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Punk News review
yesterday

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...

Clash review
yesterday

An adorable short and sweet suite...

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...

Clash review
yesterday

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...

Clash review
24.08.15

A mixed return from the indie Scots...

Clash review
24.08.15

A dark, impressive new offering...

Clash review
21.08.15

An energetic if uneven debut album...

Under The Radar review
13.08.15

The fifth album from Ohio-to-Texas transfers Heartless Bastards is the expected serving of blues-flavored garage rock, characterized by crunchy guitar tones and Erika Wennerstrom...

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
29.07.15

Prinzhorn Dance School's albums never sound as labored as you'd think. Clay Class, the duo's previous release, found Tobin Prinz and Suzi Horn spending 260 consecutive days in the...

Clash review
29.07.15

An ambitious, absorbing triumph...

Under The Radar review
28.07.15

Titus Andronicus can never be accused of lacking ambition. They've got a name lifted from a Shakespearean tragedy, wrote a concept album about the Civil War, and interviews with...

Clash review
03.08.15

A lengthy, ambitious triumph...

The Quietus review
28.07.15

Hop in the time machine, manipulate the dials, teleport yourself back to 1985 and tell expectant citizens of the era that some of their young, thrusting, larvae-like independent...

Clash review
27.07.15

Toasting their fifteenth anniversary in some style...

Punk News review
24.08.15

mewithoutYou are one of the most polarizing and opinion-provoking bands I know. I've always dug the vast majority of their works and when it comes to picking one out the bunch, it...

Under The Radar review
24.07.15

Zach Burba leads a team of Seattle indie stars (plus an assortment of horn players and backup singers) through a sunny mash-up of pop's last five decades. More

Punk News review
24.07.15

I've never kept it secret how big a fan I am of Derek Archambault. Whether it's his rip-roaring performances with Defeater or toning it down with Alcoa, I'm in. After Bone and...

Punk News review
23.07.15

There was no Alkaline Trio album this year. However, 2015 has seen not one, not two, but all three members releasing solo albums. The strongest of the three -- Dan Andriano In the...

Under The Radar review
23.07.15

How we all love a surprise. Especially when the surprise arrives as the happy continuation of Wilco's remarkable run of albums which now stretches back over 20 years (and even...

Under The Radar review
23.07.15

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is, arguably, more popular outside of its native U.S. The trio is known for capturing the dedication of its European fans live on DVD/CD combos, first...

Clash review
16.07.15

A nigh on perfect release...

The Quietus review
27.07.15

In another world, it was this way all along. Bands who loved the 60s understood that the reason to love the 60s is not simply the music, but what animated the people who made the...

Under The Radar review
16.07.15

Currents opens with "Let It Happen," which instantly launches itself into the Tame Impala pantheon. Well, maybe not instantly—it takes close to eight minutes.  More

Punk News review
10.07.15

Mable begins with a battle cry for the marginalized and the unnoticed: “I am every person you have ever ignored. I am the flaming bag of dog shit on your porch.” With that...

Under The Radar review
07.07.15

Let's be honest: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's last two LPs were something less than stellar. Let It Sway, from 2010, just didn't have the songs, whereas 2013's Fly By...

Clash review
02.07.15

A slight mis-fire...

Under The Radar review
14.07.15

Who is Brandon Flowers, exactly? If the desired effect of his second solo album is to keep us from getting any idea whatsoever, then mission accomplished. More

Punk News review
02.07.15

By the time the amp buzz quits at the end of Weird Prayer, you'll be pretty much convinced that Sweet John Bloom are the real deal. If you're a fan of Superchunk and Japandroids...

Punk News review
30.06.15

Love 'em or hate 'em, Anthony Raneri and Bayside have a knack for consistency. Since 2004’s Sirens and Condolences, Bayside have produced a solid, if pretty analogous discography...

Punk News review
30.06.15

Tigers Jaw is pretty legendary at this point. Even after losing more than half of their lineup, the band has managed to continue successfully even after a couple doubts they may...

Punk News review
25.06.15

Koji's one of my favorite solo acts around. There's something about his minimal, sincere approach to indie rock that sits well with me. I've never been disappointed with any of...

Punk News review
23.06.15

First off, yes, you've heard quite a bit of Payola already. Let's get that out the way. Secondly, Conor Oberst continues to show why he's still one of the most powerful voices in...

Under The Radar review
25.06.15

As a sort of kabuki take on early aughts emo, Desaparecidos satisfies. But that baseline satisfaction is like a single coat of paint that wears thin over an entire LP's length...

Under The Radar review
18.06.15

The marriage of noise and pop is as old as garage rock itself, but few recent bands have wed sonic assaults and bracingly gorgeous melodicism as convincingly as Joanna Gruesome...

Punk News review
05.07.15

Two years ago, Joanna Gruesome hit gold combining the most sugary of pop hooks with the noisiest of punk music. It was called Weird Sister. It was great. This year, they’ve...