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The Quietus review
22.04.14

The horizon-broadening trip to Africa is a trail well blazed by this point amongst western artists, but Dirtmusic's third album, recorded in the Malian capital of Bamoko...

The Quietus review
18.03.14

Stone Jack Jones' biography, to be found at most of his online homes, makes perhaps too much of the fact he comes from a long line of West Virginian coal miners, as if that is...

The Line of Best Fit review
14.03.14

A flawless, ethereal artistic statement by a band who have clearly refined and perfected their craft.

Clash review
02.04.14

Richly melodic and possessing a classicist pop sensibility…

The Quietus review
19.03.14

A glance at the cover of Lost In The Dream might suggest something has changed since the last The War On Drugs record – 2011's Slave Ambient. For the first time we see Adam...

Spotinews recomendation
18.03.14

Hello. The epic new album by The War on Drugs is now available in Europe and the US. Genre: rock. Enjoy! (Don’t forget the new playlist, Spotinews 069.) The War on Drugs – Lost in...

NME review
17.03.14

Kurt Vile's old band head out on the perfect Americana road trip on their '70s-aping third album

Under The Radar review
14.03.14

The third full-length recording by Adam Granduciel and company picks up where 2011's Slave Ambient left off, finding a remarkably confident band capable of grand anthems without...

Punk News review
10.03.14

The acoustic punk movement has been running strong for quite some time now. Front runners such as Chuck Ragan and Tim Barry have been expanding the musical horizons of fans from...

The Line of Best Fit review
29.01.14

Is David Crosby about to enter the most prolific period of his musical career? With his pianist son’s able assistance, there might just be hope.

Insound review
07.01.14

Bob Dylan's Desire on numbered limited edition hybrid SCAD from Mobile Fidelity.

Spotinews recomendation
17.12.13

Morning. This delicate live album by singer-songwriter Neil Young, featuring performances from his six 1970 concerts, is a recent addition to the Spotify library. Read some...

NME review
25.11.13

Strip away the sight of the musician dancing in his pants, and what’s left is the same raw soul that’s on show throughout the 26-year-old’s debut UK release.

Insound review
30.09.13

Americana stalwarts Blitzen Trapper announce their seventh studio album, appropriately titled VII . Their first release for Vagrant Records is full of the vivd folk-rock-campfire...

Under The Radar review
11.12.13

VII gives you no indication that it was created after 1975. Blitzen Trapper's seventh full-length continues in the band's tradition of offering listeners a timeless blend of folk...

Insound review
06.08.13

Troubles is the new album from Dirtmusic -- Chris Eckman (The Walkabouts) and Hugo Race (Fatalists/True Spirit/Bad Seeds) -- recorded in Bamako, Mali, in September 2012 during the...

Insound review
06.08.13

VINYL FORMAT. Troubles is the new album from Dirtmusic -- Chris Eckman (The Walkabouts) and Hugo Race (Fatalists/True Spirit/Bad Seeds) -- recorded in Bamako, Mali, in September...

Insound review
04.06.13

Numbered limited edition hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity. The landmark double album was recorded in Nashville with Al Kooper, Robbie Robertson, and a cadre of top session cats...

Punk News review
28.05.13

A decidedly bigger sounding record, Talon of the Hawk, The Front's Bottoms' follow-up to their self-titled, strikes one of two emotions out of those in my social network. In the...

Clash review
03.05.13

An imperfect set, but that's part of its charm...

AudioCred review
28.06.13

I had high hopes for Heart of Nowhere, the fourth album from London’s Noah and the Whale, based on the cool orchestral sway of “Introduction” and even through some of “Heart of...

NME review
07.05.13

Charlie Fink's written an expertly crafted ode to growing up

Insound review
26.03.13

Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home on numbered limited edition hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity. Dylan's 1965 Landmark blows up boundaries, styles, practicalities: rock music...

BBC review
06.03.13

Grant swaps pastoral 70s sounds for synth-pop on a stunning second solo LP.

NME review
18.03.13

Audacious stuff from one talented motherfucker.

The Quietus review
12.03.13

For some, the problem with John Grant's second solo album will be the absence of Midlake. Grant's Queen of Denmark was, after all, deemed the best album of 2010 by Mojo, largely...

Clash review
12.03.13

A bold, distinctive and genuinely excellent record

Spotinews recomendation
11.03.13

Hey. Here is the new John Grant album. A different sound on some songs for sure. Enjoy! (Not available in the US.) John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts Filed under: 2013, Singer...

The Line of Best Fit review
07.03.13

Never afraid of risks or going out on a limb, Grant dives head first into electronic pop for his second solo record.

Spotinews recomendation
17.02.13

Morning. The latest album by folk-rock singer-songwriter Richard Thompson was added to Spotify earlier this week. Enjoy! Richard Thompson – Electric Filed under: 2013, Folk, Rock...

