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Suede - The Best Of

Suede - The Best Of

When Suede won the Mercury Prize with their 1993 self-titled debut it wouldn't have been bold to predict mega-stardom for them, but in amongst the Britpop bubble and member changes they didn't quite hit those...

Review posted on 2nd November 2010

Jamiroquai - Rock Dust Light Star

Jamiroquai - Rock Dust Light Star

Since forming in 1992 this outfit fronted by Jay Kay have amassed record sales of over 25 million, as well as landing international recognition in the form of 1997's Grammy Award. Having completed their contract...

Review posted on 25th October 2010

Various Artists - New Heavy Sounds Volume One

Various Artists - New Heavy Sounds Volume One

At some point in the last few years, metal seems to have succeeded in clawing back the credibility which a lot of mainstream music journalists and fans have always wanted to deny it. There's no...

Review posted on 25th October 2010

Kitsune - Kitsune X Ponystep

Kitsune - Kitsune X Ponystep

Mixed by Jerry Bouthier of JBAG, 'Kitsue X Ponystep' was released in July and is a spin-off from the French fashion line Kitsune. Branching into the world of music, the label has releases on its...

Review posted on 27th September 2010

Cours Lapin - Cours Lapin

Cours Lapin - Cours Lapin

Four Danish film composers producing an album entirely in French may not be the most obvious release, but that is exactly what is presented here. Originally available in their homeland toward the end of 2009,...

Review posted on 23rd September 2010

Monarchy - Monarchy

Monarchy - Monarchy

Having previously remixed the likes of Lady Gaga and Ellie Goulding, London based duo Monarchy now release their own work on the Mercury label. It will be preceded by a handful of shows across the...

Review posted on 22nd September 2010

Shrag - Life! Death! Prizes!

Shrag - Life! Death! Prizes!

Owners to one of the most unusual names in British music, Shrag are a Brighton-based quintet who release this, their second album, in October. The follow up to their self titled debut, it will be...

Review posted on 14th September 2010

Goo Goo Dolls - Something For The Rest Of Us

Goo Goo Dolls - Something For The Rest Of Us

Four years after 'Let Love In' comes studio album number nine from Buffalo natives Goo Goo Dolls. Still best known for 'Iris', the trio have sold over 10 million albums and have had prestigious nominations...

Review posted on 9th September 2010

Moulettes, Moulettes Album Review

Moulettes, Moulettes Album Review

This self-titled release is the debut from Moulettes, a Southampton-based quintet signed to the indie label Balling The Jack and co-operative label Sotones. After playing the summer festival circuit they hit the road again through...

Review posted on 6th September 2010

Muse, LCCC Manchester, Saturday September 4, 2010 Live Review

Muse, LCCC Manchester, Saturday September 4, 2010 Live Review

It is testament to Muse's standing that sold out stadium concerts come as standard, as is the case for this and two nights at Wembley, as well as having headlined Glastonbury earlier in the summer....

Review posted on 6th September 2010

Fan Death - Womb Of Dreams

Fan Death - Womb Of Dreams

Formed in 2007 in New York, the duo that is Fan Death are now based in Vancouver and have three other releases in their catalogue. They've shared stages with Florence And The Machine, Franz Ferdinand...

Review posted on 31st August 2010

I Am Arrows - Sun Comes Up Again

I Am Arrows - Sun Comes Up Again

It takes a brave man to leave one of Britain's most successful bands, but that is exactly what former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows did in 2009, five yeas and three albums after joining the band....

Review posted on 25th August 2010

Thea Gilmore - Murphy's Heart

Thea Gilmore - Murphy's Heart

With a career spanning 13 years, 11 albums, 3 EPs and 9 singles, Oxford-born Thea Gilmore has always received critical success but never achieved the commercial buzz. Even Uncut magazine described her as '"the best...

Review posted on 25th August 2010

Aaron English - American [fever] dream

Aaron English - American [fever] dream

For the past five years, Seattle-based, seven-piece band Aaron English have been working to make their impact upon the music scene. Having already self-released two albums and toured the US three times, they are set...

Review posted on 25th August 2010

Weezer - Memories

Weezer - Memories

Since forming in 1992 the American quintet has released seven albums, with their eighth 'Hurley' due in September. A handful of American shows are on the horizon, with a quick stop in England also planned...

