3:22pm Wednesday 30th June 2010
3:18pm Wednesday 30th June 2010
3:13pm Wednesday 30th June 2010
1:02pm Wednesday 16th June 2010
Tokyo Police Club's entry couldn't have been more exciting - A Lesson In Crime was an 8-song EP, full of high-energy punchy punky indie, tightly wound around bass, cheesy organ and bursts of spiky guitar.
12:58pm Wednesday 16th June 2010
12:53pm Wednesday 16th June 2010
3:57pm Thursday 3rd June 2010
3:54pm Thursday 3rd June 2010
3:50pm Thursday 3rd June 2010
3:08pm Thursday 27th May 2010
3:03pm Thursday 27th May 2010
1:14pm Thursday 27th May 2010
2:44pm Tuesday 11th May 2010
Broken Social Scene are an idea as much as they are a band - a collective band with no single direction and a lot of musicians, Forgiveness Rock Record sees them trim down the number to a more cohesive level, although there is never any doubt that the album is a stitched together affair.
2:38pm Tuesday 11th May 2010
2:33pm Tuesday 11th May 2010
9:33am Wednesday 5th May 2010
With the really rather special album, Hunting My Dress, bringing Jesca Hoop fame as this year's best quirky female singer-songwriter, time perhaps seemed right to release an EP of acoustic covers of her own songs, largely drawn from her debut album, Kismet.
9:29am Wednesday 5th May 2010
9:25am Wednesday 5th May 2010
10:18am Tuesday 27th April 2010
Sweden’s Kristian Matsson will endure many many comparisons to Bob Dylan, for his adenoidal impassioned folk (think Blowin' In the Wind era), but the artist whom he should properly be compared to is Steve Forbert, for his voice is closest to that underrated star, and his music more melodic than the protest standards for which Dylan became famous.
10:14am Tuesday 27th April 2010
9:54am Tuesday 27th April 2010
12:28pm Wednesday 7th April 2010
12:18pm Wednesday 7th April 2010
12:11pm Wednesday 7th April 2010
12:37pm Wednesday 31st March 2010
On this debut album, Bristol's Katey Brooks proves why comparisons to Tracy Chapman, Joan Armatrading and Toni Childs (and, in reference to her style, probably, John Martyn) have accompanied live reviews so far.
12:28pm Wednesday 31st March 2010
12:17pm Wednesday 31st March 2010
11:11am Wednesday 24th March 2010
Do you know what ecstasy sounds like? Well, chances are it sounds something like this Brooklyn's band, whose blend of BUilt To Spill guitars, Go! Team infectious enthusiasm, Minus The Bear jags and Fleet Foxes harmonising is a treat if you're properly sugared up.
11:06am Wednesday 24th March 2010
11:01am Wednesday 24th March 2010
This is an older record, all of 2008, but well worth a revisit. Sarah Jaffe contributed some vocals to the Molina and Johnson album, and her amazing voice has, as a result, been somewhat more in demand.
3:22pm Wednesday 17th March 2010
Both cerebral and not at all cerebral, this second album from New Jersey band Titus Andronicus tells a story based around the American Civil War as metaphor, and does it in the most exuberant of punk.
3:18pm Wednesday 17th March 2010
3:12pm Wednesday 17th March 2010
The Big To Do is Drive By Truckers tenth album, and follows Brighter Than Creation's Dark, which seemed like something of a misstep in their career - lots of songs thrown together with no overarching 'album' feel.
10:09am Thursday 11th March 2010
Clem Snide have it all - in Eef Barzelay a songwriter capable of the most poignant, witty sharp lyrics out there, delivering them with a voice that's not beautiful in any way other than its vulnerability.
10:03am Thursday 11th March 2010
9:58am Thursday 11th March 2010
'Definitive' in this case means 'the best 15 songs you'll need from Joe Walsh's solo career and James Gang time (the group he was in before the Eagles)' as you'll not find any Eagles material here, and the double disc 'Look At What I Did' is way too much for any introductory dip into the work of an unassuming and under-recognised guitar genius.
12:11pm Wednesday 3rd March 2010
The best band in Scotland by some distance now, Frightened Rabbit have built a huge reputation among indie fans, but with The Winter Of Mixed Drinks look set to break through into mainstream attention.
12:07pm Wednesday 3rd March 2010
Turin Brakes had a golden period around the beginning of the 2000s, when their album Ether Song seemed to make the soundtrack to every TV programme, and provide the background music to every middle class dinner party.
11:57am Wednesday 3rd March 2010
5:33pm Wednesday 24th February 2010
5:29pm Wednesday 24th February 2010
5:22pm Wednesday 24th February 2010
2:29pm Monday 15th February 2010
If it’s true that all publicity is good publicity, then this San Diego band may well have decided that they could continue to call themselves The Muslims for this debut album. Fortunately, more sensible heads prevailed and this album is being allowed to stand on its own merits.
2:25pm Monday 15th February 2010
2:21pm Monday 15th February 2010
9:53am Tuesday 9th February 2010
9:44am Tuesday 9th February 2010
How does 'first album of all-new material since 1996' sound to you? Enough to strike fear that some old band has been forced by penury into the studio again, and that some retread will be the order of the day?
9:31am Tuesday 9th February 2010
There was a time when Michelle Shocked's Texas Campfire Songs was shocking. Alynda Lee, here known as Hurray For The Riff Raff, on her second album, is as folky as it gets, having left home at 17 to ride freight trains and play washboard in a street band.
10:54am Wednesday 3rd February 2010
10:50am Wednesday 3rd February 2010