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UNCUT July 2019

Published by BandLab UK Limited. 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 – from…

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back on the highway

“It’s a jewel box of a record”BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 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 at Springsteen’s home studio…

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“the west will rise again!”

“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. “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 that it will feature a mix of sound, spoken word and video. “People will walk into this small room where Matthew will be…

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turning purple

“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 have accidentally written the answer song to REM’s “Shiny Happy People”…

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he’s not the messiah!

ACCORDING to Ray Cooper, Handmade Films began when a “bunch of mates wanted to help another bunch of mates make their film”. What that modest summary omits is that the first bunch of mates included George Harrison, the second was Monty Python, and the film they wanted to make was Life Of Brian. Cooper – who has been Elton John’s percussionist since 1971, as well as head of production at Handmade – contributes to a new AMC UK doc, An Accidental Studio, which tells the story of the company that made The Long Good Friday, Mona Lisa, Time Bandits and Withnail & I. Cooper had just finished a two-man tour with Elton when he got a call from George Harrison in 1979. “He said he thought he’d started a film company,…

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a quick one

Attention all 21st century schizoid men! As they celebrate their 50th anniversary, we present the Ultimate Music Guide to King Crimson. In shops now, it features deep new writing on the band’s work and that of their mainstay Robert Fripp, as well as some surprisingly sexual archive features. Yes, you read that correctly… On May 24, we’ll be presenting the next volume of our Ultimate Record Collection, this time focusing on 1970-1974. More than 500 great LPs appraised, with longer looks at the careers of Joni Mitchell, Bob Marley, Can, James Brown, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Pink Floyd and many more besides… One of Uncut’s favourite European festivals, Le Guess Who?, has unveiled its curators for the 2019 edition, taking place on November 7-10 in Utrecht. Fatoumata Diawara, Jenny Hval, Patrick Higgins, Moon…