Review posted on 18th August 2010

Darker My Love - Alive As You Are

Darker My Love - Alive As You Are

Set for release on August 17, 'Alive As You Are' is the third record from Los Angeles based quintet Darker My Love and the follow up to 2008's '2'. Incorporating former members of The Nerve...

Review posted on 9th August 2010

Lissie - Catching A Tiger

Lissie - Catching A Tiger

Since landing the lead role in 'Annie' at the age of nine it would seem Illinois-born Lissie Maurus has been destined to perform, a statement justified when Lenny Kravitz picked her as tour support in...

Review posted on 2nd August 2010

The Like - Release Me

The Like - Release Me

When you've had a critically acclaimed debut record most bands wouldn't wait five years to follow it up, as well as having a change of members, but that is exactly what The Like have done....

Review posted on 26th July 2010

Eliza Doolittle - Eliza Doolittle

Eliza Doolittle - Eliza Doolittle

London native Eliza Doolittle has steadily been building her reputation through 2010 with two top 40 singles, building on the success of her self-titled EP from last year. Now releasing her debut album, a summer...

Review posted on 26th July 2010

Best Coast - Crazy For You

Best Coast - Crazy For You

Formed around core members Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno, 'Crazy For You' is the debut album from this Los Angeles outfit. Currently playing shows in Europe, including a date in London on August 4, they...

Review posted on 21st July 2010

The Young Veins - Take A Vacation!

The Young Veins - Take A Vacation!

Featuring two former members of Panic At The Disco (Ryan Ross and Jon Walker), The Young Veins formed in 2009 and now release their debut album. Currently touring America with Rooney, the band also has...

Review posted on 19th July 2010

Sound Of Guns - What Came From Fire

Sound Of Guns - What Came From Fire

Formed from the ashes of three local bands, Liverpool quintet Sound Of Guns are set for an assault on the mainstream with this, the release of their debut album. Having previously had support from the...

Review posted on 13th July 2010

Matt Abbott - I Love This City

Matt Abbott - I Love This City

Formerly known under the alias of Skint And Demoralised, 21 year old Matt Abbott is a Wakefield native who began performing at the age of 17 with appearances at open mic poetry recitals. Signed to...

Review posted on 6th July 2010

Graffiti6 - Annie You Save Me

Graffiti6 - Annie You Save Me

Formed 18 months ago by Tommy D and Jamie Scott, Graffiti6 hit unexpected success when the first fruit of their labour - 'Stare Into The Sun' - was picked to soundtrack an advert. Completed by...

Review posted on 6th July 2010

The Parlotones - Stardust Galaxies

The Parlotones - Stardust Galaxies

Given a certain sporting event at the moment, it would be easy to assume a record company cash-in attempt when pushing a band from South Africa. There's no questioning this quartet don't deserve a push...

Review posted on 28th June 2010

Kula Shaker - Pilgrim's Progress

Kula Shaker - Pilgrim's Progress

Toward the close of the Britpop bubble Kula Shaker's Indian-influenced rock brought them a double-platinum debut record (1996's 'K') and success in the USA when they featured on the soundtrack of a Hollywood movie. Their...

Review posted on 24th June 2010

Ten Second Epic - Hometown

Ten Second Epic - Hometown

Having made their independent debut in 2004, Canadian quintet Ten Second Epic actually released this, their third album, last year and it now receives a UK push. In support of this the band are playing...

Review posted on 6th May 2010

John Butler Trio - April Uprising

John Butler Trio - April Uprising

The follow up to 2007's 'Grand National', Australian outfit John Butler Trio now release their fifth studio album since debuting in 1998. They're currently touring North America before heading across the Atlantic for various appearances...

Review posted on 4th May 2010

Young Rebel Set - Won't Get Up Again

Young Rebel Set - Won't Get Up Again

Following on from two self-released singles last year North-east outfit Young Rebel Set bring out this collection to bridge the gap until their debut album. Now nearing the end of a run of UK shows,...

Review posted on 28th April 2010

Train - Save Me, San Francisco

Train - Save Me, San Francisco

Returning after a three year hiatus, Train's fifth studio album was released last year in America and now gets a push in other markets. The band are perhaps best known for their 2001 hit 'Drops...

Review posted on 26th April 2010

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