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Stevie Chick

Stevie Chick

Stevie Chick has contributed to such titles as MOJO, The Guardian, Plan B, London Lite, Kerrang!, Arena, Melody Maker, Careless Talk Costs Lives, NME and Sleazenation. He edited the underground music magazine Loose Lips Sink Ships with photographer and musician Steve Gullick, and his book Psychic Confusion: The Story Of Sonic Youth was published by Omnibus in 2007. His life is made all the sweeter thanks to the music of Stevie Wonder, Sebadoh, J Dilla, 8-Eyed Spy, The White Stripes, Aretha Franklin and The Lord High Fixers, and the ever-purring presence of his cat, Chang. His favourite colour is orange, and he wears a size 9 Converse lo-top.

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Grandaddy: The Monarch, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, Melody Maker, 21 February 1998

A LESSON in not listening to The Man, who would have you believe that bands like Grandaddy, stretching their thrift-store synths way beyond their limits ...

Tortoise: TNT (City Slang)

Review by Stevie Chick, Melody Maker, 7 March 1998

THE PROBLEM with prog rock was that it didn't actually progress anywhere; musical frontierism was merely a smokescreen for some of the most wanky follies ...

Jeff Buckley: Sketches (For My Sweetheart The Drunk) (Epic)

Review by Stevie Chick, Melody Maker, 16 May 1998

YOUR INITIAL thoughts as you listen to this — the first posthumous release from mercurial troubadour Jeff Buckley (who drowned in the Mississippi last May) ...

Royal Trux: Garage, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, Melody Maker, 23 May 1998

TONIGHT, EVERYONE wants to be a cowboy, a hustler, a rock'n'roll star. There's an accentuated swagger to the crowd; drinks are ordered and ferried with ...

Grandaddy, Super Furry Animals: Super Furry Animals, Grandaddy: Academy, Manchester

Live Review by Stevie Chick, Melody Maker, 23 May 1998

CREATURE COMFORTS ...

Girls Against Boys: ULU, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, Melody Maker, 20 June 1998

THE SATANIC VERSUS ...

The Jungle Brothers: Jungle Brothers: Metropole Hotel, Cork

Live Review by Stevie Chick, Melody Maker, 20 June 1998

A FEW YEARS back, while the world fell as one for the deftly jazzy, pro-Afro delights of A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, ...

Hole: Celebrity Skin (Geffen)

Review by Stevie Chick, Melody Maker, 5 September 1998

COURTNEY LOVE is performing the most outrageous and unexpected act of an outrageous, unexpected life: surviving. Her rewriting of 'Miss World' on Hole's last tour ...

RZA, Wu-Tang Clan: RZA: The Digital Revolution

Interview by Stevie Chick, Melody Maker, 28 November 1998

One minute RZA's producing the Wu-Tang Clan, the next he's writing as his alter ego Bobby Digital, then he's off to star in the movies. ...

Sebadoh: Sculpture Club

Interview by Stevie Chick, Melody Maker, 9 January 1999

Gone are the days when SEBADOH records were the lowest in fi. We meet them in London and hear about their shiny new pop direction ...

The Roots: Astoria, London WC2

Live Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 1 May 1999

YEAH, THE Roots are live hip-hop, but that ain't what makes 'em special. What makes The Roots special is just how good their itchy, firebrand ...

Macy Gray: Embassy Rooms, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 15 May 1999

SHE STANDS apart, unmistakable. It's like she's from another planet, another dimension, she's so different. Different from her vacu-formed backing band, who look and sound ...

Lauryn Hill: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 12 June 1999

WE DO NEED MiSEDUCATION ...

Mary J. Blige: The Mary Changed: Mary J. Blige: Mary (MCA)

Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 21 August 1999

THE LATE-'90S HAVE BEEN something of a golden period for female-fronted soul/R&B music. ...

Mobb Deep: Murda Muzik (Loud/Epic)

Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 11 September 1999

IN QUEENSBRIDGE, NYC, when someone gets shot, they generally don't get up. Your homey isn't out drinking 40s and smoking blunts; he's laying on a ...

