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Opening bands of the greatest music festivals of all time – Glastonbury, Woodstock

Ever wondered who were the very first band to play your favourite music festival? Who kicked off the shenanigans at Glastonbury back in 1970, or who preceded all the greats at Monterey and Woodstock? And what ever happened to them? Did they achieve greatness or become a musical footnote just dragged out in features like this? Here are your answers. …

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AshleyOpening bands of the greatest music festivals of all time – Glastonbury, Woodstock
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One of 2013′s most influential bands – The Status Quo – yes really

I have been listening a fair bit to the new album Inventions from the ultra cool Nashville psych band The Sufis and been scratching my head to work out what their key influences are. Sure there’s plenty of Revolver era Beatles, and they have obviously mastered all the key elements of the Syd Barrett songbook. There’s also a whiff of …

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AshleyOne of 2013′s most influential bands – The Status Quo – yes really
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The ten best Psych albums of 2013 – so far… Sufis, Hidden Masters, Foxygen

If you like a Beatley melody, some twangy guitar, a smidgen of sitar and the odd bonkers middle eight 2013 has been a vintage year so far. The rush of new psych bands that emerged in 2012 has blossomed into a worldwide movement. And it isn’t all about 60 re-treads. Some of the new bands are clearly inspired by this …

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AshleyThe ten best Psych albums of 2013 – so far… Sufis, Hidden Masters, Foxygen
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How Paul McCartney invented the hipster look and indie pop

When Paul McCartney left The Beatles in 1970 he decided to drop out of public life for a while. Taking his wife and children Macca headed off to his newly bought farm house in the Mull of Kintrye to raise sheep, walk on the beach and pen gentle folky ditties. It wasn’t until a year later in 1971 when the …

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AshleyHow Paul McCartney invented the hipster look and indie pop
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REVIEW: Nile Rodgers Presents – The CHIC Organization “Up All Night” (Greatest Hits)

The Don of Disco; the Patriarch of Pop: you love Nile Rodgers’ music even if you don’t know the man behind the tunes. It occurred to me and my pals that a beast of an all-night house party playlist we’d put together was unwittingly made up of at least 50% Rodgers related tracks, be they from his Chic days, the …

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Gerald LynchREVIEW: Nile Rodgers Presents – The CHIC Organization “Up All Night” (Greatest Hits)
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Scott Walker to play live gigs in 2014 shocker! Tells mag that he’s on the case

Once Scott Walker was among the most reclusive pop stars with a profile that rivalled Syd Barrett. These days however, he seems a lot happier chatting to people about his music and his ideas. There has been one area though which has been pretty much no go for awhile and that is live dates. Back in 2008 Walker did organise …

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AshleyScott Walker to play live gigs in 2014 shocker! Tells mag that he’s on the case
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David Bowie to play Glastonbury? The bets are on.

Everyone knows that The Rolling Stones are the main attraction at Glastonbury this weekend. However the internet has been awash with rumours that a certain other vintage pop star who is on the comeback trail, might play a secret set at the fest. Yep William Hill is offering odds of 6/1 on David Bowie playing Glasto with him at 10/1 …

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AshleyDavid Bowie to play Glastonbury? The bets are on.
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David Woodcock releases Same Things debut single reinvents Brit Pop, but in a good way

Essex has a bit of form when it comes to delivering maverick pop geniuses with a gift for mixing a smidgeon of music hall with a dash of 60s pop and creating inspired, but intelligent tunes. And the latest to join such luminaries as Ian Dury, Jake Shillingford and Damon Albarn is Blow Up record’s new signing Southend boy David …

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AshleyDavid Woodcock releases Same Things debut single reinvents Brit Pop, but in a good way
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The Hidden Masters – Of This And Other Worlds review

In case it has escaped your attention there is a bit of psych revival going on at the moment with thousands of bands from all across their world aping their 60s heroes in creating trippy, yet hook-filled soundscapes. A lot of those bands take the easy route and splice a dreamy melody to a driving beat before drenching it all …

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AshleyThe Hidden Masters – Of This And Other Worlds review
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Pink Floyd on Spotify – the best of their singles, films and early stuff

