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  1. Grant Nicholas' personal playlist

    Monday 6 December 2010, 13:29

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Feeder's frontman Grant Nicholas joined Bethan Elfyn on her Radio Wales show last weekend.

    In a wide-ranging interview, the Newport veteran of the UK rock scene talked about his band's career and the five songs from his personal playlist. They were:

    • The Beatles - Strawberry...

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  2. The Joy Formidable announce album details

    Thursday 2 December 2010, 10:48

    James McLaren James McLaren

    The Joy Formidable have announced details of their eagerly-awaited début album.

    The Big Roar will be released through Canvasback/Atlantic Records on 24 January 2011.


    • The Ever Changing Spectrum Of Life
    • The Magnifying Glass
    • I Don't Want To See You Like This
    • Austere...

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  3. Manic Street Preachers to appear on Strictly Come Dancing

    Tuesday 30 November 2010, 15:31

    James McLaren James McLaren

    They might have just pulled out of this week's gigs (including the special homecoming Blackwood Radio 2 gig) but Manic Street Preachers have announced they're appearing on this weekend's Strictly Come Dancing.

    Speaking on Twitter Nicky Wire said: "Unbelievable-we have got 'strictly come dancing' on...

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  4. Manic Street Preachers gig cancelled

    Tuesday 30 November 2010, 13:25

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Unfortunately due to an illness the Manic Street Preachers' show on Thursday 2 December at Blackwood Miners Institute is cancelled.

    Radio 2 is hoping to reinstate this show in January and will contact ticket winners for first refusal when we have the new date.

    The BBC apologises for the inconvenience...

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  5. Midasuno

    Monday 29 November 2010, 12:01

    James McLaren James McLaren

    In September 2001 I was in Manchester for In The City, an annual music conference and new bands festival, checking out the Welsh talent for the magazine I was editing at the time. One of the bands I'd not heard before, but this teenage foursome crammed onto a triangular stage in a tiny venue down a grotty...

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  6. The shape of (Welsh) punk to come

    Friday 26 November 2010, 10:48

    James McLaren James McLaren

    The Welsh rock scene, as evinced by Bethan Elfyn's Start Something documentary at the start of this year, is all very healthy and a regular presence in the UK's rock music press. That is, if they're melodic, poppy and full of hooks.

    Nothing wrong with that, of course, but there is - as always - a harder...

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  7. Duffy - Endlessly review round-up

    Wednesday 24 November 2010, 11:39

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Duffy releases her second album this coming Monday and we've been scouring the interweb for the critics' appraisals so far.

    BBC Music
    "Though not without its charms, Endlessly is too slight and uneven to impress unconditionally."

    The Independent
    "...it's the classic 1960s songcraft...

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  8. Manics knock split rumours on the head

    Monday 22 November 2010, 10:42

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Manic Street Preachers have scotched rumours of an impending, indefinite hiatus an interview with the NME.

    Nicky Wire has revealed that the trio are working on their 11th studio album, tentatively entitled 70 Songs Of Hatred And Failure.

    "The next album will be pure indulgence," he said. "There's only...

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  9. Duffy 'thought about walking away'

    Friday 19 November 2010, 11:16

    James McLaren James McLaren

    In an interview published in The Western Mail today, Nefyn singer Duffy says she nearly quit the music business as her career went stratospheric.

    "I missed the simple things in life. Life had got so complicated. I needed time to step back and relax," she says.

    "I occasionally longed for the...

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  10. Eartha Kitt singing in Welsh

    Friday 19 November 2010, 09:58

    James McLaren James McLaren

    The BBC archive is a mine of fantastic audio and video, and our colleagues at BBC Cymru's Welsh-language Cerddoriaeth music site have unearthed a real gem: Eartha Kitt singing in Welsh.

    Legendary American songstress Eartha Kitt spoke four languages - and famously sang in seven. But did you know she...

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  11. Rhydian signs new record deal

    Thursday 18 November 2010, 15:14

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Classical crossover star Rhydian Roberts has signed a new record deal with new UK independent label Conehead UK.

    Conehead has already had a platinum sales success with Peter Andre's Revelation album.

    We spoke to Graham Stokes of Conehead. He said: "Signing Rhydian is a major coup for Conehead...

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  12. Tom Jones offers to sing for royal couple

    Thursday 18 November 2010, 07:58

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Speaking at a Princes Trust event last night, Sir Tom Jones offered to sing at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, were he to be invited.

    "People all over the world are excited about the royal wedding and I'm one of those people," he said. "I've always been a royalist and I always will...

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  13. Gwych Sounds: November 2010

    Thursday 4 November 2010, 13:26

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    SEN SEGUR - Cyfoeth Gwlyb

    Things have been deathly quiet with regards songs sung in Welsh this year. There are notable exceptions: Jen Jeniro, Y Niwl (instrumentals, I know - but made by minds that think yn Cymraeg), Race Horses, 9bach, Yucatan... maybe there are more exceptions than I thought! Still...

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  14. New band: The Last Republic

    Thursday 4 November 2010, 12:46

    Bethan Elfyn Bethan Elfyn

    From west Wales an exciting new band has arisen called The Last Republic. I met them a while ago in a session they recorded for BBC Radio Wales, and their stories and adventures were captivating, their songs are epic, and their new album Parade was recently released. So let's meet The Last Republic.


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  15. Sir Tom Jones honoured at charity event

    Tuesday 2 November 2010, 16:02

    BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music

    Sir Tom Jones has received the prestigious annual Music Industry Trust Award for his outstanding contribution to music.

    The singer, 70, was presented with the award by film director Tim Burton, in front of an audience of 1,100 which included Sir George Martin, Michael Ball and Rob Brydon. Video tributes...

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  16. Nicky Wire on BBC Breakfast

    Friday 29 October 2010, 13:39

    James McLaren James McLaren

    A disconsolate Nicky Wire appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning to apologise to Manic Street Preachers fans after the band were forced to postpone gigs this week as a result of James Dean Bradfield's laryngitis.

    Watch a short clip here:

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    Feel free to comment! If you want to have your say, on this...

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  17. Martyn Joseph's Broken Peace

    Friday 29 October 2010, 11:15

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Penarth's Martyn Joseph has penned a collection of songs as part of a project to mark the centenary of the Tonypandy Riots.

    Speaking to the Western Mail, Joseph said of the Broken Peace album: "I knew something of the Tonypandy Riots already but as I journeyed on, my interest in Welsh...

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  18. Manics apologise for cancelled gigs

    Friday 29 October 2010, 09:28

    James McLaren James McLaren

    After postponing three gigs this weekend, including tonight's Brixton Academy gig, Manic Street Preachers have released a statement from acutely laryngitis-struck singer James Dean Bradfield.

    "I would like to personally apologise to the fans. Nothing makes us feel worse than...

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  19. Interview: Lostprophets at the Oxford Union

    Wednesday 27 October 2010, 13:25

    James McLaren James McLaren

    A couple of weeks back Lostprophets made history by speaking at the Oxford Union.

    Following in the footsteps of world-renowned politicians, philosophers, religious and literary figures (and Michael Jackson), the Ponty band journeyed to the hallowed halls of the country's most famous educational establishment...

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  20. Charlotte joins The Klaxons

    Wednesday 27 October 2010, 09:40

    James McLaren James McLaren

    In the history of unexpected collaborations, this was up there with Axl'n'Elton at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert; David Bowie and Bing Crosby and The KLF with Tammy Wynette.

    Yesterday, popstrel Charlotte Church joined The Klaxons in an impromptu version of the band's new single Twin Flames. Both...

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