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Model Society: live review

Indie four-piece Model Society have been making a name for themselves over the past twelve months, catching the attention of BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq. Their hugely energetic live act is also winning plaudits on the gig circuit, so Russell Iliffe decided to check them out for himself at their recent EP launch…

Comeback kings charge the album chart

CHART ANALYSIS: Spring has seen the return of some of Britain’s most consistent and globally successful acts, including Depeche Mode, David Bowie and OMD. Russell Iliffe investigates.


Keith Richards is a rock ‘n’ roll survivor, music legend and member of the band widely acclaimed as one of the greatest and most influential of all time. This updated biography by Victor Bockris is a fascinating and detailed look at the complex and hugely talented Rolling Stones songwriter and guitar hero.

Bastille take UK charts by storm

CHART ANALYSIS: Upcoming British guitar band Bastille have topped the UK album chart with their debut set Bad Blood, holding off stiff competition from Stereophonics and Emeli Sande.

2013: year of the guitar?

CHART ANALYSIS: 2012 was the year of the female soloist and the pop super-collaboration. Are rock and indie acts gearing up for a stronger chart presence in 2013?

January chart race heats up

Barely two weeks into 2013 and we already have an unexpected UK chart return in the shape of David Bowie. Meanwhile reliable Scotsman Calvin Harris is keeping the hits coming, while Bruno Mars holds the US charts hostage.

The hits of Christmas past

Russell Iliffe takes a look at the songs that have graced the top of the pop charts on Christmas Day and all the near-misses that live on each year...