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The Shutes - Echo Of Love

The Shutes - Echo Of Love

The Shutes' new single, Echo of Love, is the lead track from their upcoming EP of the same name, which will be released on April 2nd, through Cross Keys Recordings.The video for Echo of Love...

Review posted on 16th April 2012

Singtank - The Party

Singtank - The Party

Singtank is a Parisian based duo consisting of Josephine de la Baume (Mark Ronson's partner) and her brother Alexandre de la Baume. But the band also features the talents of bassist Andrew Woodhead and drummer...

Review posted on 8th March 2012

Benicassim Festival - Spain15th-19th July 2010

Benicassim Festival - Spain15th-19th July 2010

Benicassim Festival must be the ideal holiday for music lovers. What better than to combine a beach holiday in a beautiful Spanish resort with a festival of great bands!Whether you decide to camp up on...

Review posted on 29th July 2010

Glastonbury Festival, 2010 Live Review

Glastonbury Festival, 2010 Live Review

This years Glastonbury will go down in history. Judging by the number of interesting sunburn marks, it will probably be for the weather rather than the music. For the first time in years, not a...

Review posted on 8th July 2010

Benicassim Festival - Preview

Benicassim Festival - Preview

Ok, so miraculously Glastonbury might have had the weather to rival Benicassim this year, but did it have the beach? Did it have the Mediterranean all night party atmosphere? Did it have the line up?...

Review posted on 7th July 2010

Divine Comedy - The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London 12th May 2010

Divine Comedy - The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London 12th May 2010

The Peter Pan of pop, Neil Hannon looked as if he hadn't aged a bit as he took to the stage at the intimate West London venue. It's been 14 years since he was last...

Review posted on 17th May 2010

Ten Bears - Braces

Ten Bears - Braces

Manchester based Ten Bears are proof that if you pick the right genre, are good at what you do and work hard, you can succeed. Despite not even having an album yet, they have played...

Review posted on 19th April 2010

Darwin Deez - Darwin Deez

Darwin Deez - Darwin Deez

Eccentric New Yorker Darwin Deez comes from that uber trendy Brooklyn lo-fi set that has been seeping into our unconscious for the last year or so. Look at the hippy curls, the trendy indie moustache...

Review posted on 19th April 2010

I Concur - Able Archer

I Concur - Able Archer

Leeds based I Concur have been kicking around since 2006 but Able Archer is their debut full length album, and what a debut. The band consists of Tim Hann (Lead Vocals) and guitar, James Brunger...

Review posted on 23rd March 2010

Paloma Faith - Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?

Paloma Faith - Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?

Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beatuiful? is the debut album from English soulstress Paloma Faith. With obvious comparisons to Amy Winehouse and even Duffy by some, Faith was always going to need to...

Review posted on 15th March 2010

Mr Hudson - Straight No Chaser

Mr Hudson - Straight No Chaser

This was always going to be an album open to criticism. Mr Hudson was known for the melodic acoustic based pop he produced with his band The Library, so Straight No Chaser is not the...

Review posted on 15th March 2010

Jon Gomm - Don't Panic

Jon Gomm - Don't Panic

Leeds singer songwriter and guitarist virtuoso Jon Gomm's new offering is something to behold. Although at times hard to believe, all the sounds come from his acoustic guitar and his vocals, there is no looping,...

Review posted on 15th March 2010

Animal Kingdom - Signs And Wonders

Animal Kingdom - Signs And Wonders

Signs And Wonders is the debut album from London four-piece. Signed to record giants Warner, they had the opportunity to record the album in Seattle and had it produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Band...

Review posted on 1st March 2010

Espers - III

Espers - III

III is actually the fourth album from this folk troupe from Philadelphia. Now officially a five-piece, the band has undergone a bit of a shake up and their sound hasn't escaped this. Stating that their...

Review posted on 1st March 2010

Local Natives - Gorilla Manor

Local Natives - Gorilla Manor

Great things were expected from this Californian five-piece's debut album, Gorilla Manor which is named after the house they share. They have enjoyed much hype having won the hearts of UK fans and critics alike...

Review posted on 1st March 2010

7 Worlds Collide - The Sun Came Out

7 Worlds Collide - The Sun Came Out

Review of 7 Worlds Collide's album The Sun Came Out released through Sony.7 Worlds Collide is the brainchild of Crowded House front man, Neil Finn. It is essentially a collection of musicians coming together for...

