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Under The Radar review
19.06.15

Last June, out of nowhere, Los Angeles-based pop-singer nobody Ryn Weaver released a song called "OctaHate" and overnight became a somebody.  More

Clash review
18.06.15

Enduring artist inhabits the world of Plath with magical results…

Under The Radar review
16.06.15

Coming up during the era where a guy making beats with a girl vocalizing was most commonplace, even then Róisín Murphy couldn't create music that correctly fell in step with her...

Punk News review
15.06.15

Summer Camp is made up of Elizabeth Sankey and Jeremy Warmsley, a married couple from the UK. Together, they create generic indie pop. For us that means nothing unique or...

Punk News review
11.06.15

It’s weird to think about No Doubt as a small band from Orange County, but that’s what they were back in 1995. They had two albums under their belt, but hadn’t hit the big time...

Punk News review
11.06.15

Released in 1995 and boosted by the radio domination of single “Friends of P,” Return of the Rentals found Weezer bassist Matt Sharp going in a cooler, synthier direction and...

Punk News review
10.06.15

In 1995 PJ Harvey released her first proper solo album after breaking the PJ Harvey Trio up the year prior. While women had gained a much stronger foothold in the music scene by...

Punk News review
09.06.15

By the mid-'90s, Riot Grrl was quickly losing steam as major bands such as Huggy Bear and Bratmobile had called it a day by 1995 and Bikini Kill would release their final album...

Punk News review
07.06.15

On a purely intellectual level, I know I should probably hate Elastica. They stole riffs from Wire, and I love Wire, and therefore I should smite those who do Wire harm. But when...

The Quietus review
05.06.15

In 1969 feminist Carol Hanisch wrote an essay called The Personal Is Political. It was her response to criticism that the 'consciousness raising' meetings she was organising were...

Under The Radar review
05.06.15

While many musicians are happy to stick a "na-na-na," a "baby, baby" or any old throwaway rubbish over their thoughtless three-chord ditties, Jenny Hval is determined to push her...

The Quietus review
20.05.15

The tale of why Róisín Murphy isn't a super massive global pop thing will have future historians scratching their heads in disbelief. How someone with chart form as one half of...

Punk News review
05.05.15

If you're an indie-rock fan who hasn't heard Get Disowned then you're probably living in a rocky labyrinth more intricate than Bin Laden's. Or Crete's Minotaur. Hop Along became...

Clash review
05.05.15

Covering beautifully familiar ground...

Punk News review
01.06.15

Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno have grown up right before our lo-fi eyes. In Best Coast’s newest release, California Nights, they have grown to full, surf rock maturation. The...

Punk News review
27.04.15

Set Fire is the debut album from The Box Tiger, a band half from Portland, Maine, and half from Toronto, Ontario. Their sound is an infectious one, a mixture of Indie and Art Rock...

Under The Radar review
23.04.15

Back with their second full-length on legendary British imprint Rough Trade, Alabama Shakes have spent the last three years building even bigger, bolder blues riffs than on their...

The Quietus review
07.04.15

Into The Diamond Sun, Stealing Sheep's 2012 debut album, effortlessly picked a path through the kraut/psych/folk/indie hinterland, and was as dazzling as its title suggests. It...

Clash review
14.04.15

A bit bonkers, a bit brilliant...

Clash review
03.04.15

Third album doesn't answer the burning questions...

The Quietus review
26.03.15

There is a danger in consigning a geographical girdle to an artist's output, the relentless tendency toward defining a city's 'sound' proving no more useful than, say, the music...

Clash review
24.03.15

A rich and rewarding experience...

Punk News review
12.03.15

Melbourne is proving to be quite the fertile ground for punk bands lately. The city previously known for the grim post-punk of The Birthday Party and the goofy pop punk of Bodyjar...

The Quietus review
06.03.15

Aeonflower is a very different beast to Paper Dollhouse's debut album, though it's no less beautiful, unsettling, or eerie. Its predecessor, A Box Painted Black, released in 2012...

The Quietus review
25.02.15

Laura Marling has just embarked on another branch of her evolution. One expects nothing less from the famed folk singer, who's personal life has been the centre of her song...

Clash review
09.03.15

An electric account of an American odyssey…

Punk News review
24.02.15

At least from my perspective, Screaming Females’ strength has also been their greatest hindrance. The fact is, the band is a trio of maestros: lyrics that when removed form the...

Under The Radar review
27.03.15

Screaming Females inevitably get compared to Sleater-Kinney. Both are power trios, both play loud, simple indie rock, and both are led by women who absolutely wail.  More

The Quietus review
19.02.15

With the release of The Brothel in 2010, Susanne Sundfør enacted a revolution on herself. She started working with Jaga Jazzist's Lars Horntveth and shifted from an existence as a...

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...

The Quietus review
29.01.15

Richard Smith doesn't really like talking about his music. "I'm terrible at this," he tells me by email, when I contact him to try and obtain a bit of insider info on his debut...

The Quietus review
27.01.15

What with the upcoming reuniting of Ride, and Slowdive having already taking flight after a prolonged absence, you've really got to wonder whether Russian shoegazers...

Clash review
16.01.15

Suspend the betting: this is the rock album of 2015...

Under The Radar review
22.01.15

In the chorus of "A New Wave," halfway through Sleater-Kinney's new comeback album, No Cities to Love, Carrie Brownstein sings "No one here is taking notice/No outline will ever...

The Quietus review
21.01.15

If surprise albums are starting to seem de rigueur, I, for one, am glad that in this age of social media babble, there still exists the opportunity to get stupidly excited. Even...

Punk News review
20.01.15

It’s been ten years since the last Sleater-Kinney release (2005’s The Woods) and nine years since their unexpected hiatus was announced. There was no public blowup nor stints in...

Punk News review
13.01.15

Die Mannequin out of Toronto have only been around since 2005, but everything they have released up to now has had a definitive sound. Perhaps not the greatest of female-fronted...

The Quietus review
08.01.15

Tanya Tagaq hails from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, and has developed a modified form of Inuit throat singing. The rapid-fire exchange of gasping and growling breaths between two...

Clash review
29.01.15

Arresting, wholly original fare from the Polaris winner…