Music Reviews and Artist Interviews

Southport Weekender presents CAMELOT - Live Review

Southport Weekender presents CAMELOT -  Live Review

2014 has been a stand-out year for Southport Weekender. I'm sure any long standing promoter can empathise that dealing with the changing economic climate has been challenging, therefore it's a real achievement to create 4 events in one year. There...

Busdriver - Perfect Hair Album Review

Busdriver - Perfect Hair Album Review

'Perfect Hair' is Los Angeles rapper/producer Busdriver's eighth solo album, released through the UK-based Big Dada label, and it's a pretty dope affair. Busdriver's energetic flow is on show throughout the album's 10 tracks, and the hard hitting, electronic, experimental...

Ty Segall - Manipulator Album Review

Ty Segall - Manipulator Album Review

Californian musician Ty Segall really is the ultimate Jack of all Trades. A singer/songwriter by trade, his multi-instrumental talents have seen him play guitar and drums as well as produce much of his recorded output. Adding the likelihood of..

Tom Bryant - The True Lives of My Chemical Romance Book Review

Tom Bryant - The True Lives of My Chemical Romance Book Review

It seems to be a necessary yet tiresome evil that band biography writers never miss a chance to emphasise how many times they were granted unique and "unparalleled access" to the rock stars' inner circle. This may not be a...

Kutmah - Our Mannequin EP Review

Kutmah - Our Mannequin EP Review

London has its fair share of intriguing, talented, producers, DJs and artists, not many, however, have the recent back story to match Justin 'Kutmah' McNulty. He may have been born in Brighton and live in London but before that he...

Maroon 5 - V Album Review

Maroon 5 - V Album Review

There are no prizes for guessing how many albums Maroon 5 are up to, but this release follows 2012's 'Overexposed'; an album that saw a renaissance in the band's career after some assistance from Christina Aguilera and a certain Rolling...

Various Artists - Pepsi Beats Of The Beautiful Game Album Review

Various Artists - Pepsi Beats Of The Beautiful Game Album Review

It makes absolute logical sense for any company to want to be affiliated with the biggest events in the world, which the football World Cup unarguably is. But what to do when your biggest rival is a corporate partner of...

FaltyDL - In The Wild Album Review

FaltyDL - In The Wild Album Review

Electronic music's restlessness has a duality which entices and frustrates both its fans and otherwise. No sooner have non afficiandoes, for instance, got dubstep nailed as a sound they can readily identify than it's deliberately shattered into a thousand sub...

A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos Album Review

A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos Album Review

There is, it seems, a compulsion felt by most music scribes when offering criticism of ambient music to meet a scarcity of sound with an over-abundance of adjectives and imagery; to compensate for minimalism by offering maximalism. To waste words....

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Olof Arnalds - Palme Album Review

Olof Arnalds - Palme Album Review

'Palme' is Ólöf Arnalds fourth album, released on near-legendary imprint One Little Indian. While retaining the distinctive and fragile vocals that lilted over her previous offerings, 'Palme' provides a rich smörgåsbord of less expected musical delights from muted electronics, yes...

The Herbaliser - There Were Seven Remixes Album Review

The Herbaliser - There Were Seven Remixes Album Review

The Herbaliser, comprised of Ollie Teeba and Jake Wherry, have steadily been releasing jazzy, funk inspired hip hop music since 1995, and their output has been as consistent as it is good. This 21 track album is comprised of remixes...

Big Country - Steeltown: 30th Anniversary Edition Album Review

Big Country - Steeltown: 30th Anniversary Edition Album Review

When it comes to suicide, no tragedy has an order of magnitude greater than any other: Stuart Adamson's body was found in a Hawaiian hotel room in late 2001 and a family lost a father, son and husband, whilst the...

J Mascis - Tied To A Star Album Review

J Mascis - Tied To A Star Album Review

If there's one word that I didn't ever think I'd use to describe a J Mascis album, it's beautiful. But, in essence, that's what his new solo outing, 'Tied To A Star', is. That may be a bitter pill to...

Zeus - Classic Zeus Album Review

Zeus - Classic Zeus Album Review

Since 2009, Toronto's Zeus have been grafting away at creating their own brand of melodic, retro-flavoured indie rock. On their previous two albums (2010's 'Say Us' and 2011's 'Busting Visions'), Zeus wore their influences on their sleeves and demonstrated their...

Broken Records - Weights and Pulleys Album Review

Broken Records - Weights and Pulleys Album Review

There can't be many worse put downs than being described as 'Indie folk', but Scottish five piece Broken Records appear to have shrugged it off, sticks and stones and all that. Their third album 'Weights and Pulleys' finally sees them...