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  1. Interview: The Pooh Sticks

    Tuesday 20 July 2010, 09:31

    James McLaren James McLaren

    This weekend sees the reformation of one of Wales' demi-legendary indie bands; Swansea's Pooh Sticks will be headlining the indoor stage at Indietracks this Saturday.

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    Indietracks takes place in Derbyshire and is a quite frankly bizarre combination of heritage trains and indiepop music, in aid of The...

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  2. Sir Tom Jones set for album release and Killers hook-up

    Monday 19 July 2010, 14:18

    James McLaren James McLaren

    This coming Monday sees the release of Sir Tom Jones' latest album, Praise & Blame. Despite a less than enthusiastic reaction from his own label boss, it seems like there's a strong level of critical acclaim coming for the record.

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    Jones has said he's "baffled" by the leaked email, but it seems to...

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  3. Funeral For A Friend's Personal Playlist on the Bethan Elfyn show

    Monday 19 July 2010, 10:56

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Matt Davies and Darran Smith of Funeral For A Friend joined Bethan Elfyn as special guests on her BBC Radio Wales show, broadcast last Saturday.

    Listen again to the full programme on BBC iPlayer.

    As with all Beth's guests, the duo chose their Personal Playlist - a range of tunes that influenced them...

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  4. Lostprophets' Fake Sound goes platinum

    Monday 19 July 2010, 09:58

    James McLaren James McLaren

    It's taken a full decade, but Lostprophets' début album, Thefakesoundofprogress, has gone through the 300,000 sales mark in the UK, gaining platinum status.

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    While their subsequent albums, Start Something, Liberation Transmission and The Betrayed were instant sales successes, the first LP, recorded...

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  5. Bethan Elfyn: Funeral For A Friend and Stone Roses

    Friday 16 July 2010, 10:45

    James McLaren James McLaren

    This Saturday at 6pm, Bethan Elfyn's Radio Wales show has special guests Matt and Darran from Funeral For A Friend revealing their Personal Playlist. My Welsh Music Atlas entry for the show visits Newport again, this time talking about the 1995 Stone Roses gig that ended in a riot.

    The FFAF chaps play...

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  6. Catrin Finch joins Last Night Of The Proms

    Friday 16 July 2010, 10:03

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Wales' contribution to the annual celebration of flag-waving, Land Of Hope And Glory Britishness, Last Night Of The Proms will feature harpist Catrin Finch, alongside the Three Welsh Tenors.

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    While the Albert Hall rocks to the strains of Rule Britannia, Swansea's Singleton Park on Saturday 11 September...

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  7. JKLMNO interviewed at T in the Park

    Thursday 15 July 2010, 18:38

    Bethan Elfyn Bethan Elfyn

    One band in recent weeks have been giving me a bit of trouble. Not the people or the music, just the name. Try it: JKLMNO is not the easiest thing to say.

    Now LMNO, that's smoother, or XYZ, or LMNOP, QRS, or ABC, yes, there are blocks of the alphabet that run together neatly, but awkward as it is, JKLMNO...

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  8. Hollywood puts Alarm stunt on film

    Thursday 15 July 2010, 12:59

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Back in 2004 North Wales punk rockers The Alarm played a trick on the music industry which is now being made into a film.

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    In an effort to expose ageism within the industry, the band recorded a single, 45 RPM, and recruited a young local band to front the release, under the name of The Poppyfields...

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  9. Killing For Company to release tribute to Stuart Cable

    Wednesday 14 July 2010, 16:01

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Killing For Company, the band for which Stuart Cable was drumming when he died last month, have announced to release a tribute single to the ex-Stereophonics sticksman.

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    Stuart Cable (photo: Jon Pountney)

    Read the full story on BBC News.

    The band said in a statement: "To think Stu won't be joining...

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  10. Revoker sign to Roadrunner

    Tuesday 13 July 2010, 17:51

    James McLaren James McLaren

    The Welsh metal scene has had another boost this week with the announcement of the Roadrunner label's signing of Rhymney valley's Revoker.

