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Gym Class Heroes - The Quilt

Gym Class Heroes - The Quilt

Album review of 'The Quilt' by Gym Class Heroes released through Fueled By Ramen.One of the surprise breakthrough acts of 2007, New York quartet Gym Class Heroes had top 5 hits on both sides of...

Review posted on 6th October 2008

The Academy Is - Fast Times At Barrington High

The Academy Is - Fast Times At Barrington High

Album review of 'Fast Times At Barrington High' by The Academy Is. Having just completed a string of dates in the UK, The Academy Is. now release the follow-up to 2007's impressive 'Santi' record. Testament...

Review posted on 30th September 2008

Plain White T's - Big Bad World

Plain White T's - Big Bad World

Album review for 'Big Bad World' from Plain White T'sFor any band toiling away and waiting for their big break, they can take heart from the fact that all you need is one mega-hit to...

Review posted on 26th September 2008

You Me At Six - Jealous Minds Think Alike

You Me At Six - Jealous Minds Think Alike

Review of 'Jealous Minds Think Alike' single by You Me At SixHailing from Weybridge, Surrey, this quintet formed in 2005 and took a couple of years to get noticed, supporting the likes of Fightstar, Elliot...

Review posted on 22nd September 2008

The Ting Tings - Be The One

The Ting Tings - Be The One

Review of 'Be The One' single by The Ting Tings.You'd be hard pressed to find a way for 2008 to have been a better year for Salford duo The Ting Tings, with a number one...

Review posted on 22nd September 2008

Scars On Broadway - Scars On Broadway

Scars On Broadway - Scars On Broadway

Review of Scars On Broadway self-titled album released through Interscope.With System Of A Down currently on downtime, its members are trying their hands at various side projects. Serj Tankian released his solo debut album toward...

Review posted on 26th August 2008

Cute Is What We Aim For - Rotation

Cute Is What We Aim For - Rotation

Album review of 'Rotation' by Cute Is What We Aim For released through Fueled By Ramen.This quartet from Buffalo, New York, formed in 2005 and released their debut record 'The Same Old Blood Rush With...

Review posted on 14th August 2008

The Automatic - This Is A Fix

The Automatic - This Is A Fix

Review of The Automatic's album 'This Is A Fix' released through B-Unique.Whilst it would be unfair to brand this Welsh outfit as one-hit wonders, the stand-out success of their "Monster" single was clearly the driving...

Review posted on 11th August 2008

The Music, Town Hall

The Music, Town Hall

Live review of The Music at Leeds Town Hall on Wednesday July 2nd 2008Their forth tour of the year and the first since the release of their comeback record "Strength In Numbers", The Music's current...

Review posted on 9th July 2008

Albert Hammond Jr - Como Te Llama?

Albert Hammond Jr - Como Te Llama?

Album review of 'Como Te Llama?' by Albert Hammond Jr released on Rough Trade.While most members of The Strokes are enjoying an extended r'n'r break (it's been over two years since their last release), it...

Review posted on 7th July 2008

Cage The Elephant - Cage The Elephant

Cage The Elephant - Cage The Elephant

Read our album review of Cage The Elephant's self-titled album released on Relentless. The state of Kentucky in America may currently be known as the home of Fruit Of The Loom and Chevrolet Corvettes, but...

Review posted on 30th June 2008

Alex Band - Alex Band

Alex Band - Alex Band

Alex Band, Self-titled EP ReviewRead our review of Alex Band's first solo EP.In 2002, The Calling had a worldwide hit in the shape of 'Wherever You Will Go', a soft-rock number which was permanently on...

Review posted on 23rd June 2008

The Fratellis - Here We Stand

The Fratellis - Here We Stand

Read our album review of The Fratellis second album Here We Stand released through Island Records. Propelled by the terrace-anthem success of 'Chelsea Dagger', Scotland's The Fratellis have returned with the follow-up to the million-selling...

Review posted on 23rd June 2008

Busta Rhymes - We Made It

Busta Rhymes - We Made It

Single review of We Made It by Busta Rhymes featuring Linkin Park released through Aftermath.Having been around for over a decade, Busta Rhymes is one of America's most respected hip-hop artists, while Linkin Park have...

Review posted on 19th June 2008

The Music - Strength In Numbers

The Music - Strength In Numbers

Album Review for Strength In Numbers by The Music Famously declared by the legendary Tony Wilson as a band he wished he had signed, Leeds' The Music were acclaimed upon their 2002 breakthrough as one...

Review posted on 19th June 2008

Foo Fighters, Live Review

Foo Fighters, Live Review

Foo Fighters at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 7 June, 2008While certainly no strangers to big shows, Foo Fighters' pair of gigs at the iconic Wembley Stadium must surely be amongst their biggest. Granted, there...

