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Punk News review
21.01.15

“To us, the beautiful! And to those who disagree, may their eyes fall out,” declares Franz Nicolay in the first seconds of “To Us, The Beautiful!,” the title track of Nicolay’s...

Clash review
20.01.15

The perfect accompaniment to bashing away the January blues…

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...

Punk News review
18.01.15

“Simpsons season 3 and a thing of hummus” are the first lyrics heard on Rozwell Kid’s self-described “slacker/indie power-pop” record, Too Shabby. The line directly supports the...

Clash review
16.01.15

Suspend the betting: this is the rock album of 2015...

Under The Radar review
22.01.15

In the chorus of "A New Wave," halfway through Sleater-Kinney's new comeback album, No Cities to Love, Carrie Brownstein sings "No one here is taking notice/No outline will ever...

The Quietus review
21.01.15

If surprise albums are starting to seem de rigueur, I, for one, am glad that in this age of social media babble, there still exists the opportunity to get stupidly excited. Even...

Punk News review
20.01.15

It’s been ten years since the last Sleater-Kinney release (2005’s The Woods) and nine years since their unexpected hiatus was announced. There was no public blowup nor stints in...

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...

Under The Radar review
07.01.15

OK Go may always be known for their endlessly brilliant and creative music videos, but taken on its own, their music stands as probably our best approximation of the kind of once...

Punk News review
05.01.15

This is my first review for the year and I'm pretty glad that it's one that shoved all my doubts about this particular band right out the door. I have always found Shinobu to be a...

Punk News review
23.12.14

We Were Promised Jetpacks have been monstrous in the past. These Four Walls and In the Pit of the Stomach are two records I felt deserved much more attention than they garnered...

Under The Radar review
10.12.14

Pixies' Doolittle has officially reached the quarter-century mark, meaning the record is old enough to rent a car, get wasted on its own post-punk nihilism, and drive that car...

Punk News review
07.12.14

A triumphant return. That's the best way to sum up Pompeii's Loom. A six-year absence hasn't slowed their wheels down one bit and if there ever was an album to show how much these...

Punk News review
05.12.14

As Defeater's Derek Archambault crowdsourced funding to tend to his health issues, Thank You emerged as one of the rewards and as the title says, as a token of appreciation for...

Under The Radar review
02.12.14

The world doesn't realize how much it needs Deerhoof until a new Deerhoof album appears. More

The Quietus review
02.12.14

In Australia, it barely blipped when Ned Collette & Wirewalker launched their third record, Networking In Purgatory, in April. After spending some time in the bush with "the...

Clash review
17.11.14

Imperfect, obviously, but still absolutely bloody essential...

Punk News review
25.11.14

26 years ago, after playing only ten shows together, Fugazi decided to make a cassette tape to distribute free for their earliest fans to enjoy and share with others between gigs...

Spotinews recomendation
17.11.14

Hey. For the first time in ages my top album of the week is available on a Monday. Genre: indie rock. Read some reviews and enjoy TV on the Radio! (US version here.) TV on the...

Under The Radar review
26.11.14

There are, according to the Internet's cod psychology, somewhere between five and seven stages of grief. Regardless of scientific accuracy, it is unlikely that any of the stages...

The Quietus review
20.11.14

TV On The Radio emerged 15 years ago at a time when a certain idea of Brooklyn (and New York in general) was becoming fashionable – gritty, druggy, louche, guitar-centric – yet...

Clash review
20.11.14

The welcome return of a still-essential band...

Spotinews recomendation
16.11.14

Howdy folks. From a fairly recent Spotify update comes the new album by The Paperhead. Genre: psych-pop. Enjoy! The Paperhead – Africa AvenueFiled under: 2014, Pop

Under The Radar review
13.11.14

Hold My Home moves in several directions at once, each with varying degrees of success. The celebratory New Wave drive of "Hotel Anywhere" and the title track suit Cold War Kids...

Punk News review
11.11.14

The Jazz June's pretty much shaken the tags of the past. That about sums up After the Earthquake. It's the record that separates them from the younger, more pensive days. Familiar...

The Quietus review
07.11.14

I have always been drawn to the music of Tindersticks and been deeply affected by war memorials; beyond that and a certain mournfulness, the two would seem to have little else in...

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...

Punk News review
03.11.14

Cover songs are a natural part of a band’s evolution. Typically, they start in their garage, jamming on songs that they all enjoy from their record collections. Eventually...

Under The Radar review
14.11.14

Anyone lamenting The Flaming Lips' later work as too experimental and inaccessible might find With a Little Help From My Fwends a refreshing detour. Not because it breaks from...

Alt Press review
31.10.14

Punk News review
04.12.14

When Helen Earth Band put out Our Own Ghost City I thought they'd blow up much bigger with a lot more credit drawn to their name. Something about that album felt so free and raw...

Spotinews recomendation
27.10.14

Hello there. The first update of the week is the new album by The Twilight Sad. Genre: indie rock. Read this review and enjoy! (It should, as usual, arrive for US listeners one...

Under The Radar review
19.11.14

The mastery on display here is that the mix comes out as sublime as it does. Even as James Graham sings, once again, about loss and loneliness, it's expertly paired with a...

Alt Press review
06.11.14

The Quietus review
31.10.14

A year ago James Graham, flanked by core band mates Andy MacFarlane and Mark Devine, stood bathed in light under the medieval architraves of Paisley Abbey with an entire orchestra...

Spotinews recomendation
31.10.14

Hello there. The first update of the week is the new album by The Twilight Sad. Genre: indie rock. Read this review and enjoy! (It should, as usual, arrive for US listeners one...

Spotinews recomendation
26.10.14

Morning. Recorded in 2006, but not released until this week, the new album by The Coral is a good one. Genre: folk/rock. Enjoy! The Coral – The Curse of LoveFiled under: 2014...

Spotinews recomendation
31.10.14

Morning. Recorded in 2006, but not released until this week, the new album by The Coral is a good one. Genre: folk/rock. Enjoy! The Coral – The Curse of LoveFiled under: 2014...

Clash review
23.10.14

An EP of substantial depth and raw passions…

The Quietus review
21.10.14

On their ninth album …And You Will Us By The Trail Of Dead are steadily continuing their journey towards being a Normal Rock Band, but remain unable to quite finish it. As far...

Clash review
21.10.14

These songs arrive with passionate hearts fit to burst...

Punk News review
08.11.14

For ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead’s ninth album, the band appropriately named it IX. Perhaps at one point in time this band would have been considered an...

Clash review
20.10.14

The closest we’re likely to get to a new Sonic Youth album…

Under The Radar review
18.12.14

Since the dissolution of Sonic Youth, the world's foremost purveyors of organized noise and guitar feedback, Thurston Moore has been busy with side projects, none of which sounded...

Spotinews recomendation
31.10.14

Morning. I really liked the new album by rock singer-songwriter Thurston Moore. Enjoy! Thurston Moore – The Best DayFiled under: 2014, Rock, Singer-songwriter

Spotinews recomendation
23.10.14

Morning. I really liked the new album by rock singer-songwriter Thurston Moore. Enjoy! Thurston Moore – The Best DayFiled under: 2014, Rock, Singer-songwriter

Alt Press review
16.10.14

Punk News review
23.10.14

Mineral and Zookeeper are two different kinds of beasts in Chris Simpson's stable. Mineral's where he charts forth his aggression and helps fly the emo flag high. Zookeeper on the...