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Under The Radar review
17.12.14

For the casual music appreciator, Simple Minds are a one-hit wonder who hit their peak with the ultimate movie ending song for The Breakfast Club with "Don't You Forget About Me...

The Quietus review
15.12.14

Five years after 2009's Landing, Githead's fourth album picks up pretty much where they left off, with no noticeable discontinuity, but with a few new spins on their already...

Under The Radar review
12.12.14

The Smashing Pumpkins' history can be told in two acts. Act one, an unconventional alt-rock band scores international success with a series of guitar-heavy albums for introverts...

The Quietus review
17.12.14

There's a bit in the 1994 movie Trainspotting where Jonny Lee Miller's character expresses his "unifying theory of life" with specific regard to rock stars: "at some point you get...

Clash review
14.12.14

A compact collection, but far from Corgan at his best…

Under The Radar review
10.12.14

Pixies' Doolittle has officially reached the quarter-century mark, meaning the record is old enough to rent a car, get wasted on its own post-punk nihilism, and drive that car...

Punk News review
07.12.14

A triumphant return. That's the best way to sum up Pompeii's Loom. A six-year absence hasn't slowed their wheels down one bit and if there ever was an album to show how much these...

Under The Radar review
04.12.14

David Bowie compilation albums come and go, adding bits and pieces along the way and growing fatter with each new accomplishment in his ridiculously long and fantastic career...

Punk News review
20.11.14

The Doughboys were a pop-punk band from Montreal that existed in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Playing an almost (but not quite) radio-friendly style of punk, it could be argued...

Punk News review
20.11.14

Jane's Addiction will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Nothing's Shocking by playing it in its entirety at Riot Fest Chicago 2014. This seems like a good opportunity to look...

Spotinews recomendation
17.11.14

Hey. For the first time in ages my top album of the week is available on a Monday. Genre: indie rock. Read some reviews and enjoy TV on the Radio! (US version here.) TV on the...

Under The Radar review
26.11.14

There are, according to the Internet's cod psychology, somewhere between five and seven stages of grief. Regardless of scientific accuracy, it is unlikely that any of the stages...

The Quietus review
20.11.14

TV On The Radio emerged 15 years ago at a time when a certain idea of Brooklyn (and New York in general) was becoming fashionable – gritty, druggy, louche, guitar-centric – yet...

Clash review
20.11.14

The welcome return of a still-essential band...

Punk News review
14.11.14

I have never been a fan of American Hi-Fi. Yeah, I remember when Flavour of the week came out, a fun catchy song, but that's about it. This time, though, the first single...

Punk News review
13.11.14

For half a decade, I was a pretty big U2 fan. In 1987 I was mostly into hair-metal and was just starting to discover the Ramones, Sex Pistols and The Clash, but there was...

Under The Radar review
13.11.14

Hold My Home moves in several directions at once, each with varying degrees of success. The celebratory New Wave drive of "Hotel Anywhere" and the title track suit Cold War Kids...

Clash review
13.11.14

An accomplished live collection of limited appeal…

Spotinews recomendation
14.11.14

Hi again. This sweet new live album by Antony and the Johnsons was recorded in 2006. Genre: chamber pop. Enjoy! (US version here.) Antony and the Johnsons – TurningFiled under...

Clash review
13.11.14

The sound of a band stuck on rewind…

The Quietus review
10.12.14

ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO'RE MEANT TO HEAR is scrawled in blood red lettering on the back of the padded UPS envelope containing my watermarked promotional compact disc which arrives...

The Quietus review
12.11.14

If Half Man Half Biscuit did not exist, it would be imperative to invent them. Since their formation nearly 30 years ago, their presence has been a necessity. In essence the...

The Quietus review
07.11.14

I have always been drawn to the music of Tindersticks and been deeply affected by war memorials; beyond that and a certain mournfulness, the two would seem to have little else in...

Under The Radar review
05.11.14

Pop music, almost by definition, is watered down. Music for the masses means accessibility is king, marked by obvious on-ramps, broad-based topics, and a sunny-side-up disposition...

Punk News review
03.11.14

Cover songs are a natural part of a band’s evolution. Typically, they start in their garage, jamming on songs that they all enjoy from their record collections. Eventually...

