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Dan Sartain - Century Plaza Album Review

Dan Sartain - Century Plaza Album Review

Since his first commercially available album 'Dan Sartain vs. the Serpientes' introduced us to his rockabilly blues music over a decade ago, American musician Dan Sartain has entertained with his take on a more retro...

Review posted on 21st March 2016

Various Artists - Now That's What I Call Pop! Album Review

Various Artists - Now That's What I Call Pop! Album Review

In the words of N'Sync, 'what's the deal with this pop life and when is it gonna fade out?' Well, if this three-cd compilation is anything to go by, then the answer is: not anytime...

Review posted on 26th October 2015

Alex Clare - Three Hearts Album Review

Alex Clare - Three Hearts Album Review

It's amazing what having a track from your relatively unknown debut album featuring on a tech-giant's advertising campaign can do for you, and nobody knows this better than Alex Clare. Don't get me wrong, 'The...

Review posted on 23rd September 2014

Basement Jaxx - Junto Album Review

Basement Jaxx - Junto Album Review

It's been five long years since Basement Jaxx released their last album, 'Zephyr'. A lot has happened in the dance music scene in such a relatively short space of time, so the big question is,...

Review posted on 20th August 2014

Tom Odell - Somerset House 17th July 2013 Live Review

Tom Odell - Somerset House 17th July 2013 Live Review

The Somerset House Summer Series has firmly made a name for itself as a must-attend event in the calendar, presenting an eclectic line-up of fantastic artists in an equally stunning setting. Wedged tonight in the...

Review posted on 19th July 2013

Miles Kane - Don't Forget Who You Are Album Review

Miles Kane - Don't Forget Who You Are Album Review

He fronted The Rascals and paired with Alex Turner to create The Last Shadow Puppets but, with his debut solo record 'Colour of the Trap', Miles Kane has stepped out from the shadows. However, they...

Review posted on 8th July 2013

Kasabian - Royal Albert Hall 22nd March 2013 Live Review

Kasabian - Royal Albert Hall 22nd March 2013 Live Review

Each year the Teenage Cancer Trust puts on a series of gigs, and each year the line-up is equally impressive. Needless to say, with Noel Gallagher, Damon Albarn, Primal Scream, Russell Brand and Kasabian on...

Review posted on 27th March 2013

Blood Red Shoes - The Water EP Review

Blood Red Shoes - The Water EP Review

Hot on the trail of their third LP release at the start of last year, Blood Red Shoes have returned with new material in the form of EP 'The Water'. This Brighton duo have promised...

Review posted on 19th March 2013

Foals - Holy Fire Album Review

Foals - Holy Fire Album Review

It's been nearly three years since Foals released their stunning second album Total Life Forever, and I wasn't really sure how and if they were going to top it upon their return. However, extensive touring...

Review posted on 18th February 2013

McFly - Memory Lane: The Best of McFly Album Review

McFly - Memory Lane: The Best of McFly Album Review

The release of a second Greatest Hits album in less than five years might seem a bit excessive for some artists, but riding high on recent various reality show wins, autobiography releases and infamous wedding...

Review posted on 24th January 2013

Regina Spektor - What We Saw From The Cheap Seats Album Review

Regina Spektor - What We Saw From The Cheap Seats Album Review

Regina Spektor could be described as this generation's Fiona Apple; a female artist producing emotive, slightly off-beat music that doesn't adhere to the commercial norm. It is these elements of eccentricity and fearlessness that have...

Review posted on 25th September 2012

Apparatjik - Square Peg in a Round Hole

Apparatjik - Square Peg in a Round Hole

For years the music industry has seen an array of 'super-bands', an amalgamation of artists from different groups infiltrating the market with various successes. Whether they sell records or not, they always seem to garner...

Review posted on 15th May 2012

Dry the River - Norwich Arts Centre, 12th May 2012

Dry the River - Norwich Arts Centre, 12th May 2012

When a quintet of men with unkempt hair and conspicuous tattoos appear on stage, you have to admit that the last thing you'd expect to subsequently witness is a heart-wrenching rendition of indie folk encompassing...

Review posted on 15th May 2012

Florence and the Machine - MTV Unplugged

Florence and the Machine - MTV Unplugged

It is often commented that whether a performer can sing live is a solid indication as to if they are genuinely a respectable artist. So when Florence took her Machine to MTV Unplugged and laid...

Review posted on 12th April 2012

Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls

Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls

Never have I known a band whose sound comprises the genres 'gospel' and 'rock' work music industry bigwigs into such a frenzy. After a low-key EP release last year, Alabama Shakes quickly had people touting...

Review posted on 19th March 2012

She & Him - A Very She & Him Christmas

She & Him - A Very She & Him Christmas

Nobody is a greater advocate of She & Him's sugar-sweet pop or lead singer Zooey Deschanel's distinctively effervescent vocals than I. Whilst their dreamy compositions provide the perfect backing to lazy summer days, this sound...

Review posted on 21st November 2011

Florence and the Machine - Ceremonials

Florence and the Machine - Ceremonials

After taking the music world by storm with her debut album 'Lungs' back in 2009, Florence and the Machine's highly anticipated follow up has finally been unleashed in the form of 'Ceremonials'. The first album...

Review posted on 14th November 2011

Noel Gallagher - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Anyone going solo after being in one of the biggest British bands of the past two decades is undeniably going to have a hell of a lot of expectation resting on their shoulders. With his...

Review posted on 17th October 2011

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Koko, Camden, London Friday 2nd September 2011

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Koko, Camden, London Friday 2nd September 2011

There's a reason why the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been at the top of their game for over 25 years and during this special gig for Radio 1, they magnificently demonstrated what it is....

Review posted on 5th September 2011

Richard Walters - Pacing

Richard Walters - Pacing

Two years after releasing his debut, Richard Walters returns with his second album, 'Pacing'; and what a follow-up it is. Haunting vocals juxtaposed with pulsating beats and searing melodies make for some truly memorable listening...

Review posted on 31st August 2011

The Black Ghosts - When Animals Stare

The Black Ghosts - When Animals Stare

'When Animals Stare' is The Black Ghosts' second album and possesses a combination of entrancing beats and quixotic vocals. Comprised of duo Theo Keating and Simon Lord, some may be aware of the band after...

Review posted on 31st August 2011

Team Me - Team Me

Team Me - Team Me

Team Me started life several years ago as a solo project for Marius D. Hagen, but has since evolved into a fully-fledged Norwegian pop-outfit. Currently in the midst of writing and recording their debut album...

Review posted on 19th July 2011

Box Codax - Hellabuster

Box Codax - Hellabuster

If you can't make head nor tail of a band's name then chances are you'll find their sound every bit as baffling. Box Codax have certainly stuck to this theory for their album 'Hellabuster' but...

Review posted on 18th July 2011

Alex Clare - The Lateness of the Hour

Alex Clare - The Lateness of the Hour

Alex Clare's debut album 'Lateness of the Hour', sees producers Diplo and Switch bring their dub-step and thundering basslines together with Clare's early affection for soul and blues to create an absolutely stunning record. Opener...

Review posted on 12th July 2011

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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.

Starcrawler - Devour You Album Review

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.

Salvation Jayne - The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 4.10.2019 Live Review

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.

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Gloo - XYZ Album Review

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.

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