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Kurt Vile spearheads a new track-bytrack tribute to The Velvet Underground & Nico: “It was powerful as hell”
“I’ve stuck to my guns”
One Dove singer Dot Allison is back with a dreamy, folky new album – her first in 12 years
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African Spaces  MATSULI MUSIC
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Three more albums from the collective
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PRINCE
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Nonesuch
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Masthead
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Scrawling King Snake
Marking 50 years since Jim Morrison’s death, a new compendium of his writing contains previously unseen lyrics, poems and diaries
Instant Karma
Whole lotta sleeve
Rock lensman Ross Halfin unveils his new book of weird, wonderful and not always strictly official Led Zeppelin artwork
A QUICK ONE
Down the road he goes! In shops now
Cedric Burnside
Hill Country blues scion, soulfully updating the form
UNCUT PLAYLIST
On the stereo this month
Diamonds & Pearls
15 tracks of the month’s best new music
Global superstardom? It’s exhausting!
AN AUDIENCE WITH TRACEY THORN
New Albums
FAYE WEBSTER I Know I’m Funny haha SECRETLY CANADIAN
THE UNCUT GUIDE TO THIS MONTH’S KEY RELEASES
ANOTHER COUNTRY
How Webster learnt the rules to break them
Faye Webster on her favourite guitar, fake fadeouts and the beauty of Atlanta
Q&A “I’m so inspired by Southern music”: Webster
JOHN GRANT
Boy From Michigan  BELLA UNION  8/10
Q&A
John Grant on Jean-Michel Jarre , the CS80, and the perils of toxic masculinity
AtoZ
This month…
FATIMA AL QADIRI
Medieval Femme  HYPERDUB  8/10
ANTONIS ANTONIOU
Kkismettin AJABU! 8 /10
BLK JKS
Abantu/ Before Humans  GLITTERBEAT  8/10
Q&A
Mpumelelo Mcata on stolen songs and returning to nature
VINCENT NEIL EMERSON
Vincent Neil Emerson  LA HONDA/THIRTY TIGERS 8/10
AMERICANA ROUND-UP
It’s been 12 years since we’ve heard anything
BAND OF HOLY JOY
Dreams Take Flight TINY GLOBAL  7/10
LOU BARLOW
Reason To Live JOYFUL NOISE   7/10
BIRDS OF MAYA
Valdez DRAG CITY  7/10
BLUE ORCHIDS
Speed The Day  TINY GLOBAL PRODUCTIONS  8/10 
THE CATENARY WIRES
Birling Gap  SKEP WAX  8/10
CHEVAL SOMBRE
Days Go By  SONIC CATHEDRAL  8/10
CROWDED HOUSE
Dreamers Are Waiting EMI  6/10 
THE DATSUNS
Eye To Eye HELLSQUAD  7/10
KAMEL EL HARRACHI
Nouara KAMIYAD  7/10
BIRDS OF MAYA
REVELATIONS
DANNY ELFMAN
Big Mess NTI  4/10
CHRIS FORSYTH & THE SOLAR MOTEL BAND
Rare Dreams: Solar Live 2.27.18  ALGORITHM FREE  7/10
DAVID JOHN MORRIS
Monastic Love Songs  HINTERGROUND  8/10
CHLOE FOY
Where Shall We Begin  CHLOEFOYMUSIC  7/10 
GARBAGE
No Gods No Masters  STUNVOLUME  7/10
GRAVE FLOWERS BONGO BAND
Stength Of Spring  CASTLEFACE  8/10
JULIANA HATFIELD
Blood AMERICANLAUNDROMAT  7/10 
HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER
Quietly Blowing It MERGE  8/10
CHRISSIE HYNDE
Standing In The Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan BMG  6/10 
JAMES
All The Colours Of You  VIRGINMUSICLABEL &ARTISTSERVICES  7/10
LORAINE JAMES
Reflection  HYPERDUB  8/10
JAPANESE BREAKFAST
Jubilee DEADOCEANS  7/10
LUCY DACUS
Home Video  MATADOR  8/10
BANDCAMP ROUND­UP
Looking back on some of the finest online releases this year
LAMBCHOP
Showtunes  CITY SLANG  8/10
LONELADY
Former Things  WARP  9/10
LORD HURON
Long Lost  WHISPERING PINES STUDIO INC/REPUBLIC  8/10
LONELADY
Julie Campbell “Childhood wonder is a big obsession”
LOSCIL
Clara KRANKY  9/10
GARY LOURIS
Jump for Joy THIRTY TIGERS  7/10
FRANCIS LUNG
Miracle MEMPHIS INDUSTRIES  8/10
BILLIE MARTEN
Flora Fauna FICTION  8/10
MIND MAINTENANCE
Mind Maintenance DRAG CITY  7/10
MOBY
Reprise DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON  7/10
