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September 5, 2006


Harp lists some of today's up-and-coming rock bands.

Looking around, Harp sees a bumper crop of rock bands flying the flag for classic big rock sounds—in teeny little clubs. For a while, we wanted to look straight up the ass of the phenomenon, analyze why these bands are doing what they do? Is it backlash? Retro affectation? A deep but idealistic nostalgic impetus? There might be a bit of that informing the collective ethos of Bad Wizard, Wolfmother, Diamond Nights and a host of other bands we’re gonna help hip you to. But the one thing they all agree on is that whatever you wanna call this music—hard rock, butt rock, classic rock, cock rock, arena rock—it all comes down to one thing: the songs.

Stylus profiles the shortlisted nominees for tonight's Mercury music prize.

In Esquire, Chuck Klosterman lists "three things you already know about James Bond."

Singer-songwriter Isobel Campbell talks to Drowned in Sound about her Mercury prize chances.

“I’ve been so used to being the kid outside the sweetie shop with my nose pressed against the glass for so long that it felt quite funny to be publicly recognised for my work,” says the singer of her nomination. “Although it does seem like I have been working hard and paying my dues over the last few years and it feels to me that the timing is right.”

Asthmatic Kitty will release a Sufjan Stevens Christmas box set.

The box set (titled “Songs for Christmas”) will be chock full of surprises, including the following novelty items (if you don’t mind us ruining the surprise):

• Five individually packaged CD EPs!
• Five Christmas stickers!
• Extensive liner notes and short stories by Sufjan Stevens!
• An original Christmas essay by Rick Moody!
• An animated music video and comic strip by Tom Eaton!
• A Christmas Songbook with lyric sheets and chord charts--so you can sing along too!
• An original Christmas Family Portrait painting of Santa Sufjan (with wife and kids!) by Jacques Bredy!

Glasgow's Evening Times reviews the city's Indian Summer music festival.

The Times Online points at the holes in Universal's Spiral Frog free music download service.

Guy Kewney of, a technology website, is unimpressed. He said: “It seems to me that this is just a way for Universal to get more publicity for its music, while gaining a captive audience for its advertisements. I don’t really see how it’s any different to visiting an internet radio station request show and recording music free of charge that way — apart from that the tracks self-destruct after a relatively short time.”

According to LSE, Harry Potter's Lord Voldemort was voted the top literary villain in a poll of British children.

1.Lord Voldemort Harry Potter series JK Rowling
2.Sauron The Lord of the Rings Trilogy JRR Tolkien
3.Mrs Coulter His Dark Materials Sequence Philip Pullman
4.Lex Luthor Superman Graphic novels DC Comics
5.The Joker Batman Graphic novels DC Comics
6.Count Olaf A Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket
7.The Other Mother Coraline Neil Gaiman
8.The White Witch The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe CS Lewis
9.Dracula Dracula Bram Stoker
10.Artemis Fowl Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer


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