Review: Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton – ‘Fatal Gift’

Metric released an album, ‘Pagans In Vegas’, in 2015 and this year Broken Social Scene make their long-awaited return with ‘Hug of Thunder’. But I’ve been waiting for another solo … Continue Reading →


Review: Grandaddy – “Last Place”

Last autumn a decade long hibernation was woken with “Way We Won’t” the first new song in over ten years from the indie pop legends Grandaddy. There have been a … Continue Reading →


Review: The Thermals – “We Disappear”

We Disappear — the seventh album by Portland punk trio The Thermals — takes its name from a line in “The Great Dying,” the record’s most harrowing song. “You said we came / … Continue Reading →


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Review: The Chemical Brothers – “Born In The Echoes”

Trading under the name The Chemical Brothers, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons have built their own universe, their own scene. Their imitators gave up trying to compete a long time … Continue Reading →


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Review: Bully – “Feels Like”

Birthed from the grimy Nashville scene that birthed similar retro-gazing scuzz-pop acts Diarrhea Planet and Jeff the Brotherhood, Alicia Bognanno was a former intern at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studios, and she was born the year between Doolittle and Nevermind. By … Continue Reading →


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Review: Jamie xx – “In Colour”

When the xx released their debut album in 2009, its icy minimalism was met with worldwide critical acclaim. Combining a range of styles (post-punk, dubstep, R&B, indie pop) and stripping each to its barest … Continue Reading →


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Review: And So I Watch You From Afar – “Heirs”

Group chants, twisted guitar shreds, and an apparently perpetual frantic vigour. Sound familiar? For followers of Belfast’s And So I Watch You From Afar, this ought to echo emphatically; have … Continue Reading →


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Review: Ought – “More Than Any Other Day”

Despite forming Ought two years ago as university students, vocalist/guitarist Tim Beeler, keyboardist Matt May, bassist Ben Stidworthy and drummer /violinist Tim Keen have already cultivated a definitive identity and … Continue Reading →


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Review: Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”

“Reflektor” is Arcade Fire’s “OK Computer” Though I just have anecdotal evidence to support the claim, I suspect more than a few Arcade Fire fans have been wringing their hands … Continue Reading →


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Review: Kings of Leon – “Mechanical Bull”

You simply cannot fulfill all the stereotypes of being a World-Famous Rock Band without facing some kind of internal crisis, and so, between their 2011 tour and the recording of … Continue Reading →