Under The Radar review
14.11.14

Anyone lamenting The Flaming Lips' later work as too experimental and inaccessible might find With a Little Help From My Fwends a refreshing detour. Not because it breaks from...

Alt Press review
31.10.14

Punk News review
04.12.14

When Helen Earth Band put out Our Own Ghost City I thought they'd blow up much bigger with a lot more credit drawn to their name. Something about that album felt so free and raw...

Clash review
23.10.14

An EP of substantial depth and raw passions…

Clash review
21.10.14

These songs arrive with passionate hearts fit to burst...

Punk News review
08.11.14

For ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead’s ninth album, the band appropriately named it IX. Perhaps at one point in time this band would have been considered an...

Clash review
20.10.14

The closest we’re likely to get to a new Sonic Youth album…

Under The Radar review
yesterday

Since the dissolution of Sonic Youth, the world's foremost purveyors of organized noise and guitar feedback, Thurston Moore has been busy with side projects, none of which sounded...

Spotinews recomendation
31.10.14

Morning. I really liked the new album by rock singer-songwriter Thurston Moore. Enjoy! Thurston Moore – The Best DayFiled under: 2014, Rock, Singer-songwriter

Spotinews recomendation
23.10.14

Morning. I really liked the new album by rock singer-songwriter Thurston Moore. Enjoy! Thurston Moore – The Best DayFiled under: 2014, Rock, Singer-songwriter

Spotinews recomendation
14.10.14

Howdy. From a very recent Spotify update comes the solid new album by The Primitives. Genre: pop. Enjoy! (Note: Last track appears to be damaged. Sorry about that.) The Primitives...

Spotinews recomendation
31.10.14

Howdy. From a very recent Spotify update comes the solid new album by The Primitives. Genre: pop. Enjoy! (Note: Last track appears to be damaged. Sorry about that.) The Primitives...

Spotinews recomendation
13.10.14

Hi. I’m not sure when this new release was added, but I’m certain it’s a very good album. Enjoy folk singer-songwriter Maggie Björklund! (A US version should be added tomorrow...

Spotinews recomendation
31.10.14

Hi. I’m not sure when this new release was added, but I’m certain it’s a very good album. Enjoy folk singer-songwriter Maggie Björklund! (A US version should be added tomorrow...

Alt Press review
08.10.14

Under The Radar review
22.10.14

You're reading a Weezer review. Ergo, you're a geek, you spend time on the Internet, and you know what a troll is. Well, Rivers Cuomo has stopped trolling his fans: this is a...

Under The Radar review
07.10.14

Radiohead drummer Philip Selway's first solo outing, 2010's Familial, contained none of the ruthless musical invention and exploration that had been paying his bills for the...

Clash review
24.10.14

Tepid, drab, uninspired balladry…

NME review
06.10.14

The baggy outsiders first album in 20 years fails to move on from the early '90s

Under The Radar review
16.12.14

From the trendsetting groups that came out of the Madchester baggy scene, Inspiral Carpets were the least troublesome, which could be construed as the least hip. This, along with...

NME review
03.12.14

The baggy outsiders first album in 20 years fails to move on from the early '90s

The Quietus review
14.10.14

Having formally reissued their 1987 demo tape Dung 4 earlier in the year, the Inspiral Carpets, on their new self-titled album, almost seem to have found a sequel to that release...

Punk News review
29.09.14

It's been almost exactly ten years since the industry that is "American Idiot" emerged. I have fond memories of this album, most notably purchasing the deluxe edition the day it...

NME review
29.09.14

After five years away, the Wimbledon singer is sucked into London's murky underworld on his enthralling third album

NME review
03.12.14

After five years away, the Wimbledon singer is sucked into London's murky underworld on his enthralling third album

Clash review
29.09.14

A profound and purgative experience…

Under The Radar review
28.09.14

We can be honest here. Unless you're somewhat unbelievably hip, we can agree the main reason we know about The Vaselines is Kurt Cobain. More

NME review
03.12.14

The cult Glaswegian duo find their spark dimming on their third effort

Clash review
23.10.14

A band whose albums are always worth waiting for…

NME review
06.10.14

The cult Glaswegian duo find their spark dimming on their third effort