The Bluetones: Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

Live Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 9 October 1999

UNHIP HOORAY! ...

Guided By Voices: Fleece & Firkin, Bristol

Live Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 30 October 1999

YOU KNOW the drill by now: 30-something schoolteacher, obsessed equally with The Beatles, The Who, and Budweiser, bashes out neo-psych nuggets with similarly wasted wastrels ...

Spearhead: Jazz Café, Camden, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 30 October 1999

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The Auteurs: London School of Economics

Live Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 6 November 1999

HE'S AGED well. In the six years since the Auteurs first waltzed into the fray, Luke Haines seems to have grown into his scowling, petulant ...

Shack: Head Masterful: Shack: L2, Liverpool

Live Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 13 November 1999

BACKSTAGE, the band's name is being wielded as a verb — to get "Shacked". As in to be drawn into Shack's chaotic, hedonistic tailwinds. To ...

Mos Def: Black On Both Sides (Rawkus)

Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 20 November 1999

DESPITE HIP-HOP being commercially and creatively stronger than ever, the political content of rap is at an all-time low. ...

Mos Def: Are You Def Or Somefink?

Interview by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 20 January 2000

Er, yes, actually. Mos Def, Brooklyn rapper, dontcha know… ...

Yo La Tengo: All Hail Melodic Lo-Fi Mavericks Yo La Tengo!

Interview by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 11 March 2000

TEN-GALLON FACTS (YES, IT'S THE BIG ONES!) ...

Common: Like Water For Chocolate

Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 6 April 2000

IT WEREN'T ALWAYS multiple Wu-pseudonyms and verbose flights of mystical lyrical fantasy down hip-hop's way. Back in the day, rappers wove their rhymes from the ...

My Vitriol: Summer of Som

Interview by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 15 July 2000

Som Wardner is no ordinary rock star-in-waiting — his granddad has a road named after him! — but then My Vitriol are no ordinary class ...

Sleater-Kinney: Three Times A Ladyman!: Sleater-Kinney: 13th Note, Glasgow

Live Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 5 August 2000

MAKE NO MISTAKE. Sleater-Kinney are incandescent. In the three years since their breakthrough third album, Dig Me Out, saw this corrosive power-trio progress from local ...

Peaches: The Teaches Of Peaches (Kitty-Yo)

Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 16 September 2000

THE MUSIC — harsh shards of electronic fuzz, coupled with unforgiving whiplash beats — sounds like ATR's Alec Empire playing lounge music for a San ...

Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker

Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 27 November 2000

IT BEGINS WITH AN ARGUMENT. Surprisingly, Ryan Adams and his bandmate aren't arguing about some dusty Gram Parsons track, but a Morrissey record. And, surprisingly, ...

Common: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 13 January 2001

HEADY ON A diet of wigga-impressing gangsta-rap and wall-to-wall Eminem, some critics have a tendency to write off Chicago's master of the 'conscious' rhyme as ...

Life Without Buildings, The Strokes: Bowery Electric: The Strokes/Life Without Buildings: Camden Monarch, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 17 February 2001

THE SOUND BEGINS as a whisper, builds into murmur, stretches into a babble. ...

The White Stripes: SXSW, Austin Fat Tuesday's, Austin, Texas

Live Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 31 March 2001

THE WHITE STRIPES are quite a sight. ...

The White Stripes: De Stijl (Sympathy For The Record Industry)

Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 21 April 2001

Two-piece brother and sister band kick up fine rock'n'roll ruckus ...

The White Stripes: White Noise, White Heat: The White Stripes: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 4 August 2001

HE'S THE don of Detroit, the god of garage, the man reclaiming rock'n'roll from false-hearted cheats and whining, hollow charlatans. ...

The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Michael Franti, Spearhead: A Q&A With Michael Franti

Interview by Stevie Chick, unpublished, Spring 2001

MICHAEL FRANTI has been one of the most consistently insightful, incisive, and intelligent voices in politicised pop music for almost 15 years now. ...

