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Bad Religion - The Dissent of Man

Bad Religion - The Dissent of Man

Not many bands can boast a 31 year career. The Dissent of Man, Bad Religion's 15th album finds the band in typically fine voice with all of the punk rage they had all those decades...

Review posted on 19th October 2010

Turbowolf - The Big Cut

Turbowolf - The Big Cut

Sometimes, the name of a band can tell you more concisely what a band will sound like than any description ever could. This is certainly the case with Turbowolf, a Jagermeister sponsored band from Bristol....

Review posted on 18th October 2010

Foxy Shazam - Foxy Shazam

Foxy Shazam - Foxy Shazam

Some people don't seem to understand flamboyant, fun-loving rock music. Remember the backlash to The Darkness after their first sniff of success? With a name that brings to mind schlocky 1970's porn stars, Foxy Shazam...

Review posted on 11th October 2010

Dinosaur Pile-Up - Growing Pains

Dinosaur Pile-Up - Growing Pains

Be it because of their dramatic inter-band tension (two of the three members left before completion of the album) or their explosive rock sound, Dinosaur Pile-Up have established themselves as one of the most interesting...

Review posted on 6th October 2010

Ten City Nation - Hidden Shallows

Ten City Nation - Hidden Shallows

Hidden Shallows, the new single from Ten City Nation is being released as part of the R*E*P*E*A*T Records Love Music Hate Racism EP, a worthy initiative if ever there was one. The two songs on...

Review posted on 4th October 2010

InMe - Phoenix: The Best of InMe

InMe - Phoenix: The Best of InMe

Almost a decade ago, InMe burst onto the British rock scene with their explosive brand of metal infused emo rock as teenagers, on their impressive debut album Overgrown Eden. Since then, the tags of "bright...

Review posted on 20th September 2010

Gecko Turner - Gone Down South

Gecko Turner - Gone Down South

Gecko Turner’s brand new album Gone Down South opens up with a glorious hook filled soul number called Truly. It is packed full of fanfare horns and laid back jazz piano chords with Gecko’s soulful...

Review posted on 16th September 2010

Blonde Redhead - Penny Sparkle

Blonde Redhead - Penny Sparkle

Blonde Redhead are purveyors of electronic, synthesiser based music. On Penny Sparkle, their new album, they show their skill for crafting dark and moody soundscapes but unfortunately the songs fail to really ignite.Penny Sparkle starts...

Review posted on 13th September 2010

Pull in Emergency - Pull In Emergency

Pull in Emergency - Pull In Emergency

London Indie rockers Pull in Emergency's debut self-titled album does not really offer much in terms of surprises, but in its 31 minutes of bouncy pop rock, it shows glimpses of brilliance that the band...

Review posted on 7th September 2010

Crocodiles - Sleep Forever

Crocodiles - Sleep Forever

On first listen, all that Sleep Forever by Crocodiles offers is lo-fi mess, but if you give it time and let it in - like you should with many great albums - it reveals itself...

Review posted on 2nd September 2010

Little Fish - Baffled and Beat

Little Fish - Baffled and Beat

Little Fish have been building momentum on the back of some fairly high profile support slots with bands like Blondie, Hole and Alice in Chains (where I first encountered them) in preparation for the release...

Review posted on 31st August 2010

The Megaphonic Thrift - A Thousand Years of Deconstruction

The Megaphonic Thrift - A Thousand Years of Deconstruction

A Thousand Years of Deconstruction is a re-release of the debut EP by Scandinavian outfit The Megaphonic Thrift. It offers an exciting preview of a band set to take their own quirky brand of indie-punk...

Review posted on 25th August 2010

Dead Confederate - Sugar

Dead Confederate - Sugar

The turnaround between Sugar and Wrecking Ball, Dead Confederate's first album has been just under a year. Sugar however, does not sound at all rushed, and with helpful lashings of discord and feedback coupled with...

Review posted on 23rd August 2010

Tony Da Gatorra Vs Gruff Rhys - The Terror of Cosmic Loneliness

Tony Da Gatorra Vs Gruff Rhys - The Terror of Cosmic Loneliness

The Terror of Cosmic Loneliness came together when Gruff Rhys visited South America for his new road-trip movie Separado! Where he met musical innovator Tony Da Gatorra, a Brazilian TV and VCR repair man. As...

