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Waxahatchee - Out in the Storm Album Review

On "Out in the Storm", Katie Crutchfield and her formidable band, including sister Allison on keys and percussion, and Sleater-Kinney touring guitarist, Katie Harkin on lead guitar, have created an elemental, cathartic release. It's an exorcism of perhaps the strongest...


Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott - Crooked Calypso Album Review

Paul Heaton's thirty-five-year career has been securely founded on acutely-observed lyrics, allied with tunes that either make you want to sashay round the kitchen in your oven gloves, or hold a loved one close on the sofa. Jacqui Abbott entered...

By Jon Kean on 27 July 2017

Paul Heaton

Arcade Fire - Everything Now Album Review

Arcade Fire's fifth studio album has lofty ambitions, somewhere along the way though it definitely hits a glass ceiling. It's a record that's purpose-built for the digital age starting and finishing in exactly the same place. 'Everything Now (Continued)' bookends...

By Jim Pusey on 26 July 2017

Arcade Fire

Slaves - Dreamland Amusement Park Live Review

It's been a whirlwind five years for Slaves. Having this week celebrated their first half decade with a one off gig at The Tunbridge Wells Forum where they recorded their first E.P, 'Sugar Coated Bitter Truth', they ventured a little...

By Andrew Lockwood on 26 July 2017

This Is The Kit - Hotter Colder Video

It's from the new album "Moonshine Freeze" and it's called "Hotter Colder", so it's no surprise that it's another splash of chilled alt-folk from Bristol and Paris-based This Is The Kit.The new video definitely looks more on the moistly chilly...

Posted 24 July 2017

Kai Whiston - Fissure Price EP Review

Kai Whiston is a rising UK producer whose signature style is defined by erratic, freaking-out beats that are akin to chemicals having haywire reactions in a lab. Across records such as later year's 'Houndstooth' EP, 'Threads & Strings/Rubens' as well...

By Max Cussons on 21 July 2017

Sunn O))) - Leeds Stylus 19.07.2017 Live Review

Drone-metal kings Sunn O))) have spent the last few decades building their legacy with records such as 'Black One', 'Monoliths And Dimensions' and most recently 2015's 'Kannon.' Across these records Sunn O)))'s sound has been defined by incredibly slow pace,...

By Max Cussons on 21 July 2017

Latitude Festival 2017 Review

It was yet another successful weekend for Latitude Festival at Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk, which has been the home of the biggest ‘small festival’ in Britain since 2006.With their traditionally bold approach to their booking, including putting up-and-coming artists...

By Ed Biggs on 19 July 2017

Latitude Festival

The Wonder Stuff - Cheese and Grain, Frome 14.07.17 Live Review

While the "Theme from S'Express" was sitting proud at number one in April 1988, The Wonder Stuff first graced the charts at number seventy-two with "Give Give Give Me More More More". But did we gather at the Cheese and...

By Jon Kean on 19 July 2017

The Wonder Stuff

Shock Machine - Unlimited Love Video

You may have known him as the keyboardist for Mercury-winning noughties indie ravers, Klaxons, but ten years on, James Righton is forging a bold new identity as Shock Machine.The self-titled debut album is due for release on August 25th. It...

Posted 19 July 2017

Shock Machine

Broken Social Scene - Vanity Pail Kids Video

A lavatory, innocently, pristinely white, works hard in the recording studio, striving to make it big in the music industry. Soon he's pissing his fame away in a club, eyeing up a distinctly androgynous washbasin. We see our intrepid, prodigious...

Posted 19 July 2017

Broken Social Scene

Waxahatchee - Out in the Storm Album Review

On "Out in the Storm", Katie Crutchfield and her formidable band, including sister Allison on keys and percussion, and Sleater-Kinney touring guitarist, Katie Harkin on lead guitar, have created an elemental, cathartic release. It's an exorcism of perhaps the strongest...

By Jon Kean on 18 July 2017

Waxahatchee

Chris T-T - The Best Of... Album Review

Since 1999, Brighton based folk singer and songwriter Chris T-T has been entertaining crowds with pointed political barbs and left-wing social commentary set to accessible, often stripped back musical arrangements, slowly gaining a loyal, if not especially sizeable fanbase. All...

