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Clash review
yesterday

An impressive if limited debut album...

The Quietus review
24.06.15

The Danish indie label Crunchy Frog is one of those slightly off-kilter institutions that never slotted easily into any contemporary music fashions or spaces. Starting in the mid...

Under The Radar review
03.06.15

The San Diego-formed garage psych duo Crocodiles (Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez) released their simple, scuzzy first album Summer of Hate in early May 2009 when the most...

Under The Radar review
20.05.15

This Israeli three-piece impressed psych fans at last year's SXSW, conjuring humongous, swirling clouds of melodic noise which seemed much too large to have come from such a...

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...

Punk News review
08.05.15

Crushed Beaks are a London, UK-based three piece that produce an admirably distinctive take on the current wave of reverb-heavy and poppy indie rock that’s seemingly everywhere...

Punk News review
13.04.15

Five years, several stray songs, an EP on Triple B Records, and a number of infrequent shows later, southern New England’s often dubbed hardcore supergroup, Sweet Jesus, gets a...

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
27.03.15

The resurgence of dream pop in 2010 was almost suffocating, with shoegaze being a main point of creative reference. Beach House, Wild Nothing, and Grimes lead the way, ushering a...

Punk News review
23.03.15

When John G. pitched Young Guv to the Punknews reviewers Facebook group, I was instantly intrigued. One of the guitarists of Fucked Up was moonlighting as an 80s pop songwriter...

Under The Radar review
17.02.15

The huge success of indie crossover acts like M83 and Passion Pit naturally led to a wave of moody electronica and synth-pop that has lasted the past few years. 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
27.01.15

What with the upcoming reuniting of Ride, and Slowdive having already taking flight after a prolonged absence, you've really got to wonder whether Russian shoegazers...

Punk News review
23.01.15

Cloakroom's haunting dynamic was the main reason I got into their 2013 EP. Infinity was emo without being too emo. Shoegaze without being too shoegaze. Dour, depressing and...

The Quietus review
22.01.15

It is strange to encounter the songs of The House Of Love again. More than 25 years have passed since the band released their first record, and hearing this live album (recorded...

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...

Spotinews recomendation
02.11.14

Hi. Grouper is back with a new album. Genre: experimental ambient/folk. Enjoy! Grouper – RuinsFiled under: 2014, Folk

TapeFear recommendation
03.12.14

Haunting vocals and intimate bare piano from Grouper.

TapeFear recommendation
02.12.14

Haunting vocals and intimate bare piano from Grouper.

The Quietus review
07.11.14

The presence of absence permeates Liz Harris' new album as Grouper, Ruins, to such an extent that it becomes a deeply industrial album. Or post-industrial perhaps, in that the...

Punk News review
28.10.14

Restorations pretty much established themselves with LP2 in a bigger and more expansive way. This was the album that announced them in the way most bands want to be viewed or...

Spotinews recomendation
28.10.14

Hey. From a very recent Spotify update comes the new album by Medicine. Genre: noise pop/shoegaze. Enjoy! Medicine – Home EverywhereFiled under: 2014, Pop, Rock

Under The Radar review
12.02.15

Man, just think of the playground you're granted if you dismantle a shoegaze band in the mid-'90s and bring it back to life in the '10s. More

Spotinews recomendation
31.10.14

Hey. From a very recent Spotify update comes the new album by Medicine. Genre: noise pop/shoegaze. Enjoy! Medicine – Home EverywhereFiled under: 2014, Pop, Rock

Spotinews recomendation
27.10.14

Hello there. The first update of the week is the new album by The Twilight Sad. Genre: indie rock. Read this review and enjoy! (It should, as usual, arrive for US listeners one...

Under The Radar review
19.11.14

The mastery on display here is that the mix comes out as sublime as it does. Even as James Graham sings, once again, about loss and loneliness, it's expertly paired with a...

Alt Press review
06.11.14

The Quietus review
31.10.14

A year ago James Graham, flanked by core band mates Andy MacFarlane and Mark Devine, stood bathed in light under the medieval architraves of Paisley Abbey with an entire orchestra...

