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Keith - Back There

Keith - Back There

KeithBack ThereSingle ReviewWorst. Band name. Ever!Back There is a curiously anaemic piece of Now That's What I Call indie 2006 that drifts by without leaving much of an impression. Granted, the drums are tight and...

Review posted on 8th May 2006

Howling Bells - Howling Bells

Howling Bells - Howling Bells

Howling Bells Howling BellsAlbum ReviewIf your only previous experience of Australian music was Rolf Harris and Jet, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. Howling Bells have crafted a moody and sophisticated debut, turning out twelve impeccable...

Review posted on 2nd May 2006

Men Women & Children - Men, Women and Children

Men Women & Children - Men, Women and Children

Men, Women and Children Men, Women and ChildrenAlbum ReviewMen, Women and Children is the side-project of Glassjaw guitarist Todd Weinstock, but existing fans, be warned, this will shock you. Rather than continue with the hard...

Review posted on 2nd May 2006

King Biscuit Time - Black Gold

King Biscuit Time - Black Gold

King Biscuit Time Black Gold Album ReviewWith Stephen Mason seemingly announcing his intention to quit music, it looks like Black Gold will be King Biscuit Time's debut and swansong. A shame when you listen to...

Review posted on 2nd May 2006

Primal Scream - Country Girl

Primal Scream - Country Girl

Primal Scream Country GirlSingle ReviewOut with the politics and Kevin Shields and in with the straight-ahead ballsy rock 'n' roll, Country Girl catches Primal Scream in a good mood. Sure, they miss Mr Shields' guitar...

Review posted on 2nd May 2006

Grandaddy - Just Like The Fambly Cat

Grandaddy - Just Like The Fambly Cat

GrandaddyJust Like The Fambly CatV2Album ReviewGrandaddy have been delighting us for many a year with their unique take on synth-rock, but Just Like The Fambly Cat will be their last offering after the announcement late...

Review posted on 24th April 2006

Fireworks Night - When We Fell Through The Ice/ Echo's Swing

Fireworks Night - When We Fell Through The Ice/ Echo's Swing

Fireworks NightWhen We Fell Through The Ice/ Echo's SwingSingle ReviewThis double A-side single mirrors a refreshing kick in the backside to a stagnant U.S. music scene, continuing to a certain extent what The Arcade Fire...

Review posted on 24th April 2006

Mew - The Zookeeper's Boy

Mew - The Zookeeper's Boy

MewThe Zookeeper's BoySingle ReviewDespite its big Bunnymen style guitars, epic production and glacial vocals, "The Zookeeper's Boy" evokes little more than its own self-created bluster.The faintly ridiculous lyrics about becoming a giraffe and an ostrich...

Review posted on 24th April 2006

Mew
Calexico - Bisbee Blue

Calexico - Bisbee Blue

CalexicoBisbee BlueSingle ReviewDespite his surfer-dude turned songwriter credentials, Jack Johnson could not hope to craft as gorgeous a piece of west coast summery pop as this.Calexico, the kings of Americana have moved out to the...

Review posted on 24th April 2006

Jonny Lives - Get Steady

Jonny Lives - Get Steady

Jonny Lives!Get Steady EPEP Review Ever wondered what Razorlight would sound like if they were actually American? Well wonder no more, because Jonny Lives! have released their debut EP, Get Steady. And big things are...

Review posted on 11th April 2006

The Noisettes - Three Moods of the

The Noisettes - Three Moods of the

The NoisettesThree Moods of the…EP Review There has been some considerable buzz around this London three-piece thanks to their frenetic live performances and singer/bassist Shingai Shoniva's outlandish gig attire. The burning question is, of course,...

Review posted on 11th April 2006

National Forest - A.M. Lights

National Forest - A.M. Lights

National Forest A.M. LightsSingle ReviewStarting off with a kiddy keyboard melody, the likes of which was last heard on Sonic the Hedgehog for the Master System, "A.M Lights" builds into a decent slow-burning piece of...

Review posted on 3rd April 2006

Mighty Six Ninety - Believable

Mighty Six Ninety - Believable

Mighty Six Ninety Believable Single ReviewWith its crisp beats, melodic bass and sterile keyboard sheen, "Believable" is an exercise in meticulously recreating New Order's signature sound, and it certainly succeeds. However, in doing so, it...

Review posted on 3rd April 2006

The Storys - The Storys

The Storys - The Storys

The Storys The StorysAlbum ReviewDo you find Will Young a bit too edgy? Keane a bit too extreme? Does hearing the opening bars to "Flowers In The Window" cause you to hyperventilate? Then buy this...

Review posted on 3rd April 2006

Adam Green - Jacket Full of Danger

Adam Green - Jacket Full of Danger

Adam Green,Jacket Full of Danger,Album ReviewGodspeed! You Black Emperor fans look away now, this ain't for you. With the longest track of the New York troubadour's latest album clocking in at 2.59, this isn't an...

