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Of Montreal doesn't give a shit about first impressions. Each album (out of a pretty dense discography, no less) is not only impossible to nail down and succinctly summarize, but...

Under The Radar review
22.02.15

Almost as soon as they emerged on to the Manchester scene back in 2010, Dutch Uncles carved a very defined niche into the British independent music world. More

Under The Radar review
24.01.15

The Dodos have always been a pleasantly disarming mix of salty and sweet. Complex rhythmic ideas round out simple but creative melodic lines, which are in turn occasionally...

The Quietus review
22.01.15

It is strange to encounter the songs of The House Of Love again. More than 25 years have passed since the band released their first record, and hearing this live album (recorded...

Under The Radar review
19.01.15

To quote Woody Allen, relationships are "...absurd, but we keep going through it because we need the eggs." Belle and Sebastian get it. Their ninth album Girls in Peacetime Want...

The Quietus review
04.02.15

It's a risky business being Belle & Sebastian. In the 90s they blew my tiny little indie-loving brains out; like a few short sentences in a love letter, a brush of lips against a...

Under The Radar review
16.01.15

Terrible World is the band's first studio LP since 2011's The King Is Dead, and it reveals a band older, wiser, and less reliant on the quirks and gimmicks of earlier releases...

The Quietus review
10.01.15

Glasgow dreamers in pursuit of perfect pop, The Orchids long ago summed up their mission in the title of their final album for Sarah Records, 1994's Striving For The Lazy...

Spotinews recomendation
10.12.14

Hey. From last week: the charming new covers album by She & Him. Genre: pop. Enjoy! She & Him – ClassicsFiled under: 2014, Pop

Under The Radar review
22.12.14

At long last, the legacy of She & Him, the passion project of guitar and studio wunderkind M. Ward and surprisingly good singer/actress Zooey Deschanel, was never going to be...

Spotinews recomendation
05.12.14

Hello. Their last album came out in the 1990s. Now they are back with a new one and it’s a goodie. Genre: indie pop. Enjoy The Popguns! The Popguns – Pop FictionFiled under: 2014...

Spotinews recomendation
25.11.14

Hi. This charming new album by The Voyeurs was added to Spotify not that long ago. Genre: rock. Read some reviews and enjoy! (Note: For the next few weeks I will write about...

Under The Radar review
12.11.14

It has been two years since the slow-burning perfection of HAERTS' debut single "Wings" emerged; its elegiac vocals, wide-open spaces, and resolutely defiant surges established...

Under The Radar review
07.11.14

Why aren't these called singles anymore? Three songs—one of them previously released—and a remix only make an EP in the most minimalist sense, but we'll take it. More

Under The Radar review
05.11.14

Pop music, almost by definition, is watered down. Music for the masses means accessibility is king, marked by obvious on-ramps, broad-based topics, and a sunny-side-up disposition...

Spotinews recomendation
25.10.14

Hello. The new album by pop singer-songwriter Juni Järvi arrived earlier this month. Enjoy! Juni Järvi – Om en vecka, kanske ett årFiled under: 2014, Pop, Singer-songwriter

Spotinews recomendation
31.10.14

Hello. The new album by pop singer-songwriter Juni Järvi arrived earlier this month. Enjoy! Juni Järvi – Om en vecka, kanske ett årFiled under: 2014, Pop, Singer-songwriter

Under The Radar review
09.10.14

While Brooklyn duo Dinosaur Feathers claim acts as diverse as Harry Nilsson and Drake as influences, on second album Control this supposed manifold of era-defining sounds is...

Spotinews recomendation
05.10.14

Hi there. The new album by pop singer-songwriter Martin Carr was added to Spotify earlier this week. Enjoy! (Version for GB and IE here.) Martin Carr – The BreaksFiled under: 2014...

Clash review
30.10.14

Plus: Art of Noise interview…

Under The Radar review
30.09.14

Does Half-Handed Cloud sound quite a bit like Sufjan Stevens? Yes, definitely. But this is a project put out by Asthmatic Kitty and produced by none other than Stevens himself...

Under The Radar review
29.09.14

The Rural Alberta Advantage are best seen live, where their acoustic crescendos and Nils Edenloff's Jeff Mangum-esque vocal acrobatics impress most. More

Under The Radar review
28.09.14

We can be honest here. Unless you're somewhat unbelievably hip, we can agree the main reason we know about The Vaselines is Kurt Cobain. More

NME review
03.12.14

The cult Glaswegian duo find their spark dimming on their third effort

Clash review
23.10.14

A band whose albums are always worth waiting for…

NME review
06.10.14

The cult Glaswegian duo find their spark dimming on their third effort

Spotinews recomendation
25.09.14

Hi again. I’m off to visit family for a week, which means there may be fewer updates during that time period. My next update will be on Saturday. Anyhow, here is the cool new...

NME review
22.09.14

Sun and surf gets left behind on The Drums third album

Under The Radar review
23.09.14

The third record is the proving ground. Great debuts are a dime a dozen and surpassing the sophomore slump is an impressive feat, but the third time's the charm for a reason. More

Clash review
22.09.14

Sunshine melodies, so long…

Spotinews recomendation
19.09.14

Hi. From earlier this week: the new album by Generationals. Genre: pop. Enjoy! Generationals – AlixFiled under: 2014, Pop

NME review
15.09.14

Invigorating ambition from recently dropped former major label signings

Under The Radar review
09.09.14

Tennis have made a solid career from their shimmering dream-pop shtick. Since releasing nautically-themed debut Cape Dory in 2011, the husband/wife pairing Alaina Moore and...

Insound review
09.09.14

Tennis is comprised of married couple Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore. The two met in college in Devner, and embarked upon a ten-month sailing voyage that inspired what would...

Insound review
09.09.14

The newly found unreleased album recorded across two winter time sessions at Nikkis favourite recording studio Woodbine Studios in Leamington Spa.

Insound review
09.09.14

Love Inks is a minimalist pop group making music that harkens back to early 80s UK (Marine Girls, Young Marble Giants) and David Lynch's Roadhouse. The group's sleek, needle...

NME review
15.09.14

Ambient but frustrating minimalism from the Texan trio

Under The Radar review
08.09.14

Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg and crew finally follow up the precocious pop of 2010's eponymous Avi Buffalo with a sophomore effort, having spent some time in the hallowed indie halls...

Spotinews recomendation
12.09.14

Hey. The strong new Avi Buffalo album, added for many users earlier this week, is now available worldwide. Genre: pop. Enjoy! (Version for FR, GB and IE here.) Avi Buffalo – At...

NME review
11.09.14

The Californian eccentric's second album is full of glorious madness

Insound review
09.09.14

Avi Buffalo's sophomore album is a quirky yet comforting set of songs driven by refined pop songcraft and sneaky moments of grandeur that stick in the brain. At the ripe old age...

NME review
08.09.14

A promising debut EP full of rancid punk and rickety garage from Manchester newcomers

Insound review
02.09.14

Four-piece indie rock from Sydney, Australia were thrown into the spotlight immediately after they found instant success in early 2012. The band has been a blog favorite and their...

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NME review
26.08.14

Formerly offbeat Swedish duo lose their weirdness on new effort

Under The Radar review
28.10.14

For a band whose name and album titles are minimal, JJ traffics in a sound far more expansive. Sure, the title track introducing the album is fairly small in scope, but it gives...