6 (and a bit) favourite musical encounters from the first half of 2011, around which the miscellany of life lies
Most are gigs. Music lives in open air.
Confession: I am a 1960s girl group snob.
Cults knows the difference between an influence and a cliché.
Wouldn’t it be so great if something so obviously corporate-backed and hipster-fed turned out to be amazing after all?
A band like Arcade Fire has a hell of a lot more in common with Katy Perry than it does with Daniel Johnston.
I sense a spirit of love that infuses the music with soul and self-expression. And if you think this description suggests a kitsch twee puke-fest, then I’d have sorely done the depth and strength of their music an injustice.
There’s been a focus on reviews this week. And not much dialogue going on. So the chart reflects that.
Sometimes I wonder what it must be like to be in a popular band and play on stage at a sold out show to a front row of people with their iphones held aloft, recording the moment for later playback rather than living than moment.