Review posted on 17th August 2010

Dinosaur Pile-Up - Birds and Planes

Dinosaur Pile-Up - Birds and Planes

The last few months have been trying times for Leeds grunge revivalists Dinosaur Pile-Up, with the departure and replacement of two thirds of the band. Their new single, Birds and Planes, does not seem fazed...

Review posted on 2nd August 2010

Autolux - Transit Transit

Autolux - Transit Transit

Depending on how you count it, five or six years have passed since the debut album from Autolux, which in this industry is a massive amount of time to spend grafting away in the shadows....

Review posted on 2nd August 2010

Violent Soho - Violent Soho

Violent Soho - Violent Soho

Outside of AC/DC, music from Australia never really get its due over here in the UK, with great bands like Powderfinger and Silverchair receiving minimal press coverage in the mainstream and going largely ignored. This...

Review posted on 26th July 2010

StringerBessant - Yard

StringerBessant - Yard

You may remember Gary Stringer and Jack Bessant as the singer and bass player in 90's funk rock goons Reef, their 1997 hit single Place Your Hands is still in regular rotation on play lists...

Review posted on 22nd July 2010

Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants - Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants

Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants - Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants

While Dave Grohl has been busying himself on the Foo Fighters' recent hiatus with the underwhelming Them Crooked Vultures, Bassist Nate Mendel went to do some shows with a reunited Sunny Day Real Estate and...

Review posted on 19th July 2010

Bill Ortiz - From Where I Stand

Bill Ortiz - From Where I Stand

For those of you out of the loop, Bill Ortiz is a widely respected trumpet player who has played on some of the biggest records of all time; most notably Santana's 1999 mega-smash-hit single Smooth....

Review posted on 13th July 2010

Tracy Bonham - Masts of Manhatta

Tracy Bonham - Masts of Manhatta

Since the mid-90s Tracy Bonham has been producing some fine alternative pop music. Masts of Manhatta is an interesting album which does not disappoint in giving Tracy Bonham fans more of what they have come...

Review posted on 9th July 2010

Neverever - Angelic Swells

Neverever - Angelic Swells

Angelic Swells by Neverever contains more than just a passing whiff of nostalgia - it positively reeks of some kind of 1950s American rock'n'roll mixed with undeniable bursts of contemporary indie pop. The album certainly...

Review posted on 6th July 2010

Sound Of Guns - Architects

Sound Of Guns - Architects

On the face of it, Sound of Guns seem to be just another band on the endless list of bands who will at some point be forced upon you by the likes of NME with...

Review posted on 5th July 2010

The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang

The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang

The Gaslight Anthem are one of the most interesting rock bands to creep out of the woodwork in the past few years, and their new album American Slang delivers more of the same pop hooks...

Review posted on 1st July 2010

Band Of Horses - Infinite Arms

Band Of Horses - Infinite Arms

For the past few years with their previous two albums, Band of Horses have been building quite a buzz. Infinite Arms, their third and highly anticipated new album clearly needs to deliver something special to...

Review posted on 30th June 2010

Seth Lakeman - Hearts and Minds

Seth Lakeman - Hearts and Minds

What with the seemingly unstoppable rise of Frank Turner, the endless longevity of the career of the Dropkick Murphys and the success stories of the likes of Laura Marling, it would seem we are in...

Review posted on 24th June 2010

Rowland S. Howard - Pop Crimes

Rowland S. Howard - Pop Crimes

Pop Crimes is the second solo album from Rowland S. Howard, who made a name for himself as the innovative guitarist for The Birthday Party throughout the 1980s. Sadly, Howard died of liver cancer in...

Review posted on 10th June 2010

Meursault - All Creatures Will Make Merry

Meursault - All Creatures Will Make Merry

So far, Meursault have been racking up a hell of a lot of praise from the media for their inventive sonic sound scapes. They're the latest in that old familiar long line of 'new favourite...

Review posted on 27th May 2010

Stone Temple Pilots - Stone Temple Pilots

Stone Temple Pilots - Stone Temple Pilots

Comeback albums by their very nature can be extremely rocky territory for bands. At best they can re-energise and bring back to life a once great band, elevating them back to their former creative peak...

Review posted on 21st May 2010

Hole - Nobody's Daughter

Hole - Nobody's Daughter

If you log on to the internet, you don't have to look far to find countless current news reports of Courtney Love making something of a spectacle of herself. I desperately wanted this album to...

Review posted on 17th May 2010

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