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Under The Radar review
23.12.15

Swedish indie pop pioneers Club 8 celebrated 20 years as a musical couple (which included several years as an actual couple) in 2015. That experience and chemistry are easy to...

Clash review
08.12.15

A mixed return from the Planet Mu producer...

The Quietus review
07.12.15

Like learning how to smile again. Like remembering summer in an ice age. It can be tricky to remember how to listen anymore, how to play music for pleasure without feeling played...

Under The Radar review
02.12.15

Ellie Goulding's third studio album, Delirium, is by far her most pop facing, and it's surprisingly compelling. The first track, "Intro (Delirium)," primes listeners for an...

Under The Radar review
30.11.15

Thought the Future Would Be Cooler somehow crosses the levity of Ric Ocasek with the gravity of Annie Lennox to give us a pretty freaking spot-on document of a life spent online...

Clash review
07.12.15

An intentionally oblique comment on the state of disposable pop music...

Under The Radar review
20.11.15

Small Black's third album, Best Blues, opens with swells and crashes. This is the Brooklyn-based group's initial template for the first third of Best Blues, whose songs start on...

Under The Radar review
19.11.15

Maritime appear as some sort of leftover relic from the first-wave indie/emo era, but they continue to make straightforward indie rock with little pretension and a focus on melody...

Under The Radar review
28.10.15

As the sole constant member of The Chills, Martin Phillipps spent the 1980s dreaming up some of indie pop's earliest (and greatest) songs. Irrepressible single "Heavenly Pop Hit...

Under The Radar review
26.10.15

People tend to think of an artist's side-project having less credibility than his main output vehicle, but that should not be the case for EL VY. A partnership made up of Matt...

Under The Radar review
19.10.15

When Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House announced the existence of a new album less than two months after the release of this year's excellent Depression Cherry, it was a...

Clash review
22.10.15

Dreams with bite...

Clash review
08.10.15

Power pop vehicle takes an electronic turn...

Clash review
05.10.15

Lyrically uneasy but musically impassioned...

The Quietus review
01.10.15

Embodying all the complex and contradictory facets of the American Dream, one at a time, Del Rey managed, up to now, to leave everyone pondering how much is true and how much is...

Under The Radar review
02.10.15

If "beach goth" is already a musical genre taken by neo-surf rockers, then Lana Del Rey's new album Honeymoon has given birth to "tropical noir;" all the imagery of swaying palm...

The Quietus review
15.09.15

Viewed at a certain distance, the cunning avant-pop of London three-piece Micachu & The Shapes could well be misconstrued as an ad hoc quest for hyper-individualism rather than...

Punk News review
13.09.15

Around 2 o'clock in the morning, when you're coming home after a night at the bar, preferably one that held a show with a great lineup, you get back to your place exhausted, but...

Clash review
10.09.15

Comfortingly shimmering eighth outing from Sheffield songwriter of note…

Under The Radar review
27.10.15

Richard Hawley has always felt of another time. His first few records traded on this timelessness, using deceptively simple melodies and little adornment to put the true star, his...

Punk News review
08.09.15

San Diego's Infinity Girl are attached to many tags. Pop-punk. Emo. College rock. Shoegaze. And they do pay service to all these labels, but what their sophomore record, Harm...

Clash review
17.09.15

Reclusive noise rock outfit deliver enticing new record...

Punk News review
04.09.15

Dogs On Acid embody a lot of Philly and it's been pretty obvious in how their four band members contributed to the emo revival over there. They've all been part of bands like...

Punk News review
30.08.15

Stuff Like That There is many things. First off, it's a love-letter to Yo La Tengo's loyalists. It's also an ode to bands who they drew inspiration from. In addition, it also...

Under The Radar review
04.09.15

For years, decades even, Yo La Tengo have inhabited the role of the indie mainstay; "business as usual" could describe any of their albums since the mid-aughts at least. That...

Under The Radar review
25.08.15

Listeners never know what a new Destroyer album will sound like. Much of that is by design, of course-mastermind Dan Bejar is known to try to totally revamp the act's sound with...

The Quietus review
09.09.15

Dan Bejar is being contrarian again. Kaputt, his ninth album as Destroyer, was the first protest – rejecting 15 year's worth of bristling indie records for a sound that combined...

Clash review
27.08.15

A vast, multi-layered return...

Under The Radar review
24.08.15

Oh, the burden of expectations. After a promising self-titled debut, and then two consecutive knockouts in 2010's Teen Dream and 2012's Bloom (which must go on the shortlist of...

Punk News review
28.08.15

"Myth" was the track that really won me over with Beach House. It got me digging back into their catalog and really grew my appreciation for their dream-pop craft. Victoria...

Clash review
14.08.15

Welsh indie treasure delivers a classic pop record...

Under The Radar review
13.08.15

Of Monsters and Men's second studio album, Beneath the Skin, is further proof that the Icelandic music movement is a near-unstoppable force. More

Under The Radar review
10.08.15

For her third album under the moniker The Mynabirds, Laura Burhenn once again takes a step in a different direction, with a profoundly powerful result.  More

Clash review
04.08.15

A charming, subversive debut...

Under The Radar review
29.10.15

This ain't your Granddaddy's dystopia. The overt dread and gloominess of the apocalypse have become all too frequent, but the hallmarks of the popular sci-fi genre are all but...

Clash review
04.08.15

A welcome look back at pioneering indie...

The Quietus review
04.08.15

It's fair to say that Field Music aren't just in it for the money. As well as producing a stream of brilliant leftfield pop for over a decade now, they've also consistently...

Under The Radar review
31.07.15

As The Strokes approach their "heritage period," where new material is received with a brief smile and an open gateway to touring, Albert Hammond Jr. finally appears to be making...

Clash review
17.08.15

A sterling return from the Strokes' guitarist...