but in 1982 he took a more conventional pitstop. Contributing keyboard, cello and vocals to New York quartet The Necessaries, the late musician helped create a power-pop gem that’s been wrongly forgotten. That is, till now. April Clare Welsh explores a new, long-overdue reissue of Event Horizon – the best Russell album you’ve probably never heard… read the full article.
Suicide frontman Alan Vega died in his sleep last July at age 78 and IT, his last solo effort (which is being touted as “his masterpiece and final statement”), has been released into the world. April Clare Welsh breaks down the master of destruction’s final grisly transmission… read the full article.
This year, between six and 10 UK festivals are hoping to provide drug testing on site following the recent increase in drug-related deaths. As the UK appears to be slowly catching up with the rest of Europe in terms of attitudes to harm reduction, April Clare Welsh explores whether this controversial practice can help save the lives of recreational drug users…read the full article.
Located in Portugal’s coastal city of Viana do Castelo, Neopop festival is a celebration of electronic music with a European body clock that allows for a hedonistic 9am finish. This year’s techno-heavy lineup boasted a mixture of innovators, trailblazers and newcomers that traced the lineage of the Detroit phenomenon from its roots in European synthesizer music. April Clare Welsh was on the ground to get stuck in…read the full article.
i wrote a piece for a one-off print mag called Club Together about “the parties putting patriarchy in its place,” (according to blurb) and you can pick up a copy of it from Rye Wax, the Tate Modern bookshop (!) or online here.
How true is Glastonbury in 2017 to its politically radical heritage? This year’s festival boasted a headline-making speech from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Eavis family’s usual impressive commitment to green causes. But with Johnny Depp a guest of honor at Worthy Farm despite recent accusations of domestic abuse, and allegations that current ticket prices have priced out the working class, is it still the hippie utopia it claims to be? April Clare Welsh went down to the festival to discover its flames of radicalism are still burning – but nowhere near the Pyramid Stage…read the full article.
When Radiohead took to Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage in 1997, they made history. Widely regarded as one of the greatest headline sets, not just Worthy Farm folklore, but in UK festival history as a whole, Thom Yorke and co. emerged icons from their first time topping the bill in Pilton. Twenty years later, fresh from the release of last year’s A Moon Shaped Pool, the Oxford band returned to the Pyramid last night to attempt to repeat the glories of that day – a tough ask for a group more used to looking forward than looking back. April Clare Welsh headed to the festival to find a band in triumphant, reflective mode…read the full article.
Italo disco emerged in the late ‘70s as the gloriously European interpretation of America’s four-to-the-floor phenomenon. The unashamedly fun, synth-driven sound ruled the Euro disco throughout the ‘80s, before enjoying a resurgence in recent years with labels like Dark Entries and Italians Do It Better. Ahead of his show at London club night Hypnotic Tango, April Clare Welsh takes a trip back through the classics with Italo don Fred Ventura…read the full article.
Shoegaze icons Slowdive have arguably proved more popular in death than they were in life: dismissed by the press in their ‘90s heyday, the band who were signed to (then dropped by) Alan McGee’s fabled Creation Records have amassed legions of new followers in their time apart. 22 years on, the UK group’s comeback album finds them cementing their legacy. April Clare Welsh delves into a record that was worth the wait…read the full article.