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The Quietus review
17.12.15

In February 2013, Lou Doillon surprised everyone - perhaps including herself - when she walked away with "Best Female" at France's Victoires de la Musique, six months after her...

The Pier review
07.12.15

Sonny Boy Williamson. Lead Belly. Robert Johnson. Howlin’ Wolf. G. Love & Special Sauce?The Blues is one of only a few things in this world that is uniquely American, yet it is a...

Clash review
30.11.15

Rarely has the bleak mid-Winter been so inviting...

Clash review
05.11.15

A nice but hardly diverting effort...

Under The Radar review
16.11.15

Decamping with a new band of not especially freaky Freaks, Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker has made an album of full-on jam band pastiche. More

Clash review
13.10.15

A flawed but engaging journey through the blues...

The Quietus review
27.08.15

Willis Earl Beal isn't exactly deprived of a backstory. A semi-mythologising malcontent, a wanderlust-ridden experimental soul outsider plagued by life-long anxiety, insomnia and...

Under The Radar review
31.08.15

In the last two years since he was plucked from homelessness and obscurity, signed to (and quickly released from) a big record label deal, man of mystery Willis Earl Beal has been...

Clash review
27.07.15

Vibrant energy with retro rock and blues sentiments...

The Quietus review
18.06.15

"Different people, same story," Malian group Terakaft say of their music when compared to fellow Tuereg rockers Tinariwen. Much like the early days of Tinariwen, Terakaft's lineup...

Under The Radar review
11.05.15

Especially for longtime fans of his, it is hard to ever meet the music of Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth, with any displeasure. More

The Quietus review
16.04.15

The difficult second album acts as a quality measure in music. It sorts the wheat from the second-rate indie chaff: the men from the boys, and the women from the girls. It's...

The Quietus review
20.02.15

Samba Touré's last album Albala packed an inspired punch of rebellious fury as turmoil in Mali was at a peak. Two years later, and with ongoing uncertainty in the north African...

Clash review
08.01.15

A curious and downright dark oddity…

The Quietus review
19.12.14

On their debut Belly, Snack Family announced themselves with four excellent tracks of squawking saxophones and rumbling, hellish rock. Their second EP, Pokie Eye sees them...

Spotinews recomendation
09.12.14

Good morning. Let’s get the day going with some blues rock from early 2014. Read this review and enjoy Mount Carmel! Mount Carmel – Get PureFiled under: 2014, Blues, Rock

Clash review
06.10.14

A deeply impressive first step…

Spotinews recomendation
11.10.14

Good morning friends. This debut album by soul singer-songwriter Hozier is quite a success story, but I still think it’s worthy of a post. Enjoy! Hozier – HozierFiled under: 2014...

Spotinews recomendation
30.09.14

Hi. From a very recent Spotify update: the new album by blues/jazz singer-songwriter Luke Winslow-King. Enjoy! Luke Winslow-King – Everlasting ArmsFiled under: 2014, Blues, Jazz...

Spotinews recomendation
27.09.14

Howdy. Here’s the explosive new live album by Gary Clark Jr. Genre: blues. Enjoy! Gary Clark Jr. – Gary Clark Jr. LiveFiled under: 2014, Blues

NME review
23.09.14

The Brooklyn duo plough the same material as on their back catalogue but come off sounding distant

Spotinews recomendation
22.09.14

Howdy. For the first time in many months my top choice is available* on a Monday. And yes, the new album by veteran singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen is a pretty good one. Enjoy...

Clash review
03.10.14

The great just gets greater…

NME review
26.09.14

The legendary singer might be nearly 80 but he's not done writing carnal and witty records just yet

Insound review
26.08.14

Milk for Your Motors is the new album by Berlin-based Brit Gemma Ray, the follow-up to her lavish, critically acclaimed Island Fire .

Spotinews recomendation
05.09.14

Howdy. The new album by singer-songwriter Gemma Ray was added to Spotify earlier this week. Enjoy! (US version here.) Gemma Ray – Milk For Your MotorsFiled under: 2014, Singer...

Spotinews recomendation
29.08.14

Howdy. The new album by singer-songwriter Gemma Ray was added to Spotify earlier this week. Enjoy! (US version here.) Gemma Ray – Milk For Your MotorsFiled under: 2014, Singer...

Spotinews recomendation
23.08.14

Morning. The new album by blues singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster was added to Spotify this week. Enjoy! Ruthie Foster – Promise of a Brand New DayFiled under: 2014, Blues, Singer...

Spotinews recomendation
05.09.14

Morning. The new album by blues singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster was added to Spotify this week. Enjoy! Ruthie Foster – Promise of a Brand New DayFiled under: 2014, Blues, Singer...

Spotinews recomendation
15.08.14

Hi again. The new album by singer-songwriter Mirel Wagner is now available all over Europe and in the US. Read some positive reviews and enjoy! (Version for FR, GB and IE here...

Insound review
29.07.14

Eric Clapton has often stated that JJ Cale is one of the single most important figures in rock history, a sentiment echoed by many of his fellow musicians. Cale's influence on...

Spotinews recomendation
07.06.14

Hey. It’s a beautiful, sunny day in Sweden. So why not listen to some sweet new soul music. Enjoy Lee Fields & the Expressions! (Version for AT, CH and DE here. US version here...

Clash review
30.05.14

An emotionally potent and passionate second solo LP...

Under The Radar review
25.06.14

Jack White's latest is chock full of bluesy soul and steps right into that blurry territory between Detroit rocker and Nashville troubadour that White has staked out as his own...

Punk News review
19.06.14

Yes, I bought this record initially for the vinyl trickery. This "Ultra LP" -- as Jack White and his Third Man Records label have dubbed it -- is crammed to the brim with weird...

The Quietus review
13.06.14

On the title track of Lazaretto, his second solo album, Jack White sings of escaping a quarantine station on the Isle of Man. Like many of White's lyrics, his situation could be...

Spotinews recomendation
11.06.14

Morning. I was supposed to write about this slick new album yesterday, but I always struggle to do so when an album is missing in a few places. Anyhow, now I’m ready to go and the...

NME review
09.06.14

Black humour, heavy rock and hints at a troubled personal life on a varied and eccentric second solo album

Alt Press review
03.06.14

Insound review
06.05.14

This Salt Lake City group's hotly anticipated second full-length, , follows the still echoing sonic shock waves of Dwellers' enthusiastically received debut of 2012, Good Morning...

Insound review
06.05.14

Canadian west coast rockers Current Swell come out with their new album Ulysses . The 12 tracks on the album perfectly deliver the band's textured, deep-groove sound while...

Spotinews recomendation
26.04.14

Good morning friends. From a fairly recent Spotify update comes the sparkling new album by singer-songwriter Liz Green. Read this review and enjoy! (US version here.) Liz Green...

Spotinews recomendation
19.04.14

Hi. The strong new album by blues singer-songwriter Ray Bonneville was recently added to Spotify. Enjoy! Ray Bonneville – Easy GoneFiled under: 2014, Blues, Singer-songwriter

Insound review
15.04.14

Executive produced by Johnny Depp and Tom Waits. Chuck E. Weiss grew up in Denver and so impressed blues legends Lightnin' Hopkins and Willie Dixon as a teenager that they took...