RAGE AGAINST THE DYING OF THE LIGHT – Robert Plant Keeps The Flame Burning On Carry Fire

Robert Plant has been enjoying a late career renaissance since 2007’s excellent Raising Sand collaboration with country/bluegrass singer Alison Krauss. Carry Fire, his 11th solo studio album, sees […]

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BEHIND THE CURTAINS – Blancmange Offer You A Peek Inside Their Unfurnished Rooms

When I was about nine or 10 and just starting to take a serious interest in music, my elder brother, in a rare show of […]

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UNDERCLASS WARRIORS – West Riding Redskins Salient Braves Scalp Brexit Britain On Acerbic Debut LP

Anyone familiar with the work of Matt Bailey‘s Salient Braves will know what to expect from this their debut crowdfunded LP. Bailey’s sardonic, often laugh […]

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Review: Nahko – ‘My Name Is Bear’

Nahko is best known as the front man for the world music collective, Medicine For The People. His first solo work, ‘My Name Is Bear’ is in essence a prequel to his work with the People, and comprises 16 tracks of music and “interludes”, mostly written between the ages of 18 and 21, with some a little later. The interludes are actual unedited tape recordings of his raw thoughts. The end result is a pleasing insight into the mind of a very thoughtful and wise man.

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The Darkness – ‘Pinewood Smile’

The Darkness are back with their new album, ‘Pinewood Smile’, their first since 2015’s ‘Last Of Our Kind’. It’s devilishly sarcastic, with fine musicianship and Justin Hawkins’ deliciously soaring vocals, it’s quite easily their best record to date and is sure to please both fans and critics alike.

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Indie Pop Singer-Songwriter Jamie Mathias Releases New Album ‘The Great Escape LP’

Indie pop artist Jamie Mathias released his new album, ‘The Great Escape LP’ today, following the success of his EP release in 2015, which in turn led to huge success on his YouTube channel.

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‘Skin & Earth’ From Lights Is A Concept Album With A Difference

Out today, ‘Skin & Earth’ from Canadian singer songwriter Lights, is a concept album with a difference. Accompanied by a comic book series of the same name, written and illustrated by Lights herself, ‘Skin & Earth’ is an ambitious project which nonetheless hits the mark.

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The Vamps Challenge Ed Sheeran For #1 Album Spot

UK band The Vamps look set to be in with a chance to knock the mighty Ed Sheeran off the top of the album charts where he has been for a phenomenal 14 weeks.

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The Vamps – ‘Night & Day – Night Edition’

Out today, ‘Night & Day – Night Edition’ from The Vamps is ten songs inspired by heartbreak.

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VOODOO GURUS – Have Black Grape Conjured A Classic Return?

When Black Grape first came crashing onto the scene in the mid 1990s, they were a perfect fit for the new laddism in vogue at […]

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BACK TO BASICS – Earwig’s Lizard McGee Goes Acoustic For New Solo Album And Maiden British Tour Dates

Earwig mainman Lizard McGee is heading to the UK this month to play a series of shows in support of new solo album Spooky Jets At A Distance. […]

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ROBYN’S NEST – Nashville Base Enlivens Musical Palette of Charismatic Psych-Rock Songwriter

My first encounter with Robyn Hitchcock came while watching the BBC’s Whistle Test in the late 1980s. Hitchcock was performing one of his most lauded songs […]

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‘Welcome To The Club’ – New Hope Club’s Debut EP A Fantastic Introduction

New Hope Club released their debut EP, ‘Welcome To The Club’ on 5 May, as they started out on their Arena tour supporting The Vamps. It’s four high quality songs which will get you up out of your seat and dancing around the room.

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WAR ON CAN’T – Mark Nevin Takes On The Naysayers On Fifth Solo Album My Unfashionable Opinion

It may have escaped your notice in this competitive age of downloads and streaming, but Mark Nevin has quietly been amassing a considerable canon of […]

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The Lumineers – ‘Cleopatra’

Even though judging a book by its cover isn’t considered to be the done thing, I was very much intrigued by that of ‘Cleopatra’, which features silent era star, and first film “vamp” Theda Bara, both in and out of costume, from the 1917 production of the film ‘Cleopatra’. It’s a stunning image, almost disturbing, as Bara stares defiantly from across time. Having enjoyed immensely their debut self titled album, I was certainly looking forward to their follow up, ‘Cleopatra’, and so I dived straight in.

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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 […]

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