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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...

NME review
24.03.14

The quartet find it hard to shake the "Canadian Strokes" tag on their fourth album

Under The Radar review
02.04.14

Take a time machine back 10 years. Tokyo Police Club's Forcefield would have fit right in. Pop music fiends would stick the lead single, "Hot Tonight," on their mix CDs, right...

Spotinews recomendation
19.03.14

Good morning readers. From a very recent Spotify update: the dynamic new album by The Coathangers. Genre: post-punk/garage rock. Enjoy! The Coathangers – Suck My ShirtFiled under...

Punk News review
19.03.14

Make no mistake with how dark Makthaverskan's II is. Yes, they're a Swedish indie-pop-rock ensemble. But their musical content lies very much on the darker side of life. After...

Insound review
18.03.14

After three albums and an EP on Homestead, Death of Samantha reunited it's original line up and recorded If Memory Serves Us Well while rehearsing for a reunion show. 18 songs...

Insound review
18.03.14

Cheveu has now reached album #3, and since they totally fucked up the first two steps, there's nothing surprising in seeing them come back at full speed on a countryside road...

Clash review
14.03.14

Staring terror in the face – and deciding to dance...

The Line of Best Fit review
28.03.14

Having pursued a more ethereal sound last time around, Liars are back to their noisy, antagonistic best.

Under The Radar review
24.03.14

God bless Liars. While virtually everyone in the avant rock class of the Aughts (that loosely started with Yeah Yeah Yeahs and ended with HEALTH) either cleaned up their acts and...

NME review
24.03.14

Demented chaos and haywire disco-punk from the LA experimentalists

The Quietus review
21.03.14

"Thou shalt choose the hard road with an equal mix of hubris and regret" So reads the third commandment on Angus Andrews' list of Liars' most consecrated creative ideologies, as...

Spotinews recomendation
13.03.14

Hi. From a fairly recent Spotify update comes the solid new album by pop singer-songwriter Bill Pritchard. Enjoy! (One review here.) Bill Pritchard – A Trip to the CoastFiled...

Insound review
15.04.14

Bill Pritchard is a British singer/songwriter -- you may remember, you may not. He started writing songs for various bands at school but it wasn't until he spent time in Bordeaux...

Under The Radar review
03.03.14

For all their mutations, The Men generally don't do anything they'd be ashamed to have splayed across the front page of the Village Voice. They make rock music, flexibly and...

The Quietus review
10.03.14

The thing about progress is not so much that you can't stop it but more where it leads to. Things are always going to evolve, change and mutate but the question is, 'Into what...

Spotinews recomendation
04.03.14

Evening. The intense new album by The Men arrived to Spotify earlier today. Genre: rock. Enjoy! (Read some reviews here.) The Men – Tomorrow’s HitsFiled under: 2014, Rock

The Line of Best Fit review
13.02.14

Eccentric rockers PWGG manage to stay just above the line where idiosyncrasy becomes wince inducing.

NME review
10.02.14

An ever so slightly forgettable third album from the London band

Insound review
04.02.14

When indie superstars Camper Van Beethoven signed with Virgin Records in the late 1980s, it seemed inconceivable. How could that band move to a major label without “selling out...

Insound review
04.02.14

This reissue finds nine bonus tracks on the CD. Camper Van Beethoven signed with Virgin Records in 1988 and delivered a record that defied those who thought the band might “sell...

NME review
22.01.14

Mode Moderne draw a cultural bridge between modern-day Canada and the greyed tones of 1980s Manchester

The Quietus review
14.01.14

The two Joy Division tracks that Martin Hannett produced for the 1978 Factory Sample EP were in the words of Factory biographer James Nice: "a huge leap forward for both band and...

Insound review
07.01.14

Your favorite band’s favorite band, Self Defense Family enjoys a distinct renown within the punk community. Well-respected and critically lauded but difficult and idiosyncratic...

