Mike Barnes

Mike Barnes  |  Mar 29, 2021  |  0 comments
This month we review: Tindersticks, The Besnard Lakes, The Notwist and James Yorkston and the Second Hand Orchestra.
Mike Barnes  |  Feb 26, 2021  |  0 comments
This month we review: Casper Clausen, Flying Moon In Space, The Left Outsides, and Passenger.
Mike Barnes  |  Feb 05, 2021  |  0 comments
The group's fifth album was a turning point, paving the way for a career that would see them blossom from niche synth innovators to full-blown stadium rockers and in the process become the most commercially successful Scottish band of the 1980s

Simple Minds formed in Glasgow in 1977. Their name, which derives from a lyric from David Bowie's 'Jean Genie' now feels something of an odd choice, given the complexity of their sound. But people get used to a name and Simple Minds soon got a foothold in the post-punk milieu with their 1979 debut album Life In A Day.

Mike Barnes  |  Jan 29, 2021  |  0 comments
This month we review: Calexico, Coldharbourstores, Jakko M Jakszyk and Smashing Pumpkins.
Mike Barnes  |  Dec 29, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Jack Cheshire, The Cribs, Amy Macdonald and Blue öYster Cult.
Mike Barnes  |  Dec 10, 2020  |  0 comments
Released in October 1974, this was the first Island Records LP with the re-formed Wailers and its all-female backing group, The I-Threes. It sold over 100,000 copies and prompted interest in the States, many critics now citing it as the greatest reggae album of all time

By the mid-1970s the UK had already enjoyed a lengthy relationship with Caribbean music, from the gentle exotica of calypso to its more syncopated cousin, reggae and the upbeat ska.

Mike Barnes  |  Nov 30, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Bill Callahan, The Lemon Twigs, Motorpsycho and Tricky.
Mike Barnes  |  Oct 29, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: The Flaming Lips, HjaltalÍn, My Morning Jacket and The Wolfhounds.
Mike Barnes  |  Oct 13, 2020  |  0 comments
With its now famous front cover showing the son of drummer Butch Trucks, the band's fifth album was the sound of a group striving for renewal after the tragic deaths of two of its members. Yet the album's success would only sour the relationships between them

In many ways it was remarkable that The Allman Brothers Band's Brothers And Sisters was made at all, arriving as it did after the deaths of two of the group's members within a year, and drug abuse by the musicians and their entourage having spiralled out of control. The fact that it was also their greatest commercial success still feels rather hard to believe.

Mike Barnes  |  Sep 28, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Seasick Steve, Fontaines DC, Sam Prekop and The Pretenders.