Lorenzo Moretti and Tenda Damas of Giuda sip beer and reflectively discuss the state of their UK tour. It's the fifth time Guida have come over from Rome to play in Britain. The venue downstairs - the Underworld in Camden - is sold out.
Dolly Parton long ago ascended to icon status. It's decades since she transcended the genre of country music and became a vast global brand: these days, the headlines are more likely to be about her theme parks or her philanthropy than her music.
It is half past midnight and I am at the Edinburgh festival fringe, pretending to masturbate a cucumber in a variety of elaborate ways. Under ordinary circumstances, this would seem like a fairly remarkable state of affairs, but then you don't know the day I've had.
Few bands have imploded in public in recent years quite as unexpectedly as the Civil Wars. There was a moment, around five years ago, when the Nashville-based duo appeared to have a glittering future ahead of them. Their debut album, Barton Hollow, had been released to critical acclaim, strong sales and a plethora of awards.
In a world where music journalists are regularly accused of laying it on a bit thick - from the superlatives liberally scattered in new band profiles to the insistence in some areas of the internet that every note issued by Beyoncé comes freighted with a degree of sociopolitical importance matchless in the history of popular culture - there seemed to be a winning hint of faint praise about the headline attached to one website's recent profile of a fast-rising new band.
This week, Lost in Showbiz comes to you with shame dwelling in its eyes, overwhelmed by an urge to unburden itself. It doubts that you have noticed, but there have been times in the past when it has been guilty of treating both the celebrity press and, indeed, the world of celebrity itself, with a certain dismissive attitude.
Forty years ago this month, the Ramones played their first British gigs - in Camden Town in north London, supporting the Flamin' Groovies at the Roundhouse, and headlining at Dingwalls. They were, by some distance, the biggest shows they had ever played; moreover, they were an event.
A few years ago, the film-maker Adam Curtis unearthed two alternately bleak and inadvertently hilarious BBC documentaries about Hells Angels. One was a 1973 film positing them as terrifying threat to Britain, a sentiment slightly undercut as the film progresses by the discovery that their vice-president "Mad" John and his sergeant-at-arms, cross-eyed Karl, can't even successfully organise a weekend break on a barge near Aylesbury, let alone the destruction of society as we know it.
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Selecting a term
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