Intimate Strangers

Darren Hayman, singer with erstwhile John Peel favourites Hefner, settles down with another Peel favourite, David Gedge of the Wedding Present, in the snug bar of The Indie Veteran to put the modern world – tricky downloads, YouTube, exorbitant tellies and more – to rights. Dave Gedge: What are your thoughts on the digital stuff?…

Brian Griffiths' Another End

Brian Griffiths’ solo show, Another End, was a recent outing from a flamboyant and consistent oeuvre. The show featured a group of large sculptures that dominated the gallery space and posed a distinct alternative to a current prevailing trend for small, slight-of-hand objects. Tunde Yeboah had three questions he wanted to ask… TY: I couldn’t…

No Depression

He’s seventy-three years young and, courtesy of a pension fund that went west, out of retirement. Hallelujah say three raging Cohen-philes who get close up and personal with the saturnine bard of Montreal. LEONARD COHEN AT RICHARD GOODALL GALLERY In April 2007 I received an offer I couldn’t refuse – an opportunity to meet Leonard…

Curve Your Enthusiasm

The story of Franco-British ensemble Le Volume Courbe is one of indie rock entente cordiale. Iphgenia Baal gets the measure of their esprit de corps You wouldn’t necessarily know it when you hear them, but Le Volume Courbe is a punk band. Created by a woman barely able to pluck out a melody on a…

Factory Records

From the Velvet Underground to Curiosity Killed The Cat, Andy Warhol’s relationship with music was always ambiguous. Glen Johnson, sometime Warhol-esque leader/curator of art rock collective Piano Magic, rummages through Andy’s musical chest. I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with Andy Warhol. When he died, in , I paid my respects by spending a day…

Zing Went the Strings of My Harp

This woman is dressed as an haute couture woolly octopus. This woman is NOT a kook. Keiron Phelan meets singer- songwriter and harpist Serafina Steer and finds a strong mind, a clear intelligence and a love of life’s ambiguities. Watching Serafina Steer play is an engaging experience. She cuts quite a figure sat at her…