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Album Review: Doldrums - Lesser Evil

Doldrums is a great word. That double ‘D’ makes an abstract emotional state onomatopoeic, the feeling of being...

Live Review: Modestep Thekla Bristol -...

Modestep @ Thekla, Bristol 7th Feb   Jesus Christ. I am deep in the belly of an old boat, And I want to cut my fucking...

Live Review: The Pictish Trail feat....

South Street in Reading is an arts centre that I really hope is frequented often by the locals. It's the sort of small...

Single Review: DJ Koze ft Caribou- Track...

We don't know if this is coming out as a single, or if it's just a teaser for DJ Koze's forthcoming longplayer, and...

Album Review: Veronica Falls - Waiting...

Round about this time last year Veronica Falls released a debut of unashamedly retro indie pop. There wasn’t a sample,...

Single Review: Frightened Rabbit - The...

I doubt it's the Scottish accent that makes Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchinson sing like he forgot all words last...

Album Review: Cosmo Jarvis - Think Bigger...

Stream the album in full under the review You could never accuse Cosmo Jarvis of a lack of ambition. Think Bigger he says, then...

Album Review: C2C - Tetra

Turntablism, like pagers, Baywatch and Johnny Depp being in good films, belongs in the 90s. Grandmaster Flash (debatably)...

Album Review: Eels - Wonderful, Glorious

With Wonderful, Glorious Mark Everett has jacked in his stints moonlighting as a film maker and author, and returned to his...

Single Review: Moon Duo - Ich Werde Sehen

Taking their Krautrock ambitions to a logical (if slightly predictable) conclusion, Moon Duo have resung I Can See auf Deutsche...

Single Review: Jagwa Ma - The Throw

Christ knows what they've been slipping in the water in Sydney these last couple of years, but there's a lot of kids...

Album Review: Julian Cope - Saint Julian...

Julian Cope has spent the last 3 decades worked his way up to legendary status, partially through his superbly curated...

Live Review: Trojan Sound System

Jungle versus Reggae was brought to Blue Mountain Club on Stokes Croft by Trojan Sounds and stellar ethical clothing company...

Single Review: Nite Jewel - Memory, Man

Romana Gonzalez's latest offering speeds up her synthetic funk to a skipping quick step, the jerking rhythm twitching oddly...

Album Review: Modestep - Evolution Theory

Modestep live in a world of big dumb statements. I’d say they don’t write music; they write sounds to accompany...

Single Review: San Cisco - Wild Things

Wild Things sounds like San Cisco went down the market, picked up a pop hit, then swapped it for a sack of magic beans on the...

Single Review: Evil Alien - Higher Than...

WARNING - The video below has boobs and bum and fanny. Do not scroll down if you are not willing to see that sort of filth....

Single Review: Eaux - Too Dark To Tell

It's a surprise that The xx's success hasn't seen bands and labels rushing to cash in on their uniquely sparse...

Single Review: Declan Zapala - Broken...

We first saw Declan Zapala busking at Hop Farm Festival back in July. We've kept an eye on him since then and were very...

Single Review: Teleman - Cristina

New on Moshi Moshi, Teleman's debut is admirably sparse, a slightly wonky 50's ballad reimagined with warm keys and...

Single Review: Example - Perfect Replacement

One of the convenient things about 2013 only being a couple of weeks old is that it allows for definites - in this case, that...

Single Review: Foxygen - San Francisco

As a rule, I'm against the lazy use of the term 'hipster' applied to anything with a hint of artiness about it. I...

Album Review: Dead Sons - The Hollers and...

Dead Sons exist in a yowling alternate universe where the Arctic Monkeys have been remade as a gore filled B movie splatter...

Single Review: Bombers - Drawing Buddy's...

Imagine if The Horrors were still The Horrors, but their singer was a bit crap. Hello Bombers! For some reason this Birmingham...

Album Review: Mice Parade - Candela

 “Never mind what you know// It’s only what you believe in// As the grey hairs start to show” opens...

Single Review: Chapel Club - Good Together

Ummmm ... huh...? What the hell just happened? This has got, like, a drum machine. And then there's all these synthy...

Single Review: Jesse Ware - If You're...

Although the title may have you thinking different, this new single from Jesse Ware was featured on her album as 110%. One...

Single Review: Active Child - His Eye Is...

Now winter has truly drawn in we can't think of anything finer than gathering up the blankets, whipping together a hot...

Single Review: Local Natives - Breaker

With an opening riff lifted wholesale from The Four Tops Motown classic Reach Out, I'll Be There, I was expecting...

Album Review: Dizzee Rascal - Dirtee TV 2

As with last year’s Dirtee TV 1, Dizzee’s latest free mixtape is a return to the ruffneck, all aggy lyrics spat and...

