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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....

Album Review: Brasstronaut - Mean Sun

Bounce, the opening track on Brasstronaut’s Mean Sun, is one of the greatest pieces of music I’ve heard this year....

Single Review: Michael Jackson ft Pitbull...

In which Afrojack and Pitbull burst into a morgue, grab MJs waxen corpse, and force it's wasted, emaciated limbs to do the...

Single Review: Lianne La Havas - Forget

The best track on Lianne La Havas' Mercury nominated album gets its own release, and rightly so. Putting the 'fun'...

Album Review: This Many Boyfriends - This...

Have you ever wondered what Morrissey might have sounded like singing over The Cure’s Just Like Heaven? This Many...

Album Review: Van Susans - Paused in the...

The Van Susans have got big ambitions. From album opener Bricks Not Sticks Or Straw they make their intentions clear- big...

Live Review: Family Of The Year at Hoxton...

Family Of The Year embody California. They possess a sweet harmonious core that is lavished in twee decoration, yet their songs...

Single Review: The Killers - Runaways

Fist pumping, arena bothering guff from Flowers and co. I know that hordes of you love them, but really, didn't we shake...

Single Review: Graham Coxon - Advice

Superb, bratty Blur punk from Coxon, who's seeing his best form for years. Advice, the opener from this years excellent...

Live Review: Labrinth at G-Fest

Songwriter, Producer, Performer. Labrinth seems to have many labels to his name and we were intrigued to know what his live...

Live Review: Skittles at G-Fest

  When someone mentions the word Skittles we automatically think of brightly coloured scrummy sweeties or bowling! We...

Album Review: 'One, For Words' by Keston...

We’d like to think Keston Cobblers’ Club is an eighteenth century band formed by Cobblers’ apprentices in...

Album Review: Noisettes - Contact

Noisettes in 2012 are a very different prospect to the band that first came bowling out of South London in 2006. Back in...

Album Review: The xx - Coexist

One notable feature of The xx’s , game changing debut was its sheer ubiquity. Not since Moby’s Play had an album...

Single Review: Prince Fatty - Got Your...

"Prince Fatty won’t disappoint the lovers of the early 70s sound," reads their bio. Which is good, because the...

Single Review: Syrenica - Hide

After masterminding the Dubstep cover of Crossover with an orchestra to great acclaim a few months back, producer Andy Land...

Single Review: Stubborn Heart - Need Someone

This cut first surfaced as a white label in mid 2011. Since then it's been picked up by new XL Records imprint Kaya Kaya,...

Single Review: H Hawkline - Black Domino Box

Crazed pastoral psychedelia from Cardiff, Black Domino Box leaves me concluding that we need more H Hawkline in our lives....

Single Review: New Riot - Raising the...

Former SupaJam Fast Track finalists New Riot have spent the last couple of years honing their craft on the road, taking their...

Album Review: Bloc Party - Four

It was the album that nearly never was. With cracks appearing in the band, rumours of Kele being shut out of rehearsals, and...

Album Review: Metronomy - Late Night Tales

The latest instalment in the long running Late Night Tales series sees Metronomy take the reins. Metronomy-- to all intents and...

Live Review: The Charlatans Live at...

Though the curtain had been called on Strawberry Fields Festival 2012, everybody knew that The Charlatans were ready to give it...

Live Review: Kyla La Grange And Young...

I’m sat in the press office, backstage, at Strawberry Fields Festival 2012. Harrowed by a hangover, I took to watching...

Live Review: The Carpels at Strawberry...

Shows in front of a subdued, hungover crowd is always difficult - however, The Carpels took to the stage with determined edge....

Live Review: The Cuban Brothers Live At...

It’s hard to pinpoint the highlight of this show. Was it frontman Miguel Mantovani asking whether he was “the only...

Live Review: The Dash Live At Strawberry...

Early evening approached and food beckoned. When I caught the end of local-reggae act Paradimes, I felt that The Strawberry...

Live Review: Young Blood Live At...

Youth, vigour, determination and vitality spring to mind when you hear Young Blood. I first saw them at Power’s Bar in...