Review posted on 29th October 2009

The Heavy - The House That Dirt Built

The Heavy - The House That Dirt Built

Review of The Heavy's album The House That Dirt Built released through Ninja Tunes.The House That Dirt Built is The Heavy's genre busting second album. It is a huge great mixing pot of dirty garage-rock,...

Review posted on 29th October 2009

Arctic Monkeys - Humbug

Arctic Monkeys - Humbug

Review of Arctic Monkey's album Humbug released through Domino. The hype around the Arctic Monkey's third studio album was huge. It was one of those albums that was in danger of being in the ridiculous...

Review posted on 27th October 2009

Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter

Richard Hawley - Truelove's Gutter

Review of Richard Hawley's album Truelove's Gutter released through Mute.Richard Hawley will always be inextricably linked to Jarvis Cocker through their Britpop heyday as Pulp. But Hawley's solo work is far from the tongue in...

Review posted on 27th October 2009

Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer

Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer

Review of Blitzen Trapper's EP Black River Killer released through Sub PopOregon based indie-folk sextet Blitzen Trapper have received critical acclaim in their native USA for their experimental style full length albums, but it seems...

Review posted on 27th October 2009

Polly And The Billets Doux - Fiction, Half-Truths And Downright Lies

Polly And The Billets Doux - Fiction, Half-Truths And Downright Lies

Review of Polly And The Billets Doux's album Fiction, Half-Truths And Downright Lies released through Bleak Mouse.Fiction, Half-Truths And Downright Lies is the debut full length album for UK country-rock four piece Polly And The...

Review posted on 19th October 2009

Thomas Dybdahl - Self Titled

Thomas Dybdahl - Self Titled

Review of Thomas Dybdahl's self-titled album.Now, if an artist releases a 'new' album that is marketed as 'a collation' of their previous four albums, it immediately raises your suspicions and begs the question why?Norwegian Thomas...

Review posted on 19th October 2009

Elvis Perkins - Doomsday

Elvis Perkins - Doomsday

Review of Elvis Perkins In Dearland's Doomsday EP released through XL Recordings.American recording artist Elvis Perkins is famed for his mournful songs - his music had previously focussed on the untimely death of his father...

Review posted on 19th October 2009

Midimidis - The Good Ship, London, 9th October

Midimidis - The Good Ship, London, 9th October

Review of MidiMidis live at The Good Ship London 9th October 09.Well, we don't like to be smug here at Contactmusic .com but it seems we were right to back the MidiMidis earlier on in...

Review posted on 13th October 2009

Ladyhawke - Beck's Beer Secret Party

Ladyhawke - Beck's Beer Secret Party

Review of Ladyhawke playing a secret gig for Beck's Beer at The Village Underground, London on 25th August 2009.Underground in east London has become THE venue for 'secret' gigs, and last night was no different....

Review posted on 27th August 2009

Taken By Trees - East Of Eden

Taken By Trees - East Of Eden

Review of Taken By Trees album East of Eden released through Rough Trade.You might recognise Victoria Bergsman's distinctive voice from Peter Bjorn And John's Young Folks. East Of Eden is her second solo album under...

Review posted on 24th August 2009

Stardeath And White Dwarfs - The Birth

Stardeath And White Dwarfs - The Birth

Review of Stardeath and The White Dwarfs album The Birth released through Warner Brothers. Oklahoma psychedelic rockers Stardeath And White Dwarfs have a good musical heritage. Not only have they been roadies for The Flaming...

Review posted on 24th August 2009

Kid Harpoon - Once

Kid Harpoon - Once

Review of Kid Harpoon's album Once released through Young TurksKid Harpoon's debut album Once has been a long time coming - it is well over a year since the release of Riverside (EP). But it...

Review posted on 24th August 2009

The Cave Singers - Welcome Joy

The Cave Singers - Welcome Joy

Review of The Cave Singer's second album Welcome Joy released through Matador Records. Seattle trio The Cave Singers delighted us with their debut album, Invitation Songs - a brilliant collection of American alt-folk tracks. They...

Review posted on 20th August 2009

The Big Pink - A Brief History Of Love

The Big Pink - A Brief History Of Love

Review of The Big Pink's album A Brief History Of Love released through 4AD.Despite only a handful of releases to date, London duo Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell aka The Big Pink have built up...

Review posted on 18th August 2009

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