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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...

Punk News review
12.12.14

All Mod Cons is the kind of great punk (hell, rock n' roll) album made by guys who have developed enough as players and as songwriters to make something confident and powerful. At...

Spotinews recomendation
23.11.14

Good morning. The solid new album by pop singer-songwriter Bryan Ferry was added to Spotify earlier this week. Enjoy! (Note: It is split into several different versions, but it...

Under The Radar review
05.12.14

It's an unproven medical fact that one in five children born between 1983 and 1985 were conceived while an 8-track tape of Roxy Music's Avalon was playing. A night may begin...

Punk News review
22.10.14

I was at a pop punk show the other night in Cambridge and it occurred to me how important three British bands were to the birth of American pop punk: The Buzzcocks, The Clash, and...

Punk News review
08.10.14

San Francisco-based singer/guitarist Kevin Tecon's played in a host of post-punk and shoegaze bands, but the one with the most obvious correlation to his current project was Veil...

The Quietus review
26.09.14

The most important thing one can say about Erasure in 2014 is that they were right all along. Faced with a steady stream of rockist sneers and elitist dismissals that would have...

Punk News review
15.09.14

I bought this for cheap on vinyl about six months ago and have been listening to it pretty consistently since, being that The Jam is fantastic - Paul Weller is one of the great...

Insound review
09.09.14

When informed that Wire were planning to reissue Document and Eyewitness , Rough Trade boss Geoff Travis (who released the original vinyl version in 1981) commented that the band...

Under The Radar review
04.09.14

Peter Murphy first made his name as the frontman for Bauhaus, the prototypical goth rock band. All these years later, Murphy still sings like David Bowie's evil twin and can erect...

The Quietus review
04.06.14

The Soft Close-Up's debut album is certainly a lot fresher than the fetid titular gas that surrounds all you megalopolitan big cheeses, though there are moments where the...

Insound review
02.06.14

This release focuses on early Devo demos and focus group rejects written between 2006 to 2009.

NME review
27.05.14

The Liverpool band may be open and unguarded on their 12th record but they can't match their previous highs

Insound review
01.07.14

Legendary Liverpool band Echo & the Bunnymen to release their 12th studio album and first since 2009, Meteorites . Produced by Youth (Killing Joke, The Verve), the album contains...

Clash review
23.06.14

A once-great band bursting into flames on re-entry…

Under The Radar review
04.06.14

Echo and the Bunnymen have never been the most dynamic of bands. There's no standout feature that makes them particularly remarkable, aside from their consistency. They've stayed...

Under The Radar review
04.06.14

Echo and the Bunnymen have never been the most dynamic of bands. There's no standout feature that makes them particularly remarkable, aside from their consistency.  More

Insound review
29.04.14

In 1981 Tom Dokoupil and Walter Dahn, two young and wild protagonists of the German underground, got together to create a new music project entitled Die Partei. Using his Siluetes...

Clash review
28.04.14

Dave Okumu on a most inspiring LP…

Insound review
25.03.14

In his new liner notes for this re-issue, David Fricke calls High Land, Hard Rain "ten songs of anxious yearning, romantic urgency, big hurt and hard-won learning, distilled into...