Paul Weller

Merrymouth and the Food of Love

Jason Holmes | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Merrymouth's follow-up LP, Wenlock Hill, will be released on 5 May with Simon singing and writing, backed up by Dan Sealey of Ocean Colour Scene, Adam Barry and a host of distinguished collaborators.

Reality Check With Paul Weller

Jason Holmes | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Paul Weller cuts a lithe figure in a black crew neck sweater and dove grey slacks that ride a couple of inches off the ground. His round-toed calfskin Chelsea boots gleam under the lights. A flashgun snaps at his every move as his gimlet eye rakes the clothes rack that lines the far wall of the West End showroom.

Begin Again With the Merrylees

Jason Holmes | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

With eclectic tastes that include folk, soul and funk and everything in between, they're a dynamic band whose forthcoming single Forever More is produced by Richard Hawley, while their debut single For You was produced by Bill Ryder-Jones.

Steve Cradock: Life at the Sharp End

Jason Holmes | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

We're lost in the crowd in the neon-soaked hotel bar down the road from the Shepherd's Bush Empire, and Steve Cradock has flown in under the radar, perhaps his parka the only give away of who he is.

Gig Exclusive: Trio Valore Tears Up the Rule Book in Milan

Jason Holmes | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

It is here in Milan, far north in the Bel Paese [Italy, the "beautiful country"], that a cultural pragmatism has attracted those of a more refined musical streak. And it is at Biko, a club not far from the throng of the city centre, that Trio Valore has convened to play to a Milanese crowd intent on devouring live music as would they their mammas' pasta e fagioli. It's a crowd of stylists who want to dance, and they do.

Tale of the Tape: George Dyer, Tailor, One of South London's Finest

Jason Holmes | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jason Holmes

Nip around the corner from the Elephant & Castle and walk on farther south where the air's a little calmer, and before you know it, you'll have arrived at the Threadneedleman, an unassuming shop caught in the crook of the road's arm.

Aziz Ibrahim: Keeping the Faith After the Stone Roses

Jason Holmes | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Longsight M13. It's an area of Manchester immortalised by the Ian Brown song co-written by Aziz Ibrahim. It has taken us 15 minutes to drive here from Manchester's Piccadilly Station where Aziz collected me after the journey up from Euston. ..

Dr Robert of The Blow Monkeys: A New and Better Man

Jason Holmes | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

The uncontrollable forelock of hair is still there, but time has remade Dr Robert. Today, as the frontman of The Blow Monkeys, he is older, wiser, and when he speaks he's quick to laugh. But when he listens, it's with a quiet focus.

Picking Up Sticks: Tony Coote of the Steve Cradock Band

Jason Holmes | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

This is Frith Street. Tony Coote sits cocooned is his chair, words flowing between drags on his Camel Light.

Mod: the Elusive British Dream

Jason Holmes | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK
Jason Holmes

'No political or cultural figurehead has ever come up with the phrase "a British dream", so Mod appeals to me politically because it's the closest we've ever come to having an American Dream.' So says Richard Weight, author of Mod: A Very British Style.

Damon Minchella: A Bass Player With His Finger On the Pulse

Jason Holmes | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Minchella learned the business the hard way - perhaps the best way - on the pub circuit, playing professionally for the first time in 1987, two years before the golden break with Ocean Colour Scene.

Little Barrie: An Unholy Trinity of Rock in Camden Town

Jason Holmes | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

As The Beatles' 'Tomorrow Never Knows' fades out over the PA, the feedback groan of Barrie Cadogan's Gibson splits the air, a white umbilical guitar lead coiling obscenely into the amp. Five minutes into the gig and the band has put a grip on a crowd who twist with delight in the dark womb of the club.

Welcome Pariah: Riding the Rock'n'Roll Wave on the South Coast

Jason Holmes | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

They're propping up the bar at The Blue Posts on Berwick Street in Soho, a duo enmeshed in a knockabout conversation about the politics of music.

Mark Powell: It's All in the Footwork

Jason Holmes | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK Style
Jason Holmes

The shop at 2 Marshall Street in Soho is something of an Aladdin's Cave, the headless mannequins in the window the sharpest-dressed sentries you'll fi...

'Your Move, Israel And Palestine'

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Entertainment

Their Britpop rivalry was legendary, but Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn have put their musical differences aside to perform together in aid of a canc...

Michael Smiley: Making the Case for More Laughter Than Tears

Jason Holmes | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Comedy
Jason Holmes

He's a strange brew, at once funny, then turning on a dime, as serious as a prophet. Born in Belfast in 1963, Michael Smiley grew up in a cultural atmosphere which fed his ire, and ultimately, his humour.

In Conversation With a Young Disciple: Femi Williams

Jason Holmes | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

It has been 22 years since the release of the landmark album Road To Freedom. Jason Holmes speaks to Femi Williams (aka Femi Fem), one third of The Young Disciples, about how the record came into existence.

Wiggins Swapping The Bicycle For The Tour Bus?

WENN | Posted 14.03.2013 | Home

Bradley Wiggins is living up to his Mod image by recording with his hero Paul Weller on the new single by The Jam. The cyclist had a memorable 2012...

Let the Melody Ring On: Musical Faces to Watch Out For in 2013

Jason Holmes | Posted 09.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

A love of live music pervades the club, rather than the sweaty media ambition of the mainstream, whose godheads can be identified as the millionaire prefab boy bands who some of us have learned to avoid.

The Jam - Album Box Set

David Spencer | Posted 23.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
David Spencer

It's a chance to listen to the remarkable progression from 1977 to 1982 over six increasingly impressive albums.

Paul Weller, Miles Kane and Emili Sandé Raised the Roof and Money for Crisis at the Hammersmith Apollo

Jason Holmes | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Before the band departed, their fists raised, Weller barked "Thanks for coming for such a great cause on such a piss poor night! Give yourselves a round of applause!" So we did.

Mark Powell: A Style Visionary

Jason Holmes | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Style
Jason Holmes

Mark Powell pushes back his hat and relaxes into his armchair, a pair of handsome new specs upon his nose. 'I'm still cutting edge, moving forward, and I've also got the back-up of a great history,' he tells me.

Sam Gray: Dig The New Breed

Jason Holmes | Posted 13.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

It's tough getting through the throng of women. It's Friday night and Sam Gray's set has just ended. Sweat is pearling on his brow. He bows and steps from the stage. The four other band members lay down their instruments and grin at each other.

Paul Weller Interview: One Man's Gift

Jason Holmes | Posted 23.01.2014 | Home
Jason Holmes

Fresh back from a short tour of the US and Japan, Paul Weller talks about the 30th anniversary of The Jam's sixth and final studio album, The Gift, and where he's at right now.

Paolo Hewitt: Message In The Music

Jason Holmes | Posted 23.12.2012 | Home
Jason Holmes

Though identifiable as a music writer, Paolo is also very much a social historian. 'The thing about the internet these days, and home recording, is that music has become so much more accessible, but to be honest with you, I can't keep up with it all.'