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July 2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Uncut is the essential magazine about rock music, written by people who love that music as much as you do. Every month, it features the most comprehensive and trustworthy album reviews section in the world. There are in-depth interviews with the finest musicians of the past five decades, and with the exciting new artists who are following in their great tradition. Insightful, informative, passionate about extraordinary music – that’s Uncut.

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what we’re trying to achieve here at Uncut. Both artists are steeped in their respective traditions – in The Black Keys’ case, the growl and punch of classic rock, while Fussell delivers spry interpretations of American folk song – but both are driven to recontextualise their influences for our own age. Says Fussell, “I knew a lot of musicians who weren’t necessarily wearing clothes that we picture when we think about this kind of music. They might be wearing a Nike tracksuit and playing songs from the 1890s. It was all mixed up. For me it continues to be mixed up, and that’s what I’m trying to get at when I’m playing these songs.”Meanwhile, as usual, our free CD brings you the best of the month’s new music –…

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back on the highway

“It’s a jewel box of a record”BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (DANNY CLINCH) UNCUT’S first indication that Bruce Springsteen had a new studio album in the works back came back in January 2018, from his manager Jon Landau. “It’s a fantastic record, an unexpected record,” he enthused. “It’s going to become mythic at some point!” The completed album was temporarily shelved while Springsteen On Broadway extended far beyond its original run. At last, though, Western Stars will arrive on June 14. Neither a solo acoustic effort nor an E Street Band stomper, instead it features a return to the qualities of his most popular work, complete with what Springsteen himself describes as “character-driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements. It’s a jewel box of a record,” he adds.The album was recorded primarily…

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“the west will rise again!”

High Cross House: there will be Blood Money “IT’S going to be like open head surgery,” promises The Pop Group’s Mark Stewart with somewhat alarming relish, as the band prepare for a unique show at the Sea Change festival in Totnes. Over the May bank holiday weekend, they will engage in a site-specific “soundclash” with artist Matthew Shaw at High Cross House, a striking Grade II-listed 1930s modernist house on the Dartington Estate, which has been a hub of the progressive arts since 1925. The Pop Group’s Mark Stewart: going beyond… (© SHAUN GORDON) “It’s going to be like open head surgery”MARK STEWART As he waits for bandmate Gareth Sager to come round to finalise the details of their performance – entitled Blood Money – Stewart reveals…

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turning purple

David Berman: back with something “pretty formidable” “Writing these songs helped me get through some bad fixes” “IN retrospect it would seem inadvisable,” says US singer-songwriter David Berman, reflecting on his decision to wind up indie heroes Silver Jews in 2009. “I was putting the kibosh on a career I never saw coming but also, frankly, never thought I deserved – like returning a stolen car to the place I’d found it before daybreak. That’s part of why it was easy.”Berman broke the news online, adding that he needed to move on to something else – “screenwriting or muckraking” – and, in a typically droll kiss-off to the band he’d co-founded with future Pavement duo Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich 20 years earlier, warned that he might…

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uncut playlist

THE FLAMING LIPS King’s Mouth BELLA UNION Mick Jones narrates a typically fried story about a giant king whose head absorbs the universe; also doubles as Coyne & co’s  finest collection of songs since Yoshimi… MATTSON 2 Paradise COMPANY San Diego twins in the orbit of Toro Y Moi and Money Mark add dazed vocals to their supremely chilled slacker jazz. Think Gabor Szabo guesting with Real Estate. VIOLENT FEMMES FEAT. TOM VERLAINE “Hotel Last Resort” PIAS Two vinegary US art-punk institutions exchange withering glances on the Femmes’ new album: “I don’t laugh, but I chortle/When I pass by the gym.” PETER CAT RECORDING CO. Bismillah PANACHE No, it will not let you go. Addictively dreamy…

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tighten up!

1 PJ HARVEY The Sandman We start off this month with one of Polly Harvey’s finest songs in years. However, as it’s taken from her soundtrack to Ivo van Hove’s new production of All About Eve, Gillian Anderson is handling vocals on this eerie ballad – surprisingly well, too. Full review on p22. 2 BLACK PEACHES Fire In The Hole From the sublime to the ridiculous, with this excellent rock juggernaut from Londoner Rob Smoughton’s crew. With its massed percussion, epic length and duelling guitars, it sounds like James Murphy if he’d got into the Allmans instead of ESG. Read our lead review on p36. 3 PETER PERRETT Once Is Enough Art-rock’s lost boy returns (again) with his second solo album…