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 The Wooden Sky - Every Child A Daughter Every Moon A Sun Album review

The Wooden Sky - Every Child A Daughter Every Moon A Sun Album review

The third album from Indie spirited Canadian country-folk quintet The Wooden Sky, 'Every Child A Daughter, Every Moon A Sun' sees them develop their more textured and layered sound. The evolutionary transformations since the band's...

Review posted on 5th November 2012

Sam Flax - Age Waves Album review

Sam Flax - Age Waves Album review

On the whole, music of any type can be more or less guaranteed to cut through any cultural differences and unite people through a shared appreciation. Unlike language or customs, music, rather like maths, has...

Review posted on 5th November 2012

The Staves - Dead & Born & Grown Album Review

The Staves - Dead & Born & Grown Album Review

The Staves are a band you may or may not be familiar with. They seem to have been 'around' for a while, gradually working their way into our subconscious, yet you may be surprised to...

Review posted on 26th October 2012

Bat For Lashes - Haunted Man Album Review

Bat For Lashes - Haunted Man Album Review

In 2006, Natasha Khan, aka Bat For Lashes, released her debut album Fur And Gold. However, it was not until she appeared on the (formerly less bloated and more focused) Culture Show in February 2007...

Review posted on 22nd October 2012

Angus Stone - Broken Brights Album Review

Angus Stone - Broken Brights Album Review

Sibling rivalry can produce interesting results. Some relationships that were merely nothing more than tolerable can be argued to have produced a partnership's best results. Oasis, for instance, were at their height when brotherly love...

Review posted on 18th October 2012

Volcano - Pinata Album Review

Volcano - Pinata Album Review

Since forming in 2003, Chicago based band Volcano! have released two albums: 2005's 'Beautiful Seizure' and 2008's 'Paperwork' as well as a couple of singles along the way. After first 'Striving for maximum intensity..and unpredictable...

Review posted on 8th October 2012

Patrick Watson - Adventures In Your Own Back Yard Album Review

Patrick Watson - Adventures In Your Own Back Yard Album Review

Them there Canadians can be an unassuming lot (not that I'm a fan of generalization, but you know.). They get quite passionate about Ice Hockey, Mounties, snow mobiles and Niagara Falls (Their side at least)...

Review posted on 1st October 2012

The View - Cheeky For A Reason Album Review

The View - Cheeky For A Reason Album Review

In 2007 Scottish Indie darlings The View released 'Hats Off To The Buskers'. They released 5 singles from it, it went to #1 and it earned them a Mercury Music Prize nomination. Since then the...

Review posted on 1st October 2012

Gaggle - From The Mouth Of The Cave Album Review

Gaggle - From The Mouth Of The Cave Album Review

As choirs go, this one, Gaggle, does at least deserve the moniker of alternative, innovative and original. They may not win Choir Of The Year (nor do they probably want to) and they are unlikely...

Review posted on 1st October 2012

Bellowhead - Broadside Album Review

Bellowhead - Broadside Album Review

With every album Bellowhead release, they raise the barrier. Broadside, Bellowhead's fourth full-length offering, complete with their trademark infectious folk-funk stomp, juicy, eclectic arrangements and almighty appetite for entertainment, does it yet again.'Byker Hill' opens...

Review posted on 1st October 2012

Smugglers Festival - 31st Aug-2nd Sept 2012 Kent

Smugglers Festival - 31st Aug-2nd Sept 2012 Kent

Way back up in the woods (In a 'secret' location just outside Deal) among the evergreens, there stood a log cabin made of earth and wood......where (for three days, and for only the second time)...

Review posted on 4th September 2012

Ben Kweller - Go Fly A Kite

Ben Kweller - Go Fly A Kite

'Go Fly a Kite' is Ben Kweller's 5th album and his first released through his own Noise Company record label. Originally scheduled for a much earlier airing, Ben decided to err on the side of...

Review posted on 28th August 2012

Various Artists - Communion: New Faces

Various Artists - Communion: New Faces

The broad church that supports the collective assembly of Communion Records was only formed 6 years ago through the vision of Ben 'Mumford' Lovett, bassist Kevin Jones and producer Ian Grimble. From its early roots...

Review posted on 28th August 2012

Lounge On The Farm - Merton Farm Canterbury 6th, 7th, 8th July 2012

Lounge On The Farm - Merton Farm Canterbury 6th, 7th, 8th July 2012

Lounge On The Farm celebrated its seventh birthday in some style over the weekend. The site was re-configured again this year as a few more new attractions were brought in and one old one was...

