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Clash review
18.08.14

Drenched in trademark rosy glow, it’s all tender and consolatory...

Under The Radar review
18.08.14

For post-millennial indie's resident Harvard-educated polymaths, Justin Rice and Christian Rudder—the driving duo behind Bishop Allen—this persistently-upbeat pop project is just...

Insound review
19.08.14

The new Bishop Allen record, Lights Out , is here at last. Here's what went into it: ten years, three full-lengths, twelve EPs, thousands of shows, a move out of Brooklyn, a new...

Under The Radar review
08.08.14

he sixth full-length from Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp is a Rosebuds album only in name. Instead, Sand + Silence might be better understood as the product of a veritable indie...

NME review
04.08.14

Teen movie fanatics fail to ace the test of providing the perfect soundtrack to a documentary on the subject

Spotinews recomendation
31.07.14

Good morning. This atmospheric new EP by Sóley is a fairly recent addition to Spotify. Genre: contemporary classical/pop. Enjoy! Sóley – KrómantikFiled under: 2014, Classical, Pop

NME review
28.07.14

The Queensland psych explorers can't quite match up to their influences

Spotinews recomendation
28.07.14

Hi. Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis is back with a new album. Read some reviews and enjoy! Jenny Lewis – The VoyagerFiled under: 2014, Singer-songwriter

The Quietus review
06.08.14

Jenny Lewis has never been one to mince her words. Over an intermittent solo career and years spent leading L.A. indie-rock darlings Rilo Kiley, her voice - a silky, versatile...

Alt Press review
01.08.14

Under The Radar review
29.07.14

Jenny Lewis is one of the rare non-pop artists we've had the chance to grow alongside. Some of us were first acquainted with her as far back as her childhood acting roles—she'll...

Insound review
29.07.14

Former Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis announces her first solo album in six years, the follow-up to 2008's Acid Tongue .

NME review
28.07.14

Ryan Adams helps out on an underwhelming outing

NME review
24.07.14

Scottish folk musician follows Jon Hopkins collaboration with more traditional songs

Spotinews recomendation
25.07.14

Hello there. From a recent Spotify update comes the new soundtrack album by folk singer-songwriter King Creosote. Enjoy! King Creosote – From Scotland With LoveFiled under: 2014...

Clash review
24.07.14

His finest solo release to date...

Clash review
24.07.14

Showcasing a clear desire to tinker with the formula...

The Quietus review
12.08.14

You can never predict what's going to be an ear worm. You're unsuspecting and they sneak up on you. And then, before you know it, it's taken over. After a month of listening to...

Spotinews recomendation
08.08.14

Hello. I was away from home yesterday, which meant I wasn’t able to update the blog. Anyhow, here is the new album by Spoon. Genre: rock. Read some reviews and enjoy! (Note: Don’t...

NME review
04.08.14

Four years after their surprise success, the Texan five-piece are back with a cult album in the making

Under The Radar review
01.08.14

With a career spanning almost 20 years, the members of Spoon are gradually emerging as the grand old men of indie rock. For most acts, notching up nearly two decades together...

The Quietus review
22.07.14

You know when celebrities get interviewed about their deep love of a book or album or other piece of media? Often, they'll demonstrate the depth of that love by saying that they...

NME review
21.07.14

Powerful Canadian two-piece return gallant and ambitious on their third album

Spotinews recomendation
23.07.14

Evening. I just got back. Here is a quick update. I’ll be back tomorrow with more updates. Enjoy PS I Love You! (Genre: pop/rock.) (UK version here.) PS I Love You – For Those Who...

NME review
21.07.14

Summer jams meet jangly melancholy on the Toronto band's impressive debut

Under The Radar review
24.07.14

In John Green's The Fault In Our Stars, eye cancer patient Isaac expressed his love for his then-girlfriend Monica by incessantly exchanging the phrase "always," indicating their...

Insound review
22.07.14

Alvvays are two women, three men, a crate of C-86 tapes and a love of jingle-jangle. Convening in Toronto, the group have been making music since since dusk or maybe dawn. As a...

Clash review
21.07.14

A joyous debut from the Toronto troupe…

NME review
18.07.14

For the most part, Ali Love's second album comes on crasser than a sleepover round Miley Cyrus' house

NME review
18.07.14

Glasgow duo make sweet scuzz-pop on vengeful debut

Punk News review
31.07.14

Honeyblood's self-titled debut was something I thought would remind me about things I tried to forget. Namely, listening to Best Coast for hours on end with an ex that drove me...

Clash review
18.07.14

Displays a duo with innate chemistry...