Single Review: Bordeauxxx - The Beach...

The Beach Girls and the Monster is the lead single off Bordeauxxx's new mini-album Only Friction (which you can pre-order...

Album Review: Supajam Safehouse Sessions:...

Wow, Supajam reviews Supajam. I wonder how this one will turn out. All artists on this compilation have been selected to...

Album Review: Conor Maynard - Contrast

There is one dirty great elephant-in-the-room sized contrast on Conor Maynard’s shiny new product- the gulf between his...

Live Review: Flight Brigade at Oakley...

Our international guests are treated to a very British affair today. Ladies wearing flowery dresses and men wearing honest...

Live Review: Morrissey and Marshall at...

With the opening Olympic ceremony just hours away the buzz in the Oakley Safehouse was electric. People were giddy with the...

Live Review: Adam Barnes at Oakley Safehouse

First things first; you can't ignore the surroundings. We're sitting here in what accounts to the sort of club Soho...

Album Review: Plan B - iLL Manors

Listening to deft lyricism of Ben Drew’s third album I’m struck by what a disservice so many successful MCs do to...

Album Review: Wot Gorilla? - Kebnekaise

After a series of EP's Wot Gorilla? are releasing their debut album titled Kebnekaise. As we listened to this album we felt...

Album Review: Nife - Chemicals

So we haven’t heard a band that creates a sound like this for a while - especially with a female vocalist! Citing...

Live Review: Rolo Tomassi at Costa de...

And now for something completely different: Rolo Tomassi. Formed in 2005, whether you like them or not, this mathcore band from...

Live Review: Costa de Fuego 2012

Making its debut this year in the beautiful town of Benicassim in Spain, Costa de Fuego gave Metal, Heavy Rock and Hardcore...

Single Review: Black Keys - Run Right Back

The Black Keys slink into town with another nugget from the El Camino albium. You know the drill by now; sleaze eyed guitar...

Live Review: Lacuna Coil at Costa de...

Playing on the second stage at the same time as headliners Guns N’ Roses, Lacuna Coil did themselves proud by attracting...

Live Review: War Cry at Costa de Fuego 2012

From the start of their set it was evident that War Cry weren’t afraid of playing to the audience, putting on a...

Live Review: Guns N' Roses at Costa de...

Kicking off with a bang – literally, for all the pyrotechnics involved – Guns N’ Roses opened the show with...

Live Review: Angelus Apatrida at Costa de...

Angelus Apatrida began their set with a siren sound – perhaps a warning sign of the sheer scale of noise that was about...

Album Review: Fat White Family- Champagne...

England is grim and shit. We all know it, but culture seems to have stymied, caught in a ricktus grin of Strictly Come Dancing,...

Live Review: New Order at Benicassim 2012

The crowd were jumping excitedly around for the duration of New Order's set. A combination of 80’s electro synths and...

Single Review: Joel Sarakula - I Will...

London-based Australian songwriter Joel Sarakula releases a smooth n' sleazy number for us this week. Well, not...

Live Review: Ed Sheeran at Benicassim 2012

Opening with an extended version of ‘Give Me Love’, immediately the entire audience were in the palm of his hand....

Single Review: We Are The Physics -...

Following on from the international sensation 'Goran Ivanisevic', We Are The Physics release their second single from...

Single Review: Green Day - Oh Love

Green Day have released the lead single from their upcoming ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! trio of albums. 'Oh...

Live Review: Noel Gallagher's High Flying...

Performing the vast majority of their debut album, Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds went down like a storm at this...

Live Review: The Stone Roses at...

Since their reunion there has been a great deal of conversation surrounding The Stone Roses. Many fans that had seen them the...

Single Review: Bloc Party - Octopus

With a sharp intake of breath, and a savage, stuttered guitar Bloc Party announce their return. Make no mistake, Octopus, first...

Live Review: The Antlers at Benicassim 2012

The Antlers take a bit of time to get into. If you've just entered the festival you might be tempted to carry on past them....

Live Review: Crystal Castles at...

At 3am Crystal Castles take the stage for the unofficial nightly "party slot", which is often a dance based act to...

