James Smith

Arctic Monkeys return to their roots in Sheffield

Walking through chilly Central Sheffield with my Warwick chum George, it struck me how well Arctic Monkeys’ early music – especially their now-legendary first album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not – suited their native town. This is the cold, smoky Sheffield of trackie bottoms, nights out,...
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Posted Oct. 23, 2018

Miles Kane is phenomenal at Kasbah

Miles Kane makes very good music. On a dreary day in May, I found myself in Coventry’s Kasbah to hear him play. I had always thought that most of Miles Kane’s fans had found him through The Last Shadow Puppets, a supergroup he formed with Alex Turner in 2007; his...
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Posted Jun. 19, 2018