And You Will Know Us By The...: …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, Kerrang!, 2 March 2002

They've been banned from every venue in their hometown, alienated the alt-rock underground by signing to a major label, and confused audiences the world over ...

The Strokes

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, Kerrang!, 23 March 2002

Forget the hype, the haircuts and the priviliged backgrounds. New York heroes have one thing on their mind: the music... ...

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Praise Be!

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, Kerrang!, 30 March 2002

The planet's coolest band are here to give rock'n'roll back its swagger. This is the gospel according to The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion... ...

Girls Against Boys, The Icarus Line, The Von Bondies, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: South By Southwest

Report and Interview by Stevie Chick, Kerrang!, 6 April 2002

Deep in the heart of Texas, the Icarus Line are being lynched by the locals, the dwarves are getting their kits off, and Courtney Love ...

The BellRays: Maximum Rock 'N' Roll

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, Kerrang!, 11 May 2002

Praying for gasoline-fuelled garage punk fired-up with Truth and Attitude? The Bellrays might just be here to save you... ...

Guided By Voices: The Captain Never Fades: Guided By Voices Grows Sweeter with Time

Interview by Stevie Chick, The Stranger, 20 June 2002

ROBERT POLLARD HAS fronted slanted 'n' enchanted prog-punk bubblegum merchants Guided By Voices for two decades, and writing songs, he claims, "since I was eight ...

The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster: Gorllla Warfare

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, Kerrang!, 18 January 2003

The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster were reared on violence, vandalism and far, far too many drugs. Join them in their world of darkness and, er, ...

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Lust For Life

Interview by Stevie Chick, Kerrang!, 20 February 2003

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: sex, desperation and glamour, Big Apple style ...

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Fever To Tell

Review and Interview by Stevie Chick, MOJO, May 2003

IF YOU KNOW of them at all yet, more likely it's via constant, obvious press proclamations of their "cool", than the EP and single's worth ...

The Roots: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, MOJO, June 2003

Philadelphia's venerated hip hop orchestra deliver a joyous lesson in the genre's elastic embrace ...

Amy Winehouse: Frank (Island) ****

Review by Stevie Chick, MOJO, January 2004

Stunning, hilarious debut album from UK soul chanteuse. ...

Mark Lanegan

Interview by Stevie Chick, Loose Lips Sink Ships, February 2004

When was your first time in jail?"I was twelve years old... It was for shoplifting. Shoplifting booze, heh heh heh."Have you always been attracted to ...

The Mars Volta: Siamese Dream

Interview by Stevie Chick, MOJO, March 2004

United in a love of Bjork, Syd Barrett and Lenny Bruce, The Mars Volta's Cedric Bixler and Omar Rodriguez have survived heroin abuse and self-destruction ...

The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players

Interview by Stevie Chick, The Times, March 2004

"STOOSH OVER, DADDY!""I am stooshing! I'm stooshed over as far as I can... I don't have any more room to stoosh!" ...

CocoRosie: The Spitz, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, Plan B, June 2004

I WANT TO BELIEVE in impossible things. I want to believe in true love in a cynical world. I want to believe that, yes, Andy ...

Graham Coxon: Practical Magic

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, Plan B, June 2004

Graham Coxon just wasn't made for these times. It's OK — the fairies are keeping an eye on him. ...

Secret Machines: Altered States: Secret Machines' Narcotic Bliss

Interview by Stevie Chick, The Stranger, 17 June 2004

"THE FIRST TIME you take acid, or have any kind of a psychedelic experience, from that point on you look at the world a little ...

Reigning Sound: Too Much Guitar

Review by Stevie Chick, MOJO, July 2004

Wracked and wonderful Southern rock'n'soul party at Greg Cartwright's garage. ...

The Roots: The Tipping Point (MCA) ***

Review by Stevie Chick, MOJO, August 2004

Philadelphia freedom: A sixth album of adventurous, organic hip hop from the city of brotherly love. By Stevie Chick ...

