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Under The Radar review
20.05.15

This Israeli three-piece impressed psych fans at last year's SXSW, conjuring humongous, swirling clouds of melodic noise which seemed much too large to have come from such a...

Clash review
20.05.15

Progress, of a sort...

Under The Radar review
22.05.15

Ruben Nielson returns with another anachronistic beauty, this one hitting the eardrums like a dusty Numero Group find from a home studio in the '70s U.S. Rust Belt, fashioned...

Punk News review
12.05.15

I remember when Warped Tour CDs were something I couldn't wait to get my hands on. The Early November was one of those bands that contributed to this. "Something That Produces...

Punk News review
04.05.15

There has been some debate as to whether Lost Loves is in fact Minus the Bear’s sixth full-length studio album, or just a collection of previously unreleased material that doesn’t...

Under The Radar review
01.05.15

Jim James is rock music's leading mystic. For years, his lyrics have explored big philosophical questions, and contain frequent mentions of spiritual concepts. More

Punk News review
30.04.15

At first listen, Mariage Blanc resemble a distinct cross between Real Estate and Elliott Smith, a type of easygoing indie pop that's very easy to immediately like. For the most...

Punk News review
23.04.15

A nice accompaniment to Votolato’s eighth record is your favorite beverage on a lazy morning or even after a long day of work. For this review’s purpose, let’s use coffee. Rocky...

Under The Radar review
21.04.15

With seven albums already under their belt, Built to Spill know their strengths and have no desire to fuck up a formula that works. More

Under The Radar review
14.04.15

While much of modern pop surrounds itself in bravado, Villagers are a curious anomaly. The Irish quintet are as honest as they come. More

Clash review
20.04.15

Impressive yet introspective return...

Under The Radar review
09.04.15

Matt and Kim's live shows are riotous, high-flying (literally, in Kim's case) celebrations of pure joy, and whether or not their albums quite match the levels of that buzz, they...

Under The Radar review
08.04.15

North Carolina-based singer/songwriter John Darnielle has been busy since The Mountain Goats' last album, Transcendental Youth, was released in 2012. In addition to raising two...

Punk News review
06.05.15

I haven’t watched pro wrestling since I was in middle school, maybe younger. And now, John Darnielle, head honcho behind the Mountain Goats, has got me researching wrestlers. I...

Under The Radar review
30.03.15

Kintsugi, Death Cab for Cutie's newest album and the follow-up to 2011's Codes and Keys, takes its title from the Japanese art of piecing broken pottery back together; this is...

Clash review
06.04.15

A broken-hearted but fascinating return...

Punk News review
31.03.15

Death Cab For Cutie's Transatlanticism stands out in the body of their past as the main novel amid a plethora of coming-of-age stories. It felt like a culmination of a series of...

Under The Radar review
28.03.15

There's a common phrase placed on art: "a meditation on death," which makes both the art and the act of grieving and realization of mortality seem like a gentle breeze. More

Punk News review
03.04.15

Sufjan Stevens has always been one of the most eclectic yet profound storytellers of the past decade to me. Illinois is just one example of this. As with the rest of his work, he...

The Quietus review
01.04.15

"Somewhere in the desert there's a forest/ And an acre before us/ But I don't know where to begin" ('Death With Dignity')For someone such as Sufjan Stevens, opening an album with...

Clash review
23.03.15

A mature yet melodic return...

Punk News review
09.04.15

The Cribs have always been one of most tonally interesting Brit bands of recent times. From the hands-on influence of Johnny Marr (ex-Modest Mouse) to the Morrisey style of...

Punk News review
17.03.15

Barcelona, Spain's Mourn openly cite PJ Harvey as a major influence of theirs. While other '90s bands such as Sleater-Kinney and to a lesser extent Exile In Guyville-era Liz Phair...

Clash review
16.03.15

An excellent return...

Punk News review
28.04.15

Modest Mouse are legends of the indie scene but have been absent from said scene for 8 years. To a dude like me in his mid-30s, maybe that doesn’t seem that long, but shit, some...

Under The Radar review
17.03.15

Modest Mouse return from years of silence with maturity and sophistication, but maintain their established patterns of building worlds within their songs. Strangers to Ourselves...

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...

Under The Radar review
10.03.15

It's an odd decision for Carl Barât to be releasing what is essentially his second solo album not long before the release of the eagerly anticipated album from his perennially...

Under The Radar review
09.03.15

It's an odd decision for Carl Barât to be releasing what is essentially his second solo album not long before the release of the eagerly anticipated album from his perennially...

Clash review
05.03.15

Impressive solo effort from Arcade Fire mainstay...

Under The Radar review
06.03.15

As the lesser-known sibling of indie rock royalty, Will Butler has it made. Away from his brother Win's every-day obligations of leading one of the globe's most revered bands, the...

Under The Radar review
27.02.15

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...

Clash review
16.02.15

...a bold and profoundly independent return

Under The Radar review
16.02.15

A Place to Bury Strangers' noisy fuzz is its trademark. On the trio's fourth album, Transfixiation, this working noise-rock formula is not much changed. Taking cues from the...

Punk News review
05.03.15

A Place to Bury Strangers, the Brooklyn noise-rock trio, have shot to the top of my list of bands to see live. Just check out this picture of frontman and guitarist Oliver...

The Quietus review
26.02.15

A Place To Bury Strangers is a band with a reputation. A mythology has started to follow the Brooklyn trio: the custom-built pedals, the dizzyingly loud live show, the obvious...

Punk News review
07.02.15

Slack rock bands have been making a comeback for a few years now. It’s cool to be 90’s again. We’re drowning in fuzz! Menace Beach, for better or worse, is no exception to the...

Under The Radar review
05.02.15

With their new album We Are Undone, Two Gallants have found a method that complements the bombastic, torn-up country immediacy that earned the band initial attention, as well as...

Punk News review
03.02.15

Murder By Death are releasing the latest chapter in their beautiful, unique and haunting tome. Rooted in gothic Americana, storytelling and wanderlust Big Dark Love is a powerful...

Punk News review
01.02.15

For a band that enjoys a multitude of connections to musicians of quality pedigree, The Gunshy continues to be fairly unknown. Silent Songs boasts help from Jeff Rosenstock (BTMI...

Under The Radar review
30.01.15

Since going solo, Gaz Coombes, erstwhile frontperson of Britpop's forgotten sons, Supergrass, has not tried to cling to his youth or to recreate his former group's pogo-ready...

The Quietus review
30.01.15

Of all of their contemporaries, Supergrass were always the most instinctive and least contrived of bands. Still in their teens by the time of the release of their debut, I Should...