MARIA MULDAUR WITH TUBA SKINNY
Let’s Get Happy Together  STONY PLAIN  7/10
GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW
VWETO III  FORESEENENTERTAINMENT/EPISTROPHIKPEACHSOUND  5/10
BILLYF GIBBONS
Hardware CONCORD  7/10
JOANA SERRAT
The songwriter’s path to “an album of exile”
NADJA
Luminous Rot SOUTHERNLORD  6/10
THE NATVRAL
Tethers KANINE  8/10
GARY NUMAN
Intruder BMG  6/10
LIZ PHAIR
Soberish CHRYSALIS  7/10 
ROSE CITY BAND
Earth Trip THRILLJOCKEY  8/10
ROSTAM
Changephobia MATSORPROJECTS  7/10
JOHANNA SAMUELS
Excelsior!  BASINROCK  8/10
SEDIBUS
The Heavens ORBSCURE  6/10 
SPELLLING
The Turning Wheel PICCADILLY  7/10
SUFJAN STEVENS
Convocations ASTHMATIC KITTY  8/10
PENELOPE TRAPPES
Penelope Three HOUNDSTOOTH  8/10
TREES SPEAK
Post-Human SOUL JAZZ  7/10 
TRISTEN
Aquatic Flowers  MAMA BIRD RECORDING CO  8/10
ROSIE TUCKER
Sucker Supreme EPITAPH  8/10
JUAN WAUTERS
Real Life Situations CAPTURED TRACKS  6/10
SVEN WUNDER
Natura Morta PIANO PIANO  7/10
Q&A
Anthony Joseph on poetry, jazz and “the mystery note”
ANTHONY JOSEPH
The Rich Are Only Defeated When Running For Their  Lives HEAVENLY SWEETNESS  8/10
DAMIEN JURADO
The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania  MARAQUOPA  8/10 
KASAI ALLSTARS
Black Ants Always Fly Together, One Bangle Makes No Sound CRAMMED  7/10
JOANA SERRAT
Hardcore From The Heart  LOOSE  9/10
Archive
JONI MITCHELL
The Joni Mitchell Archive Series: The Reprise Albums (1968–1971)  RHINO  10/10
BLACK SABBATH
Sabotage: Super Deluxe Edition BMG 8/10 Metal progenitors’
THE YARDBIRDS
Yardbirds  DEMON MUSIC GROUP  8/10
Q&A
Paul Samwell-Smith: “You could unleash Jeff” You made
REVELATIONS
CHRIS CARTER 
REDISCOVERED
Uncovering the underrated and overlooked
THE SPECIALIST
Hailu Mergia (second left) with The Walias Band
Liz Phair
GIRLY SOUND FOREVER
After an 11-year absence, LIZ PHAIR has returned to reclaim her title of fearless songwriting superstar. But how has a song about Lou Reed, a country-rap crossover hit and her own trailblazing debut helped prepare her to re-enter the fray?  “I’ve had to pick myself up from being dead many times,” she tells Erin Osmon
“LOOK AT MY TWITTER”
A Phair selection of female artists
Bobby Gillespie
“Where does this rage come from, this suspicious nature, this anger, this cynicism?”
BOBBY GILLESPIE has been taking stock recently. Primal Scream’s inveterate rabble-rouser has written a memoir about his early life and recorded an album of heartworn duets inspired by the country greats. He’s even – finally – come to terms with his early records. But where is all this soul-searching heading? “People want us to take their heads off,” he tells Michael Bonner.  “But I don’t know if that’s the kind of music I want to keep on making.”
“A CERTAIN LIGHTNESS”
Jehnny Beth on “loss and regret”. And laughter…
HELP ME MAKE IT…
Let Bobby Gillespie guide you through his favourite country duets
Prince
WELCOME 2 HIS WORLD
For decades, PRINCE’s vaults have been rock’n’roll’s own
“HE HAD NO FEAR”
Secret origins revealed ! Early mentor PEPÉ WILLIE recalls Prince’s entry into the Minneapolis scene , his first forays into recording and his formidable skills on the basketball court 
“HE LET US DO OUR OWN THING”
In July 1979, Prince spent two weeks in Boulder, Colorado, recording with his touring band. They called themselves THE REBELS – and their recordings with Prince have never officially been released. Guitarist DEZ DICKERSON tells all 
INSIDE THE VAULT
To celebrate the imminent arrival of WELCOME 2 AMERICA – 11 years late! – Uncut takes a fascinating trip inside Prince’s archives. Our mission? To piece together some of rock’n’roll’s most legendary lost albums…
PAISLEY PARKED
Five Prince film projects that never saw the dawn 
WELCOME 2 AMERICA (2010)
© THE PRINCE ESTATE - PHOTO CREDIT MIKE
“IT GOT VERY HOWARD HUGHES-ISH...”
