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Sleater-Kinney - Live in Paris Album Review

Sleater-Kinney - Live in Paris Album Review

If more prominent Americans were like Sleater-Kinney, the USA would never have turned into Trump-ton. Their return from a nine-year hiatus in 2015 with "No Cities to Love" was critically acclaimed and accompanied by a...

Review posted on 27th January 2017

Foxygen - Hang Album Review

Foxygen - Hang Album Review

When Sam France and Jonathan Rado released "...And Star Power" in 2015, the title seemed an extension of 2013's "We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic". Nobody minds such self-confidence when it's...

Review posted on 25th January 2017

Cherry Glazerr - Apocalipstick Album Review

Cherry Glazerr - Apocalipstick Album Review

I recall drinking myself into oblivion in my late teens on lurid, vodka-based concoctions with names very much like 'Cherry Glazerr'. Back then, 'tomorrow' was insufficiently central to my consciousness to warrant giving a sh*t...

Review posted on 20th January 2017

Beachheads - Beachheads Album Review

Beachheads - Beachheads Album Review

Beachheads is a four-piece indie rock band from Stavanger, Norway. Beachy Head is a notorious cliff face in East Sussex, off which people regularly step and let gravity do the rest. Beachheads are marginally more...

Review posted on 9th January 2017

Loyle Carner - Yesterday's Gone Album Review

Loyle Carner - Yesterday's Gone Album Review

Loyle Carner is the sort of rapper you could take round to your nan's. She might chastise him for his seemingly habitual effing, but she'd definitely want to feed him up on ham rolls and...

Review posted on 28th December 2016

Jon Kean's Top Ten Albums of 2016

Jon Kean's Top Ten Albums of 2016

Those from across the pond, will probably write it off as the year they ended up hiring a billionaire, tiny-handed, Shredded-Wheat-haired fanny-grabber as Commander-in-Chief. Oh, brave new world, that has such people in it...Praise be,...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 25th December 2016

The Blue Aeroplanes - Welcome, Stranger! Album Review

The Blue Aeroplanes - Welcome, Stranger! Album Review

Despite their thirty-five-year existence, you'd be excused for having been a complete stranger to art-rock Bristolians, The Blue Aeroplanes. Over the decades, they've garnered a devoted fan base, a secret society that gawps incredulously if...

Review posted on 15th December 2016

Kate Tempest - Bristol O2 Academy, 8.12.16 Live Review

Kate Tempest - Bristol O2 Academy, 8.12.16 Live Review

If you like your poetry dubstep-free and styled by old, dead geezers wearing cravats, look away now.Kate Tempest is a modern magus and the cityscape she invokes is compelling. She pulls no punches in her...

Review posted on 9th December 2016

Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire - Swithering Album Review

Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire - Swithering Album Review

Despite innovations like the Internet and the M6, something seems to have prevented Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire permeating south of Hadrian's Wall. Hart is well established in Scottish music, from radio broadcasting to...

Review posted on 8th December 2016

Man and the Echo - Man and the Echo Album Review

Man and the Echo - Man and the Echo Album Review

With their self-titled debut album, Warrington's Man and the Echo have condensed modern Britain into forty minutes of stunning pathos. Lead singer and lyricist, Gaz Roberts, is clearly a wry observer, in the mould of...

Review posted on 5th December 2016

The Lemon Twigs - Do Hollywood Album Review

The Lemon Twigs - Do Hollywood Album Review

In the '70s, 'Brian and Michael' signified beards, flat caps and 'Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs.' In 2016, Brian and Michael means precocious teenage New Yorkers, the D'Addario brothers. This, their debut album...

Review posted on 28th November 2016

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker - Overnight Album Review

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker - Overnight Album Review

Seasoned fans of this BBC-Folk-Award-winning duo will be accustomed to the melancholia in which Josienne Clarke's songwriting and Ben Walker's musical arrangement is steeped. Their songs dwell upon what Josienne herself labels, "The general agony...

Review posted on 18th November 2016

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

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

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

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...

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