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Blur Triumph at London’s Hyde Park

Even for a summer packed with high-profile arena shows -- Oasis, U2, Coldplay, and even Jay-Z -- there's really only one gig in London this…
Craig Mclean / July 6, 2009

Ida Maria

Night after night over the past couple of years, Norwegian singer Ida Maria Sivertsen has been hitting stages across Europe. And sometimes the stage hits…
Craig Mclean / October 22, 2008

Breaking Out: Lykke Li

Lykke Li had a good South by Southwest. Mostly. The 22-year-old Swede (whose name is pronounced "Luke-ee Lee") played 11 shows in three days before…
Craig Mclean / June 25, 2008

Who’s Next ’08: The Wombats

In a nutshell: Brought together in 2003 by a love of lager and lyrics about odd animals, singer/guitarist Matthew "Murph" Murphy, drummer/singer Dan Haggis, and…
Craig Mclean / February 1, 2008

Who’s Next ’08: Duffy

In a nutshell: Thrown out of her school choir at age eight for being too loud, Welsh native Aimee-Ann Duffy poured all her energy into…
Craig Mclean / February 1, 2008

Breaking Out: Amy Winehouse

Heckling Bono as he gave a speech in London. Wobbling through acover of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" on a British television show.Smacking a fan for…
Craig Mclean / December 13, 2007

Robyn

Many claims to Robyn's greatness are made in "Curriculum Vitae," the spoken-word intro to her new album: "World-record holder with a high score of two…
Craig Mclean / November 29, 2007

Absolutely Fabulous

It's Saturday afternoon in London, and a scrum of 250 membersof the international entertainment media has formed in the foyer ofthe Hammersmith Apollo theater. The…
Craig Mclean / March 23, 2004

Bands to Watch: The Cooper Temple Clause

When the Cooper Temple Clause tried to storm America last spring atthe South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas, U.S.immigration refused them entry. But…
Craig Mclean / January 28, 2004

Artists to Watch: Dizzee Rascal

Summer 2003 was man time for Dizzee Rascal. On July 7, hours beforea show in the Mediterranean resort of Ayia Napa, the MC/producer/DJfrom East London's…
Craig Mclean / December 11, 2003