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Various Artists - American Anthems 2

Various Artists - American Anthems 2

Due for release on November 14 through Sony Music, 'American Anthems 2' is a 58 song, three cd set of what is described as a 'great rock repertoire that has stood the test of time'....

Review posted on 8th November 2011

Steel Panther - Balls Out

Steel Panther - Balls Out

Two years on from their debut 'Feel The Steel', LA rockers Steel Panther return with their second release. They will celebrate it with a headline show at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London, before taking...

Review posted on 31st October 2011

Steel Panther - If You Really Really Love Me

Steel Panther - If You Really Really Love Me

Having broken through in 2009 this glam-metal outfit remain something of a cult band in the UK (their debut shifted a solid 45000 copies), but are something of a star attraction in their American...

Review posted on 27th October 2011

You Me At Six - Sinners Never Sleep

You Me At Six - Sinners Never Sleep

Surrey quintet You Me At Six release their third album in four years and the follow up to last year's 'Hold Me Down'. An extensive tour of North America is currently taking place, with...

Review posted on 20th October 2011

Manic Street Preachers - National Treasures: The Complete Singles

Manic Street Preachers - National Treasures: The Complete Singles

To celebrate 21 years since the release of their first single, Blackwood's Manic Street Preachers are releasing the second compilation of their career (following 2003's 'Forever Delayed'), comprising of 38 singles. The album will be...

Review posted on 6th October 2011

Christina Perri - Lovestrong

Christina Perri - Lovestrong

It isn't common for an unsigned artist to be invited to a prime time television show to perform, but that is exactly what happened to Christina Perri as she appeared on 'So You Think You...

Review posted on 19th September 2011

Red Hot Chili Peppers - I'm With You

Red Hot Chili Peppers - I'm With You

Review of Red Hot Chili Peppers album I'm With YouIt's been five years since Red Hot Chili Peppers released the double-disc 'Stadium Arcadium' record and they've since seen John Frusciante depart again, now replaced by...

Review posted on 12th September 2011

Melanie C - The Sea

Melanie C - The Sea

When the Spice Girls embarked on their solo careers the general consensus was that Melanie Chisholm was most likely 'to do a Robbie' and this was backed up by chart-topping singles and a top five...

Review posted on 6th September 2011

Ricky Martin - Greatest Hits

Ricky Martin - Greatest Hits

Enrique Martin Morales, better known as Ricky Martin, began his music career in the early nineties, but it was at the back end of the decade that he made a major breakthrough to become a...

Review posted on 31st August 2011

Owl City - All Things Bright And Beautiful

Owl City - All Things Bright And Beautiful

Also known as Adam Young, Owl City may be a familiar name to music fans in the UK, likely due to the chart-topping 'Fireflies' at the beginning of 2010. Its parent album 'Ocean Eyes' went...

Review posted on 22nd August 2011

Victory Pill - The Digital Divide

Victory Pill - The Digital Divide

Victory Pill is the collective name of duo Jim Davies and Pete Crossman, the former a guitarist of Pitchshifter and the latter a master of beats and synths. This release comes three years after their...

Review posted on 16th August 2011

Mamas Gun - The Life And Soul

Mamas Gun - The Life And Soul

Named after an album by Erykah Badu, Mamas Gun are a London-based quintet who released their debut album 'Routes To Riches in 2009. This follow up was released in June 2011 and is currently being...

Review posted on 8th August 2011

Mick Cooke - Down At The Zoo

Mick Cooke - Down At The Zoo

After the success of 'Colours Are Brighter', an album on which he curated children's songs performed by the likes of Snow Patrol and his own Belle And Sebastian, Mick Cooke has returned with an effort...

Review posted on 1st August 2011

Lifehouse - Manchester Academy June 13 2011

Lifehouse - Manchester Academy June 13 2011

Originally scheduled to take place in February, Los Angeles rockers Lifehouse return to Manchester after an absence of five years in which they've gone to release their fifth album. The band's sole UK hit charted...

Review posted on 15th June 2011

Take That - City of Manchester Stadium, June 5 2011

Take That - City of Manchester Stadium, June 5 2011

Two million albums sold. A humongous UK tour, including eight nights apiece in Manchester and at Wembley stadium, which shifted a record 1.1 million tickets in a day (breaking a record they previously set). Response...

