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Insound review
today

Announcing Overjoyed , the first album in 13 years from legendary punk band Half Japanese. One of the most influential bands of all time, Jad Fair and Half Japanese spearheaded...

Insound review
today

They certainly weren’t clear when twin brothers Amedeo and Simone Pace and Kazu Makino first found themselves playing and writing together back in the mid-­- 90s. At a time when...

Clash review
yesterday

Hideously bloated double LP that forgets to pack any worthwhile ideas...

NME review
26.08.14

The self-described 'surf-doom' trio follow their musical forebears down a very dark path

Insound review
26.08.14

Sourced soon after the re-release of L'Amour, Romantic Times is the 1985 follow-up - a familiar blond posing on the sleeve, a familiar, tortured voice pouring his heart out over...

Insound review
25.08.14

J Mascis' Tied to a Star is the follow up to his acclaimed Sub Pop debut Several Shades of Why. The album, led by the songs "Every Morning" and "Wide Awake," was recorded and...

Spotinews recomendation
30.08.14

Hi. The new album by singer-songwriter J Mascis was added to Spotify some days ago. Read a bunch of reviews and enjoy! (Version for FR. GB and IE here.) J Mascis – Tied to a...

Under The Radar review
29.08.14

Here's J Mascis with another batch of understated and partly unplugged tunes for Sub Pop. Mascis surprised everyone with the intimacy of 2011's Several Shades of Why.  More

NME review
29.08.14

The Dinosaur Jr mastermind continues his break from fuzz to delve back into acoustic folk

The Quietus review
27.08.14

The first words you're likely to hear in relation to J Mascis' Tied To A Star are, "acoustic" and "country folk". Indeed, this album, co-produced with Dinosaur Jr. collaborator...

Insound review
25.08.14

Montreal’s Elephant Stone was formed in 2009 by sitarist/bassist Rishi Dhir. As one of the most highly sought out sitar players in the international psych scene, he has recorded...

Alt Press review
23.08.14

Spotinews recomendation
30.08.14

Good evening. From a recent Spotify update comes the new album by The Rentals. Genre: pop/rock. Enjoy! The Rentals – Lost in AlphavilleFiled under: 2014, Pop, Rock

Under The Radar review
29.08.14

Shockingly, The Rentals' first LP in 15 years may also be their best. Lost in Alphaville finds a happy medium between the heavy fuzz and Moog synths of the group's 1995 debut...

Under The Radar review
22.08.14

It can't be easy for a band like The New Pornographers. Where prog-rock musicians need to create new vistas and compositions to describe them, and comedians need to be funny, when...

Clash review
yesterday

An almost perfect soundtrack to what’s left of the summer...

NME review
29.08.14

Canadian filth merchants return with an obscenely enjoyable sixth album

Insound review
25.08.14

Brill Bruisers is the first new release in four years from the acclaimed supergroup the New Pornographers, who NPR called “virtually peerless in the world of power-pop and indie...

Punk News review
19.08.14

Prawn have always been one of those ensembles whose musical spread shimmered as a sound on the cusp of greatness. Their knack for rendering such organic, sincere tones in their...

Clash review
19.08.14

Tender balladry, falsetto euphoria, bitter angst, thwarted loss and befuddled bewilderment...

NME review
27.08.14

A touching goodbye to a childhood friend from the Staten Island group

Insound review
26.08.14

"Wanna wake up wanting to listen to records / But those old feelings elude me / I raise a toast to the rock n' roll ghost," sings Cymbals Eat Guitars frontman Joseph D'Agostino on...

Under The Radar review
25.08.14

As Cymbals Eat Guitars further shape the band's sound, the quartet manages to strike a balance between radio-friendly material and experimental urges with LOSE, their third album...

Spotinews recomendation
25.08.14

Hey. Let’s begin the week with this fine new album by Cymbals Eat Guitars. Genre: rock. Enjoy! (US version here.) Cymbals Eat Guitars – LoseFiled under: 2014, Rock

Insound review
19.08.14

Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)'s highly anticipated new album You Will Eventually Be Forgotten may have taken half a decade to get here, but it was absolutely worth the...

Punk News review
21.08.14

Emipre! Empire! I Was A Lonely Estate is one of the most heartwarming and endearing records this year -- minimal but filled to the brim with a quiet energy that disarms you. The...

Clash review
18.08.14

Drenched in trademark rosy glow, it’s all tender and consolatory...

