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Clash review
21.04.17

Adding a politicised edge to their trademark angular and heartfelt pop music...

Under The Radar review
21.04.17

Americana is a collection of comfortable rock 'n' roll songs detailing Ray Davies' relationship with, and travels across, America. When he does satire it's too safe and detached...

Under The Radar review
20.04.17

Craig Finn has a way of making the connection from ordinary moments to extraordinary meanings. When we first met him in Lifter Puller and then in The Hold Steady his more-is-more...

Under The Radar review
12.04.17

August By Cake is Robert Pollard's 100th album, and a double album to boot. Not only that but a great double album. It's amazing how Pollard still manages to mine new ground in...

Spotinews recomendation
31.03.17

Hello. A new release week is here. My top choice is the new album by singer-songwriter Aimee Mann. Enjoy! (US version here) (Note: I’ll be back later today for one more update...

Under The Radar review
31.03.17

Expecting the unexpected can work in the favor of bands like Radiohead, U2, and R.E.M. They build up a reputation for trendy experimentalism that is met with enthusiastic...

The Quietus review
14.04.17

About a week ago, shortly after hearing Let The Dancers Inherit The Party for the first few times – and still uncertain about it in my fanboy sort of way – my partner and I sat...

Spotinews recomendation
30.03.17

Hey. The latest album by American rock band Arbouretum was recently added to Spotify. Enjoy! Arbouretum – Song of the RoseFiled under: 2017, Rock

Clash review
29.03.17

A record of two opposing moods...

Clash review
29.03.17

Refined and polished return, but still bass-driven and dancefloor-ready...

Spotinews recomendation
05.04.17

Evening friends. Two update are now coming your way. First: from last week, the latest album by Soulwax. Genre: alternative/electronic. Enjoy! Soulwax – From DeeweeFiled under...

The Pier review
28.03.17

It’s not everyday that the band that’s given you a catalogue of emotional and lyrically rich songs announces that they’re going back to making summertime songs, so I was nervous...

Spotinews recomendation
25.03.17

Hey. I also enjoyed the cinematic solo debut by Cameron Avery. Genre: pop. Enjoy! Cameron Avery – Ripe Dreams, Pipe DreamsFiled under: 2017, Pop

The Quietus review
25.03.17

It’s been slightly more than two years since Desperate Journalist’s self-titled debut, and my haven’t they grown. It’s more of the same to be fair, though there’s an assuredness...

Under The Radar review
24.03.17

When The Jesus and Mary Chain reunited in 2007, it was unexpected given the acrimonious breakup that brothers Jim Reid and William Reid experienced while touring for their 1998...

Under The Radar review
23.03.17

Australian trio Middle Kids blazed out of the gates with debut single, "Edge of Town," which ticked up millions of streams before the band had even played a show.  More

Under The Radar review
18.03.17

Some ideas are repeated a million times for a good reason. Take, for instance, the line about how easy it is to take a new Spoon album for granted. When a band releases four near...

Spotinews recomendation
25.03.17

Hi. The strong new album by Spoon was added to Spotify yesterday. Genre: indie rock. Good stuff. Enjoy! Spoon – Hot ThoughtsFiled under: 2017, Rock

Under The Radar review
17.03.17

Minus the Bear reunite with their original label, Suicide Squeeze, to release an album that is as far removed from their original material as the band has yet gone.  More

Clash review
13.03.17

A thrilling second album from a band who demand to be taken seriously...

Spotinews recomendation
12.03.17

Hello again. As promised here is a third Sunday update. Genre: folk/indie rock. Enjoy Ha Ha Tonka! (Don’t forget to subscribe to the new playlist: Spotinews 077) Ha Ha Tonka...

Under The Radar review
11.03.17

It's been five years since James Mercer and co. debuted new music to The Shins' vast fanbase. On their fifth studio album Heartworms, the (now) six-piece shows them going a long...

Spotinews recomendation
25.03.17

Hey again. The final update of the release week is the new album by The Shins. Genre: indie rock. Enjoy! The Shins – HeartwormsFiled under: 2017, Rock

Spotinews recomendation
05.03.17

Howdy folks. This new album by Chicano Batman was a very positive surprise for me. Genre: psychedelic rock/soul. Enjoy! (US version here) Chicano Batman – Freedom Is FreeFiled...

Clash review
03.03.17

An occasionally misty-eyed but very welcome return...

Under The Radar review
04.03.17

It's been 11 years since Grandaddy released an album. They've come back just in time. Grandaddy's textured, robot-core sleeper rock makes a natural comeback, with fresh eyes. More

Under The Radar review
03.03.17

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have always done things on their own terms and The Tourist, the band's first release in three years and fifth overall, is no different.  More

Spotinews recomendation
26.02.17

Howdy. Here’s the solid new album by Old 97’s. Genre: alt-country rock. Enjoy! (US version here) Old 97’s – Graveyard WhistlingFiled under: 2017, Folk, Rock

Under The Radar review
10.03.17

With Graveyard Whistling, Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller is his most comfortable self, mic-slinging in the stirrups of a rowdy, fleshed-out sound.  More

Clash review
24.02.17

A cesspit of thick masculine riffage and uncompromising grit...

Spotinews recomendation
22.02.17

Hi. There are two updates coming your way today. First we have the new album by Son Volt. Genre: alt-country rock. Enjoy! Son Volt – Notes of BlueFiled under: 2017, Folk, Rock

Under The Radar review
02.03.17

From the first moment of the achingly beautiful opener "Promise the World" we capitulate, our minds recalling some of the first moments we heard Anodyne from Son Volt precursor...

Clash review
21.02.17

A fascinating glimpse into the songwriter's psychopathology...

Spotinews recomendation
20.02.17

Hi again. Some of you may remember alt-country singer-songwriter Nikki Lane from a blog post back in 2014. Now she is back and the new album is terrific. Enjoy! (US version here...

Spotinews recomendation
20.02.17

Hey again. Let’s continue with the positive energy. Genre: electronic/pop. Enjoy Mozart’s Sister! Mozart’s Sister – Field of LoveFiled under: 2017, Electronic, Pop

Clash review
19.02.17

A chaotic yet interesting return that stretches across 19 tracks...

Under The Radar review
16.02.17

Manchester four-piece Dutch Uncles make twisty art-rock with a unique style, incorporating elements of prog and Talking Heads-esque post-punk into their sound. More

The Quietus review
25.03.17

Few records surge into focus with the immediacy or intent of Dutch Uncles’ latest. An emphatic, bass-driven prog-pop gem, the title track and ultra-confident lead single from...