Guided By Voices, Robert Pollard: Guided By Voices: Half Smiles Of The Decomposed/Robert Pollard: Fiction Man

Review by Stevie Chick, MOJO, September 2004

"THIS IS THE ballad of Guided By Voices," reflected Robert Pollard poignantly on the band's 1996 semi-official bootleg Jellyfish Reflector, introducing 'Don't Stop Now', a ...

The Dirtbombs: The Beach, Brighton

Live Review by Stevie Chick, Plan B, October 2004

ALL WE CAN HEAR is the jackhammer beat, drummers Ben Blackwell and Patrick Pantano pummelling the traps with hypnotic, metronomic klang, cowbell and bass drum ...

Mos Def: The New Danger

Review by Stevie Chick, MOJO, November 2004

THIS ISN'T the same young actor/poet/rapper who stared confidently out from the sleeve of his debut, 1999's Black On Both Sides, scion of the new ...

Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland

Interview by Stevie Chick, Kerrang!, 6 November 2004

THE RIBALD ROCK'N'ROLL spirit of Guns'n'Roses and their ilk has long since evaporated into the smog. Once they owned Sunset, roaring up the strip in ...

Guided By Voices: Fading Captain: Guided by Voices Head Into The Sunset

Interview by Stevie Chick, The Stranger, 11 November 2004

GEARING UP FOR what will be his last tour with the band that won him his unlikely fame, Robert Pollard is in a reflective mood. ...

Nirvana: With The Lights Out (Geffen)

Review by Stevie Chick, The Stranger, 18 November 2004

POSTHUMOUS RELEASES FROM from departed artists often flail to do the impossible – to provide the music so violently and abruptly silenced by, say, Jeff ...

Comets On Fire, Julian Cope: Comets On Fire/Julian Cope: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, Plan B, February 2005

EVEN THOUGH THE rock star's wearing denim jeans, a strong waft of leather-kekkedness has wandered idly to Seats 2 & 3, Row E, Upper Stalls. ...

Nine Inch Nails

Interview by Stevie Chick, Kerrang!, February 2005

FIVE YEARS. It's a long time by most people's standards, but when such a period passes between albums by Nine Inch Nails, the turbulent electro-noir ...

The Mars Volta: Frances The Mute

Review by Stevie Chick, Plan B, February 2005

A thing of gaudy glory and ensnaring riddles that returns all the concentration you invest in it. ...

Dinosaur Jr.: Dinosaur Jr: Diary Of A Mad Band

Retrospective and Interview by Stevie Chick, MOJO, May 2005

Inspired by Sabbath, Hardcore and Oi!, Dinosaur Jr lit the late '80s with their fireball rock. ...

The White Stripes: Get Behind Me Satan

Review by Stevie Chick, Plan B, June 2005

THERE WAS almost a point, deep into Elephant, where you could sense something slipping away from Jack White. ...

Foo Fighters, Nirvana: Dave Grohl

Interview by Stevie Chick, MOJO, July 2005

Grooving on Led Zep, dossing with mud-wrestlers, he joined the "fucking dark" world of Nirvana a goofy naif and left it a rock star. "I ...

Teenage Fanclub: Love In A Cold Climate

Retrospective and Interview by Stevie Chick, MOJO, July 2005

Ladies and gentlemen! Gasp, as Scots prestidigitators the Teenage Fanclub turn base indie guitar slag into romantic pop gold! Gape, as their death-defying story is ...

The White Stripes: Heart of Darkness

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, MOJO, August 2005

Join us for a tale of extraordinary madness as we sail through the Brazilian rainforest deep into the Heart Of Darkness. There we find the ...

The White Stripes: The Truth In Red And White: The White Stripes' Romanticised Reality

Comment by Stevie Chick, The Stranger, 4 August 2005

"I SAW THIS documentary about a classical guitarist," Jack White told me recently. "He was playing Bach and Mozart, these really ridiculously complicated pieces, but ...

