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Isle of Wight Festival - 2010 Preview

Isle of Wight Festival - 2010 Preview

What better way to kick start the summer than with the 9th revived Isle of Wight festival? An event so rich in history, that for 3 straight years between 67-70, its main stage paid witness,...

Review posted on 3rd June 2010

Pin Me Down - Pin Me Down

Pin Me Down - Pin Me Down

It might look like Russell Lisack is killing time with his new side project while front man Kele Okereke puts Bloc Party on hold to pursue solo ambitions, but this little duet was formed long...

Review posted on 10th May 2010

Hawksley Workman - Meat

Hawksley Workman - Meat

Multi instrumentalist Ryan Corrigan is releasing two album in 2010, one is titled Meat (physical) and the other Milk (digital). This his 12th studio album dating back to 1999, has a strong theme of failed...

Review posted on 10th May 2010

Cha-Cha - We are...

Cha-Cha - We are...

Nobodies tipped them to be the next big thing, there has been little to no hype towards them at all, but going under the radar may just do Cha-Cha the power of good. No false...

Review posted on 10th May 2010

Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation

Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation

Weller's a bit like Marmite, always has been. To his legion of adoring fans, he's a god, a peoples poet, he's quite simply the Modfather. But to his snobby detractors he represents dad rock in...

Review posted on 15th April 2010

The Automatic - Tear The Signs Down

The Automatic - Tear The Signs Down

There was a time not so long ago, when you couldn't get away from the Automatic and their smash hit single Monster. It was everywhere pleasing some (them and their record label) and annoying many...

Review posted on 15th April 2010

Elliott Smith - Roman Candle

Elliott Smith - Roman Candle

There are very few more tragic stories than that of Elliot Smith. A multi talented musician, he was as prolific as he was gifted, releasing 4 albums between 94 and 98.His solo career followed the...

Review posted on 15th April 2010

Mr Fogg - Keep Your Teeth Sharp

Mr Fogg - Keep Your Teeth Sharp

Mr Fogg makes contradicting music, the beats are heavy but the vocals and lyrics are clean. With the assistance of producer Valgeir Sigurdsson, Keep Your Teeth Sharp presents itself as a tame beast, opening with...

Review posted on 16th March 2010

Turin Brakes - Outbursts

Turin Brakes - Outbursts

Releasing their fifth album in 9 years, Turin Brakes return as wonderfully melodic as ever. It's often the case that bands such as Turin Brakes become irrelevant and slate this far down the line, however...

Review posted on 16th March 2010

Seasick Steve - Songs For Elisabeth

Seasick Steve - Songs For Elisabeth

This 7 track collection of songs from previous album sessions, represents Seasick Steve's 'alternative valentines gift', an interesting gift and one that's bound to spark an interesting reaction should it find itself as the 'alternative'...

Review posted on 15th March 2010

Eight Legs - The Electric Kool Aid Cuckoo Nest

Eight Legs - The Electric Kool Aid Cuckoo Nest

With a wacky name to go with some very wacky indeed artwork featuring the band dressed in animal suits, you're half expecting a zany Wombats sound from the Stratford Upon Avon 4 piece Eight Legs....

Review posted on 10th March 2010

Gorillaz - Stylo

Gorillaz - Stylo

I'm not saying the world is about to end (maybe it is) but there's something a tad apocalyptic about new Gorillaz single Stylo. With its Terminator 2 Judgement Day leanings, it springs to life with...

Review posted on 10th March 2010

Fool's Gold - Fool's Gold

Fool's Gold - Fool's Gold

Review of the self-titled debut album from Fool's GoldContinuously compared to Vampire Weekend, Fools Gold are a Californian 12 piece that consist of members from all over South America as well as former We Are...

Review posted on 9th February 2010

Phantom Limb - Phantom Limb

Phantom Limb - Phantom Limb

Review of Phantom Limb's self-titled albumBased in Bristol, Phantom limb are a 5-piece band that have individually worked with a wide range of artists, including fellow Bristol musicians Ronnie Size and the legendary Massive Attack....

Review posted on 9th February 2010

Hadouken! - For The Masses

Hadouken! - For The Masses

Review of Hadouken's album For The MassesBack in 2007/2008 we were told by certain music publications that Hadouken were a band worth caring about. Fast forward a few years to 2010 and the same publications...

