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Crank it Up

Band of Skulls

HITC's banker-muso is back with five albums to keep you rockin' into the night (rockin' into the night)...

Update Your Rock 'n Roll Life

Them Crooked Vultures

Once again, muso reader-writer Lucho Payne delivers us from musical boredom with four new albums to fit all (rockin') tastes. From The Temper Trap, Powderfinger, Alestorm and Them Crooked Vultures, he will not lead us astray. Just into shopping temptation.

Five Albums that Rock Now

The Dead Weather - Horehound

Don't worry if you've lost the new music plot again. HITC Life's resident reader-writer-muso, Lucho Payne, will get you up to speed with reviews of Kasabian, Gossip, The Dead Weather, Muse, and Mumford & Sons.

O'death at the 100

O'death

My quest for good value live music took me to the 100 Club to see a band with a fascinating billing: "Expect five guys with maybe three shirts between them…they weld together bluegrass, country, folk and punk…howling and stomping…into an unholy spiritual throw-down."

The Dead Weather is Fine

The Dead Weather

Jack White. Is there anything he can't do? Not content with just fronting The White Stripes and The Raconteurs, running his own record company, and writing Bond themes, he has now formed an alternative rock supergroup called The Dead Weather.

New Music - Get This

The Gutter Twins

Does your iPod need refreshing? Check out what reader-writer Lucho Payne (our resident muso) has to say about some recent albums he finds rather good.

The Delta Spirit Live at the ICA

The Delta Spirit

And so the ongoing quest for reasonably priced live music brought me to the ICA on the Mall to see San Diego alt-rock quintet, Delta Spirit, for the bargain price of just £8.50. And what a fantastic treat it was too.

Recession Live Music Sessions

Jack Shakespeare

An evening of live music at The Comedy Pub. It sounds unlikely, but The Comedy Pub is in fact a superb small venue for bands and is in an excellent central London location. And what's more, you usually get to see at least four bands for a fiver. Surely a bargain, no?

The Black Keys at Brixton Academy

The Black Keys - Sarah Klinger - hippiesaredead.com

I saw The Black Keys at the Astoria and they were excellent, so when I found out they'd be playing at the Brixton Academy, I bought tickets immediately. But as the band only has 2 members - Dan on guitar and vocals, Patrick on drums - I wondered how their minimalist set-up would translate to the much larger venue.

Kings of Leon (c. 2008)

Kings of Leon - Only by the Night

Kings of Leon in 2008 is a far-cry from the 2003 version. Beards gone, hair cut, look-alike supermodel girlfriends. Almost metro-sexual. And what about the music? Could they be descending into mainstream music biz banality? Or are they maturing from their raw roots into a top-notch rock band?

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Five Albums that Rock Now

Don't worry if you've lost the new music plot again. HITC Life's resident reader-writer-muso, Lucho Payne, will get you up to speed with reviews of Kasabian, Gossip, The Dead Weather, Muse, and Mumford & Sons.

Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree

I always found Goldfrapp an intriguing group. Consisting of Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory, their debut album Felt Mountain had glorious synth-driven soundscapes with sumptuous vocals and an under-current of Marlene Dietrich inspired sultry weirdness.

Coldplay is Living La Vida (Loca)

Surely it wasn't so long ago that Coldplay's front-man Chris Martin told us that "Coldplay would be going away for a very long time". But it seems he was only teasing, as they are back with their fourth studio album with the catchy title Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.

Portishead's Dark Return

There was a time when Portishead meant a sleepy dormitory town west of Bristol which fronts on to the mud-flats of the Bristol Channel. A poor man's Clevedon, but a step-up from Severn Beach. All that changed in 1994 when Portishead launched their classic debut Dummy to worldwide acclaim.

Recession Live Music Sessions

An evening of live music at The Comedy Pub. It sounds unlikely, but The Comedy Pub is in fact a superb small venue for bands and is in an excellent central London location. And what's more, you usually get to see at least four bands for a fiver. Surely a bargain, no?

The Dead Weather is Fine

Jack White. Is there anything he can't do? Not content with just fronting The White Stripes and The Raconteurs, running his own record company, and writing Bond themes, he has now formed an alternative rock supergroup called The Dead Weather.

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