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The Hickey Underworld - The Hickey Underworld

The Hickey Underworld - The Hickey Underworld

In a country not exactly famous for its huge rock music scene, since Millionaire have gone quiet and Deus are past their best, it's looking like Belgian rock is all but dead in the water....

Review posted on 3rd March 2010

Sone Institute - Curious Memories

Sone Institute - Curious Memories

Nostalgia can bring an endearing quality to music, and as the title of Sone Institute's album would suggest, this collection of tracks brings about a very strong sense of déjà vu. But perhaps it is...

Review posted on 3rd March 2010

So So Modern - Crude Futures

So So Modern - Crude Futures

Review of So So Modern's album Crude FuturesSo So Modern incorporate different parts of the musical spectrum as fleetingly as you would flick through a row of CDs in a shop: splashes of stilted post...

Review posted on 25th February 2010

Husky Rescue - Ship of Light

Husky Rescue - Ship of Light

Review of Husky Rescue's album Ship Of LightWe all know the Scandinavians are no strangers to nice pop music, but it is a delight to see it being done as well as it is here...

Review posted on 25th February 2010

Efterklang - Magic Chairs

Efterklang - Magic Chairs

Review of Efterklang's album Magic ChairsIt must be a frustrating thing for a band when the majority of praise for their music is concentrated around their 'pristine sound' and 'polished edge'. Reading between the lines,...

Review posted on 16th February 2010

Sisters of Transistors - At The Ferranti Institute

Sisters of Transistors - At The Ferranti Institute

Review of Sisters Of Transistors album At The Ferranti InstituteOn any other band the name might have seemed a little sub-par, but when I tell you that Manchester's Sisters of Transistors are (according to...

Review posted on 16th February 2010

Lawrence Arabia - Chant Darling

Lawrence Arabia - Chant Darling

Review of Lawrence Arabia's album Chant DarlingThe cover of Chant Darling, in correspondence with James Milne's stage name, paints him an intrepid explorer of a bleak landscape. Unsurprising really, as Milne's native New Zealand is...

Review posted on 18th January 2010

Kurt Vile - Childish Prodigy

Kurt Vile - Childish Prodigy

Review of Kurt Vile's album Childish ProdigyThough Philadelphia's Kurt Vile will probably first and foremost be known as part of The War On Drugs (the band, not the concept!), his considerable charisma has meant his...

Review posted on 14th January 2010

William Fitzsimmons - The Sparrow And The Crow

William Fitzsimmons - The Sparrow And The Crow

Review of William Fitzsimmons album The Sparrow And The CrowOn the overcrowded stage of acoustic singer-songwriters, it's standing out from the crowd which is half the battle. This isn't a problem for William Fitzsimmons, whose...

Review posted on 8th January 2010

Animal Collective - Fall Be Kind

Animal Collective - Fall Be Kind

Review of Animal Collective's EP Fall Be KindAs I've said in the past, it's difficult to say something about Animal Collective that hasn't already been said. In fact, reacting in a verbal way at all...

Review posted on 8th January 2010

Kitsune - Compilation 8

Kitsune - Compilation 8

Review of Kitsune's eighth compilationIt's nice to have a dependable label around like Kistune, they do know what's what. Despite Ed Banger's recent boost in sales after the success of Justice, Kistune continues its role...

Review posted on 3rd December 2009

Miike Snow - Miike Snow

Miike Snow - Miike Snow

Review of Mike Snow's self-titled debut album.Pleasantries all round for Miike Snow, who in interviews sound like the politest band in the world. They're from Sweden, and formed partially out of production duo Bloodshy and...

Review posted on 3rd December 2009

Cold Cave - Love Comes Close

Cold Cave - Love Comes Close

Review of Cold Cave's album 'Love Comes Close' As the delectably risqué Faint song teaches us, 'any sex is personal.' Cold Cave clearly don't hold such beliefs: personal is overrated, emotions are for mere humans....

Review posted on 10th November 2009

Dizzee Rascal - Tongue N' Cheek

Dizzee Rascal - Tongue N' Cheek

Review of Dizzee Rascal's album Tongue n' CheekAs I write this Tongue n Cheek is already gold-selling. Just like Maths n English, Showtime, and 2003's Mercury Prize winner Boy in da Corner. That's every album...

Review posted on 9th November 2009

Dance To The Radio - Volume 3

Dance To The Radio - Volume 3

Review of Volume 3 EP by Dance to the RadioThe Leeds based indie super-label has returned. Rather than the larger compilations of the past such as What We All Want, DTTR have downsized, offering us...

Review posted on 9th November 2009

Baddies - Do The Job

Baddies - Do The Job

Review of Baddies album Do The Job.We are in the realms of the post-modern, and pastiche is not a dirty word. Art imitates life and guilty pleasures are still pleasures, after all.And with it's with...

Review posted on 21st October 2009

Health - Get Colour

Health - Get Colour

Review of Health album Get Colour.Once in a while, there comes around an outfit who defy easy classification. Such an act are LA's Health, who have managed in their 3 year career to create music...

Review posted on 19th October 2009

Japandroids - Post Nothing

Japandroids - Post Nothing

Review of Japandroids album Post NothingThe cover screams garage rock, and this Canadian duo is well known for professing their love for bands like The Sonics to anyone who'll listen. But there's more to this...