Spotinews recomendation
31.10.14

Hello there. The first update of the week is the new album by The Twilight Sad. Genre: indie rock. Read this review and enjoy! (It should, as usual, arrive for US listeners one...

Clash review
30.09.14

An album which seems to seep into your skin...

Spotinews recomendation
23.09.14

Hi. From a very, very recent Spotify update: the dreamy new album by Whirr. Genre: shoegaze. Enjoy! Whirr – SwayFiled under: 2014, Rock

Punk News review
24.09.14

Whirr have clearly defined where they want to go. Around steered them in a more dissonant and darker direction, limiting any pop sensibility or lighter tones that may have been...

NME review
01.09.14

Former Yeasayer and Caribou collaborator refuses to be pigeonholed on boundary-exploring fourth album

Spotinews recomendation
05.09.14

Hi. The new album by Sinkane is a very, very recent addition to Spotify. Genre: soul/pop/rock. Read some reviews and enjoy! (Note: This album is split up in many different...

Spotinews recomendation
02.09.14

Hi. The new album by Sinkane is a very, very recent addition to Spotify. Genre: soul/pop/rock. Read some reviews and enjoy! (Note: This album is split up in many different...

Insound review
25.08.14

The legacy of North Carolina's Ashrae Fax seems destined to be appreciated in retrospect, in no small part given to the tremendous power of the group's 2003 release Static Crash...

Spotinews recomendation
05.09.14

Good evening. It’s time for a rare late night blog post. It’s time for a real smooth dream pop album. It’s time for you to enjoy Ashrae Fax! (Review including some background...

Spotinews recomendation
28.08.14

Good evening. It’s time for a rare late night blog post. It’s time for a real smooth dream pop album. It’s time for you to enjoy Ashrae Fax! (Review including some background...

Clash review
19.08.14

Tender balladry, falsetto euphoria, bitter angst, thwarted loss and befuddled bewilderment...

Spotinews recomendation
05.09.14

Hey. Let’s begin the week with this fine new album by Cymbals Eat Guitars. Genre: rock. Enjoy! (US version here.) Cymbals Eat Guitars – LoseFiled under: 2014, Rock

NME review
27.08.14

A touching goodbye to a childhood friend from the Staten Island group

Insound review
26.08.14

"Wanna wake up wanting to listen to records / But those old feelings elude me / I raise a toast to the rock n' roll ghost," sings Cymbals Eat Guitars frontman Joseph D'Agostino on...

Under The Radar review
25.08.14

As Cymbals Eat Guitars further shape the band's sound, the quartet manages to strike a balance between radio-friendly material and experimental urges with LOSE, their third album...

Spotinews recomendation
25.08.14

Hey. Let’s begin the week with this fine new album by Cymbals Eat Guitars. Genre: rock. Enjoy! (US version here.) Cymbals Eat Guitars – LoseFiled under: 2014, Rock

NME review
13.08.14

Another solid effort from the persistently exciters shoegazers

Under The Radar review
18.09.14

Engineers have done a bit of tinkering in the engine room since its third and last album, In Praise of More (2010). A round of lineup changes—the second in the U.K.-based band's...

Insound review
22.07.14

A mix of dreamy reverb-tinged guitars and synthesizers, Field Mouse blends the hard edges of indie rock with the warmer stylings of dream pop and shoegaze. Their songs lure you in...

Punk News review
29.08.14

Hold Still Life is album that is cast in stone as one for the brokenhearted. It's right up there with the collective of summer records that won't be known (and subsequently...

Insound review
24.06.14

It’s been a while, but A Sunny Day in Glasgow are back with Sea When Absent , their third proper album. Sea When Absent situates itself in the science fiction that is life in 2014...

Spotinews recomendation
18.08.14

Howdy. As all my top choices for this week were either missing completely or missing in a few places, why not write about an album that was missing in many places when it was...

NME review
15.08.14

A fierce campaign to propel their usual shoegaze into a poppier stratosphere

Under The Radar review
28.07.14

For a band whose members never seem to be in the same place at the same time, A Sunny Day in Glasgow manages to create a type of harmonious musical interface that makes their...