Of course we all know that See Emily Play is one of the best singles of the 60s and that Dark Side Of The Moon still outsells just about everyone apart from One Direction. And also that Comfortably Numb and Wish You Were Here are rock classics of the highest order. But now that the entire Pink Floyd catalogue has …

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AshleyPink Floyd on Spotify – the best of their singles, films and early stuff
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Pink Floyd finally lands on Spotify – Wish You Were Here first

There is a small but rather impressive list of bands who haven’t yet made their music available to streaming service Spotify. The Beatles top the list, alongside Led Zep and Oasis. but one band who up until now had resisted making their music available on the service have finally changed their mind. In a short period of time (hopefully, more …

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AshleyPink Floyd finally lands on Spotify – Wish You Were Here first
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The best parody of The Smiths ever – from, err, Horrible Histories

The BBC’s Horrible Histories has had some wonderful musical parodies in the past (the theory of evolution set to Bowie’s Changes springs to mind) but this one is something else. A chronological account of the life of Charles Dickens set to the music of The Smiths. It is spot on too. The level of detail is superb, the Morrissey style …

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AshleyThe best parody of The Smiths ever – from, err, Horrible Histories
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Kosmischer Läufer – the amazing story of East German Kraut Rock for athletes

As you all know West Germany during the 1970s was an explosion of musical creativitiy as bands like Can, Neu and Amon Duul married wonderful meandering psychedelic melodies to that very special Motorik Kraut Rock Groove. As for East Germany. Well the music soundtrack was just a little more conservative. With a totalitarian Communist government running the show and the …

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AshleyKosmischer Läufer – the amazing story of East German Kraut Rock for athletes

The 11 hottest new psych bands – Hidden Masters, Hounds Tooth, Magnetic Mind…

Barely a day seems to go by at the moment without some great new psych music arriving on Spotify, Bandcamp, YouTube or (gosh) vinyl. So I have rounded up 10 of the best recent releases (plus one bonus one) and included videos, embeds or links if they exist. So without further ado – here you go. The Sudden Death Of …

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AshleyThe 11 hottest new psych bands – Hidden Masters, Hounds Tooth, Magnetic Mind…
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The triumphant return of The Stone Roses at La Cigale in Paris

The Stones Roses play two dates at London’s Finsbury Park this weekend. Simon Poulter got a sneak preview at La Cigale in Paris. They came from the north, they came from the south. They came for the day by Eurostar, they came for the evening by Metro. Their hair may have been greying, their kids may have been at home, …

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AshleyThe triumphant return of The Stone Roses at La Cigale in Paris
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New psych find – the excellent West Coast Gnome covers The Three O’ Clock

In my opinion one of the best records of the 1980s was The Three O’Clock’s incendiary debut EP come LP Baroque Hoedown. And that LP climaxed with one of their finest tunes – a slow burning droney slice of psych called As Real As Real . Well the band’s recent rebirth – which includes festival appearances in the US and …

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AshleyNew psych find – the excellent West Coast Gnome covers The Three O’ Clock
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Eurovision Psych Contest – vote for the continent’s best space rockers

** UPDATE Well I think I can safely declare Spain and The Chemistry Set as winners of the inagural Eurovision Psych Contest. They finished well clear of Beaulieu Porch – flying the Union Jack – in second and The Sudden Death of Stars from France who finished third just ahead of Switzerland’s Balduin. Thanks to everyone who voted. All the …

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AshleyEurovision Psych Contest – vote for the continent’s best space rockers
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Primal Scream – More Light review – a real return to form

Simon Poulter of What Would David Bowie Do? salutes the barnstorming return to form that is Primal Scream’s new album More Light These are bleak and desperate times, people. We know this because we keep being told they are. As if the sight of increasingly vacant high streets, lengthening dole queues, a largely old Etonian government in Britain (run by …

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AshleyPrimal Scream – More Light review – a real return to form
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The Quiet Loner’s guide to the top ten Quiet Loners

Quiet Loner is in fact the hugely talented Matt Hill who has released a series of excellent albums the latest of which, The Greedy Magicians is a passionate, politically charged suite of songs that has already got many incredible reviews. Here is his list of other Quiet Loners “He was a quiet loner who kept himself to himself”. So goes …

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AshleyThe Quiet Loner’s guide to the top ten Quiet Loners