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Shrag - On The Spines Of Old Cathedrals Single Review

Shrag - On The Spines Of Old Cathedrals Single Review

'On The Spines Of Old Cathedrals' is a thoroughly unremarkable single from an otherwise usually enjoyable band. Taken from their third album, 2012's Canines, it contains none of the frenetic, nervous energy that usually typifies...

Review posted on 24th January 2013

DBH, McWatt, Tekla - Manchester Briton's Protection Friday 11th January Live Review

DBH, McWatt, Tekla - Manchester Briton's Protection Friday 11th January Live Review

Intimacy has its benefits and drawbacks in relation to live music. It can be an unparalleled thrill to be within an arm's length of an artist, to see the beads of sweat on their brow...

Review posted on 21st January 2013

Opeth - Anathema Nottingham Rock City, Monday 11th November Live Review

Opeth - Anathema Nottingham Rock City, Monday 11th November Live Review

Opeth and Anathema bear between them many similarities. Chiefly among them, a gradual shift from harsh, visceral roots that grew over two decades ago (albeit a considerable distance apart) in the then-fertile grounds of death...

Review posted on 19th November 2012

El Perro Del Mar - Pale Fire Album Review

El Perro Del Mar - Pale Fire Album Review

On her forth album, Sarah Assbring, the Swedish siren behind the noms de plume El Perro Del mar, moves further away from the twinkling doo-wop and Scando-folk of her earliest releases into the ever-more populated...

Review posted on 2nd November 2012

Hammock - Departure Songs Album Review

Hammock - Departure Songs Album Review

For Hammock, Departure Songs is where it all comes together. Every disparate strand and sound conjured over the past eight years is no longer separated by song or by album, but layered on top of...

Review posted on 2nd November 2012

Tindersticks - Live In San Sebastian 2012 Album Review

Tindersticks - Live In San Sebastian 2012 Album Review

In principle, the decision to release a live Tindersticks album is a puzzling one, especially one that is merely a mirror to their latest release. Should you choose not to dismiss it simply as cashing...

Review posted on 31st October 2012

The Irrepressibles - Nude Album Review

The Irrepressibles - Nude Album Review

Few bands dispel the myth that 'you get out what you put in' more than The Irrepressibles. Two years ago, Jamie McDermott's collective released one of the most ambitious débuts of recent years in Mirror...

Review posted on 22nd October 2012

Perfume Genius - Birmingham Glee Club 5th September 2012

Perfume Genius - Birmingham Glee Club 5th September 2012

Re-scripting music that is deeply personal and introspective on record for the stage is something that many artists struggle with, particularly when they are not yet at the level to fund and fit on-stage a...

Review posted on 12th September 2012

Allo Darlin - Derby Silk Mill September 1st 2012

Allo Darlin - Derby Silk Mill September 1st 2012

The main criticisms one can have of the indie scene (think Indietracks, not New Cross) are a lack of variety and a near absence of discretion. Though many who frequent haunts adorned with cardigans and...

Review posted on 5th September 2012

Swans - The Seer

Swans - The Seer

Some artists and works have a power to eclipse anything that stands close. A popular website (scaleofuniverse.com) shows the scale of a quark, zooming out to a germ, to a man, to a planet and,...

Review posted on 3rd September 2012

Summer Sundae - Leicester De Montford Hall 17-19 August 2012

Summer Sundae - Leicester De Montford Hall 17-19 August 2012

With London's hosting of the Olympics many festivals have had to step outside of their comfort zone. Some, Glastonbury being the largest example, have simply decided to call it a year, whilst others have rescheduled...

Review posted on 28th August 2012

Disco Inferno - The 5 EPs

Disco Inferno - The 5 EPs

Disco Inferno was an important band. They may not be important to you, but that's not important. Forming as a quartet in 1989, they soon become a trio and released some of the foremost forward-thinking...

Review posted on 28th August 2012

Reverend and The Makers - @Reverend_Makers

Reverend and The Makers - @Reverend_Makers

It is apt that this review comes almost two months after the release of John "Reverend" McClure's latest full-length, in reference to both it's name and style. The album's title is the band's twitter 'handle',...

Review posted on 31st July 2012

Zelienople - The World Is A House On Fire

Zelienople - The World Is A House On Fire

Often, the most affecting music is by no means what it is perceived to be. Sigur Ros, for example, were only really a 'post-rock' band for the final ten minutes of their landmark ( )...

Review posted on 23rd July 2012

Latitude Festival - Henham Park, Suffolk 13th-15th July 2012

Latitude Festival - Henham Park, Suffolk 13th-15th July 2012

Since its birth in 2006 Latitude has felt like a bubble continuing to expand. Each year it has grown in size and stature, with stronger line-ups and more and more treats crammed into every nook...

Review posted on 17th July 2012

Indietracks Festival - Midlands Railway Centre, Ripley 6th-8th July 2012

Indietracks Festival - Midlands Railway Centre, Ripley 6th-8th July 2012

Whatever changes in Britain; the weather, the economy, relative failure in sport, some things are always certain, and despite the recent failure of Bloc and the impending failure of All Tomorrows Parties amongst others it's...