Single Review: Thumpers - Dancing's Done

Newly signed to Transgeressive offshoot ParadYse Records, childhood friends Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson Jr make up the...

Single Review: Dido ft Kendrick Lamar -...

Dido? You remermber Dido right? Ohmygodgreatnews! She's back and as far as I can tell this is the same song she was singing...

Single Review: Toy - Make It Mine

TOY round off a great year with a wistful new single, Make It Mine. As ever the band deliver 80s tinged psychedelia, swirling...

Album Review: Ruff Sqwad - White Label...

Grime was birthed in one the UK’s sporadic inner city spasms, the regular bursts of crazy creative magic that swell up...

Album Review: Green Day - Tre

If you were a band running short on ideas, at the end of a long career mining pretty much the same three chords album after...

Single Review: Snoop Lion - Here Comes...

Snoop struggles to make a crap tune doesn't he? Even the grubby fingers of Guetta couldn't make him sound totally...

Single Review: Ships - Places

Be warned, I spilt ball scalding hot tea down my crisply pressed strides when the second half of Places kicked in. Just letting...

Album Review: Sinkane - Mars

SInkane is the musical guise of Sudanese New Yorker Ahmad Gallad. Gallad is known in muso circles as an excellent live player,...

Single Review: Wheatus - Lemonade

Yup, them. That band who did that song (and that awsome cover) in the early 2000s that you probably haven't heard from...

Single Review: Nick Cave and the Bad...

The first single from the forthcoming Bad Seeds album is the kind of hushed hell ballad that Nick Cave probably sings his kids...

Live Review: Temples at Shacklewell Arms

Friday night in the Shacklewell Arms is usually busy but tonight it is rammed. Getting into the evenings free Temples show is a...

Album Review: Rihanna - Unapologetic

It’s hard not to come to Unapologetic without preconceptions, and for its part, the album scarcely bothers trying to...

Live Review: Skip and Die at Cargo

The lone sitar and precussive onslaught of ‘Jungle Riot’ opens up Dutch / South African band Skip & Die’s...

Album Review: Pinch: MIA 2006-2010

Pinch: MIA 2006-2010   So. I was asked to review something called ‘MIA 2006-2010’ by someone called...

Live Review: Crystal Castles Brixton...

Tonight’s Crystal Castles show ends with Alice Glass sobbing into the microphone. It’s a weird end to an intense...

Single Review: Solange - Lovers In The...

Hi hipsters! I see you've all taken Solange Knowles deep within your bosom. You lurve her, right? Shame you weren't...

Single Review: The Vaccines - I Always Knew

An understated single from The Vaccines, I Always Knew shows that everyone has to slow it down once in a while. This is...

Single Review: Haim - Don't Save Me

The buzz around Haim has been bubbling under for most of 2012. The three sisters are on the brink of a tour supporting Florence...

Album Review: Deftones - Koi No Yokan

  Deftones never really seemed like the sort of band to stray from their trademark sonic attack, did they?  And...

Album Review: Joe Driscoll Sekou Kouyate...

Faya is a meeting of musicians; New Yorker Joe Driscoll and Guinean kora maestro Sekou Kouyate. Driscoll speaks no French and...

Album Review: Action Bronson - Rare...

Bronson inhabits the tiny niche of fat, bald, ginger, Albanian descendent rappers with their own cooking show, who happen to be...

Album Review: Gramme - Fascination

Timing is everything in pop. Come too soon and, at best you look like an eccentric, a maniac or a freak, and, at worst no one...

Single Review: Two Door Cinema Club - Sun

Really, really inoffensive indie pop from Two Door Cinema Club. The jaunty bits pop and spangle along in a jolly enough way,...

Single Review: Deap Vally - End of the World

A bag of filthy, greasy, stanky rock n roll from Deap Vally. Our statistics department have calculated that End of the World is...

Single Review: Autre Ne Veut - Counting

With Counting Autre Ne Veut has made something like syrup covered, home made ice cream. He's going for the gloopy thick RnB...

Album Review: Algernon Doll - Camomile

Algernon Doll is the brain child of Ewan Grant, a Scottish musician who’s turned away from his punk roots to record a...

Album Review: Duke Slammer - What Four?...

The new EP from Luke Sanger aka Duke Slammer (the man behind last years out-of-nowhere album ‘every body sweat’)...

Album Review: Benjamin Gibbard - Former...

Benjamin Gibbard, probably better known as Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service frontman, is the sort of songwriter to...

Album Review: Crystal Castles - (III)

There is a complete stream of the album at the bottom of this review On (III) Crystal Castles may well have created their...

Album Review: Calvin Harris - 18 Months

Christ knows what the inside of Calvin Harris’s brain looks like.  On the basis of 18 Months it’s a very VERY...