Review posted on 30th September 2009

The Temper Trap - Conditions

The Temper Trap - Conditions

Review of The Temper Trap's album ConditionsChances are you'll have heard The Temper Trap around. Their single, 'Sweet Disposition', has been given the hard sell over the last couple of months, including being featured on...

Review posted on 30th September 2009

Hot Gossip - You Look Faster When You Are Young

Hot Gossip - You Look Faster When You Are Young

Review of Hot Gossip's album You Look Faster When You Are YoungCast your mind back to oh, 2003ish, and you may remember that we were surfing a huge (new) wave of noisy indie pop. Okgo,...

Review posted on 22nd September 2009

Times New Viking - Born Again Revisited

Times New Viking - Born Again Revisited

Review of Times New Viking's album Born Again RevisitedIt's a wonder who exactly decided that Times New Viking were the rather delightful term 'Shitgaze.' Perhaps it was something put about by the band in hope...

Review posted on 22nd September 2009

Leeds & Reading Festival - Bramham Park, August 28th-31st 2009

Leeds & Reading Festival - Bramham Park, August 28th-31st 2009

Review of Leeds Festival taking place at Bramham Park August 28th to 31st 2009.Before the flood of festivals descended on us, before every spare field was apparently filled with revellers and burger vans, festivals used...

Review posted on 3rd September 2009

Simian Mobile Disco - Temporary Pleasures

Simian Mobile Disco - Temporary Pleasures

Review of Simian Mobile Disco's album Temporary Pleasures. If this album sounds like a party, which it does, then the guest list is surely a top-notch one by anyone’s standards. Beginning with ‘Cream Dream’, featuring...

Review posted on 1st September 2009

Julian Plenti - Is Skyscraper

Julian Plenti - Is Skyscraper

Review of Paul Bank's album Julian Plenti Is SkyscraperIf you didn’t already suspect that this is a pseudonym, then put it in the CD player and it should take you approximately 5 seconds to realise...

Review posted on 1st September 2009

La Route Du Rock - 14th - 16th September 2009

La Route Du Rock - 14th - 16th September 2009

Review of La Route Du Rock FestivalSprawling beaches, idyllic countryside: it sounds more like a holiday than a festival. But this is Le Route Du Rock, which is now nearly two decades old and still...

Review posted on 26th August 2009

Crazy Arm, Born To Ruin Album Review

Crazy Arm, Born To Ruin Album Review

Review of Crazy Arm's album Born To RuinBe wary of the following: the full moon, anything free, 'meat' curries which don't tell you which meat is in them and any band with the word 'crazy'...

Review posted on 3rd August 2009

Toddla T - Skanky Skanky

Toddla T - Skanky Skanky

Review of Taddla T's album Skanky SkankySelf awareness and a wicked sense of humour are the best when they are combined together, so on the chorus to 'Road Trip' when Toddla T has the gall...

Review posted on 3rd August 2009

The Scaramanga Six - Songs of Prey

The Scaramanga Six - Songs of Prey

Review of Scaramanga Six's album Songs Of PreySix albums and ten years in, it must be just another day's work for The Scaramanga Six, the last lone survivors. And you've got to hand it to...

Review posted on 29th June 2009

The Reverend Peytons Big Damn Band - The Whole Famn Damily

The Reverend Peytons Big Damn Band - The Whole Famn Damily

Review of The Reverend Peytons Big Damn Band's album The Whole Famn DamilyYou would do well to find a musical tradition as long standing and enduring as the blues. Its roots in slavery and hardship...

Review posted on 29th June 2009

Lucky Elephant - Star Sign Trampoline

Lucky Elephant - Star Sign Trampoline

Review of Lucky Elephant's album Star Sign Trampoline released through Sunday Best. Isle of Wight dwellers Lucky Elephant have an album title that sounds like it was picked out of a tombola, but it really...

Review posted on 29th June 2009

Spotlight on Nirvana: We need to talk about Spencer Elden

Spotlight on Nirvana: We need to talk about Spencer Elden

The baby on Nirvana’s Nevermind album is suing for sexual exploitation.

Album Of The Week: The 39th Anniversary Of 'Upstairs At Eric's' by Yazoo

Album Of The Week: The 39th Anniversary Of 'Upstairs At Eric's' by Yazoo

The unlikely pairing of the The Screamin' Ab Dabs singer Alison Moyet with "pretty boy" pop pioneer Vince Clarke may have been something of an...

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Bob Dylan is accused of sexual abuse, but fans say the facts don’t add up

Bob Dylan is accused of sexual abuse, but fans say the facts don’t add up

Fans are doing their own investigation into Bob Dylan sex abuse claims.

Album Of The Week: The 25th Anniversary of 'Beautiful Freak' by Eels

Album Of The Week: The 25th Anniversary of 'Beautiful Freak' by Eels

Left-field alternative pop didn't really get any better than 'Beautiful Freak' in 1996 and arguably it's rarely been bettered since.

Nick Kingswell talks to us about the paramount importance of creative control, being in the presence of Adrianne Lenker and pursuing songs [EXCLUSIVE]

Nick Kingswell talks to us about the paramount importance of creative control, being in the presence of Adrianne Lenker and pursuing songs [EXCLUSIVE]

London based Australian artist Nick Kingswell says that he "can't wait to share [his] new songs in a live setting with real humans" now that lockdown...

Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever Album Review

Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever Album Review

Happier Than Ever is one of the most highly anticipated album releases of the year, which puts an awful lot of pressure on a woman who’s faced more...

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