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    The fourpiece formed in 2006 and have now been picked up by the label, home of bands like Kiss, Slipknot, Nickelback, Machine Head, Killswitch Engage, Trivium...

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  11. Steve Jones and John Mouse in conversation

    Tuesday 13 July 2010, 12:32

    BBC Wales Music BBC Wales Music

    Last week Bethan interviewed Cardiff-based musician John Mouse, who recorded a session for Radio 1 at London's Maida Vale studios.

    John was joined for the session by his TV presenter brother Steve Jones, who duetted together on the song The Last Great Rhondda Romance. The pair also agreed to be filmed...

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  12. Kurt and Courtney in Newport

    Wednesday 7 July 2010, 16:22

    James McLaren James McLaren

    This Saturday Bethan Elfyn's Radio Wales show is once more dipping into my Welsh Musical Atlas.

    This time we're looking at a story that has reached legendary proportions in south Wales: Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love at TJ's in Newport.

    You can read the full story here and tune in from 6pm this Saturday...

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  13. Video: The Roseville Band in session

    Wednesday 7 July 2010, 10:30

    James McLaren James McLaren

    For over a year we've been working with the Radio Wales Evening Show, videoing some of the performances of artists in session. This week saw The Roseville Band join Alan Thompson for a performance which includes this song, Boxer.

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    The NME called them 'the Welsh Kings Of Leon, and they're getting some...

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  14. Douglas, The Take - Le Pub, Newport

    Tuesday 6 July 2010, 10:09

    James McLaren James McLaren

    This weekend I attended a gig at the Le Pub venue in Newport, featuring the bands The Take and and Douglas. Who? you may well ask. And you'd be right to do so; they're not exactly household names.

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    The Take (photo: Chris Hudson)

    But that's not the point; for me and for the people who saw them play...

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  15. Tom Jones, the record exec and the furious email

    Monday 5 July 2010, 10:04

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Sir Tom Jones has become the victim of a furious tirade from none other than the vice president of his record company, in a leaked email to The Sunday Times.

    David Sharpe of Island Records reacted angrily to hearing the gospel-influenced songs on Jones' upcoming Praise And Blame record.

    In an email...

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  16. Funeral For A Friend - The Young And Defenceless

    Monday 5 July 2010, 09:02

    James McLaren James McLaren

    One of Wales' foremost bands of the last decade, Funeral For a Friend, are about to release an EP, The Young And Defenceless, through Pledgemusic. With band personnel changes and a new model of interacting with their fanbase, the band's frontman, Matt Davies, was in impassioned mood when we caught up...

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  17. Yucatan - Enlli

    Friday 2 July 2010, 14:29

    Adam Walton Adam Walton

    At first it doesn't feel quite right. I'm sat in the back garden collecting a bit of sunburn and I have Yucatan's new EP, Enlli, on my mp3 player. It's humid, I'm cursing the Viking genes that make me want to run and hide in dark places whenever the sun shines like this; I'm cheesed off; moist for all...

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  18. Katherine Jenkins to pay tribute to Cumbrian shooting victims

    Friday 18 June 2010, 14:56

    James McLaren James McLaren

    The Western Mail reports today that Welsh pop/opera star Katherine Jenkins is to pay tribute to the victims of the Cumbria shootings at a festival in the area.

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    Next week's Whitehaven Festival considered cancelling in the aftermath of the shootings, but organisers decided to proceed with the event...

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  19. Feeder on Renegades

    Friday 18 June 2010, 13:54

    James McLaren James McLaren

    Listen to Grant Nicholas of Feeder talk to Radio Wales' Alan Thompson about their new album, Renegades, released on 5 July.


    Grant also shared his thoughts on the death of Stuart Cable and how supportive the former Stereophonics drummer had been to his band.

    More about the interview...

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  20. Great Welsh record sleeves

    Friday 18 June 2010, 12:29

    James McLaren James McLaren

    We've been thinking about top notch record sleeves from Wales this week and we'd like to hear from you what sleeves you'd nominate.

    Now I'm not naming names here, but this discussion was apropos of a journey through some old Welsh records kicking around the office and - my god! - there were some shockers...

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