Dinosaur Jr: Back From Extinction: Dinosaur Jr And The Annals Of Indie-Rock

Comment by Stevie Chick, The Stranger, 18 August 2005

FUNNY HOW THINGS change. Only a year ago, the idea of Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis and Lou Barlow burying their legendarily blood-splattered hatchet was laughable. ...

cLOUDDEAD: cLOUDDEAD

Review by Stevie Chick, New Musical Express, 12 September 2005

Fresh US hip-hop on a bucolic tip ...

Foo Fighters: "Touring the UK? It Feels Great Every Time!"

Interview by Stevie Chick, Kerrang!, December 2005

2005 HAS BEEN, in the words of guitarist Nate Mendel, 'really fucking chaotic' for the Foo Fighters. First, there was In Your Honour, recorded in ...

Corinne Bailey Rae : Corinne Bailey Rae: Who's That Girl

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, MOJO, June 2006

She's the British R&B sensation who wants to keep it "underground". But can Corinne Bailey Rae convince America's taste-makers without selling her soul? ...

My Morning Jacket: Astoria, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Evening Standard, 25 September 2006

JAMMING IS A justly maligned practice in rock, too often the last refuge of self-indulgent musos running low on inspiration. ...

Bright Eyes: That Vision Thing

Interview by Stevie Chick, MOJO, April 2007

As Bright Eyes he's spent half his 27 years as the boozy Dylan of disaffected youth. On the eve of a new album, Stevie Chick ...

Amerie: Dancefloor dynamite

Retrospective and Interview by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 11 May 2007

SHE STUDIED HARD, likes to stay in — and used to be such a stiff dancer people laughed at her. So how did Amerie become ...

The Breeders: Sister Bliss

Retrospective and Interview by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 14 March 2008

AS GIRLS GROWING UP IN OHIO, Kim and Kelley Deal weren't expected to do anything more musical than shake a tambourine. The duo tell Stevie ...

Death Cab For Cutie: Platinum unknowns

Retrospective and Interview by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 18 April 2008

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE may be the biggest-selling band that nobody recognises — even at their own gigs. Stevie Chick meets them. ...

Howlin Rain — Did the earth move for you?

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 2 May 2008

THE PATRONAGE OF RICK RUBIN is considered a Very Big Deal within the US music industry. Aged 21, in 1984, this white heavy rock fan ...

Metallica: "Why hasn't anyone dethroned us yet?"

Retrospective and Interview by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 5 September 2008

FIVE YEARS AFTER the critical and commercial disaster of St Anger, they're back to save metal — and save themselves in the process. Stevie Chick ...

Fall Out Boy: Chemical Brothers

Interview by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 24 October 2008

Fall Out Boy are the pin-ups of choice for an over-medicated, emo generation. But as election day approaches in the US, the band tell Stevie ...

Madness : One Step Beyond... (30th Anniversary Edition)

Review by Stevie Chick, bbc.co.uk, 2009

The vaudevillian nuttiness of their debut set hasn't diminished over the decades. ...

Sly & the Family Stone: There's a Riot Goin' On

Review by Stevie Chick, bbc.co.uk, 2009

Dark, troubled and brilliant funk from kaleidoscopic soul-rock legends ...

Mastodon: Blood, Sweat and Beards: Mastodon

Interview by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 27 March 2009

IN THE TWO DECADES and change since Metallica's landmark Master of Puppets album debuted, heavy metal has charted an ascendant course, from derided, marginalised and ...

Yo La Tengo: Popular Songs

Review by Stevie Chick, bbc.co.uk, September 2009

While no seismic shift in direction, Popular Songs does find Yo La Tengo on peak form. ...

Q-Tip: Kamaal the Abstract

Review by Stevie Chick, bbc.co.uk, 14 September 2009

Q-Tip's previously-shelved, finally-released second album proves an undiscovered gem. ...

The Low Anthem: The Folk-Rockers Who Sing About Darwin

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 4 February 2010

"I HOPE PEOPLE don't think we're just relics," says Ben Knox Miller, sincerely, dressed in a jacket fashioned from an old burlap flour sack, and ...

Erykah Badu: New Amerykah, Part Two (Return of the Ankh)

Review by Stevie Chick, bbc.co.uk, 30 March 2010

ERYKAH BADU HERSELF has explained that if Return of the Ankh and its predecessor, 2008's sublime New Amerykah: Part One (Fourth World War), were two ...