Live Review: Little Dragon at Benicassim...

Little Dragon certainly know how to get the crowd going! Cool simply oozes out of front woman Yukimi Nagano, who was leaping...

Live Review: Bombay Bicycle Club at...

Lined with gigantic cut-outs of the band logo, the stage was aglow with faint lighting. Nobody was even on the stage yet, as...

Live Review: The Horrors at Benicassim 2012

The Horrors feel as though they have blossomed into a band that are easily capable of being big headliners. Their laid-back...

Live Review: Maverick Sabre at Benicassim...

Blending the genres of Hip-Hop and Soul is a tricky one, and for the most part Maverick Sabre manages to balance it well....

Live Review: The Maccabees at Benicassim...

The Maccabees attracted a crowd so enormous that it was worth taking a picture (literally – one of the band members took...

Live Review: At the Drive-In at...

The news of At The Drive-In’s comeback earlier this year was, for want of a better word, unexpected. Since their hiatus,...

Live Review: Buzzcocks at Benicassim 2012

Pockets of pogo open up in the crowd as Buzzcock's emphatic old-school pop-punk thunders around the stage. It's...

Live Review: Jessie J at Benicassim 2012

Ten billion girls sprint towards the stage as Jessie begins. It's like a slice of jam toast being left outside an ants...

Live Review: Noel Gallagher talking to...

A disturbance is brewing outside our media tent. Venturing out into the VIP area a small mass of about 100 people have...

Live Review: Ham Sandwich at Benicassim 2012

Straight outta County Meath, Ham Sandwich take to the stage as about a thousand Irish fans dash over from watching fellow Irish...

Live Review: Django Django at Benicassim...

Django Django are one of the more intriguing upcoming British bands at the moment. A Primal Scream-esque party feel combines...

Live Review: Bob Dylan at Benicassim 2012

You may recall that we reviewed Bob Dylan less than two weeks ago at Hop Farm. We couldn't come to a definite agreement, so...

Live Review: Miles Kane at Benicassim 2012

Miles Kane is greeted with a rapidly growing crowd, people throwing baloons in the air, and a woman holding up a "Marry Me...

Live Review: Chin Yi at Benicassim 2012

The event programme lists American singer-songwriter Zola Jesus for this slot. As you can tell by the review title, it turns...

Live Review: Disappears at Benicassim 2012

After Los Tiki Phantoms surprised a lot of people with their opening set yesterday, it's impossible not to excitedly...

Live Review: Arp Attack at Benicassim 2012

This is, Arp Attack! Opening the second stage on the second day is the exciting Supajam-backed trio, Arp Attack. With frenetic...

Album Review: Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

The PR company behind the build up to Frank Ocean’s first album proper deserve some sort of medal. In terms of building...

Album Review: Lianne La Havas - Is Your...

Lianne La Havas has navigated a well worn route—internet hype, intimate London gigs, a breakthrough performance on Later...

Live Review: De La Soul at Benicassim 2012

After Florence + The Machine pulled out of her headline billed slot, De La Soul were moved from the second stage to fill the...

Live Review: Pony Bravo at Benicassim 2012

A chanting gothic intro to a track gets spirit-fingers flickering high into the evening sky. A striding bass kicks in. A young...

Live Review: Los Tiki Phantoms at...

Los Tiki Phantoms come on stage in matching dress. Black trousers, black shirts, yellow waistcoats... and black skull masks. Is...

Live Review: Tuya at Benicassim 2012

A jagged, angular song early on during Tuya's set transcends into moments of softness. The Madrid 4-piece are making sounds...

Album Review: Holograms - Holograms

  Rock's history is littered with singers impersonating someone else’s accent. From Mick Jagger’s yankee...

Album Review: Purity Ring - Shrines

  Purity Ring’s debut recasts hip hop in the Prozac suburbs. Booming crunk and RnB beats are smothered in medicated...

Single Review: Ariel Pink's Haunted...

Ariel Pink - added by Dam Funk on backing croons- drops a silky piece of seventies slow jam as a taster of forthcoming album...