Music Reviews


WE ARE CHAOS - Marilyn Manson Album Review

We were actually quite excited about Marilyn Manson's WE ARE CHAOS. The question is whether or not we were sorely disappointed...

By Holly Mosley on 11 September 2020

Marilyn Manson

Fenne Lily - Breach Album Review

Nearly two and a half years since the release of her arresting debut album 'On Hold', Fenne Lily returns with her second album 'Breach'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 07 September 2020

Mark Lanegan - Straight Songs Of Sorrow Album Review

Mark Lanegan's 'Straight Songs Of Sorrow' follows last year's release 'Somebody's Knocking' and is inspired by his own life and his memoir 'Sing Backwards And Weep'

By Andrew Lockwood on 04 May 2020

Mark Lanegan

Joan As Police Woman - Cover Two Album Review

Joan's 2020 release, 'Cover Two', includes artists from Neil Young to Blur and Talk Talk to Outkast.

By Andrew Lockwood on 30 April 2020

Joan as Police Woman

BC Camplight - Shortly After Take Off Album Review

On BC Camplight's latest album, 'Shortly After Take Off', he has once again tapped into his genius and produced some wonderfully weird and wonky songs.

By Andrew Lockwood on 09 April 2020

BC Camplight

How the Mifo O5 PRO earbuds made us cordless converts [REVIEW]

The Mifo O5 PROs are some of the most durable wireless earbuds on the market and we can't recommend them enough.

By Holly Mosley on 09 April 2020

Laura Marling - Song For Our Daughter Album Review

Laura Marling's latest album 'Song For Our Daughter' was due for release later this year, until Marling announced that she had decided to bring the release forward.

By Andrew Lockwood on 07 April 2020

Laura Marling

Celine Dion - The Courage World Tour 2020 Live Review

Celine Dion is an extremely successful singer, who built her career with the best-known hits and her unique characteristics. Ever since her first show and her first single, Celine Dion has been the most demanded Canadian artist on the big...

By Lenny Barksdale on 06 April 2020

Purity Ring - Womb Album Review

It's been five years since Purity Ring released Another Eternity, but little has changed in their overall sound and macabre lyrical themes now that they are here with Womb.

By Holly Mosley on 03 April 2020

Purity Ring

Anna Burch - If You're Dreaming Album Review

Just over two years since the release of her vibrant debut album, Anna Burch is back with her second full-length album: 'If You're Dreaming'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 02 April 2020

The Chats - High Risk Behaviour Album Review

The Chats' debut album High Risk Behaviour is the most punk thing we've heard in years.

By Holly Mosley on 27 March 2020

James Righton - The Performer Album Review

James Righton's latest album is well-produced, well-arranged and put together very proficiently and professionally.

By Andrew Lockwood on 19 March 2020

Shock Machine

Halestorm - Vicious (Stripped) EP Review

These acoustic reprises of songs that appeared on Halestorm's 2018's album 'Vicious' show the band in a whole new light.

Posted 16 March 2020

Halestorm

Deap Lips - Deap Lips Album Review

Deap Lips certainly leans more into Flaming Lips territory than Deap Vally, aside from the vocals. But did it leave much of an impression?

By Holly Mosley on 13 March 2020

Deap Vally Flaming Lips

Frank Turner, Micah Schnabel, Jess Guise - Leas Cliff Hall 03.03.2020 Live Review

For the opening night of his latest UK tour Frank Turner packed out Leas Cliff Hall for his first gig in Folkestone, playing a solo tour with no Sleeping Souls for the first time in years.

By Andrew Lockwood on 10 March 2020

Frank Turner

Blossoms - Margate Winter Gardens 08.03.2020 Live Review

The Winter Gardens saw Blossoms in the Spring as the band brought their 2020 tour to the seaside to promote their third album, 'Foolish Loving Spaces'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 10 March 2020

Blossoms

Damien Jurado - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 01.03.2020 Live Review

The Quarterhouse, and Melting Vinyl, played host to two inspired performances in Folkestone on the first evening of March.

