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  • 10 Years of LCD Soundsystem

    10 Years of LCD Soundsystem

    by Lyle Bignon, 26 January 2015

    At their peak, Murphy and a crack team of touring musicians delivered an electrifying experience live; a clutter of strobes, beats, layers of synths and innovative percussion. On record, LCD captured the essence of the flourishing NYC dance-rock scene that thousands of artists and bands between Brooklyn and Brighton looked to emulate and be part of. [read more]

  • In celebration of CrazySexyCool by TLC

    In celebration of CrazySexyCool by TLC

    by Lyle Bignon, 14 November 2014

    1994 was a big year for music.... however, the real success story belonged to the all-female soulful hip-hop and new jack swing trio TLC, formed in Atlanta, Georgia four years prior. Lyle Bignon discusses CrazySexyCool ahead of it turning 20. [read more]

  • Foxygen interviewed: "Blink-182 are one of the reasons I started playing guitar."

    Foxygen interviewed: "Blink-182 are one of the reasons I started playing guitar."

    by Lyle Bignon, 30 October 2014

    Jonathan Rado sounds pretty tired when I reach him in Brooklyn. Foxygen played the Music Hall of Williamsburg on North 6th Street the night before; after the gig they went on to DJ at another venue in the neighbourhood. [read more]

  • 5 Of The Best With Kaytranada

    5 Of The Best With Kaytranada

    by Lyle Bignon, 26 September 2014

    22 years old and making waves across the world with remixes spanning Janet Jackson to Tensnake, self-produced releases, live shows on three continents and production credits: The 405, meet Kaytranada. [read more]

  • FKA Twigs, East India Youth, Future Islands nominated for AIM Independent Music Awards

    FKA Twigs, East India Youth, Future Islands nominated for AIM Independent Music Awards

    by Lyle Bignon, 13 August 2014

    The nominations for the this year's AIM Independent Music Awards have been unveiled. [read more]

  • The Essential KRS-One Playlist

    The Essential KRS-One Playlist

    by Lyle Bignon, 04 July 2014

    KRS-One, close to turning 50, is still making good music, still very much a force to be reckoned with and an absolute live representation of hip-hop's original spirit and message. Just ask Nas. [read more]

  • 405's Lyle Bignon takes the Harkive challenge

    405's Lyle Bignon takes the Harkive challenge

    by Lyle Bignon, 08 July 2013

    Being a home taping, Chart Show watching, music magazine subscribing child of the 1980s, I've had relationships with a fair few music formats in my life to date. [read more]

  • The 405 meets Deap Vally

    The 405 meets Deap Vally

    by Lyle Bignon, 04 July 2013

    Scuzzy garage/glam guitar and drums - check. 80s dress code - check. Tours with major rock artists - check. Friends in other bands including The Horrors and Haim - check. Born out of a love of crocheting - chec…wait, what? [read more]

  • Remembered: Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch

    Remembered: Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch

    by Lyle Bignon, 04 May 2013

    Yesterday, New York Parks & Recreation opened the Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn Heights, on the same site that the musician, producer, humanitarian and MC used to play as a child. [read more]

  • Staff Selection: Edition 6 (Lyle Bignon)

    Staff Selection: Edition 6 (Lyle Bignon)

    by Lyle Bignon, 03 May 2013

    Hello. You look hot today. I'm Lyle, I live in Birmingham. During the day, I pester music and news journos, look for pictures of dogs playing guitars to tweet about and write about artists, events and suchlike for two awesome music venues in the city. [read more]

  • Outrun: The 405 meets Kavinsky

    Outrun: The 405 meets Kavinsky

    by Lyle Bignon, 27 February 2013

    'This new Kavinsky track makes me want to fight crime' tweeted a fan a few weeks back, perhaps referring to the single 'Protovision', released in early February ahead of first full-length album Outrun. It's the kind of track that you'd listen to whilst driving a tank with a Ferrari engine under the bonnet through the walls of buildings, should you ever get the chance. [read more]

  • Exposure: Thrupence

    Exposure: Thrupence

    by Lyle Bignon, 14 January 2013

    Exposure is our scrapbook of our favourite new bands. Today's exposure features Melbourne based Ambient Electronic artist Thrupence [read more]

  • Supersonic Festival 2012 // The 405 Preview

    Supersonic Festival 2012 // The 405 Preview

    by Lyle Bignon, 18 October 2012

    Lyle Bignon looks at one of the best Autumn festivals, happening this weekend in Birmingham [read more]

  • Format Wars // The 405 meets Mr Scruff

    Format Wars // The 405 meets Mr Scruff

    by Lyle Bignon, 14 February 2012

    2012 is looking rosy for Andy Carthy, aka Mr Scruff, British DJ, beatmaker, artist and tea propagandist - returning to base camp after a month of gigs in Switzerland and France, the Ninja Tune veteran has artwork and studio stuff to take care of before heading off on a stretch of UK and Ireland dates, plus his first festival set of the year at Snowbombing in April. [read more]

  • Label Profile // Front & Follow

    Label Profile // Front & Follow

    by Lyle Bignon, 31 October 2011

    Ex-20th Century Records president Russ Regan, the man responsible for launching the careers of the Beach Boys, Elton John and Barry White amongst others, once said "I think anyone with less than 10 years experience in this business starting his own label is looking to create a disaster." [read more]

  • Speech Fewapy // Label Profile

    Speech Fewapy // Label Profile

    by Lyle Bignon, 16 June 2011

    In their own words, Speech Fewapy was founded so the members of four-piece band The Traps and brains behind the Birmingham based record and clothing label could "release their own EPs without the added constraints of external pressures forced upon them by music industry types or by God himself." [read more]

  • Little Scream // The 405 Interview

    Little Scream // The 405 Interview

    by Lyle Bignon, 12 April 2011

    The Golden Record, named after a playable collection of Earth related sounds and samples stored on the Voyager spacecrafts, is the debut album by Canadian vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Little Scream. An incredible and atmospheric work, the recording was co-produced by Richard Reed Parry [Arcade Fire, Bell Orchestre], the album also features Aaron Dessner [The National], Sarah Neufeld [Arcade Fire] and a slew of Montreal talent. The 405 caught up with her to talk SXSW,... (continued) [read more]

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