By Ben Walton on 18 July 2017

Chris T-T

Vance Joy - Lay It On Me Video

Vance Joy is back with a romantic new single and video entitled 'Lay It On Me'. It marks the first song from his forthcoming second album, for which we are yet to hear a title or a release date.Directed by...

Posted 14 July 2017

Vance Joy

Alt-J - Deadcrush Video

Alt-J are back this year with their third album entitled 'Relaxer', with 'Deadcrush' being the latest single and comes accompanied with a dark video featuring interpretive dance. Directed by Young Replicant with choreography from Darcy Wallace, it sees a group...

Posted 14 July 2017

Alt-J

Kesha - Woman ft. The Dap-Kings Horns Video

Kesha is back and she is killing it. Her new video for promotional single 'Woman' sees her don a stetson, cruise around the neighbourhood in an old cadillac and party the house down while singing about the power of femininity....

Posted 14 July 2017

Kesha

Lapalux - Ruinism Album Review

One of Ruinism's promotional shots is of Stuart Howard - for it is he that is Lapalux - dressed in a baseball cap, sweatshirt and a pair of jogging bottoms. In many other contexts for anyone processing that image some...

By Andy Peterson on 12 July 2017

Lapalux

Lucy Rose - Something's Changing Album Review

Lucy Rose's third studio album is a more delicate and stripped-down affair than her previous records, the title says it all really; Something's Changing. The 29 year-old, who's probably also best known for her occasional contributions to Bombay Bicycle Club,...

By Jim Pusey on 12 July 2017

Lucy Rose

Tony Bennett - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester 05.07.17 Live Review

The labelling of legends has become overly familiar, but in the case of Tony Bennett, it would be difficult to successfully argue it as hyperbole. A veteran of World War 2, his first album was released in 1952 and paved...

By Alex Lai on 10 July 2017

Tony Bennett

Public Service Broadcasting - Every Valley Album Review

'Britons are building, hewing out of their native rock the foundations of the future,' booms a stentorian voice from a mid-Twentieth-Century broadcast. You know it's not true when you hear it. The plug was pulled on the Welsh mining industry...

By Jon Kean on 07 July 2017

Public Service Broadcasting

Green Day - Sheffield Arena, 03.07.17 Live Review

Green Day need little to no introduction, but just in case, here's a quick recap. Being arguably the most key band to pop-punk with their 90's records 'Dookie', 'Insomniac' and 'Nimrod' they became instant legends and one of the biggest...

By Max Cussons on 05 July 2017

Green Day

David Gedge - Interview

The Wedding Present first charted with "Kennedy" in October 1989, from their second album, "Bizarro". They were gruff, brusque, exhilaratingly Motorhead-loud and faster than a pharmaceutically-fuelled Olympic 100m final. Leading the sonic assault from the front was David Gedge, lyricist,...

Posted 04 July 2017

The Wedding Present

Beach House - B-Sides And Rarities Album Review

In 2003 The Manic Street Preachers released a compilation album subtitled 'A Secret History'. It's a title that Baltimore Dream Pop duo Beach House should have considered for their first compilation album, which encompasses additional material that hasn't appeared on...

By Jim Pusey on 03 July 2017

Beach House

Arcade Fire - Creature Comfort Video

Arcade Fire rock out in semi-darkness for the video for their new single 'Creature Comfort' - which also features the lyrics on screen and has been directed by Tarik Miko. The single was officially released on June 16th 2017 through...

Posted 03 July 2017

Arcade Fire

Haim - Want You Back Video

'Want You Back' is the first single from Haim's second album 'Something To Tell You', which is scheduled for release on July 7th 2017 through Polydor and Columbia Records. It follows their previous promo single 'Right Now', and came ahead...

Posted 02 July 2017

Haim

Kodaline - Brother Video

Kodaline have launched a mournful video for their newest single 'Brother' which was released on June 23rd 2017 through B-Unique. It has been produced by Steve Harris and Two Inch Punch, as well as Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol, with...

Posted 01 July 2017

Kodaline

Calvin Harris with Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean - Feels Video

Calvin Harris has teamed up with Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean for his latest single 'Feels' and with it comes a new video featuring the foursome hanging out in what is supposed to be a glorious desert island. Complete...

