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The Voom Blooms - Anna

The Voom Blooms - Anna

The Voom BloomsAnnaSingle ReviewHailing from the hotbed of rock 'n' roll mayhem that is Loughborough, The Voom Blooms have been garnering considerable media hype with their less than unique take on post-Libertines indie. Anna, is...

Review posted on 4th October 2006

The Rogers Sisters - The Invisible Deck

The Rogers Sisters - The Invisible Deck

The Rogers Sisters, The Invisible Deck, Album ReviewNew York trio The Rogers Sisters have finally delivered on their early promise by crafting an album with a lot of genuinely impressive moments. There's very little surplus...

Review posted on 28th September 2006

From The Shards of Comets! - Less Magic

From The Shards of Comets! - Less Magic

From The Shards of Comets!Less Magic, More MechanicsSingle ReviewAcross Britain, the musical winds are changing. Bands are tiring of three-minute pop songs about girls and discos and meeting girls at discos, they are pushing song...

Review posted on 28th September 2006

Jeremy Warmsley - The Art Of Fiction

Jeremy Warmsley - The Art Of Fiction

Jeremy WarmsleyThe Art Of FictionAlbum ReviewTransgressive Records are known for their work with 'real' songwriters so new album release from Jeremy Warmsley should come as no revelation to followers of the label that leapt onto...

Review posted on 26th September 2006

The Young Knives - The Voices of Animals & Men

The Young Knives - The Voices of Animals & Men

The Young KnivesThe Voices of Animals & MenAlbum ReviewEvery now and then, a band comes along that are quintessentially British, right to their very core. The Kinks and more recently, The Libertines being the best...

Review posted on 2nd August 2006

Good Shoes - All in My Head

Good Shoes - All in My Head

Good ShoesAll in My HeadSingle ReviewAs well as having a name that's just rubbish, Good Shoes specialise in the same kind of post-Libs, meat and potatoes rock 'n' roll that has been lurking around the...

Review posted on 2nd August 2006

Gnarls Barkley - Smiley Faces

Gnarls Barkley - Smiley Faces

Gnarls BarkleySmiley FacesSingle ReviewWet Wet Wet, Bryan Adams, and Tony Blair. What is it that those three have in common? Well, apart from the obvious, it's that they don't know when to quit. Gnarls Barkley,...

Review posted on 2nd August 2006

WinterKids - I'm Not Used to You/Fed Up

WinterKids - I'm Not Used to You/Fed Up

WinterKidsI'm Not Used to You/Fed UpSingle ReviewEssex quintet WinterKids are the latest band to have cut out the middle man and released music from their own label, taking advantage of the myspace-powered boom in self-promotion....

Review posted on 2nd August 2006

Foreign Islands - Fine Dining With the Future

Foreign Islands - Fine Dining With the Future

Foreign IslandsFine Dining With the FutureSingle ReviewFollowing the recent successes of nu-ravers, Klaxons, Brooklyn's Foreign Islands are trying to make a mark with their charmingly slapdash take on dance-punk. The scratchy guitars, odd rhythmic shifts...

Review posted on 2nd August 2006

Wolfmother - Woman

Wolfmother - Woman

WolfmotherWoman Single ReviewNot since Chas 'n' Dave played my local has a band received such undeserved and explicable hype. Most of us were safe in the knowledge that Wolfmother's risible brand of Led Zeppelin-lite had...

Review posted on 2nd August 2006

Guillemots - Through The Windowpane

Guillemots - Through The Windowpane

GuillemotsThrough The WindowpaneAlbum ReviewNot since Tim DeLaughter bought a choir boy smock down at his local car boot has such a strange collective emerged. As much rooted in Brazil as they are in Birmingham, the...

Review posted on 10th July 2006

duels - The Bright Lights and What I Should Have Learned

duels - The Bright Lights and What I Should Have Learned

DuelsThe Bright Lights and What I Should Have LearnedAlbum ReviewThe latest bright young things from the Yorkshire music scene have released their prog-tinged debut, and it ain't half bad. The crucial thing about Duels, though,...

Review posted on 10th July 2006

Fionn Regan - The End of History

Fionn Regan - The End of History

Fionn ReganThe End of HistoryAlbum ReviewFionn Regan has just made one of the most engaging singer-songwriter albums in years. A bold statement if ever there was one, but, hear me out. The End of History...

Review posted on 10th July 2006

The Sleepy Jackson - Personality: One Was A Spider One Was A Bird

The Sleepy Jackson - Personality: One Was A Spider One Was A Bird

The Sleepy JacksonPersonality - One Was a Spider One Was a BirdVirginThe second album by Australia's Luke Steele, following 2003's very successful debut, Lovers. Where Lovers mixed electronica with classic pop, indie and country rock,...

Review posted on 10th July 2006

Sigur Ros - Saeglopur

Sigur Ros - Saeglopur

Sigur Ros SaeglopurSingle ReviewStarting off with a melancholy piano before roaring guitars send it skyward, the latest offering from Iceland's finest fails to disappoint. Vocalist Jonsi Birgisson's keening falsetto intertwines with the intricate arrangements to...

Review posted on 10th July 2006

The View - Wasted Little DJs

The View - Wasted Little DJs

The ViewWasted Little DJsSingle ReviewKicking off like Kings of Leon before evening out into an archetypal Britpop singalong, The View are really doing nothing different to your average pub band. That said, there is just...