Review posted on 12th July 2012

Off Festival - Katowice, Poland , 2nd-5th August 2012 Preview

Off Festival - Katowice, Poland , 2nd-5th August 2012 Preview

When compared to the overpriced, under-whelming line-ups filling the UK festival circuit, the offerings across mainland Europe can be rather sobering. One festival that is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the best weekends...

Review posted on 10th July 2012

Future Of The Left, Live Review

Future Of The Left, Live Review

When a band plateaus in regards to the size of their audience, there are always questions to be asked. When this plateau lasts for over a decade, this is even truer. Is it due to...

Review posted on 19th June 2012

Indietracks Festival - 6th-8th July 2012 - Midland Railway Centre, Ripley Preview

Indietracks Festival - 6th-8th July 2012 - Midland Railway Centre, Ripley Preview

This year, Indietracks puts out its strongest line-up to date. A celebration of all things twee, the only festival to be held on the site of a train museum has honed in on its strengths...

Review posted on 11th June 2012

Dot To Dot - Nottingham, 3rd June 2012

Dot To Dot - Nottingham, 3rd June 2012

Arranging a festival on a bank holiday weekend is always tempting fate, and inevitably after a week of golden skies a near-continuous downpour greeted the Nottingham leg of Dot To Dot. With 75% of the...

Review posted on 7th June 2012

Dot To Dot, 2nd-4th June 2012 Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham Preview

Dot To Dot, 2nd-4th June 2012 Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham Preview

In a year that has seen many festivals fall by the wayside Dot-To-Dot has stood by its strengths in 2012. The one day festival, now it its eighth year, is again held in Bristol, Nottingham...

Review posted on 28th May 2012

Meshuggah - Nottingham Rock City, April 7th 2012

Meshuggah - Nottingham Rock City, April 7th 2012

Some bands build a fanbase by spending countless hours 'interacting' with fans, others by licensing their material to any number of products or companies. Others do it by trawling across genres, following trends and altering...

Review posted on 24th April 2012

Standard Fare - Out Of Sight, Out Of Town

Standard Fare - Out Of Sight, Out Of Town

Listen to 'Out Of Sight, Out Of Town' after seeing Sheffield three-piece Standard Fare live and you may be taken slightly aback. Behind the rollercoaster riffs and shrieks that have gained them a dedicated following...

Review posted on 20th March 2012

Peter Broderick - http://www.itstartshear.com

Peter Broderick - http://www.itstartshear.com

Type http://www.itstartshear.com , the rather unwieldy name of Peter Broderick's latest full-length, into your web browser and you are taken to a site containing streams and notes on the dectet of tracks that make up...

Review posted on 13th March 2012

Elektro Guzzi - Parquet

Elektro Guzzi - Parquet

Austrian three-piece Elektro Guzzi are masters of discipline. Their second album in eight years, the guitar/bass/drum trio are firmly routed in the realm of dance music, but shun any reliance on the perfectionist, clinical production...

Review posted on 5th March 2012

Django Django - Nottingham Bodega Social 24th February

Django Django - Nottingham Bodega Social 24th February

When 2012 closes its books and the critics write their summations Django Django could well be the band underneath the headline 'Success Story'. Yes, the Edinburgh-based four-piece were making waves almost immediately after forming in...

Review posted on 28th February 2012

The Twilight Sad - Nottingham 15th February 2012

The Twilight Sad - Nottingham 15th February 2012

Listen to the rumours and whispers swirling around blogs and webzines and you may be led to believe that The Twilight Sad aren't the band they once were. Yes, on first listen, their latest full-length...

Review posted on 21st February 2012

Tindersticks - The Something Rain

Tindersticks - The Something Rain

In a not too distant parallel universe the term 'Tindersticks' is used to describe something that does "exactly what is said on the tin". The now Berlin based sextet have covered more ground than ever...

Review posted on 31st January 2012

Shearwater - Animal Joy

Shearwater - Animal Joy

When Shearwater was formed a decade ago by Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff it was done so as a retreat from the more hard-edged sound of their day job Okkervil River, and although Shearwater's debút...

Review posted on 24th January 2012

Youth Lagoon - The Year Of Hibernation

Youth Lagoon - The Year Of Hibernation

Like Jack Tatum's Wild Nothing or Mike Hadreas' Perfume Genius, or even in its infancy Peter Silberman's The Antlers, Youth Lagoon is a semi-autobiographical project, one which allows its protagonist an outlet close enough to...

Review posted on 15th December 2011

The timely return of pop-punk veterans The Offspring

The timely return of pop-punk veterans The Offspring

Why has pop-punk made a 2020s resurgence?

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BRIT Award Nominations 2021: A triumph for diversity with the likes of Arlo Parks, Celeste and Young T & Bugsey

BRIT Award Nominations 2021: A triumph for diversity with the likes of Arlo Parks, Celeste and Young T & Bugsey

One of the most diverse line-ups we've seen for a major awards show in a while.

It's time we stopped talking about Madonna's age

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Her new lingerie photos have divided opinion across the internet.

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