Derek Robertson

Sonar 2012: Day One

Bolan-esque platforms, neon hotpants, black-mesh tank tops and oversized gold jewellery.

Primavera Sound 2012: Day Three

Such is the Mediterranean schedule you can sleep late, have a three-hour lunch, do a spot of sightseeing and still catch the first few bands of the evening.

Primavera Sound: Day Two

Fittingly for such a festival, it's also a reminder that, shorn of the buzz and the hype, the cool shoes and the Oliver Peoples glasses, the only thing that really matters is the music.

Primavera Sound 2012: Day One

Barcelona's Primavera Sound marks the start of Europe's festival season proper, an urban, and urbane, soirée by the sea.

2:54 - 2:54

It’s sultry, it’s mischievous, and it’s damn near magnificent.

On Second Thoughts: Blur vs. Oasis - Who Really Won The Britpop War?

A titanic tussle of two giants duking it out to be rightfully hailed as the biggest, and best, in the land.

Goodnight And I Wish - Goodnight And I Wish

It hits the target more than it misses and deserves recognition for the quality of the writing on display.

Designer Labels: Fierce Panda

Derek Robertson declares, God bless the good ship Panda and all who sail in her.""

Deer Tick, La [2], Sala Apolo, Barcelona

Together, they have the tools but neither the know-how or, increasingly, the tunes.

Sónar Festival Announces New Additions

New Order, James Murphy, The 2 Bears and more added to Europe's premier festival of advanced music and new media.

Hatcham Social - About Girls

An altogether perkier, punchier collection than their debut.

Fierce Panda Announce Special 18th Birthday Show

Dingus Khan, Younghusband, and Hatcham Social set to play at one-off gig in celebration of acclaimed indie label.

Willis Earl Beal - Acousmatic Sorcery

A brave statement from an artist totally unencumbered by typical restrictions.

We Have Band - Ternion

They promised a great leap forward, and this isn’t it.

Stand Up Against Heart Crime, Sala Razzmatazz, Barcelona

What a difference a year makes. 52 little weeks.

The Rapture, Sala Razzmatazz, Barcelona

Our heroes are back, in person, on stage, ready to entertain.

On Second Thoughts: Was There Gold At The End Of In Rainbows?

Derek Robertson takes another look at Radiohead's innovative release method for 'In Rainbows'.

Milk Maid: ‘I Am Actually Getting To Enjoy Singing…’

We caught up with Martin Cohen on his first foreign venture.

Milk Maid, Sala Sidecar, Barcelona

Cohen and his cohorts are clearly going places.

John Grant: A Life Less Ordinary

Derek Robertson spends a convivial half hour discussing his hopes and fears for his new album, equality and progress, and why forgiveness is essential to moving on.

Wye Oak, Sala Sidecar, Barcelona

All in all, it’s a beguiling spectacle.

Primavera Club, Barcelona, Saturday 26th November 2011

iI’s dancing that’s on everyone’s mind.

Primavera Club, Barcelona, Friday 25th November 2011

A gloriously refreshing dip in an indie-pop ocean.

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