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Under The Radar review
07.04.17

No one in recent memory has crushed a late-night TV performance the way Future Islands did with "Seasons (Waiting on You)" on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2014, in...

Spotinews recomendation
09.04.17

Morning. There is a new album by Future Islands out? Sure, count me in. Genre: synthpop. Enjoy! Future Islands – The Far FieldFiled under: 2017, Electronic, Pop

The Quietus review
31.03.17

In December, Wire’s Pink Flag – post-punk’s archetypal overture of refined enigma and neurosis – will celebrate its 40th anniversary. An opening gambit that brazenly contorted...

Under The Radar review
05.04.17

It's not that Silver/Lead is a bad record. It's not. But what is interesting about it—the atmospheric sounds and rhythms—are relegated to the background, if there at all, and then...

Spotinews recomendation
21.03.17

Hey. A notable new album this release week was the latest effort by Depeche Mode. Genre: alternative/electronic. Enjoy! Depeche Mode – SpiritFiled under: 2017, Alternative...

Under The Radar review
25.03.17

It's rare for any musician from the '80s to smoothly transfer its appeal past that era without seeming like they're trying too hard to update themselves. The alternative is...

Spotinews recomendation
01.03.17

Hey again. This album was not available for me when I checked five days ago, but now it has been added. Genre: pop/rock. Enjoy The Feelies! (US version here) The Feelies – In...

The Quietus review
10.11.16

I remember the first time, on a warm day in a park in the south of Rotterdam. At a municipal festival, full of grazing “Roffa types” on a day out; parading tattoos, bull terriers...

Under The Radar review
09.11.16

Perhaps the nadir of The Simpsons' decline is the 19th-season episode "That '90s Show," an anachronistic flashback episode that needlessly rewrites the history of the beloved show...

Clash review
09.11.16

A wonderful, highly individual record...

Clash review
09.11.16

A tremendously odd mis-step...

Clash review
09.11.16

Disco beats and soft vocals merged with a real sense of authenticity and honesty...

Clash review
09.11.16

A mixed return from the New Yorkers...

Clash review
09.11.16

Seminal performer's 1981 album gets the expansive treatment...

Clash review
09.11.16

Some high points, but seems to lack a little magic...

Clash review
09.11.16

Extremely close to the Holy Grail of 'real' house...

The Quietus review
09.11.16

One could argue that Francois Boulanger's Ssaliva is a project for which the only constant is change, but his stock in trade has generally hemmed close to his woozy, watery brand...

Under The Radar review
09.11.16

The four members of Preoccupations could make a strong case against the argument that there is no such thing as bad publicity. Scattered public roiling over their former name Viet...

The Quietus review
19.10.15

Brevity is a much-admired quality in punk and post-punk circles. A friend of mine with an encyclopedic knowledge of the Dutch underground, and who sings in a band, puts it thus...

Under The Radar review
24.09.15

So after the fights, the recriminations, and the bitter bile subside, a brand new New Order album surfaces. From the outside looking in, there's a touch of Pink Floyd circa 1987...

Clash review
28.09.15

A stately if hardly revolutionary return...

Under The Radar review
16.09.15

It's easier than it should be to make fun of Duran Duran. Their 1980s heyday saw them churn out some of the greatest pop melodies of the era—"Hungry Like the Wolf" is an all-time...

Under The Radar review
03.09.15

Whether you think the world needs another Public Image Ltd record depends entirely on how you feel about John Lydon. The cantankerous master antagonist rarely invokes an...

The Quietus review
10.09.15

January 1978, and the garb of Johnny Rotten no longer fits the Sex Pistols frontman. His dilated stare, previously a mere accompaniment to the latest McClaren/Westwood 'Sex...

Punk News review
04.09.15

It's an era of seemingly endless reunions, as long-dead bands are rising from the grave, whether to headline festivals for a quick payday or set off on one last tour to feel young...

Clash review
01.09.15

Sonically gorgeous but a slight mis-step...

Under The Radar review
02.09.15

The act of reinvention is a time-honoured tradition in the world of pop. From global megastars like Madonna and Bob Dylan to lesser-known indie outfits like The Horrors, a shift...

The Quietus review
25.05.15

Fall gigs over the past year or so have seen the band on form, aided and abetted by a second drummer who seemed to be treating his kit as a means of overcoming a nervous...

Punk News review
18.06.15

Most reviews for records by The Fall usually start with something about the band's ever-shifting lineup, with musicians coming and going at a furious pace with the enigmatic Mark...

The Quietus review
10.04.15

I'm aware that the urban dictionary defines 'farage' as "to masturbate in an angry or confused way using unconventional stimuli," and that the estimable Mark Thomas has been...

Under The Radar review
02.06.15

There is something slightly odd about a band's 14th studio album, 38 years on from their debut release, being self-titled. It is almost certainly unintentional, but there's a...

Under The Radar review
16.03.15

Almost a year ago, Twin Shadow (aka George Lewis, Jr.) released "To the Top," a sonically massive, emotionally direct ballad that foretold a new direction for his in-progress...

Punk News review
10.03.15

The Rezillos formed in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1976. They were a legitimate first generation punk band, but even early on their sound tended toward what would later be considered...

Punk News review
25.02.15

With the release of their latest album, What Happens Next, Gang of Four find them reduced to one original member in guitarist Andy Gill. Jon King left the band after the release...

Under The Radar review
25.02.15

Gang of Four returned to relevance in 2010 with Content, and now they've followed it up with What Happens Next, an album that sets out to answer its own titular question. More

Under The Radar review
27.01.15

Young Ejecta (formerly Ejecta) returns with an excellent new six song "mini-album," further exploring many of the ideas from their wildly underrated 2013 full-length debut...

Under The Radar review
17.12.14

For the casual music appreciator, Simple Minds are a one-hit wonder who hit their peak with the ultimate movie ending song for The Breakfast Club with "Don't You Forget About Me...