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The Quietus review
17.12.15

In February 2013, Lou Doillon surprised everyone - perhaps including herself - when she walked away with "Best Female" at France's Victoires de la Musique, six months after her...

Under The Radar review
09.12.15

In case you had forgotten: it takes just one minute and 39 seconds for John Grant, on his third solo album, to remind us of his capacity to surprise. After introducing the album...

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
02.11.15

The concept of certain members of The Libertines actually existing within this mortal sphere in 2015 was a colossal source of doubt for some time back in the mid-'00s, let alone...

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
20.10.15

With its last album, 2011's Degeneration Street, The Dears returned to its roots, at least lineup-wise. Past members Patrick Krief (guitars/vocals), Robert Benvie (guitars...

Under The Radar review
10.10.15

While it still may not rank with Editors' finest work, In Dream is the sound of a band finally moving on and discovering new ground rather than dwelling on past concerns, and the...

Clash review
08.10.15

Power pop vehicle takes an electronic turn...

Clash review
05.10.15

Lyrically uneasy but musically impassioned...

Under The Radar review
01.10.15

There are few more exhilarating experiences in music than Animal Collective live and in full flight. But anyone who's seen the Baltimore ensemble at their most disorientating will...

Clash review
01.10.15

A group who deserve wider attention...

Under The Radar review
29.09.15

It's fitting that Silversun Pickups dropped an epic video by filmmaker Mark Pellington to accompany the lead single "Nightlight" from their new album, Better Nature. L.A.'s...

The Quietus review
24.09.15

For nearly twenty years, Carey Mercer has been penning records under his banner of surrealist romanticism. Whether it's through his main vices Frog Eyes and Blackout Beach, or his...

The Quietus review
22.09.15

By naming his third album Battle Of Brisbane, Matt Kennedy is making a statement. Not that he is shy of taking a stance – his previous two LPs under his Kitchen's Floor guise...

Punk News review
21.09.15

Just about everyone has heard the song "Flagpole Sitta", a alternative rock classic. Yes, that would be track 2 on Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?. Harvey Danger busted out...

Punk News review
17.09.15

On their debut, Ought earned a hell of a lot of Talking Heads comparisons. Ever the silver-haired figurehead, David Byrne's musical specter looms large over the status of good...

The Quietus review
18.09.15

After self-releasing their first EP in 2012, Ought subsequently gained a lot of attention and, not long after, a contract with the legendary Constellation Records. In the early...

Clash review
16.09.15

Dan Auerbach recruits close friends for new project...

Clash review
15.09.15

A gorgeous evocation of fading summer...

Clash review
14.09.15

Welsh group's return will delight fans...

The Quietus review
14.09.15

By the mid-90s, I'd pretty much lost touch with American alt rock. Grunge had been well and truly co-opted, while all the papers wanted to write about over here was Britpop. As a...

The Quietus review
10.09.15

The title of Low's new album Ones And Sixes seems like a statement of intent - instead of existing in the middle ground, they would rather take risks, even if the results may...

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...

Punk News review
27.08.15

I'm a sucker for bands with powerful songwriting at the forefront. Jacob Lawter exploits this through his Slow and Steady project which has the kind of emotive pull that you'd get...

Under The Radar review
26.08.15

The Lost Worker Bee EP comes across as the sound of Elbow taking stock of their improbable (though highly deserved) ascent from U.K. indie also-rans to stadium-headlining...

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...

Punk News review
25.08.15

I finally gave Hard Girls a listen when they released their highly acclaimed (deservedly so) 2014 release A Thousand Surfaces. Blown away by the frenetic, enthralling punk energy...