Vanity label? Safe harbour for veteran heroes? Hit machine? PAISLEY PARK RECORDS was intended to be all of these things. So what happened?  Label manager Alan Leeds tells all...”
INTRODUCING THE MARX BROTHERS PROJECT
PARADE is among Prince’s most successful and groundbreaking albums. But it could have been a completely different record. Here, then, is the true story of “CHARADE”…
“HOW D’YOU LIKE MY CRIB?”
On May 5, 2006, Prince’s biographer MATT THORNE attended one of the legendary 3121 private gigs in his LA mansion. Here’s his report. Dress to impress, please 
“THE GREATEST SHOWS PEOPLE HAD EVER SEEN… ”
£10 tickets. Hot chocolate for 2,000. Epic table tennis tournaments. In February 2014, PRINCE performed seven guerrilla gigs across London and Manchester. His English manager and members of 3RDEYEGIRL take us deep inside the legendary HIT AND RUN tour
THE DAY I INTERVIEWED PRINCE…
BBC 6 Music presenter MATT EVERITT on a rare audience with Prince as the Hit And Run Tour got underway 
DUKE! JONI! THE SUNDAYS!
Prince ’s record collection revealed
Lambchop
MR CONCEPT UALIST
The pandemic has brought back into focus the qualities that inspired KURT WAGNER to make music in the first place. But as a new album ushers in yet another new era for LAMBCHOP, there’s no danger of him dwelling on his many former glories.  “Hopefully, I can live up to the future,” he tells Tom Pinnock   
THE FINEST LAMB…
How to buy the band’s last decade
Ann Peebles
I Can’t Stand The Rain
Bad weather nixes a night out in Memphis, inspiring the title of a distinctive, much-covered R&B hit. “Thank the Lord for that storm!”
Jackson Browne
An Inconvenient Truth
From Greenwich Village to LA’s Troubadour and beyond, JACKSON BROWNE has always written songs about love, hope and defiance – but with his new album Downhill From Everywhere these themes have taken on a bold, new urgency. “I’ve always been connected with people who are trying to make things better,” he tells Rob Hughes
“HE’S ALWAYS BEEN COMMITTED”
Drummer Russ Kunkel on Browne - “a kindred spirit for life”   
Gary Bartz
Gary Bartz
From The Jazz Messengers to Maisha, a lifelong sax explorer tells his story
ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS
SOUL FINGER  LIMELIGHT, 1965
MAX ROACH
MEMBERS, DON’T GIT WEARY  ATLANTIC, 1968
GARY BARTZ
ANOTHER EARTH  MILESTONE, 1969
MILES DAVIS
LIVE-EVIL  COLUMBIA, 1971
GARY BARTZ NTU TROOP
HARLEM BUSH MUSIC – UHURU  MILESTONE, 1971
GARY BARTZ
MUSIC IS MY SANCTUARY  CAPITOL, 1977
GARY BARTZ
THE BLUES CHRONICLES: TALES OF LIFE  ATLANTIC, 1996
GARY BARTZ & MAISHA
NIGHT DREAMER DIRECT-TO-DISC SESSIONS  NIGHT DREAMER, 2020
GARY BARTZ, ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD & ADRIAN YOUNGE
JAZZ IS DEAD 006  JAZZ IS DEAD, 2021
George Harrison
“THE QUIET ONE? HE WASN’T QUIET AT ALL…”
GEORGE HARRISON was a “cocky little boy” of 17 when he met Klaus Voormann during The Beatles’ formative residencies in Hamburg. They remained close confidants and Voormann enjoyed a ringside seat – as friend, flatmate and collaborator – during the Fabs’ imperial phase and, later, Harrison’s own blossoming solo career. Graeme Thomson listens as Voormann recalls tales involving fish finger diets, late-night phone calls from “Herr Schnitzel” and the making of George’s very own masterpiece... 
FAB GEAR
Three classic Voormann performances with the solo Beatles
Lives
TAME IMPALA
Wave House, Yallingup, Australia, April 21
MOSES BOYD
Barbican, London, April 18
Books
BOOKS
KEEN to show that Buzzcocks had not lost
Films
FILMS
Bovine larceny in 1820s Oregon; Ben Wheatley’s return to folk-horror roots; it’s a pig’s life and more…
ALSO OUT...
Billie Piper in Rare Beasts RARE BEASTS OPENS
DVD, Blu-ray and TV
1971: THE YEAR THAT MUSIC CHANGED EVERYTHING
APPLE TV+  7/10
Obituaries
Not Fade Away
Fondly remembered this month…
Letters...
FEEDBACK
DYLAN REVISITED REVISITED Super tribute article in the
My Life in Music
Alex Paterson
The Orb mainstay details his favourite aural adventures: “You’ll see the true light of this music in the 22nd or 23rd centuries…”