Review posted on 16th July 2012

Will Varley - King For A King

Will Varley - King For A King

Double 'A' side singles come along very rarely these days; long gone and sadly missed are the days of flipping your 45rpm vinyl between 'Straight To Hell' and 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go?'...

Review posted on 9th July 2012

Lounge On The Farm - Merton Farm, Canterbury, Kent 6-8th July 2012 Preview

Lounge On The Farm - Merton Farm, Canterbury, Kent 6-8th July 2012 Preview

Worthy Farm, home to the Glastonbury festival, may be taking time out to recover this year but Merton Farm, just outside Canterbury in the heart of the Garden of England is gearing up for another...

Review posted on 3rd July 2012

Friends - Manifest!

Friends - Manifest!

How good must you have to be? How much faith in your own ability must you have? How long before you're the default that pops up on any search engine? If you're a relatively new...

Review posted on 19th June 2012

Smoke Fairies - Blood Speaks

Smoke Fairies - Blood Speaks

Smoke Fairies new album 'Blood Speaks' is the result of a 'more confident', 'bolder' band 'pushing (their) boundaries' and incorporating 'broader influences'. Having caught the ear of such respected and influential musicians as Richard Hawley...

Review posted on 19th June 2012

Tu Fawning - A Monument

Tu Fawning - A Monument

From a tentative, early, but not entirely confident, first dip of a toe into the water with an EP in 2008 through to the more meaningful collaborative 'side project' that resulted in a startling surprise...

Review posted on 11th June 2012

Niki and the Dove - Instinct

Niki and the Dove - Instinct

As if by way of some timely reminder, Loreen's 'Euphoria' via the Eurovision Song Contest has been re-affirming and cementing the long held popular opinion that Sweden and pop are a winning combination; inextricably bound...

Review posted on 11th June 2012

Herman Dune - Monument Park

Herman Dune - Monument Park

Rock N' Roll loving duo and former John Peel favourites of French, definitely 'not Swedish' or American homeland, Herman Dune follow up their breakthrough album 'Strange Moosic' with a new EP, 'Monument Park'. Although the...

Review posted on 30th May 2012

Maximo Park - The National Health

Maximo Park - The National Health

'The National Health" finds Maximo Park playing to their strengths. It's the band's fourth studio album and, whilst they are hardly breaking new ground, either on their own sonic turf, or anyone else's, they appear...

Review posted on 25th May 2012

Ane Brun - It All Starts With One

Ane Brun - It All Starts With One

'It All Starts With One' is the 'latest' release from Norwegian born, Stockholm resident Ane Brun. Her 8th album has been longer in coming than intended due to touring commitments with Peter Gabriel. That matters...

Review posted on 21st May 2012

Tom Williams and The Boat - Teenage Blood

Tom Williams and The Boat - Teenage Blood

Some things are more quintessentially English than others. Tom Williams tourist attracting home town of Tunbridge Wells is definitely one of them. It's got a John Lewis, has Royal status, is a spa town with...

Review posted on 9th May 2012

Paul Thomas Saunders - Descartes Highlands

Paul Thomas Saunders - Descartes Highlands

Paul Thomas Saunders may well hail from West Yorkshire's sprawling financial, cultural and commercial city of Leeds but upon listening to his latest creation you'd be forgiven for thinking he was more of an...

Review posted on 8th May 2012

Ellen And The Escapades - All The Crooked Scene

Ellen And The Escapades - All The Crooked Scene

Preconceived ideas are generally not a good idea and very often wide of the mark. Formulating an opinion before the facts have been heard can be a dangerous and foolish thing to do. To have...

Review posted on 24th April 2012

Ed Vallance - Volcano

Ed Vallance - Volcano

"If I can make it there I can make it anywhere"......so the song goes. Has he made it there? No not really. Is he likely to make it anywhere? Well the jury is still out...

Review posted on 24th April 2012

Nneka - Soul Is Heavy

Nneka - Soul Is Heavy

'Soul Is Heavy' is the third album from 31 year old Nigerian born singer-songwriter, Nneka. Following on from 2008's 'No Longer At Ease' and her debut 2005 release 'Victim Of Truth', 'Soul Is Heavy' is...

Review posted on 27th March 2012

Grimes - Visions

Grimes - Visions

Some years ago now when the Manic Street Preachers had the audacity to criticize The White Stripes for being lazy in their song writing, for not spending enough time crafting their songs and putting out...

Review posted on 26th March 2012

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Stage Whisper

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Stage Whisper

Charlotte Gainsbourg is a talented actress as well as a singer. I would suggest, should the chance arise and if she were offered it, her most suitable roll at the moment would be a part...

Review posted on 26th March 2012

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