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Under The Radar review
21.04.15

With seven albums already under their belt, Built to Spill know their strengths and have no desire to fuck up a formula that works. More

Punk News review
13.04.15

In August 1994, while much of the music world was still reeling from the loss of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers would release The Holy Bible the...

The Quietus review
10.04.15

I'm aware that the urban dictionary defines 'farage' as "to masturbate in an angry or confused way using unconventional stimuli," and that the estimable Mark Thomas has been...

Under The Radar review
01.04.15

On their new album Escape from Evil, it appears as if the Baltimore-based quartet Lower Dens have seen the light at the end of the tunnel.  More

Under The Radar review
30.03.15

Kintsugi, Death Cab for Cutie's newest album and the follow-up to 2011's Codes and Keys, takes its title from the Japanese art of piecing broken pottery back together; this is...

Clash review
06.04.15

A broken-hearted but fascinating return...

Punk News review
31.03.15

Death Cab For Cutie's Transatlanticism stands out in the body of their past as the main novel amid a plethora of coming-of-age stories. It felt like a culmination of a series of...

Under The Radar review
28.03.15

There's a common phrase placed on art: "a meditation on death," which makes both the art and the act of grieving and realization of mortality seem like a gentle breeze. More

Punk News review
03.04.15

Sufjan Stevens has always been one of the most eclectic yet profound storytellers of the past decade to me. Illinois is just one example of this. As with the rest of his work, he...

The Quietus review
01.04.15

"Somewhere in the desert there's a forest/ And an acre before us/ But I don't know where to begin" ('Death With Dignity')For someone such as Sufjan Stevens, opening an album with...

The Quietus review
27.03.15

"It really fucks me off," said James Dean Bradfield in a 2009 interview, "people get written out of history." He was talking about Therapy?, who may have dropped off your radar...

Clash review
23.03.15

A mature yet melodic return...

Punk News review
09.04.15

The Cribs have always been one of most tonally interesting Brit bands of recent times. From the hands-on influence of Johnny Marr (ex-Modest Mouse) to the Morrisey style of...

Clash review
16.03.15

An excellent return...

Under The Radar review
17.03.15

Modest Mouse return from years of silence with maturity and sophistication, but maintain their established patterns of building worlds within their songs. Strangers to Ourselves...

Clash review
13.03.15

A warm tribute to persistance...

Punk News review
06.03.15

There’s no reason to cry “sellout” talking about Fall Out Boy in 2015. We covered that years ago. American Beauty/American Psycho represents the next step of a band attempting...

Clash review
05.03.15

Impressive solo effort from Arcade Fire mainstay...

Under The Radar review
06.03.15

As the lesser-known sibling of indie rock royalty, Will Butler has it made. Away from his brother Win's every-day obligations of leading one of the globe's most revered bands, the...

Punk News review
27.02.15

"Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm is one of the best covers, in any genre. Period. Fuckin' killed. But let's be honest, AAF didn't stand up well to the test of time, as did so...

Under The Radar review
27.02.15

Of Montreal doesn't give a shit about first impressions. Each album (out of a pretty dense discography, no less) is not only impossible to nail down and succinctly summarize, but...

Punk News review
23.02.15

Diamond Dogs is famously one of the Bowie albums that's really for fans, and it's probably his most utterly distinctive work (even Low sounds like other art-rock albums of the...

Punk News review
20.02.15

The term “rap-rock” typically makes any conscious music fan cringe because it makes them remember a time when Limp Bizkit was toping the music charts and constantly being played...

Punk News review
20.02.15

Without a doubt, one of the most tragic and painful losses on a musical level and for many who knew him, was the loss of D. Boon. His friends and fans were robbed of his genius...

Punk News review
17.02.15

Ugh. Running With Scissors is one of the most bland, boring pop albums of the decade so far, nauseating in it's sickly syrupy "vulnerability" and "preciousness". Janet Devlin was...

Clash review
16.02.15

...a bold and profoundly independent return

Punk News review
16.02.15

High-school, 1998. Everyone was dubbed "poser." I distinctly recall fights and cursing over who was better, Smashing Pumpkins or Nine Inch Nails. I couldn't give a shit. I was one...

Punk News review
13.02.15

Does Patrick Kindlon ever sleep? Between a relentless touring schedule, writing music, releasing music, giving interviews, and answering questions on Tumblr, he never seems to...

The Quietus review
10.02.15

The low growl with which Duke Garwood's voice hums out of the speakers is enough to send even the brightest of souls into a shadowed soul search. It's rare when a voice alone...

Under The Radar review
06.02.15

It may have taken a Rihanna hit to catapult him into the spotlight, but Mikky Ekko now has the platform he deserves. The gifted songwriter, who co-penned and co-starred in Rihanna...

Under The Radar review
05.02.15

With their new album We Are Undone, Two Gallants have found a method that complements the bombastic, torn-up country immediacy that earned the band initial attention, as well as...

Under The Radar review
04.02.15

An Irish drummer, Norwegian bassist, and Brazilian guitarist walk into a British music school. Out come All We Are, both the band and the album.  More

Punk News review
03.02.15

In capturing the spirit of '80s hardcore, authenticity is key. Too many bands that attempt the sound come off as merely aping a bygone style, choosing naked emulation over...

Punk News review
03.02.15

Murder By Death are releasing the latest chapter in their beautiful, unique and haunting tome. Rooted in gothic Americana, storytelling and wanderlust Big Dark Love is a powerful...

Under The Radar review
29.01.15

Franco-Finnish duo The Dø approached the recording of their new album Shake Shook Shaken like many modern indie acts do: wanting to streamline their sound, they cut out any...

Under The Radar review
29.01.15

The early leak of Björk's latest album two months before the planned released, and her consequential handling of it, is a fitting allegory for the emotional rawness Vulnicura...