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The Quietus review
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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
19.05.15

Let's get this out of the way: Ceremony's sound has evolved. If you thought Zoo was a departure from Rohnert Park, or that Rohnert Park was a departure from Still Nothing Moves...

The Quietus review
17.04.15

Originally forming as an excuse to go for a mid-week pint down the local Wetherspoons in their home town of Nottingham, Grey Hairs soon became less of an excuse to get pissed on a...

The Quietus review
13.04.15

It's often difficult to pinpoint how exactly self-awareness is communicated through music, but when it's there, it's tangible. For Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, it's the factor that...

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
01.04.15

On their new album Escape from Evil, it appears as if the Baltimore-based quartet Lower Dens have seen the light at the end of the tunnel.  More

The Quietus review
26.03.15

There is a danger in consigning a geographical girdle to an artist's output, the relentless tendency toward defining a city's 'sound' proving no more useful than, say, the music...

Punk News review
26.02.15

The year 1977 proved to be a landmark for punk rock, before the year was out classic albums such as Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols, Leave Home, Damned Damned...

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
16.02.15

A Place to Bury Strangers' noisy fuzz is its trademark. On the trio's fourth album, Transfixiation, this working noise-rock formula is not much changed. Taking cues from the...

Punk News review
05.03.15

A Place to Bury Strangers, the Brooklyn noise-rock trio, have shot to the top of my list of bands to see live. Just check out this picture of frontman and guitarist Oliver...

The Quietus review
26.02.15

A Place To Bury Strangers is a band with a reputation. A mythology has started to follow the Brooklyn trio: the custom-built pedals, the dizzyingly loud live show, the obvious...

The Quietus review
16.01.15

Viet Cong count two members of Calgary-based ex-band Women among their number. Band in "emerging from other band's ashes" shocker, etc. Of course, this is not a piece of...

Punk News review
07.02.15

There have been quite a few good to great, heavily hyped post-punk albums the past few years (Iceage, Merchandise, Parquet Courts) but few as genuinely experimental and stormy as...

The Quietus review
15.12.14

Five years after 2009's Landing, Githead's fourth album picks up pretty much where they left off, with no noticeable discontinuity, but with a few new spins on their already...

The Quietus review
15.11.14

Tabs are open and closed before twitching eyes, the mind gorging on each beatific hit of subsequent inane information, before the sickness resumes and it desperately probes the...

The Quietus review
12.11.14

If Half Man Half Biscuit did not exist, it would be imperative to invent them. Since their formation nearly 30 years ago, their presence has been a necessity. In essence the...

NME review
08.10.14

The Danish nihilists obliterate their past on brutal third album

NME review
03.12.14

The Danish nihilists obliterate their past on brutal third album

Punk News review
24.10.14

In some ways, Iceage's Plowing into the Field of Love is a kinder, gentler beast than its predecessor, 2013's You're Nothing. It finds the group hopping from genre to genre...

Clash review
15.10.14

Woefully lacking in coherency, and fails as its makers’ next evolution…

Alt Press review
14.10.14

Spotinews recomendation
09.10.14

Hey. The intense new album by Iceage was recently added to Spotify. Genre: alternative rock/post-punk. Enjoy! Iceage – Plowing Into the Field of LoveFiled under: 2014, Rock

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...

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...

Insound review
09.09.14

The newly found unreleased album recorded across two winter time sessions at Nikkis favourite recording studio Woodbine Studios in Leamington Spa.

NME review
08.09.14

Only Steve Albini's production lets down this dramatic third from the gothic Brighton trio

Under The Radar review
18.09.14

"Press Heavenwards" opens A New Nature with three minutes of beautifully spacious and dark atmospherics before the meat of the song even begins; this slow burn intro echoes Pink...

The Quietus review
12.09.14

At the tail end of 2010, nestled amongst the annual assemblage of tepid mediocrity that is the "BBC Sound Of" list, you may have spotted Brighton trio Esben And The Witch. Having...

Insound review
09.09.14

The third album from Esben and the Witch and their second release of 2014 after a split with Thought Forms in April.

