Reviews

Hookworms go macroshift with Microshift
Microshift is the third album proper from Leeds five-piece Hookworms, following on from 2014’s The Hum. For those familiar with their oeuvre up to t...more
Thomas Truax unleashes his ingenious on All That Heaven Allows
The New Weird isn't exactly new anymore. In fact, the term is more than a decade old and pertinent to Thomas Truax's All That Heaven Allows more so m...more
The Spook School get cathartic for Could It Be Different?
I have to admit that I approached Could It Be Different? with a certain amount of trepidation. It was the band's description of the album as their 'mo...more
PBS Streetgang fail to hit the mark on Light Night Party Line
Late Night Party Line is the debut album from PBR Streetgang – not a posse of youths with a penchant for rakish sandwich fillings, but a pair of Yor...more
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club bring surprises on Wrong Creatures
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have long been in hot contention for the worst-named band in contemporary music (Cigarettes After Sex running them close i...more
The Go! Team prove their longevity with Semicircle
Ian Parton, brave leader of The Go! Team (which has essentially become him and whoever he happens to be collaborating with at the time), has declare...more
Blanco White @ Hoxton Square Bar and Grill, London, 12/12/2017
In a room that's as jampacked and stiflingly hot as the (severely delayed) Central Line train I've just left, Blanco White still sends a chill down my...more
Pictish Trail @ Crofter’s Rights, Bristol, 06/12/2017
As the soothing warbles and space-like blues profuse from the Crofter’s Rights back room to start Pictish Trail’s performance, you can’t help bu...more
Lucas Oswald casts a magical spell on Whet
Listening to Lucas Oswald’s latest album, it’s almost hard to believe he didn’t jump from the band ships of Shearwater and The Appleseed Cast ea...more
Charlotte Gainsbourg overhauls grief in Rest
Whether it’s learning to speak in tongues, deft nursery rhyme interpolations, or the wrath of Dasein underpinning deathly encounters that offset the...more
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