Spotinews recomendation
16.07.14

Hey. I’m going on vacation again for one week and this time I won’t be able to blog. Anyhow, here is the catchy new album by Army Navy. Genre: pop/rock. Enjoy! Army Navy – The...

Spotinews recomendation
14.07.14

Evening. Let’s start the week with some psych-pop. Enjoy Wunder Wunder! (US version here.) Wunder Wunder – Everything InfiniteFiled under: 2014, Pop

NME review
21.07.14

Austrialian duo's Californian homage is spoilt by awkward arrangement

Under The Radar review
18.07.14

Australia's latest psychedelic export comes in the form of Wunder Wunder, the work of producers Aaron Shanahan and Benjamin Plant who recently relocated to L.A.  More

Under The Radar review
11.07.14

Slow Club have never quite got the credit it deserves. Too fey to be hipster, too awkward to be mainstream, the Sheffield, U.K.-formed/London-based duo of Rebecca Taylor and...

Clash review
04.08.14

Rarely have Slow Club sounded this full, this bold...

NME review
21.07.14

The Sheffield pair add soul, strings and brass for a shot at the big time

NME review
09.07.14

Perennial outsiders return with seventh album of melancholy and hope

Insound review
12.08.14

Recorded at Soup Studios with producer Simon Trought at the helm, and inspired by the psycho-geography of walks in North London woods and in the forgotten grey hinterland of the...

The Quietus review
07.07.14

Andrew Bird's relationship with the music of friends and peers The Handsome Family is a long, happy one, stretching as far back as 2003's Weather Systems and his gorgeous version...

NME review
07.07.14

Chirpy debut from Derry group lacks the pop nous to succeed

Under The Radar review
01.07.14

Kan Wakan's debut full-length Moving On cruises along like the soundtrack to a scenic adventure. Often characterized by its lush, cinematic sound, the Los Angeles band started off...

Insound review
24.06.14

Circulatory System are back with a new double album called Mosaics within Mosaics . They are led by Will Cullen Hart, visual artist and one of the main songwriters of the...

Under The Radar review
08.07.14

W. Cullen Hart's latest Circulatory System LP—a collage of Beatles-eque pop experiments and other sound scraps—offers a handful of inspired snippets mired in too much sluggish...

Insound review
17.06.14

Alexis Taylor's (lead singer of Hot Chip) second solo album, Await Barbarians is a series of songs "from the halfway line." Possessing the same immediacy as his music with Hot...

Under The Radar review
27.06.14

Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor's second solo release is a record for sleepless nights, an introspective wandering that shoots off incoherent musings at nobody in particular. It's...

Clash review
20.06.14

A fine collection of intimate, slow-burning, understated songs...

Clash review
13.06.14

A bruised beauty, just short of classic status...

Under The Radar review
24.06.14

Over the past half decade, there have been few singers more polarizing than Lana Del Rey. Her debut effort, 2012's Born to Die, was inconsistent and confusing, fueling her...

NME review
23.06.14

The New Yorker treads a thin line between between self-aware irony and tragically conforming to type on album number two

Spotinews recomendation
18.06.14

Morning. From a very recent Spotify update comes the strong new album by pop singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey. Read some reviews and enjoy! (US version here. Deluxe version for AT...

NME review
10.06.14

Max McElligott returns with chest-beating pop

Insound review
10.06.14

After a dormant period following the release of the Gallery EP in 2012, Craft Spells' Justin Vallesteros is back with the gorgeously ambitious Nausea . It's Craft Spells' second...

NME review
07.08.14

Solo bedroom musician swaps electronica for gentle pop

Under The Radar review
11.06.14

After a couple long years of quietude, Craft Spells (the songwriting vehicle of dream pop scholar Justin Vallesteros) reemerge with Nausea. The album shares a name with a Sartre...

Insound review
10.06.14

The next musical release from Andrew Bird is a collection of The Handsome Family tunes titled Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of… Andrew first covered The Handsome Family in...

Under The Radar review
18.06.14

That Andrew Bird has chosen to record an album entirely of Handsome Family covers will surprise very few. The Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist may not fit the profile of a...

The Quietus review
06.06.14

It would be impossible to cite every band and project Calvin Johnson ever got involved in since the early 1980s. Beat Happening, The Go Team, Dub Narcotic, Halo Benders… Calvin...

Spotinews recomendation
03.06.14

Hi. Let’s start the day with some pop. Enjoy the new Gold-Bears album! Gold-Bears – DallianceFiled under: 2014, Pop

NME review
03.06.14

London experimental duo give joyous tribute to extinct bird species