Lauryn Hill: Whatever happened to Lauryn Hill?

Essay by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 28 May 2010

THE FORMER FUGEE won five Grammys for her chart-topping solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, in 1998. But we are still waiting for the ...

Steve Winwood: Revolutions – The Very Best of Steve Winwood

Review by Stevie Chick, bbc.co.uk, 7 June 2010

Career retrospective for enduring R&B legend, available as no-filler disc or four-CD set. ...

James Chance & the Contortions: James Chance: Twist Your Soul – The Definitive Collection

Review by Stevie Chick, bbc.co.uk, August 2010

Two-disc retrospective of scabrous No Wave figure’s searing jazz-punk contortions. ...

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan: "I Write the Songs; He's the Eye Candy": Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 28 October 2010

IT'S THE CONTRASTS between Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, clearly visible from any seat in the Barbican tonight, that you notice first. Campbell, stage left, ...

Dinosaur Jr.: Where You Been

Review by Stevie Chick, bbc.co.uk, 2011

Laconic, guitar-heavy masterpiece from Dinosaur Jr.'s second-wind. ...

Kurt Vile: So Outta Reach

Review by Stevie Chick, bbc.co.uk, 2011

Stray tracks from slacker-savant singer-songwriter ...

The White Stripes: Detroit's Rock Heroes Remembered

Retrospective by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 5 February 2011

THERE WAS AN outpouring of grief this week when the White Stripes announced they were to split. Stevie Chick explains their magic while photographer Ewen ...

The Beastie Boys: Beastie Boys: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

Review by Stevie Chick, bbc.co.uk, May 2011

The Beasties' seventh LP is catnip for fans of their classic early-'90s output. ...

White Denim: Between Indie Rock and a Hard Place

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 26 May 2011

"WE'VE TALKED ABOUT starting another band and just writing really straightforward, boring pop songs," says White Denim bassist Steve Terebecki, sitting in a London bar. ...

Bad Brains, Minor Threat: Ian Mackaye meets Bad Brains and invents hardcore

Retrospective by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 14 June 2011

NO MERE THREE-CHORD punk dullards, Washington DC's Bad Brains had chops to spare. They'd started as jazz-fusion quintet Mind Power, worshipping at the altar of ...

Crowded House, Pajama Club: Pajama Club: No more Crowded House

Interview by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 25 August 2011

Once their children had left home, Crowded House songwriter Neil Finn and his wife found themselves with too much time on their hands — and ...

My Morning Jacket: "We had to work it out ourselves"

Interview by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 27 October 2011

THEY STARTED out in a barn in Kentucky, and became one of rock's great cult success stories. My Morning Jacket's Jim James talks to Stevie Chick ...

Sun Ra: Space is the Place

Review by Stevie Chick, bbc.co.uk, 2012

Saturnian jazz godhead leaves Earth’s orbit. ...

Guided By Voices: Don't give up the day job

Retrospective and Interview by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 5 January 2012

Riven by addictions and family problems, Guided By Voices' late blooming was a double-edged sword. So why, after 15 years, has the classic lineup reunited? ...

Fela Kuti: Live in Detroit 1986

Review by Stevie Chick, bbc.co.uk, 14 May 2012

Rediscovered concert recording from the king of afrobeat. ...

Kid Koala: 12 Bit Blues

Review by Stevie Chick, bbc.co.uk, September 2012

Canadian turntablist goes to meet the devil down by the crossroads. ...

Matthew E. White: Lexington, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 24 January 2013

"THIS ONE'S a groover," smiles a hirsute, check-shirted Matthew E White, looking like the Kings of Leon's friendly stoner cousin as he leads his five-piece ...

Alicia Keys: The New Priestess Of Soul

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, MOJO, March 2013

Raised in Hell's Kitchen and classically trained, Alicia Keys was a teenage musical misfit who tried her best "to be a boy". Over a decade ...