Insound review
12.02.13

"Following on the heels of an album where he repudiated his past with his greatest backing band, Blood on the Tracks finds Bob Dylan, in a way, retreating to the past, recording a...

Clash review
04.02.13

How lasting, how devastating

Punk News review
14.05.13

Pedestrian Verse was released the first week in February. I am writing this the second week in May. With a solid three-month resting period, this review is not one of initial...

AudioCred review
13.02.13

It’s easy to tear into an indie rock band for even remotely “U2-ing it up”, and “Acts of Man,” the first track off of Frightened Rabbit’s Pedestrian Verse, certainly does that...

Under The Radar review
08.02.13

Frightened Rabbit's major label full-length debut is a triumphant album. It expertly expands on their previous work with a big, muscular series of anthems that investigate faith...

Pitchfork review
07.02.13

Growing up in Selkirk, Scotland, Scott Hutchison was a shy boy. Left in a room with other kids, he would go quiet, and for this, the story goes, his mother called him "her...

Spin review
06.02.13

Anthemic, only occasionally overbearing Scottish miserablists carry on a proud tradition.

The Quietus review
05.02.13

Cometh the hour, cometh the bun-bun; whispers have been building for years that Frightened Rabbit's time must be nigh. Soon, the juncture when things finally align for their...

NME review
04.02.13

Take note, Mr Paltrow: this is how you do life-affirming

Insound review
27.12.12

This year sees the 30th anniversary of the Pogues. The anniversary gigs in Paris featured the full band line-up: Shane MacGowan, Spider Stacey, Jem Finer, James Fearnley, Andrew...

Spotinews recomendation
10.11.12

Hello. Here is an album from last week. Dolfish may be a somewhat odd name for an artist, but the music – ranging from folk to rock – is sweet enough. Enjoy! (One review here...

Pitchfork review
30.10.12

The signature Crazy Horse move is The Huddle. No matter how big the stage, Neil Young, Billy Talbot, and Frank "Poncho" Sampedro will inevitably find themselves tightly packed in...

The Line of Best Fit review
20.11.12

The name of Neil Young and Crazy Horse's current tour - Alchemy - provides an apt description of the contents of this much overdue reunion, which turns base materials - a few...

The Quietus review
07.11.12

"You've been such a great crowd standing out here in the pouring rain so we're gonna play some more for you!" The scene is a sodden and muddy Finsbury Park, August 2001 and Neil...

Spin review
30.10.12

Crabby, indulgent, monolithic, noisy, and joyously terrifying, as only Neil can do it

The Quietus review
22.10.12

[180x180[<]It really doesn't work on paper- a Swiss band, with a Lebanese-born singer, playing Louisiana Cajun music with a garage-punk twist. The presence of Jon Spencer as...

BBC review
15.10.12

Those already under this band’s wingspan are sure to be richly rewarded.

Insound review
14.10.12

Bad Books, a collaboration between Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine, return with their second full length Bad Books II . The album was recorded at the Favorite Gentleman...

Punk News review
06.11.12

The central issue with the first album by Bad Books-a band formed with immediate zine attention on it thanks to its existence comprising strictly of singer/songwriter Kevin Devine...

NME review
24.09.12

Scott Hutchinson and co finally return to form

Pitchfork review
27.09.12

Intimacy is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about what makes for a great Frightened Rabbit song. It's true in multiple senses of the word-- much of their work is...

NME review
10.09.12

A relentless exploration of bleakness from the 71-year-old

The Line of Best Fit review
23.09.12

Bob Dylan returns. The results are immeasurably more compelling than we have any right to expect from a 71-year old songwriting legend on his 35th album.

Pitchfork review
13.09.12

It seems redundant to apply more adjectives to Bob Dylan's singing voice-- easily the most infamous rasp in American music, a cultivated tangle of disdain and nicotine and bad...

Spin review
12.09.12

Grim, bloody, macabre, unsettling, way more fun than you'd think.

Spotinews recomendation
11.09.12

Hey. The fine new album by singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is now available for all Spotify listeners. Enjoy! Bob Dylan – Tempest Filed under: 2012, Singer-songwriter

Insound review
21.08.12

Bill Fay is one of English music's best kept secrets. At the dawn of the 1970s, he was a one-man song factory, with a piano that spilled liquid gold and a voice every bit the...

Pitchfork review
21.08.12

You don't need a history lesson to love Life Is People, the third proper album by British singer-songwriter Bill Fay. If you've ever enjoyed the records of Pink Floyd or Randy...

Spotinews recomendation
01.08.12

Good evening. My trip went well and my Internet works fine where I’m staying now. Here is the new album by The Black Swans. Genre: folk/rock. Enjoy! The Black Swans – Occasion For...

Pitchfork review
21.08.12

Jerry DeCicca is a Midwestern songwriter the same way that Patterson Hood is a Southern songwriter or that Robin Pecknold is a Pacific Northwest songwriter. Ohio is in the Ohioan...