By Andrew Lockwood on 03 March 2020

Damien Jurado

Green Day - Father of All... Album Review

'Father of All...' isn't an awful album but it certainly isn't that good either.

Posted 27 February 2020

Green Day

Hattie Webb - The Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury 12.02.2020 Live Review

Hattie Webb not only brought a couple of harps but also Andrea Resce, her brother and a collection of cold remedies to the cathedral city of Canterbury.

By Andrew Lockwood on 17 February 2020

Tennis - Swimmer Album Review

Husband and wife twosome Tennis release their fifth studio album 'Swimmer' on Valentines Day.

By Andrew Lockwood on 13 February 2020

Tennis

Frazey Ford - U Kin B the Sun Album Review

'U Kin B the Sun' is an album rich in texture and depth and one that quite obviously, and unapologetically, plays to Frazey Ford's strengths.

By Andrew Lockwood on 10 February 2020

Lissy Taylor - Mayday Single Review

Lissy Taylor's 'Mayday' might be born out of distress, despair and some despondency but it rails against the negativity of bad relationships.

By Andrew Lockwood on 10 February 2020

3TEETH + PIG - The Key Club, Leeds 04.02.2020 Live Review

3TEETH hit Leeds for the first time with support from British artist PIG.

By Holly Mosley on 05 February 2020

Kaiser Chiefs - The Brighton Centre, Brighton 30.01.2020 Live Review

In support of their seventh studio album 'Duck', Kaiser Chiefs packed out The Brighton Centre to delight the lively crowd with their anthemic tunes.

By Andrew Lockwood on 03 February 2020

Kaiser Chiefs

Smoke Fairies - Elsewhere, Margate 26.01.2020 Live Review

Ahead of their upcoming tour, and prior to the release of their long awaited album, Smoke Fairies played a great warm-up gig at Elsewhere in Margate.

By Andrew Lockwood on 30 January 2020

Smoke Fairies

Dry Cleaning - Ramsgate Music Hall 12.01.2020 Live Review

Two weeks ahead of Independent Venue Week, Dry Cleaning made 'Britain's Best Small Venue 2015' (NME) the second port of call on their 2020 tour.

By Andrew Lockwood on 16 January 2020

The Libertines - The Winter Gardens, Margate, Kent 22.12.2019 Live Review

For their last gig of the year, The Libertines came back to their adopted hometown of Margate to finish off their latest tour.

By Andrew Lockwood on 09 January 2020

The Libertines

Sinead O'Connor - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London 16.12.2019 Live Review

Sinead O'Connor made a triumphant return to the stage when she played to a sold-out crowd at Shepherd's Bush Empire.

By Andrew Lockwood on 23 December 2019

Sinead Oconnor

Bastille - Margate Winter Gardens 10.12.2019 Live Review

Bastille rocked up at The Winter Gardens in Margate for their 'Doom Days Club Nights' tour, making sure they were playing in more unfamiliar towns and cities.

By Andrew Lockwood on 12 December 2019

Bastille

Stealing Sheep - Elsewhere, Margate 6.12.2019 Live Review

Stealing Sheep made their way down to Elsewhere in Margate to put on their wholly unique and utterly captivating live show.

By Andrew Lockwood on 12 December 2019

Feeder - Rock City, Nottingham 20.11.2019 Live Review

For the Nottingham date of Feeder's Tallulah tour, you just know before it even starts that it's going to be a banging show.

By Mark Moore on 05 December 2019

Feeder

Tokyo Tea Room - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 30.11.2019 Live Review

Melting Vinyl brought local talent to the fore as it showcased a set by Tokyo Tea Room on the day of their latest EP release, 'Dream Room'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 03 December 2019

Holy Moly & The Crackers - The Studio at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury 31.11.2019 Live Review

Holy Moly & The Crackers journeyed down from their hometown of Newcastle Upon Tyne to play in Canterbury, where they thought they'd be playing to three people!