Under The Radar review
05.09.14

Death to Interpol. Death to all neo-baritone-core. Death to The National. Death to Editors. If you really wanted to take a leaf out of Joy Division's book, you all should've...

The Quietus review
18.09.14

There is one line on El Pintor, Interpol's fifth new album that cuts right to the quick. Paul Banks, summoning a falsetto mightier than anything we've heard from him before...

Spotinews recomendation
10.09.14

Hi. I’m not sure what to write in this space (never been much of a fan of this band). Anyhow, enjoy the new Interpol album! (Genre: indie rock.) (Edit: After listening to a few...

Insound review
09.09.14

El Pintor is Interpol's fifth and most exhilarating studio album. It's a driving, relentless record, taut and epic in equal measure. In contrast with previous records, Interpol...

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...

Insound review
02.09.14

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...

NME review
08.09.14

Kurt Cobain-endorsed group reconvene for stellar return

Spotinews recomendation
05.09.14

Hey. The new album by veteran rock band Half Japanese arrived this week. Enjoy! Half Japanese – OverjoyedFiled under: 2014, Rock

Spotinews recomendation
05.09.14

Hey. The new album by veteran rock band Half Japanese arrived this week. Enjoy! Half Japanese – OverjoyedFiled under: 2014, Rock

Insound review
25.08.14

Drawing from too many places to be classified punk, they’ve certainly been informed by its ethics, earning all they’ve achieved. Still self-recording and producing their music...

Spotinews recomendation
05.09.14

Hey. It’s been a terrific week for new music so far and here is another goodie. Genre: pop. Enjoy Merchandise! (US version here.) Merchandise – After the EndFiled under: 2014, Pop

Punk News review
04.09.14

New Wave and the synthier post punk of the mid-'80s usually gets denigrated in the usual punk retrospectives as being a sell out and commercialization of punk's ethos and virtues...

Spotinews recomendation
28.08.14

Hey. It’s been a terrific week for new music so far and here is another goodie. Genre: pop. Enjoy Merchandise! (US version here.) Merchandise – After the EndFiled under: 2014, Pop

Under The Radar review
27.08.14

Since their inception in 2008 we've watched as Tampa five-piece Merchandise have morphed from DIY hardcore punks into reverb-drenched indie merchants on their excellent 2013 mini...

NME review
26.08.14

Now signed to 4AD, the Florida punks' bold makeover as an indie-pop band has produced a fantastic record

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...

NME review
07.07.14

The Canadian psych-punks' outstanding lost demo tape uncovered

NME review
16.06.14

The Canadian thrashers' third album is urgent but occasionally lacks variation

Under The Radar review
01.10.14

White Lung is pissed and we better listen. More

Punk News review
27.06.14

White Lung's Sorry was majestic and a work of art in its own right, but Deep Fantasy takes them to a whole new level. It never ceases to amaze how they fit metal riffs into...

Spotinews recomendation
19.06.14

Morning. The electrifying new album by White Lung is a recent addition to Spotify. Genre: punk rock. Enjoy! White Lung – Deep FantasyFiled under: 2014, Punk, Rock

Insound review
03.06.14

Indie rock stalwarts Camper Van Beethoven are back with El Camino Real , the companion album and follow up to their highly lauded La Costa Perdida. Whereas La Costa reflected the...

Insound review
02.06.14

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

Under The Radar review
30.05.14

With their third full-length, Parquet Courts seemed at a precipice. They'd released a well-received album that had gotten national attention in Light Up Gold, and a blistering EP...

The Quietus review
17.07.14

It's probably not a very popular opinion round these parts, but I have to admit I enjoyed the first Parquet Courts album. There was a cosiness to them, a bit like when you notice...

Clash review
11.06.14

There’s some damned beauty in this band…

Spotinews recomendation
05.06.14

Hi. The new album by Parquet Courts arrived earlier this week. Genre: rock/punk-rock. Enjoy! (US version here.) Parquet Courts – Sunbathing AnimalFiled under: 2014, Punk, Rock

NME review
02.06.14

Hip Brooklyn band's third album is their least immediate to date - but it's also in many ways their most rewarding

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