Original non-pirate material

At last, The Middle East has its own equivalent of iTunes. Recently, a musician was making a personal appearance at a Dubai Virgin Megastore and a young girl went up and handed over a piece of paper to be signed. “Don’t you have a CD you want signing?” the musician asked. “No, I don’t need…

The cat in the hat

This month, Saul ‘Slash’ Hudson will play in the UAE with the band Velvet Revolver. He’s not only the most recognisable guitarist on earth, but one who’s written some of the best and most memorable riffs since the Rolling Stones stopped being any good. He spoke to Time Out about cheating death, not being let…

MTV Arabia

MTV Arabia launches this week and the 60th MTV channel could be the most influential since the original launched 26 years ago. Time Out spoke to those in charge about beginnings, censorship, and cleaning up hip hop. Words Matt Pomroy MTV is now older than most of the people who currently watch it. It was…

Paperlung

After seven years away, former Boo Radleys singer Sice has come in from the wilderness and formed a new band, Paperlung. He spoke to Time Out about the new venture and why the end of The Boo Radleys was a relief… [For Time Out magazine. April 2006] Why were you away so long? What were…

Gig review: The Bluetones

It seems appropriate that the first night of a 50-date crusade-of-a-tour should begin in a church. The Colchester Arts Centre was once a place of worship, and along with the wooden rafters and crumbling columns, there are still dedications to the dead on the walls. But this is no longer a tomb to those who’ve…