By Andrew Lockwood on 02 December 2019

False Advertising - The Forum, Tunbridge Wells 20.11.2019 Live Review

False Advertising popped down to The Forum in Tunbridge Wells to showcase their incendiary live show.

By Andrew Lockwood on 25 November 2019

Squeeze - Leas Cliff Hall 19.11.2019 Live Review

Squeeze came to the South-East coast to entertain a packed out Leas Cliff Hall.

By Andrew Lockwood on 21 November 2019

Squeeze

Kai Whiston - No World As Good As Mine Album Review

Kai Whiston is back already with his second album of his own 'No World As Good As Mine', and this time he has the help of organic instruments.

By Max Cussons on 14 November 2019

Feet - Ramsgate Music Hall 25.10.2019 Live Review

Feet are mid-tour and promoting their debut album, and tonight they played Ramsgate Music Hall with support from local band Malpractice.

By Andrew Lockwood on 11 November 2019

Lucy Spraggan - The Booking Hall, Dover 18.10.2019 Live Review

Famed for performing one of her own songs as her opening gambit on The X Factor, Lucy Spraggan rocked up at the Booking Hall as part of her UK and Ireland tour.

By Andrew Lockwood on 23 October 2019

Lucy Spraggan

Mark Lanegan - Somebody's Knocking Album Review

After nearly thirty years since his first solo record Mark Lanegan has just released one of his very best and there's not many artists who can claim that.

By Andrew Lockwood on 21 October 2019

Mark Lanegan

Mallory Knox - The Booking Hall, Dover 12.10.2019 Live Review

For the first, and almost certainly last, time Cambridge indie rockers Mallory Knox performed at The Booking Hall in Dover.

By Andrew Lockwood on 14 October 2019

Starcrawler - Devour You Album Review

'Devour You' is a fantastic follow up to Starcrawler's debut album and represents a move on in terms of sound and, in part, direction.

By Andrew Lockwood on 14 October 2019

Salvation Jayne - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 4.10.2019 Live Review

Salvation Jayne's third birthday bash was a riot of colour and a celebration of a band very much enjoying what they do.

By Andrew Lockwood on 09 October 2019

Gloo - XYZ Album Review

Gloo is a new supergroup consisting of UK mystic-beat producers Iglooghost and Kai Whiston as well as nu-pop singer/producer BABii.

By Max Cussons on 25 September 2019

Charli XCX - Charli Album Review

'Charli' sees Charli XCX continue to innovate, never being afraid to get honest and show her vulnerability.

By Max Cussons on 20 September 2019

Charli XCX

JPEGMAFIA - All My Heroes Are Cornballs Album Review

JPEGMAFIA is back already with his newest record 'All My Heroes Are Cornballs' and we doubt anyone could've seen this coming.

By Max Cussons on 18 September 2019

Pixies - De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill-On-Sea 12/09/2019 Live Review

Pixies kicked off the European leg of their latest tour in the sleepy retirement town of Bexhill-On-Sea.

By Andrew Lockwood on 16 September 2019

The Pixies

Slaves - Dreamland, Margate 7.9.2019 Live Review

Kent punk duo Slaves held up their pledge to headline a gig on the Kent coast this weekend when they once again took to the Hall By The Sea stage at Dreamland in Margate.

By Andrew Lockwood on 12 September 2019

Slaves

Brockhampton - Ginger Album Review

'Ginger' is the kind of album that sees Brockhampton coming to terms with what they've been through.

By Max Cussons on 10 September 2019

Emma Frank - Come Back Album Review

Buoyed by the success of last year's 'Ocean Av', Boston-born Brooklynite Emma Frank releases her fourth album 'Come Back'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 21 August 2019

Yacht - Chain Tripping Album Review

In terms of approach, 'Chain Tripping' takes some beating. To call Yacht's latest release conceptual would be underplaying its inspiration wildly.

By Andrew Lockwood on 13 August 2019

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