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Interview: Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets. Change Is Coming.

The Last Poets have been railing against American politics and discrimination since their emergence from the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Proving the pen is mightier than the sword, they have inspired for decades with their fearless poetry set to hypnotic beats and are frequently credited as the forefathers of hip hop. Their recent gig, at Jazz Cafe, included a showcase of the group’s collaborative project with new, young London-based poets (for the Apples and Snakes: Speak Up Newcomers Tour), highlighting both their relevance to and interest in the next generation of spoken word artists. Before the show,...

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LIve: Chrissie Hynde @ Koko

Chrissie Hynde takes to the stage of London’s Koko to bring us a pre-Christmas blast of old hits and new songs, from her first solo album, Stockholm. Strikingly, she has retained the look, demeanor and attitude that has characterised her position at the helm of the The Pretenders since the late 1970s. But more striking still is the distinctive and recognisable voice that rings out on tracks including Kid, Don’t Get Me Wrong and Talk Of The Town. There’s a fair number of new tracks rolled out tonight, such as Sweet Nuthin’, Dark Sunglasses and You Or No One...

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LIve: Difford & Tilbrook @ Union Chapel.

Two rock stars tumble out of bed, before finding themselves a cup of tea and gazing around at a packed room of spectators. Not something you often witness in a church and no ordinary start to a gig. Tonight, however, Union Chapel hosts a rare treat of Squeeze frontmen, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, staging an evening of songs and conversation entitled The At Odds Couple Tour. An elaborate stage set depicts a bedroom from the 1970s, strewn with guitars and mannequins and engulfed in highly patterned wall paper. The set references their emergence in that decade’s New Wave...

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Live Review: Imelda May @ the Roundhouse.

The Roundhouse in north London proved its astute scheduling skills by hosting Irish rockabilly singer Imelda May for St. Patrick’s Day. Backed by her full band, a gaffiti-strewn brick wall backdrop, a motorcycle to the side of the stage and a glowing neon clover sign to remind us of the date, Imelda put on an impressive show. Earlier favourites such as ‘Love Tattoo’ and ‘Big Bad Handsome Man’ were given an airing in the first few songs. With a new album called ‘Tribal’ due out later this year, there were also some lesser known – but still well received...

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Interview: Sarah Jarosz – Lone Star in London.

It’s Sarah Jarosz’s last day in London. She doesn’t seem at all tour-weary as she meets me in the cafe of her hotel for a chat. The Texan singer songwriter has just completed a run of concerts as part of the Transatlantic Sessions, alongside established country/folk acts such as Shawn Colvin, Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien. Before packing her bags and heading home to the US, Sarah’s decided to hang back in the capital for a couple of days and play two solo shows at Camden’s Green Note – yesterday and tonight. She may still be something of new...

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Live Review: Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls @ O2.

Early on in tonight’s show, Frank Turner stops and takes a moment to consider the obstacles that the universe has thrown in our collective path in getting to this, his first headline show at London’s mammoth 02 Arena. He cites the current phenomenal storms lashing and flooding the UK. He points to the city’s tube strike, which was called off only just in time for fans to get to the gig unimpeded by transport chaos. Lastly, he reels with amazement that everyone has actually ventured to a venue that is south of the river. Geographical divide jokes aside, both...

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Live: Nick Cave @ Hammersmith Apollo

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds kicked off the first of a three night run at west London’s Hammersmith Apollo on 26 October 2013. Dressed in an elegant black suit, Cave paced the stage with his familiar intensity of expression. Photographers were only allowed to shoot one song which was We NO Who UR from the new album Push The Sky Away. He is such a striking and unusual performer we craved for more. Here is the whole set: Photography and Words by Imelda Michalcyzk. Imelda has her own site here:...

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Interview: Joseph Arthur. The Ballad of Joseph Arthur.

Discovered by Peter Gabriel in the 1990s, Joseph Arthur’s musical pilgrimage since has seen him release ten albums, form ‘supergroups’ with high profile musicians, have his work covered by virtual household names such as Michael Stipe (REM) and Chris Martin (Coldplay) and be nominated for a Grammy. On a rainy night in north London, Joseph played a special, intimate show in an unusual church setting. Between soundcheck and showtime, Joseph took a break to talk with me about his latest album ‘The Ballad of Boogie Christ’, muse on the material dangers of creativity and let me in on some...

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Live: Blondie @ The Roundhouse

Blondie’s 2013 UK tour took them to Camden’s legendary The Roundhouse on 7 July and Kew The Music festival on 9 July. Imelda Michalczyk went along to photograph for Rockshot and Rebeladelica The band were promoting their new album Panic of Girls. Opening both times with One Way Or Another and mixing up old classics such as Heart Of Glass, Dreaming and Atomic with new songs such as Drag You Around and What I Heard, they transformed what could otherwise be simply a nostalgia trip into a forceful show by a still creative act. The current line up includes...

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