Review posted on 9th February 2010

Beach House - Teen Dream

Beach House - Teen Dream

Review of Beach House's album Teen DreamProlific duo Beach House release their third album Teen Dream to much anticipation following the acclaim of their previous releases. That they only formed in 2004 and yet are...

Review posted on 4th January 2010

James Yuill - Turning Down Water For Air

James Yuill - Turning Down Water For Air

Review of James Yuill's album Turning Down Water For AirJames Yuill is an intriguing artist, a folk singer songwriter who dabbles in electro. Folktronica they call it! And in Turning down water for air (Earth...

Review posted on 23rd December 2009

The Postmarks - Memoirs At The End Of The World

The Postmarks - Memoirs At The End Of The World

Album review of The Postmarks Memoirs At The End Of The WorldThe Postmarks is one of those band names that you would imagine has been used before, utterly 60s, understated yet classy. Well the same...

Review posted on 22nd December 2009

The Killers - Live at The Royal Albert Hall

The Killers - Live at The Royal Albert Hall

Review of The Killers album Live At The Royal Albert HallKillers fans are a spoilt bunch. With the band never off the radio, an array of hit singles, three successful studio albums, a b-sides album,...

Review posted on 22nd December 2009

Tune-Yards - Bird Brains

Tune-Yards - Bird Brains

Review of Tune Yards album Bird BrainsMerrill Garbus' aka Tune-Yards is as experimental as it gets. Producing a debut album in Lo-fi is about as risky a move as you could imagine. She joins bands...

Review posted on 30th November 2009

John Mckeown - Things Worth Fighting For

John Mckeown - Things Worth Fighting For

Review of John Mckeown's album Things Worth Fighting ForFormer Hero front man John Mckeown has chosen to embark on a solo career following the split of his band in 2008. He returns in the form...

Review posted on 30th November 2009

Athlete - Black Swan

Athlete - Black Swan

Review of Athlete's album Black SwanIt seems an age since Athlete were nominated for a Mercury Music Prize back in 2003, having released an album every two years since as well as parting ways with...

Review posted on 30th November 2009

Wallis Bird - New Boots

Wallis Bird - New Boots

Review of Wallis Bird's album New BootsSince her 2007 album Spoons, Irish singer songwriter Wallis Bird has struggled to get her music across to a wider audience. That was until The Sun newspaper of all...

Review posted on 30th November 2009

Little Comets - Adultery

Little Comets - Adultery

Review of Little Comets single AdulteryFront man Robert Coles's high pitched vocal preaches Monogamous ideology throughout this three minute gem 'love is expiring as he sits perspiring/just think of the children' Imagine if Jeremy Kyle...

Review posted on 30th November 2009

Codeine Velvet Club - Codeine Velvet Club

Codeine Velvet Club - Codeine Velvet Club

Review of Codeine Velvet Club's self-titled albumCodeine Velvet Club have to be one of the most surprising yet strangest acts of 2009. Consisting of The Fratellis front man Jon Lawler as well as Singer Songwriter...

Review posted on 30th November 2009

Bjork - Voltaic Live

Bjork - Voltaic Live

Review of Bjork's live album and DVD VoltaicNever one to follow the flock, Bjork has neglected to just put out a live album like most artists and instead she's opted to rerecord 11 tracks live...

Review posted on 29th October 2009

MPHO - Pop Art

MPHO - Pop Art

Review of Mpho's debut album Pop ArtSouth African born/ Brixton raised singer Mpho is clearly a woman that wants to avoid the restrictive shackles of being pigeonholed to a genre she doesn't feel she belongs...

Review posted on 27th October 2009

Sliimy - Paint your face

Sliimy - Paint your face

Review of Paint your face album Sliimy.If you thought one Mika was more than enough for a lifetime, then start panicking now. Sliimy is the French Mika. Let's see, high pitched voice check, overly colourful...

Review posted on 21st October 2009

Lethal Bizzle - Go Hard

Lethal Bizzle - Go Hard

Review of Lethal Bizzle's album Go HardLethal Bizzle has had to watch on as Tinchy Stryder and most notably Dizzee Rascal have managed to take grime into the mainstream. Admittedly they've don't it by pandering...

Review posted on 20th October 2009

Madness - Total Madness

Madness - Total Madness

Review of Madness' album Total MadnessThe sight of Suggs dressed as a giant ice cube while eating fish fingers with children can sometimes cause you to forget what a great front man he once was....

Review posted on 19th October 2009

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