Brainiac: Bonsai Superstar

Review and Interview by Stevie Chick, MOJO, March 2013

Noticed in the "not so important" tray of rock's celestial dead letter office: the noise-drenched pop genius of Brainiac. ...

Fela Kuti: The Best of the Black President 2

Review by Stevie Chick, bbc.co.uk, March 2013

Cherry-picked cuts from the catalogue of He Who Carries Death In His Pouch. ...

The Breeders: LSXX – Last Splash (20th Anniversary Reissue)

Review by Stevie Chick, MOJO, May 2013

The wild, weird and subterranean pop of their second album proved there was platinum-selling life after the Pixies for the Breeders' Kim Deal. ...

Deerhunter: The Tall Guy

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, MOJO, June 2013

Corrupted from birth by Lou Reed, driven by his own otherness and "music that sounds haunted", Deerhunter's Bradford Cox is the most intense, extraordinary, outspoken ...

The Icarus Line: Slave Vows

Review by Stevie Chick, The Quietus, 1 August 2013

I'VE LEARNED, over two decades and change of really quite serious record listening, that few are the artists who have even one masterpiece inside of ...

The Isley Brothers: 10 Of The Best

Guide by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 7 January 2014

1. 'Shout (Parts 1 & 2)' The Brothers Isley (Kelly, Rudy and Ron) started out singing gospel music before embarking upon a pop career that would ...

Ty Segall: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 13 November 2014

Segall and his band attack these garage-psych nuggets with wild glee, joyriding them like stolen cars. ...

Mastodon: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 30 November 2014

THE FOUR FRONTMEN straddle the divide between their hardcore roots and crossover future with ease. ...

Natalie Prass: The Lexington, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 29 January 2015

DURING A MOMENTARY delay between songs, Nashville singer-songwriter Natalie Prass looks to the audience and, with a genial awkwardness, says: "I feel like I should ...

D'Angelo: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 22 February 2015

HE MAY BE a soulful innovator, but there has always been a strong traditionalism in D'Angelo's music, and he begins tonight by tapping into a ...

BadBadNotGood, Ghostface Killah: Ghostface Killah: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 18 May 2015

Toronto jazz trio BadBadNotGood deliver razor-edge grooves to join the most prolific Wu outside the Clan for a frenetic tour through his back pages ...

Cannibal Ox: Oslo, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 16 July 2015

The New York hip hop duo were at their best as they unleashed the cavernous thunder and pungent rhymes of their classic album The Cold ...

Curtis Mayfield: 10 of the best

Guide by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 5 August 2015

Deploying sweet soul and blistering funk – and pouring his gorgeous, honeyed falsetto over it all – Curtis Mayfield veered between breezy optimism and hard-edged ...

The Icarus Line: Cult heroes

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 6 October 2015

DEATH THREATS, DOOMED ACTS, audience-baiting: the exploits have overshadowed the music at times. But they are still the greatest rock group of the 21st century. ...

Eleanor Friedberger: New View

Review by Stevie Chick, MOJO, February 2016

Former Fiery Furnace goes rad in the country. ...

At the Drive-In: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 28 March 2016

DYNAMISM UNDIMMED by the departure of Jim Ward, the band play punk-rock as a pure adrenaline rush, tempos changing and riffs turning on hairpins. ...

Minnie Riperton: 10 of the best tracks

Guide by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 29 June 2016

She had a five-octave vocal range, inspired Stevie Wonder and gave birth to Maya Rudolph – the tragedy is that this huge musical talent died ...

Michael Kiwanuka: Move on Up

Profile and Interview by Stevie Chick, MOJO, November 2016

Two years ago, in crisis, doubting his worth and dismissed by his own label. Then he started to sing about that uncertainty, and everything changed. ...

At the Drive-In pick up where they left off — sounding like the future

Profile by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 24 February 2017

SEVENTEEN YEARS AFTER THEY SPLIT, At the Drive-In's return brings back hot-footed, high-wire punk that honours their past. ...