Review posted on 14th June 2011

The King Blues - Punk & Poetry

The King Blues - Punk & Poetry

Not many bands survive when more than half their members depart, but this is exactly what The King Blues have done as they now release their third album. As well as the line-up disruption the...

Review posted on 26th April 2011

Yellowcard - When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes

Yellowcard - When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes

Having broken into the mainstream with their 2003 major label debut, 'Ocean Avenue', Florida quintet maintained a position in the punk-pop mid-table up until going on hiatus in 2008. Their return was announced last summer...

Review posted on 20th April 2011

Soundgarden - Live on 1-5

Soundgarden - Live on 1-5

Formed in the early 1980s, Soundgarden are widely regarded as being pioneers of the grunge genre, though their commercial success was eclipsed by the likes of Nirvana and Pearl Jam. The quartet disbanded in 1997,...

Review posted on 28th March 2011

Avril Lavigne - Goodbye Lullaby

Avril Lavigne - Goodbye Lullaby

Since breaking through with 2002's 'Let Go', Avril Lavigne has sold a reported 30 million albums as guitar music's answer to Britney Spears. Her last album, 'The Best Damn Thing', was released four years ago...

Review posted on 21st March 2011

Funeral For A Friend - Welcome Home Armageddon

Funeral For A Friend - Welcome Home Armageddon

Currently playing their first ever shows in South Africa, Welsh quintet Funeral For A Friend are imminently to release their fifth album, the follow up 2009's greatest hits compilation. The band returns to tour the...

Review posted on 9th March 2011

Beady Eye - O2 Apollo, Manchester, March 6 2011

Beady Eye - O2 Apollo, Manchester, March 6 2011

On the day that their debut album, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding', charted in the top three the phoenix from the Oasis-flames returns to the city where it all started. Without a major hit to their...

Review posted on 8th March 2011

The Pigeon Detectives - Done In Secret

The Pigeon Detectives - Done In Secret

Having had a string of hit singles from their 2007 record 'Wait For Me', Yorkshire outfit The Pigeon Detectives didn't quite find the same commercial success with following year's 'This Is An Emergency'. Now readying...

Review posted on 7th March 2011

Josh Bray - Whiskey & Wool

Josh Bray - Whiskey & Wool

Whisky & Wool, the debut album from Devon-born blues-folk singer-songwriter Josh Bray, opens with an instant flavour of and resemblance to Ray Lamontagne, with Bray's strummed acoustic guitar and smooth, soothing vocals flanked by sensitive...

Review posted on 21st February 2011

The Damned Things - Ironiclast

The Damned Things - Ironiclast

Taking their name from the lyrics to Ram Jam's 'Black Betty', The Damned Things are an outfit consisting of members of Anthrax, Every Time I Die and Fall Out Boy. This, their debut album, was...

Review posted on 7th February 2011

The Music - Singles And EPs 2001 - 2005

The Music - Singles And EPs 2001 - 2005

With as practical a title as you could imagine, this is a collection of The Music's releases from their first two albums. Release notes state the Leeds quartet are on hiatus, a rather surprising piece...

Review posted on 31st January 2011

Special Benny - Toys

Special Benny - Toys

Drawn from Southport to Hong Kong with a few destinations along the way, Special Benny are an outfit who base themselves in London. Members Mat Baynton, who went to clown school, and Ben Gates have...

Review posted on 24th January 2011

CEO - White Magic

CEO - White Magic

Also known as Eric Berglund, one half of Swedish pop duo The Tough Alliance, ceo have released this, their debut album, on the Modular label. With a hugely ambiguous website and a reputation for not...

Review posted on 18th January 2011

Incarnations - With All Due Respect

Incarnations - With All Due Respect

A collaboration of Daniel Collas, Quinn Luke and Bart Davenport, 'With All Due Respect' was recorded at a small family run studio on the southern Spanish coast in October 2009. The trio were brought...

Review posted on 4th January 2011

Feeder - This Town/Down To The River

Feeder - This Town/Down To The River

Now nearing two decades and seven albums into their story, Feeder's latest record was the first since their debut not to enter the top ten. Available as a download or on limited vinyl, this double...

Review posted on 4th January 2011

Goo Goo Dolls - Leeds Academy, November 9, 2010

Goo Goo Dolls - Leeds Academy, November 9, 2010

Now over twenty years into their career, Buffalo natives the Goo Goo Dolls are currently on an eleven date UK tour that will include two shows in London. The Grammy-nominated act are promoting their 'Something...

Review posted on 11th November 2010

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