Posted 30 June 2017

Calvin Harris Pharrell Williams Katy Perry Big Sean

The Killers - The Man Video

It's been a long time coming but Las Vegas band The Killers are finally set to return with a new album after five years entitled 'Wonderful Wonderful'. It's due to be released later this year through Island records following a...

Posted 29 June 2017

The Killers

Radiohead - Man Of War Video

With the release of their 20th anniversary re-issue of 1997's 'OK Computer' - entitled 'OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017' - Radiohead have launched two singles thus far, the latest being 'Man Of War' for which they have now unveiled a...

Posted 29 June 2017

Radiohead

The XX - I Dare You Video

The XX love Los Angeles and they sure prove it with the sun-soaked new party video for their single 'I Dare You'. They describe it as a 'love letter' to the Californian city and it's featured on their number one...

Posted 29 June 2017

The XX

Ride - Weather Diaries Album Review

Should we talk about the weather? Should we talk about the government? To an extent, Ride's fifth album "Weather Diaries" does both. It's very British to get all meteorological and very 2017 to get all political, so they're bang on...

By Jon Kean on 28 June 2017

Ride

Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory Album Review

Vince Staples is a Californian rapper who's displayed quite a lot potential in recent years. After a handful of mixtapes and EP's, he released his debut album, a double album, 'Summertime '06' in 2015. So far Staples has displayed his...

By Max Cussons on 27 June 2017

Vince Staples

The Wedding Present - Bristol O2 Academy 15.06.17 Live Review

Bristol's middle-aged moshpit, spurred on by some younger pogoing devotees, bounced their way through The Wedding Present's debut album "George Best" one last time in a live setting. Celebrating its thirtieth birthday, David Gedge was the only surviving member of...

By Jon Kean on 23 June 2017

The Wedding Present

Coldplay - All I Can Think About Is You [Lyric] Video

Coldplay release a beautiful lyric video for their new single 'All I Can Think About Is You', the animated footage was created and directed by illustrators I Saw John First. The track is featured on the band's new Kaleidoscope EP.

Posted 22 June 2017

Coldplay

Bogus Order - Zen Brakes Vol.2 Album Review

Bogus Order would probably need quite a lot by way of introduction, were they not in fact Coldcut, who should need none. Well OK then, just a bit: production duo Matt Black and Jonathan Moore began DJ'ing before your dad...

By Andy Peterson on 21 June 2017

'68 - Two Parts Viper Album Review

'68 is the latest project of Josh Scogin, former frontman of The Chariot and Norma Jean. However, with this duo's 2014 debut 'In Humor And Sadness', it was arguably the scene legend's finest work put to wax. Whereas his previous...

By Max Cussons on 20 June 2017

'68

Parklife 2017 Festival Review

I was particularly excited to attend Parklife in Manchester this year, the line-up looked incredible and considering the recent trauma in Manchester, it's great to see the city is strong, resolute and still a leading authority musically in the UK....

By Tareck Ghoneim on 19 June 2017

The Parklife Weekender

Elbow - Forest Live 2017 Review

Surrounded by the twelve thousand tress of the stunningly beautiful Bedgebury Pinetum, and in front of the thousands that had come to hear them play, Elbow took to the stage just outside Royal Tunbridge Wells, in Kent. As part of...

By Andrew Lockwood on 19 June 2017

Elbow

Skrapz - Enemies Video

Enemies is the new single from upcoming Brit Rapper Skrapz. Having initially made a name for himself by creating a series of acclaimed mixtapes, Skrapz now shows us what he's really capable of with his debut album which features many...

Posted 19 June 2017

Dizzee Rascal - Space Video

Dizzee Rascal hasn't released an album in over four years but now the London based MC makes a welcome return with the new single 'Space' and news about his upcoming Sixth studio album 'Raskit'; this will be the second album...

Posted 16 June 2017

Dizzee Rascal

Lau - Decade - The Best of Lau 2007-2017 Album Review

When the good ship Lau was launched with "Lightweights and Gentlemen" in 2007 - the infectious-to-pandemic-proportions "Hinba" was the champagne effervescing across the bows.  In the ten years since that gobsmacking, 'what the folk?' epiphany, they've produced three more genre-busting...

By Jon Kean on 16 June 2017

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