Music & Gig Reviews

DEMON DAYS – Afghan Whigs Explore The Dark Side On Devilishly Captivating New Album In Spades

Sub Pop veterans the Afghan Whigs have been ploughing their own peculiar furrow through American rock for more than 30 years now. In Spades is their second album of new material since returning to recording in 2014 with To The Beast. It’s clear the break has done them good, original frontman Greg Dulli and bassist John Curley finding accomplished creative foils in guitarists Dave…
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BITCHES’ BROOD – Boss Hog Resurface With A Snarling, Nightmare Vision Of Imminent Threat

I’ve spent quite a long time in the company of Brood X now and it’s my pleasure to tell you it never gets old. Coolly referencing their lengthy hiatus – the album is named after a cicada that resurfaces every 17 years – it’s a record that respects Boss Hog’s history but packs a few surprises as well. The glacial funk of 2000 predecessor Whiteout is largely…
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STATE OF THE NATION – One Eyed Wayne Target Modern Britain On Promising Debut Album

I must confess to knowing very little about One Eyed Wayne, but a title like Attack of the Luxury Flats was always bound to get my attention. The debut album by the Hornsey quartet, it’s an endearingly ramshackle ride, which wears its influences firmly on its sleeve. The Fall-style title track is a bruising indictment of gentrification, as local amenities – schools, hospitals,…
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