Punk News review
13.01.14

Self Defense Family is a band that produces consistently perplexing music, which isn't a bad thing. They tow the lines between ambition and overzealous experimentation in a manner...

Insound review
17.12.13

Remastered Cabaret Voltaire, which hasn’t been available on vinyl since the late 1980’s. Both the CD and vinyl have been remastered and the sound is amazing. Cabaret Voltaire were...

Insound review
17.12.13

Remastered Cabaret Voltaire, which hasn’t been available on vinyl since the late 1980’s. Both the CD and vinyl have been remastered and the sound is amazing. Cabaret Voltaire were...

Insound review
17.12.13

Remastered Cabaret Voltaire, which hasn’t been available on vinyl since the late 1980’s. Both the CD and vinyl have been remastered and the sound is amazing. Cabaret Voltaire were...

Insound review
10.12.13

French-American post-punk oufit DTCV was formed in Los Angeles in 2012 by Guylaine Vivarat (ex-Useless Keys, Tennis System), James Greer (ex-Guided By Voices), and Chris Dunn, a...

The Quietus review
03.12.13

Earlier this year while waiting to interview Beady Eye in a north London rehearsal studio, your humble scribe unexpectedly spent some time in the company of The Bad Seeds...

Under The Radar review
24.12.13

The trouble with studio albums is they don't always capture the essence of a band in the flesh. In the case of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds it's a point that's amplified by their...

The Line of Best Fit review
23.12.13

Those who like their Bad Seeds really bad may bicker with the tracklisting, but it's proof that Cave can be at his most powerful when at his most soulful.

The Line of Best Fit review
21.12.13

Those who like their Bad Seeds really bad may bicker with the tracklisting, but it's proof that Cave can be at his most powerful when at his most soulful.

Spotinews recomendation
06.12.13

Howdy folks. This sweet live album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds was recently added to Spotify. Genre: alternative rock. Read this review and enjoy! Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds...

Insound review
29.11.13

Climax is the debut full length from Finnish apocalyptic post-punk rock quartet Beastmilk. Recorded, mixed, and produced in July of 2013 at GodCity Studios by Kurt Ballou, the...

NME review
02.12.13

If you enjoyed this year’s Iceage and Savages full-lengths, embrace this splendid debut album

NME review
20.11.13

This is a fresh, fierce and frightening record all of its own.

Spotinews recomendation
01.12.13

Hi. This sparkling new album by The KVB was added to Spotify last month. Genre: post-punk/shoegaze. Enjoy! The KVB – Minus OneFiled under: 2013, Rock

NME review
16.10.13

The hardcore racket that made the Brooklyn band's name is out. Five stripped-back tracks - actually recorded round a campfire - are in

Insound review
15.10.13

The Intone label was originally founded back in 1992 as a vehicle for Richard H. Kirk's Sandoz project, initially a series of three 12" singles. Richard H. Kirk is perhaps best...

NME review
07.10.13

The hardest-working so-called slackers in indie rock are back already, with fresh tricks and further proof of greatness

Punk News review
04.10.13

Both Wild Moth's Mourning Glow and self-titled had me up in arms. They were fluently entangled in a distanced vibe that really made me understand what shoegaze meant, and more...

AudioCred review
23.09.13

Movement join the popular um.. movement of downtempo electronic R&B groups.  As “Us” develops though, it is clear that these guys are not just trend followers.  They happen to be...

Under The Radar review
18.09.13

New Yorkers Crystal Stilts emerged back in 2008 with Alight of Night, an album on which everything from the scratchy surf rock guitars to the distant, clattering drums to frontman...

NME review
23.09.13

Bleak, with slivers of graceful light

Spotinews recomendation
19.09.13

Howdy folks. The new album by Crystal Stilts is another very recent addition to the Spotify library. Genre: rock. Enjoy! Crystal Stilts – Nature Noir Filed under: 2013, Rock