Review posted on 9th June 2008

Fighting With Wire - Man vs. Monster

Fighting With Wire - Man vs. Monster

Fighting With WireMan vs. MonsterAlbum ReviewHailing from Derry, Northern Ireland, this trio formed in 2003 and are now releasing their debut album. Currently embarking on a UK tour, they've recently received television promotion and have...

Review posted on 20th May 2008

Feeder - Silent Cry

Feeder - Silent Cry

FeederSilent CryAlbum ReviewReturning with their first album of new material in three years, Feeder's history is so well documented that it need not be regurgitated here. They embark on an intimate tour at the end...

Review posted on 19th May 2008

Matchbox Twenty, Manchester Apollo

Matchbox Twenty, Manchester Apollo

Matchbox Twenty Manchester Apollo Monday May 5, 2008 Live Review Last year saw the return of Matchbox Twenty after a hiatus during which original guitarist Adam Gaynor quit and vocalist Rob Thomas made his debut...

Review posted on 7th May 2008

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly - Searching For The Hows And Whys

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly - Searching For The Hows And Whys

Get Cape. Wear Cape. FlySearching For The Hows And WhysAlbum ReviewWith his debut album ‘The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager’, the artist otherwise known as Sam Duckworth garnered critical acclaim and relative commercial success. Fans...

Review posted on 6th May 2008

Amy Studt - My Paper Made Men

Amy Studt - My Paper Made Men

Amy Studt My Paper Made Men Alex Lai Landing inside the top ten with her pop-rock single 'Misfit', Amy Studt was perceived as a possible British answer to Avril Lavigne back in 2003. Unlike the...

Review posted on 28th April 2008

Idle Lovers - Big Impression

Idle Lovers - Big Impression

Idle LoversBig ImpressionPop GroovesSingle ReviewThis quartet from Hackney, London, has made their name by playing numerous gigs around the capital, sharing stages with the likes of Babyshambles, The Mystery Jets and The View. This, their...

Review posted on 22nd April 2008

Panic At The Disco - Pretty.  Odd.

Panic At The Disco - Pretty. Odd.

Panic At The Disco Pretty. Odd. Fueled By Ramen Album Review Already previewed with a UK tour prior to release, Panic At The Disco's second record has been highly anticipated by the alternative-favouring teen market....

Review posted on 21st April 2008

The Music, The Cockpit

The Music, The Cockpit

The MusicThe Cockpit, LeedsWednesday April 16, 2008Live ReviewCast your mind back to the autumn of 2002 and you may remember that the release of this Leeds band's debut record had the music press salivating at...

Review posted on 17th April 2008

The Long Blondes, Leeds University Live Review

The Long Blondes, Leeds University Live Review

The Long Blondes and Wild BeastsLeeds UniversityWednesday April 9, 2008Live ReviewSheffield quintet The Long Blondes’ debut record, ‘Someone To Drive You Home’, won much critical acclaim upon release in 2006 and though they didn’t quite...

Review posted on 10th April 2008

State Radio - Year Of The Crow

State Radio - Year Of The Crow

State RadioYear Of The CrowAlbum ReviewFormerly known as Flag Of The Shiners, this group has had various members since Chad Urmston formed it in 2002, but is currently settled as a trio. This release is...

Review posted on 25th March 2008

Panic At The Disco, Leeds Refectory Friday March 14

Panic At The Disco, Leeds Refectory Friday March 14

Panic At The Disco Leeds Refectory Friday March 14, 2008 Live Review It is an indication of their position at the forefront of the emo genre that the crowd for tonight's performance from this Sin...

Review posted on 17th March 2008

We Are Scientists - Brain Thrust Mastery

We Are Scientists - Brain Thrust Mastery

We Are ScientistsBrain Thrust MasteryVirginAlbum ReviewSince selling a respectable 150,000 units of their debut album 'With love And Squalor', American outfit We Are Scientists have lost original drummer Michael Tapper, but that hasn't dampened expectations...

Review posted on 10th March 2008

Panic At The Disco - Nine In The Afternoon

Panic At The Disco - Nine In The Afternoon

Panic At The Disco Nine In The Afternoon Fueled By Ramen Single ReviewHaving rocked the music world by dropping the '!' from their name, Panic At The Disco are set to release their new album,...

Review posted on 3rd March 2008

The Mexicolas - X

The Mexicolas - X

MexicolasXIn ExileAlbum ReviewHaving first caught the attention at the head of 2007, this Birmingham trio now release their debut album on indie label In Exile. Currently on tour across the UK, they've received support from...

Review posted on 29th February 2008

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Kai Whiston - No World As Good As Mine Album Review

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.

Feet - Ramsgate Music Hall 25.11.2019 Live Review

Feet - Ramsgate Music Hall 25.11.2019 Live Review

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

Lucy Spraggan - The Booking Hall, Dover 18.10.2019 Live Review

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...

Mark Lanegan - Somebody's Knocking Album Review

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...

Mallory Knox - The Booking Hall, Dover 12.10.2019 Live Review

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.

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