Thundercat: Heaven, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 29 March 2017

The prodigious bassist's songs veer between jazz fusion and intimate, soulful pop – augmented live by detours into wild improvisation ...

Anderson .Paak: Forum, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 17 April 2017

.Paak barely pauses for breath in this irresistible sprint through his hard luck/good fortune tracks: this is a man unafraid to break a sweat to ...

The Horrors: Omeara, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 12 July 2017

PREVIEWING THEIR NEW ALBUM V, the gothic hipsters hint at a life beyond the record-nerd crowd, mixing in throbbing electronics to lighter-waving effect. ...

Korn: O2 Academy Brixton, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 24 August 2017

BOMBASTIC, BRUTISH RIFFS and snarling frontman Jonathan Davis combine to deliver authentic thrills of the skull-cracking kind. ...

Mastodon: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 11 December 2017

A triumphant blend of brutal nosebleed thrash, furious prog-style epics and multi-part harmonies exhilarates the hardcore faithful. ...

MGMT: Somerset House, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 10 July 2018

The fake plastic shrubs on stage have more charisma than Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser in this understated, underwhelming set. ...

Hozier: Koko, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 12 September 2018

ONCE A CHORISTER, Andrew Hozier-Byrne ultimately followed in his father's blues footsteps and swapped allegiances to the music that sells its soul to the devil ...

Spiritualized: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 23 September 2018

By turns poignant and defiant, the soulful rock'n'roll wastrel Jason Pierce turns up the feedback and faces down his mortality – flanked by a horn ...

Interpol: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 15 November 2018

WITH WARMTH and emotional heft, the New York band continue their journey towards rock's top tier ...

Van Morrison: The Prophet Speaks

Review by Stevie Chick, Metro, 4 December 2018

NOVEMBER MARKED the 50th anniversary of Van Morrison's masterpiece, Astral Weeks, but for the longest time, the artist formerly known as Van The Man might ...

Van Morrison: The Prophet Speaks (Caroline International)

Review by Stevie Chick, Metro, 4 December 2018

NOVEMBER MARKED the 50th anniversary of Van Morrison's masterpiece, Astral Weeks, but for the longest time, the artist formerly known as Van The Man might ...

The Eagles: Eagles: Wembley Stadium

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 24 June 2019

Their split was so severe that they titled their by-no-means-inevitable 1994 reunion album Hell Freezes Over, but now it seems not even the death of ...

Doves: Somerset House, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 17 July 2019

INITIALLY UNDERCUT by weedy sound, the Mancunian trio become muscular and euphoric in this greatest hits set. ...

The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur: "I didn't want it to be an autopsy": the podcast exploring Biggie and Tupac's murders

Report and Interview by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 7 December 2019

A new series of Slow Burn re-examines the deaths of two of music's biggest stars. "We still haven't had closure," says its host. ...

Idles: A Beautiful Thing – Idles Live At Le Bataclan (Partisan)

Review by Stevie Chick, MOJO, January 2020

Bristol brutalists in concert in Paris. C'est magnifique! ...

These New Puritans: Barbican, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 24 February 2020

THE DUO'S VAST SONIC CANVASES, here expanded with a 16-piece ensemble, are ambitious and cinematic but need focus. ...

Sleater-Kinney: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 27 February 2020

THEY STILL DO PUNK ROCK better than anyone, but the veteran US band have ably stepped into icy electronics, disco and offbeat pop. ...

MF Doom: obituary

Obituary by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 1 January 2021

A hip-hop genius who built his own universe of poetry ...

The Offspring: Platinum pop-punks the Offspring: "We're outcasts among outcasts"

Retrospective and Interview by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 14 April 2021

THEY SCORED A UK NO 1 single and the biggest-selling independent album ever. Thirty-seven years into their career, the California band ponder middle-aged sex — ...

Mark Lanegan defied darkness to become one of his generation's most soulful singers

Obituary by Stevie Chick, The Guardian, 23 February 2022

ONCE PRIMED TO SELF-DESTRUCT, Lanegan found salvation and creative freedom in collaborations that brought out the nuances of his uniquely dignified voice. ...

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