Review posted on 10th July 2006

Love Is All - Busy Doing Nothing

Love Is All - Busy Doing Nothing

Love Is AllBusy Doing NothingSingle ReviewNever before has a single's title so succinctly described its true essence. Well, not since Stupid Mistake by Gareth Gates anyway. Hotly-tipped Scandinavian rockers Love Is All have crafted a...

Review posted on 10th July 2006

Joan As Police Woman - Real Life

Joan As Police Woman - Real Life

Joan As Police WomanReal LifeAlbum ReviewJoan Wasser isn't exactly what you would call a household name, although she has played alongside plenty of them, but on the basis of this record, she soon will be.Real...

Review posted on 31st May 2006

Thousand Natural Shocks - Under The Sun/ Attack

Thousand Natural Shocks - Under The Sun/ Attack

Thousand Natural ShocksUnder The Sun/ AttackSingle ReviewUK quartet Thousand Natural Shocks have released a double A-side single, after gaining some considerable buzz on the live circuit."Under The Sun" comes straight off the bat sounding like...

Review posted on 31st May 2006

Fortune Drive - My Girlfriend's An Arsonist

Fortune Drive - My Girlfriend's An Arsonist

Fortune Drive My Girlfriend's An Arsonist Single ReviewDespite the fact that the title was probably cribbed from an edition of The Jeremy Kyle Show, Fortune Drive have made a decent single here.A rudimentary exercise in...

Review posted on 31st May 2006

The Futureheads - Skip To The End

The Futureheads - Skip To The End

The FutureheadsSkip To The EndSingle ReviewJerky guitars? Check.Mackem inflected vocals that occasionally veer towards shouting? Check.Idiosyncratic backing vocals? CheckHmm, I think what we have here is a Futureheads single. But don't let my pithy introduction...

Review posted on 31st May 2006

Dan Sartain - Dan Sartain vs The Serpientes

Dan Sartain - Dan Sartain vs The Serpientes

Dan SartainDan Sartain vs The SerpientesAlbum Review23 year old Deep South troubadour Dan Sartain has been tearing rock 'n' roll a new soundhole over the past year, and this incredible record will ensure that he...

Review posted on 17th May 2006

Shooting At Unarmed Men - Yes! Tinnitus!

Shooting At Unarmed Men - Yes! Tinnitus!

Shooting At Unarmed Men Yes! Tinnitus! Album ReviewAre you a fan of neatly constructed pop? Do you get a kick out of a tuneful vocalist? Does an ornate musical arrangement put a spring in your...

Review posted on 16th May 2006

Head Automatica - Popaganda

Head Automatica - Popaganda

Head AutomaticaPopaganda Album ReviewThis LP is the conclusive proof that Glassjaw aren't the big angry emo-ers we had them down as. Following guitarist Todd Weinstock's recent disco-funk album with Men, Women and Children, singer Daryl...

Review posted on 16th May 2006

Joan As Policewoman - The Ride

Joan As Policewoman - The Ride

Joan As Policewoman The Ride Single ReviewHaving paid her dues as session player for the likes of Lou Reed, Elton John and Scissor Sisters, Joan Wasser has finally ventured out on her own, and on...

Review posted on 16th May 2006

Louie - Dead Man

Louie - Dead Man

LouieDead Man Single ReviewA two and a half minute romp that contains both the typically English punk stylings of The Buzzcocks and The Libertines and the harder edge of their U.S equivalents, and fails to...

Review posted on 16th May 2006

Various Artists - Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited

Various Artists - Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited

Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited Various Album ReviewA tribute album is always a thorny prospect, most of them are highly flawed affairs, and this tribute to the original letchy Frenchman Serge Gainsbourg is no different. That's not...

Review posted on 8th May 2006

Verra Cruz - Emancipation Day

Verra Cruz - Emancipation Day

Verra CruzEmancipation DayAlbum ReviewIt may seem slightly strange that an English band have recorded an album that seeps American mainstream rock from its every pore, but Verra Cruz have done it.The band is mainly cut...

Review posted on 8th May 2006

The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers

The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers

The Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers Album ReviewWhen initial reports seeped out that Jack White and Brendan Benson were recording an album together, there followed some considerable buzz, the pair themselves even declaring it "Detroit's answer...

Review posted on 8th May 2006

The Answer - Into The Gutter

The Answer - Into The Gutter

The Answer Into The Gutter Single ReviewIf this is The Answer, then by God it must have been a ridiculous question. Starting up with a riff cribbed from Paranoid, this exercise in sub Led Zeppelin...

Review posted on 8th May 2006

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Album Of The Week: The 30th Anniversary of 'Pretty On The Inside' by Hole

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Courtney Love went from Faith No More to Pagan Babies before roles in Sid And Nancy and Straight To Hell propelled her forward to form her seminal...

Placebo - Beautiful James Audio

Placebo - Beautiful James Audio

Returning with their first new song in five years, Placebo have just dropped ‘Beautiful James’ as the first taster of their forthcoming album.

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Queen Cult: The queer band you’ll fall in love with by 2022

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The Cheshire four-piece unveil a new politically-charged single entitled Show & Tell.

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Zed The Dreamer talks to us about drawing inspiration from William Golding, collaborating with Phoebe Bridgers and signing to 4AD [EXCLUSIVE]

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Having just celebrated the release of his debut EP, 'The Life and Death of MacKenzie Kane', Portuguese singer-songwriter Zé Pedro Viveiros, aka Zed...

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