Review posted on 3rd April 2006

Ojos de Brujo - Techari

Ojos de Brujo - Techari

Ojos de BrujoTechariAlbum ReviewBarcelona natives Ojos de Brujo have been gradually gaining recognition for their summery Spanish folk songs, which encompass flamenco, as well as Celtic influences. With this record though, they have stepped up...

Review posted on 28th March 2006

Ben Harper - Both Sides Of The Gun

Ben Harper - Both Sides Of The Gun

Ben HarperBoth Sides Of The GunAlbum ReviewUnfortunately, the dad from BBC's woeful "My Family" has not released his debut album, rather, this is the latest offering from the persistent U.S. singer-songwriter of the same name....

Review posted on 23rd March 2006

The Vines - Gross Out

The Vines - Gross Out

The Vines Gross Out Single ReviewThings have been a bit quiet in The Vines camp since Craig Nicholls' diagnosis with Aspergers Syndrome, but a new single has finally arrived in the form of "Gross Out"....

Review posted on 23rd March 2006

The Rogers Sisters - Never Learn To Cry

The Rogers Sisters - Never Learn To Cry

The Rogers Sisters Never Learn To CrySingle ReviewBrooklyn natives The Rogers Sisters latest single is rare in that it manages to both delight and disappoint in equal measure. Driven by a steady rhythm section and...

Review posted on 23rd March 2006

Nine Black Alps - Glitter Gulch EP

Nine Black Alps - Glitter Gulch EP

Nine Black AlpsGlitter Gulch EPReviewNine Black Alps made a big impression last year with their album "Everything Is" almost threatening to bring about another grunge revival. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed and the rockers have cut...

Review posted on 13th March 2006

Nightmare Of You - The Days Go By Oh So Slow

Nightmare Of You - The Days Go By Oh So Slow

Nightmare Of YouThe Days Go By Oh So SlowSingle ReviewIt's early 2006. Outside rain, snow, hail, sleet and quite possibly cats and dogs bounce off pavements while sub-arctic gales bring tears to the eyes of...

Review posted on 13th March 2006

Jackson Analogue - West of Here

Jackson Analogue - West of Here

Jackson AnalogueWest of HereReviewBands hailing from the Isle of Wight are few and far between, and on listening to Jackson Analogue's debut EP, "West of Here", you'll hope it stays that way. Their grungy take...

Review posted on 13th March 2006

Clearlake - Neon

Clearlake - Neon

ClearlakeNeonSingle Review"If you ever want to feel truly alone, I can't think of a better place to go" sings Jason Pegg on this tale of urban alienation. This track is rare in that it appeals...

Review posted on 13th March 2006

Tahiti 80 - Big Day

Tahiti 80 - Big Day

Tahiti 80 Big DaySingle ReviewSomeone's been listening to his Smokey Robinson records haven't they? Xavier Boyer and his band of Gallic pop munchkins have concocted a decent piece of white-boy soul here. Buoyed by a...

Review posted on 13th March 2006

The Crimea - White Russian Galaxy

The Crimea - White Russian Galaxy

The CrimeaWhite Russian GalaxySingle ReviewWhite Russian Galaxy is a prime example of what The Crimea do best, joyful psychedelic pop acting as a backdrop to deceptively bleak lyrics, (the song is about the drunken young...

Review posted on 13th March 2006

The Crimea - Leicester Charlotte

The Crimea - Leicester Charlotte

The Crimea @ Leicester Charlotte, 9/2/2006Live ReviewIt is apparent just by looking at the charts that there is no justice in the music world. While James Blunt tops the charts on both sides of the...

Review posted on 8th March 2006

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

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

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

Met Gala 2021: The three pop icons who took our breath away

Met Gala 2021: The three pop icons who took our breath away

Billie, Lil Nas X and Rihanna stole the show at the fashion event.

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

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

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

Lil Nas X and more big winners from the 2021 MTV VMAs

Lil Nas X and more big winners from the 2021 MTV VMAs

Here's what you missed at this year's Video Music Awards.

Album Of The Week: The 14th Anniversary of 'Mantaray' by Siouxsie Sioux

Album Of The Week: The 14th Anniversary of 'Mantaray' by Siouxsie Sioux

Finally, after 11 Siouxsie and The Banshees albums and four Creatures albums, the inspirational and influential lead singer of both bands - Siouxsie...

Iron Maiden: Rock music’s biggest literature geeks?

Iron Maiden: Rock music’s biggest literature geeks?

Eleven Iron Maiden tracks inspired by classic works of literature.

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Six real songs about pregnancy and parenthood that ring so true

Six real songs about pregnancy and parenthood that ring so true

From Halsey to Foo Fighters, these tracks tell a parent’s story with raw honesty.

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