Alt Rock Artist Passaro Drops New EP ‘Anguish’

Alternative rock artist Passaro did the reverse of what a lot of artists do, and moved away from his hometown of Los Angeles, to make his base in Birmingham, Alabama. His first release under the Passaro name, ‘Anguish’ is a 6 track EP, and was released on January 12.

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HEADLINE STRESS DISORDER – Mudhoney Satirise Social Media And The 24-Hour News Cycle On Caustic 10th Album ‘Digital Garbage’

Fuelled by scathing fury and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of scuzzy riffs, Digital Garbage sees Mudhoney frontman Mark Arm set his sights on post-truth…

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UP ON THE STAND – MC50 Kick Out The Jams At The Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Anniversary tours are always tricky, especially for a band with the cachet of the MC5.
Reputations can be destroyed, legacies tarnished and there’s always the risk of being accused of “selling out”. Wayne Kramer has faced such a backlash before having previously reformed the band for a one-off show in 2003 with two surviving members as part of a Levi’s ad campaign.

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MONSTER MASH – Jon Spencer and The Melvins Haunt The Camden KOKO Over Halloween

The suitably vampiric surroundings of Camden’s KOKO provides the perfect ambience for a diabolical double header, with Jon Spencer and The Melvins ghosting in for Halloween. Up…

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CUM ON FEEL THE NOIZE – Axeman Jon Spencer Returns With Bone Rattling Debut Solo Album

Like all the best guitarists Jon Spencer’s signature sound is instantly recognisable. Whether it be Pussy Galore, Boss Hog, Heavy Trash or the Blues Explosion, the…

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WHAT YOU NEED – Brix And The Extricated Lay The Ghost Of Mark E Smith On New Album ‘Breaking State’

Following hot on the heels of its predecessor Part 2, Breaking State shows Brix and the Extricated staying true to their post-punk roots, while expanding their…

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RAMA LAMA – Wayne Kramer’s Proto-Punk Legends MC5 Head To Europe For 50th Anniversary Shows

MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer is heading to the UK in November on the latest leg of his Kick Out The Jams 50th Anniversary Tour. The…

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THIS IS THE POPS – Daniel Ash On His Return To Live Performance With Poptone, Plans for New Material And HIs Enduring Love For The Three-And-A-Half Minute Hit Single

Funny, open and engaging, Daniel Ash is not quite what you might expect from the man behind some of the darkest and most experimental music of…

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WAITING TO EXHALE – Kristin Hersh Showcases New Track ‘Breathe In’ Ahead of Meltdown Appearance And UK Dates

Kristin Hersh plays a sold out show at London’s Meltdown on Thursday (June 21) – the latest leg of a UK tour to promote her new…

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GETTING METAPHYSICAL – Shriekback’s Barry Andrews Talks Philosophy, XTC And New Album ‘Why Anything? Why This?’

Something of an alternative supergroup, Shriekback came into being – at least as Barry Andrews tells it – after he was doggedly pursued by bassist Dave…

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GOOD MEDICINE – John Lydon’s PiL Add A Dose Of Class To The Camden Rocks Festival Line Up At The Electric Ballroom

Never a dull place even at the worst of times, Camden Rocks had the whole borough buzzing on Saturday. With 200 acts performing in…

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FUNNY BONES – They Might Be Giants Greet Death And Dystopia With Gallows Humour On ‘I Like Fun’

Recorded at the same Skyline studios, where they made their best-selling major label debut Flood, I Like Fun feels like a hearkening back to They Might…

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HEY KIDS, ROCK AND ROLL – REM Documentary Marks 25th Anniversary Release of Automatic For The People

REM have unveiled a new mini-documentary to mark the 25th anniversary re-mastered release of Automatic for the People. Featuring new interviews with Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills,…

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THOUGHTS OF YESTERDAY – Aussie Solo Artist Suzie Stapleton Unleashes New Single Yesterday’s Town

I was lucky enough to catch Suzie Stapleton opening for Boss Hog at the Hackney Oslo earlier this year. Playing for someone else’s audience is never easy but,…

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KOOL THINGS – The Thurston Moore Group Invades A Teeming Scala’s Rock N Roll Consciousness

Having spent the first 10 minutes crushed beneath someone’s armpit in a packed and sweaty Scala, it’s painfully obvious Thurston Moore still has a massive…

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STRAIGHT TO YOU – Bad Seeds’ Best Of…Has Much To Offer Both New Fans And Seasoned Followers

Spanning 30 years of recording, Lovely Creatures is a collection of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds music from their 1984 debut From Her To…

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