Album Review: Kendrick Lamar - good kid...

Kendrick Lamar is Compton’s new hope. The LA district was put on the map with NWA’s incendiary one-two punch of...

Album Review: Club Smith - Appetite For...

Album sequencing may be less important in our shuffling, pick n’ mix age, but I still can’t think of any decent...

Single Review: Jesse Ware - Night Light

OK, I know Im going against the grian here, but does no one else find Jesse Ware a teeeensy bit bloody boring? I know Night...

Single Review: Gabriel Bruce - Perfect...

And tonight Matthew, I'm going to be... Nick Cave! And off Gabriel Bruce pops, only to re emerge in a cloud of dry ice and...

Single Review: Madness - My Girl 2

Madness have made a sequel to pop classic My Girl and you know what? It's not bad at all. Rejigging the stomping Northern...

Single Review: Peace - Bloodshake

Bloodshake is a pretty decent indie disco number from Peace, competently knocking off Foals mid noughties vaguely African...

Live Review: Liars live at The Rainbow...

The Rainbow Warehouse has an extraordinary, degenerative disposition. A gargantuan pitch-black space, divided by temporary...

Album Review: Ty Segall - Twins

Ty Segall is beyond prolific. Twins is the San Francisco based artists third album of 2012, following Hair, as Ty Segall and...

Album Review: Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg

To the casual observer Jake Bugg has become an overnight sensation. Sweeping to the top of the album charts on a wave of...

Live Review: The Dollyrots at Mandela...

It’s been just under two years since the three piece 'post-pop punk' band The Dollyrots smashed a Northern Irish...

Album Review: Bat For Lashes - The...

On Lillies, the opening track of Bat for Lashes third full length, Natasha Khan sings of prayer, hauntings, and longing, and...

Album Review: Mala - Mala in Cuba

Back in the early noughties, when Mala's Digital Mytstikz crew started teaming spliffed out reggae subs with UK...

Album Review: Trash Talk - 119

Trash Talk are granite. Slabs of the stuff, smacking your face. Razor throated nihilistic screams from Lee Spielman, thundering...

Single Review: Charlie Boyer and the...

Charlie Boyer has jacked in his former role as part of London nearly-made-its Electricity In Our Homes to embark on a solo...

Single Review: Calvin Harris ft Florence...

Jesus Calvin, you've got the formula smashed. Teaming up with Florence 'foghorn' Welch, Harris has once again...

Single Review: Everything Everything -...

Wait up a moment. Is this clever or just damn annoying? Last I checked, Everything Everything made big room indie dance like...

Single Review: Big Black Delta - Betamax

We're gonna go out on a limb here: Big Black Delta LOVE the 80s. Not only have they titled their new single after the long...

Album Review: Moon Duo - Circles

Circles is the second long player brewed up by Sanae Yamada and Wooden Shjips man Erik "Ripley" Johnson, taking on...

Album Review: Tame Impala - Lonerism

Lonerism is aptly named. Tame Impala’s second album places the listener at the edge of the void, with riffs the size of...

Single Review: Among Brothers - I Am Certain

Among Brothers are a new mob signed to Too Pure. Their press people throw out some on-trend and not entirely unfair comparisons...

Single Review: Bastille - Flaws

Bastille’s latest is a loping video game waltz that enchants with a glitchy charm. If, like me, you weren’t...

Single Review: Shiny Darkly - Shiny Darkly

  More mini album than single, this 6 tracker from Copenhagen has been around for a couple of months now but has just come...

Single Review: Crystal Castles - Wrath of...

Freddie Kruger lullabies crumble into echoing teutonic trance on the ‘Castles latest. As ever, their music gleams with a...

Album Review: Muse - The 2nd Law

Before the 2nd Law hit shops, there was a lot of heated debate amongst Muse fans about the bands so-called...

Album Review: Green Day - Uno

What do punk bands do when they hit 40? There’s only so far snot, snarls, 3 chords and booze can get you before you end...

Single Review: Halestorm - I Miss the Misery

Lumbering major label rock stodge aimed direct at the black, cankered heart of Jeremy Clarkson. Every chord change, every note,...

Single Review: Dappy - Good Intentions

Yeah, yeah I know having a go at Dappy is as easy and soul crushing as kicking a limbless man in the nuts, but honestly, what...

Single Review: Passion Pit - Take A Walk

Probably the first song we've heard to combine clear, sweet as pie oom-pah melodies with a dark credit crunch story of a...

Album Review: Errors - New Relics

We can only guess that Errors have been necking moonshine ‘til the sky turns furry. How else to explain the gibbering...

Album Review: Slydigs - Never To Be Tamed

Manc 4 piece Slydigs believe in the transformative, trouble startin’, street struttin’ power of rock n’roll....