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  1. Manics announce tenth studio album details

    Thursday 3 June 2010, 10:27

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Manic Street Preachers have announced the title of their 10th studio album and details of a UK tour.

    Postcards From A Young Man will be released in September this year, as the follow-up to Journal For Plague Lovers.

    A press release from the band's PR company Hall Or Nothing describes the recordings...

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  2. Mike Peters joins Big Country

    Monday 13 September 2010, 12:48

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Nine years after the death of Big Country singer Stuart Adamson, The Alarm's frontman Mike Peters has been asked to take the mic for the Scottish band.

    Adamson, Big Country's original singer, hanged himself in a Honolulu hotel room in 2001.

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  3. Gallops, Manchester Roadhouse - Tuesday 7 September 2010

    Wednesday 8 September 2010, 13:34

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    Manchester, you big old breezy place - lovely to be back. Now, where is your Roadhouse venue? I used to negotiate Manchester via Hulme towerblock landmarks, crumbling Victorian warehouses and straggles of indie kids avoiding muggings.

    But you're unrecognisable, these days. You're new, wide, impressive...

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  4. Interview: Strange News From Another Star

    Wednesday 8 September 2010, 12:38

    Bethan Elfyn Bethan Elfyn

    We're feeling like we're starting a new school term this week here at at BBC Introducing - a month of fresh new sessions are on the way from Houdini Dax, Town and tomorrow, kicking things off, Strange News From Another Star.

    They'll be no strangers to the music hubbub...

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  5. Cardiff Barfly closes

    Thursday 2 September 2010, 11:26

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Cardiff Barfly is closed until further notice, and the internet has been a-buzz with lamentations of the venue's demise since the information first surfaced a couple of nights ago.

    Photo: Glyn Mottershead

    While it might not have been the best venue in the world, the 150-capacity space has played...

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  6. Super Furry Animals call it a day?

    Friday 27 August 2010, 12:31

    James McLaren James McLaren

    According to today's Guardian Cardiff, Super Furry Animals are calling a halt to their band activities to concentrate on other projects.

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    Update: On his Twitter, Gruff Rhys has posted: "Slow news day. SFA have not split up. Love SFA."

    Guardian Cardiff editor Hannah Waldram quoted an unnamed source:...

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  7. Stereophonics reissue first two albums

    Thursday 26 August 2010, 11:26

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Stereophonics are to reissue their first two albums and celebrate the release with special gigs at London's Hammersmith Apollo.

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    According to their official website today, 1997's Word Gets Around and 1999's Performance And Cocktails will each be reissued in two-CD deluxe and three-CD super deluxe formats...

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  8. The Joy Formidable sign American deal

    Thursday 26 August 2010, 10:48

    James McLaren James McLaren

    London-based North Walians The Joy Formidable have signed a major record deal in the United States.

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    Following in the footsteps of Kings Of Leon, the space rock trio have signed to the Warner group's Canvasback label in the US, and a prominent record exec has been enthusing about them to Music Week.

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  9. John Lennon sample helps Welsh singer to the airwaves

    Wednesday 25 August 2010, 10:06

    James McLaren James McLaren

    The Beatles are notorious for the difficulty people have in using their material. Try sampling A Day In The Life and see how far you get.

    But Tyrone Marshall, a Welsh singer-songwriter, has been able to sample one of John Lennon's last ever interviews and it's gaining him some coverage including in...

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  10. Ben Myers on Richard, the novel

    Monday 23 August 2010, 15:58

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Journalist and author Ben Myers has written a fictionalised account of the life of Manic Street Preachers' Richey Edwards, titled Richard.

    Published by Picador in October, the book, as Myers explains in a recent NME blog post, is an account of the lyricist's (and sometime guitarist's) life from birth...

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  11. GLC's alternative Ryder Cup

    Thursday 19 August 2010, 11:54

    James McLaren James McLaren

    The cream of the world's golfers will be coming to Wales on 1-3 October this year, but the Ryder Cup doesn't do much for the people of Newport, believe Goldie Lookin' Chain.

