Glasgow's Chvrches score a hit with debvt albvm

Feb 4, 2014

Glasgow's Chvrches score a hit with debvt albvm

Scratch beneath the surface just a little and Chvrches’ electro-pop becomes something of real substance. The Glasgow trio’s songs, which recall that genre’s golden era in the 1980s reimagined through meticulously modern production, initially appear throwaway in the truest sense but later reveal themselves ...

Franz Ferdinand gets it right on latest album

Nov 7, 2013

Franz Ferdinand gets it right on latest album

When I speak to Paul Thomson, drummer with Scottish art-poppers Franz Ferdinand, it is just over 36 hours since James Blake’s second album, “Overgrown,” was announced as the surprise winner of this year’s Mercury Prize, the award for the best record to come out ...

Suede plays it anew with 'Bloodsports' album

Sep 26, 2013

Suede plays it anew with 'Bloodsports' album

Ten years ago, Suede was in the process of fizzling out to a backdrop of apathy. For a band whose initial brilliance inadvertently help kick-start Britpop in the 1990s, it all seemed unedifying.

Marr's new message

Aug 8, 2013

Marr's new message

“What I’ve done is revert to type. I’ve gone back to my nature.” It has taken 26 years, but Johnny Marr is finally ready to embrace his past. It is a legacy of immense weight: The five years he spent as guitarist and co-songwriter ...

Tame Impala

| Jul 31, 2013

Tame Impala

You’ve been to Japan as visitors before, how does this trip compare? Kevin Parker (vocals, guitar): It was pretty similar to this, just being overloaded by visual stimulation and generally wowing at all the things in the culture. Japanese audiences are … whenever you ...

Toro y Moi

| Jul 31, 2013

Toro y Moi

You’ve played Japan before, were they festivals? Chaz Bundick: The first two times were at festivals. We haven’t done club shows in Tokyo yet, that’s pretty hard. I’m not really sure about what goes into it, but I imagine it’s difficult with us being ...

Travis returns with 'Where You Stand' after five-year break

Jun 6, 2013

Travis returns with 'Where You Stand' after five-year break

You can’t sell as many records as Travis have without dividing opinion. Like most bands that smash through the commercial ceiling — 1999′s breakthrough second album “The Man Who” sold 2.7 million copies in the U.K. alone — the Scottish four-piece count as many ...

Bugg scores with working-class familiarities

May 9, 2013

Bugg scores with working-class familiarities

“I hadn’t been anywhere before last year, I’d hardly left England. And now I’m going to Japan. I never thought I’d be going to a place like that. I think it is going to blow my mind.” Jake Bugg is getting used to going ...