Under The Radar review
18.08.14

For post-millennial indie's resident Harvard-educated polymaths, Justin Rice and Christian Rudder—the driving duo behind Bishop Allen—this persistently-upbeat pop project is just...

Insound review
19.08.14

The new Bishop Allen record, Lights Out , is here at last. Here's what went into it: ten years, three full-lengths, twelve EPs, thousands of shows, a move out of Brooklyn, a new...

NME review
18.08.14

The Mancunian arena-fillers' follow-up to their best album won't win over the naysayers

NME review
18.08.14

Baltimore band lack cohesion on their fourth LP

Spotinews recomendation
24.08.14

Morning friends. This new album by Celebration has been growing on me throughout the week. Genre: pop/rock. Enjoy! (US version here.) Celebration – AlbuminFiled under: 2014, Pop...

Insound review
19.08.14

Albumin is the band’s first album since 2010’s acclaimed Electric Tarot: Hello Paradise, and their first for Bella Union, initiating a new chapter in a story marked by triumph and...

Spotinews recomendation
16.08.14

Good evening friends. Why not give the new album by The Pharmacy a try? It’s quite good. Genre: psych pop/rock. Enjoy! The Pharmacy – SpellsFiled under: 2014, Pop, Rock

Punk News review
15.08.14

Some albums leave that mark on you, something forever etched, imprinting words that showed why music is and will always be...a science, an art, a labor of love...and simply put...

Punk News review
14.08.14

It's October 2005 and I'm in a log cabin called the Olde Club in Swarthmore, Pa. watching the Mountain Goats perform. Singer/songwriter John Darnielle is enjoying some of the best...

NME review
13.08.14

Another solid effort from the persistently exciters shoegazers

Punk News review
12.08.14

Weezer made it safe for nerds in rock music in the '90s. Rock and roll has always been a cool man's game. Elvis' sexy hip shakin', Mick Jagger's stage swaggering, Robert Plant's...

NME review
11.08.14

Futureheads and Golden Virgins' drummers provide a timewarp to slip into

Under The Radar review
08.08.14

he sixth full-length from Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp is a Rosebuds album only in name. Instead, Sand + Silence might be better understood as the product of a veritable indie...

Insound review
05.08.14

Arkells will release their third full-length album through Dine Alone Records on August 5, 2014. Named after a street in their native Hamilton, Ontario, the juno award winning...

Under The Radar review
04.08.14

Bear in Heaven's last outing, 2012's I Love You, It's Cool, completed a four-album cycle that slowly refined and streamlined these Brooklynites' unpredictable blend of pop and...

NME review
06.08.14

Brooklynites strip things back on their fourth effort

Spotinews recomendation
05.08.14

Hello friends. The new album by Bear in Heaven is now available all over Europe and in the US. Genre: electronic/rock. Enjoy! Bear in Heaven – Time Is Over One Day OldFiled under...

Insound review
05.08.14

Bear In Heaven's new album is aptly titled Time Is Over One Day Old . It's a record with a visceral relationship to time and its processes. Where invulnerability and ambition can...

Spotinews recomendation
04.08.14

Hey. The stellar debut album by Mozart’s Sister just arrived to Spotify. Genre: electronic/pop. Enjoy! (Note: It should, as usual, be added for US listeners one day later. It is...

NME review
05.08.14

The Canadian one-woman band specialises in exuberant, joyous pop

Insound review
05.08.14

Since attracting a ton of buzz for her entrancing live shows and for first EP Hello, Mozart's Sister (aka Caila Thompson-Hannant) has been head-down in her bedroom writing her...

The Quietus review
31.07.14

Cosines have found the magic formula that indie pop has been dreaming of – a winning combination of Pulp and Belle & Sebastian, seasoned with swathes of Stereolab. Refreshingly...

Spotinews recomendation
29.07.14

Howdy. Are you in the mood for some psychedelic rock? If yes, please check out the new album by Stardeath and White Dwarfs and enjoy! Stardeath and White Dwarfs – WastoidFiled...

NME review
28.07.14

Straight to the point synth-rock thrills

Under The Radar review
14.08.14

Synth-rock acts, once heralded as the leading edge of indie, now face a challenge from critics and followers of underground music. As the genre has gone mainstream, its most...

Insound review
29.07.14

True Loves won Hooray For Earth a well-deserved round of huzzahs from all of the key tastemakers. Following up a critically acclaimed debut album, Noel Heroux plotted the band’s...