Ben Rackstraw

Ben has written 17 articles for Nouse

On the Up: Simian Mobile Disco

Most of us were screaming ‘Because We. Are. Your Friends’ at the top of our lungs in sweaty indie rooms across the land

Tuning – Brudnell Social Club Leeds – 12/10/07

On tour with the material from their third album Good Arrows, electronic-folksters Tunng will arrive at the fantastically intimate Brudenell Social Club on Thursday

Prinzhorn Dance School – You are the space invader

Despite the name, Prinzhorn Dance School seem to have discovered the virtues of simplicity. You’d think that music so spare…

The Thrills – The Midnight Choir

The Thrills have jumped the sunny Californian ship in favour of “the worst neighbourhood in all of Canada”. The reason being they wanted a more “intimate, reflective,” album this time

Beverley Knight – Queen of Starting Over

Beverley Knight! She’s always seemed a bit like a nice leather armchair to me, great quality but been around for…

Mark ronson ft. Amy Winehous – Valerie

Continuing his attempt at world domination that began with being a white man making a successful hip hop song (2003’s ‘Ooh Wee’) and now involves remixing Bob Dylan

On the up: One night only

There are moments in everybody’s life where the feeling of advancing age strikes suddenly. A crippling descent into a dark world of terror and mortality, it is most commonly triggered by the realization that somebody younger than you is excelling in a deeply enviable position, an 18-year-old player being picked to play football for England, for instance, or somebody sailing solo around the world

A good face for radio

Steve Lamacq’s Radio 1 show was essential listening for a generation of music fans. Ben Rackstraw chats to his childhood hero

On The Up: The Young Knives

As I speak to The Young Knives, the threesome behind last year’s indie-punk smash The Voices of Animals and Men, they are preparing for their last gig on British soil before heading across the Atlantic for a series of dates in America. “In theory,” says House of Lords, bassist and brother of lead singer Henry Dartnall, “but we’re having a bit of trouble with our American visas.”

Singles Reviews

This edition we review singles by Six Nation State, Bondo Do Role, Gisli, Deftones and Archie Bronson Outfit

The Sounds

★★★☆☆

Album:
Dying to say I told you so
Out: 21/03/07

Singles Reviews

Band: union of knives
Single: evil has never

Does the world need more indie bands trying to make dance music? “Genres are so irrelevant!” I hear you scream from your oh-so-cool discotheque. Well then, here’s some more indie with synths and a house beat