    The rap crew, fresh from the success of their big-up to the city in song, have announced their own golf tournament and gig. On...

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  12. Pete Lawrie's Long Welsh Weekend

    Tuesday 17 August 2010, 08:41

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Pete Lawrie, the south Wales singer-songwriter newly signed to Universal Island, has given us an exclusive video, documenting a weekend of musical fun and frolics earlier this summer.

    Watch as the Long Welsh Weekend takes him around the country in his yellow VW campervan, playing impromptu gigs with...

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  13. James Dean Bradfield - interview and Personal Playlist

    Monday 16 August 2010, 10:24

    James McLaren James McLaren

    This weekend on Bethan Elfyn's Radio Wales show, Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield played his Personal Playlist and talked for almost an hour about his band and their career.

    James Dean Bradfield and Bethan Elfyn

    In one of the most in-depth and illuminating interviews I've ever heard with the Manics frontman, he talks about what...

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  14. Hendrix, Amen Corner and the Swinging Sixties

    Thursday 12 August 2010, 12:06

    James McLaren James McLaren

    I've had a couple of weeks off from my regular spot on Bethan Elfyn's Radio Wales show, talking about moments from Welsh music history.

    She's been busy filling her show with quality features - a session and chat with The Blackout and - this Saturday from 6pm - an in-depth, fascinating chat with James...

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  15. The Big Chill Festival 2010

    Tuesday 10 August 2010, 16:23

    Bethan Elfyn Bethan Elfyn

    I'm just back from yet another ramble around the countryside at The Big Chill festival. It was my first visit to the event, and the offer of work, plus the undeniable lure of an airstream caravan for the weekend (next door to Lilly Allen) definitely helped.

    Here's my caravan:

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    I was hosting and DJing...

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  16. Interview: Bethan Elfyn meets The Blackout

    Monday 9 August 2010, 13:47

    James McLaren James McLaren

    On Saturday's Bethan Elfyn show on Radio Wales she had Merthyr rockers The Blackout stripped down to the bare bones in session.

    Listen to Sean and James talk to Bethan about their crazy fans and an ill-executed entrance to the Kerrang! awards last week.

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    Gavin Butler, one of the singers of The Blackout...

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  17. "You're not from Newport": Goldie Lookin' Chain's State Of Mind

    Monday 9 August 2010, 09:50

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Having developed a life of its own, the Newport (Ymerodraeth State Of Mind) video has had a response from none other than Goldie Lookin' Chain.

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    Newport State Of Mind (You're Not From Newport), uploaded to the video-sharing site yesterday, gently accuses the team behind the YouTube phenomenon of not...

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  18. Bullet For My Valentine in the Live Lounge

    Friday 6 August 2010, 10:45

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Bullet For My Valentine came into the Radio 1 Live Lounge with Jo Whiley last week, to perform a couple of tracks.

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    Listen to their acoustic versions of their own track Your Betrayal, and their cover of Pendulum's Witchcraft here:

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    You can see more photos from the Live Lounge here.

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  19. The Blackout in session

    Friday 6 August 2010, 10:23

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Fresh from their headlining slot at the Cardiff Big Weekend, The Blackout came into the studio to talk to Bethan Elfyn and play some acoustic tracks for her show (Saturday 7 August, 6pm, BBC Radio Wales).

    The Merthyr band's pop rock is gathering momentum and this year they're touring Europe with none...

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  20. Joy Formidable to headline NME Radar tour

    Thursday 5 August 2010, 16:46

    James McLaren James McLaren

    London-based North Walians The Joy Formidable have been confirmed as headliners for this autumn's Emerge NME Radar Tour.

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    Ritzy of the band told us: "After several months away in Australia and the USA we're excitedly anticipating being back in the UK this autumn to headline the NME Radar tour. We're...

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