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The Quietus review
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Fall gigs over the past year or so have seen the band on form, aided and abetted by a second drummer who seemed to be treating his kit as a means of overcoming a nervous...

Punk News review
21.05.15

Diamond Youth have always plugged away at a radio-friendly sound. Sometimes, I admit, it's a bit cheesy, but overall, I've always respected their versatility. Their older material...

Clash review
20.05.15

Progress, of a sort...

Under The Radar review
22.05.15

Ruben Nielson returns with another anachronistic beauty, this one hitting the eardrums like a dusty Numero Group find from a home studio in the '70s U.S. Rust Belt, fashioned...

Punk News review
19.05.15

Faith No more has experienced a fairly unusual career arc. Their earliest origins go all the way back to 1979, but it took multiple changes in singers, guitarists and even band...

Under The Radar review
14.05.15

Just who is Patrick Watson? For the best part of the last decade the Canadian singer/songwriter has produced a stream of brittle, gorgeous records that fly high over many of his...

Punk News review
12.05.15

I remember when Warped Tour CDs were something I couldn't wait to get my hands on. The Early November was one of those bands that contributed to this. "Something That Produces...

Under The Radar review
08.05.15

Discussing Blur a couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine posited that they were always the most progressive of the big Britpop bands.  More

Under The Radar review
07.05.15

Expectations are high for Other Lives' new album, given the company kept by the band after releasing the acclaimed Tamer Animals (2011).  More

Punk News review
07.05.15

As of II, Metz have been added to my "anger" playlist. This includes Refused, Drive Like Jehu, Fugazi, Ceremony and At The Drive-In. You can sense the pattern, right? It's all...

The Quietus review
05.05.15

In 2013, whilst still at university, singer/songwriter Mackenzie Scott self-released a remarkably accomplished debut album under the musical moniker of Torres. It heralded the...

Under The Radar review
08.05.15

When singer/songwriter and Macon, GA native Mackenzie Scott released her debut self-titled album under the moniker TORRES a day before her 23rd birthday in early 2013, reactions...

Punk News review
04.05.15

There has been some debate as to whether Lost Loves is in fact Minus the Bear’s sixth full-length studio album, or just a collection of previously unreleased material that doesn’t...

Under The Radar review
01.05.15

Jim James is rock music's leading mystic. For years, his lyrics have explored big philosophical questions, and contain frequent mentions of spiritual concepts. More

Punk News review
27.04.15

Glean is no exception. While they certainly aren't challenging what is seen as conventional by the world of rock music anymore, they are still one of the few bands who arrived at...

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...

Punk News review
28.04.15

Modest Mouse are legends of the indie scene but have been absent from said scene for 8 years. To a dude like me in his mid-30s, maybe that doesn’t seem that long, but shit, some...

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...