Latest single reviews


Alice Sungurov

So Blind
If you’re seriously into cute, smart pop songs that combine original song-writing with energetic melodies, then 15 year-old Alice Sungrurov’s single, ‘So Blind’... Read more...


Darius Rucker

Homegrown Honey / What God Wants For Christmas
Former Hootie's latest country adventure. While still remembered best in the UK for his time in the 90s American rock band Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker ... Read more...



KDrew, who we recently brought you news of his new “Signals” EP, has released the second of the three-parter. Entitled “Tonight” Read more...



Tell Me Why
Still basking in the knowledge that they are now fully fledged members of the Circus Records family, Diskord drop the opening salvo for Read more...


Sonny Alven

Another You
Young Norwegian producer Sonny Alven has given “Another You” by Nause a delightful rework, and it’s out today via Universal Read more...


Never Say Die

Out now on dubstep label Never Say Die, is “Black Label Vol.3” – a four track collection featuring Trampa, Twine, The Frim and Dubloadz & London Nebel. Read more...


Damn Vandals

Cities of a Plastic World/Too Lazy to Die Too Stoned to Live
This double A side from Damn Vandals is an excellent introduction to the band. Short, muscular songs that punch hard and don’t mess about plus they show the ba... Read more...


Dan Wilson

Love Without Fear
Former Semisonic frontman's latest single from second solo album. Read more...

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Latest album reviews


The Carnabys

No Money On The Moon
Their name would suggest they are a retro mod/Who/Jam cover band; others have suggested the Rolling Stones Led Zeppelin, and Queens of the Stone Age as influenc... Read more...


Einar Stray Orchestra

Like the idea of a dash of Genesis, dollops of Michael Nyman, a soupçon of Beatles and traces of folk? Well the Einar Stray Orchestra have blended all those her... Read more...



The Miseducation Of Itsu
Banditsu is a true representative of the new wave of rap coming out of London and during the wait for his latest project to be released, he has been busy solidi... Read more...


The Moody Blues

The Magnificent Moodies
Half a decade after its release, The Moody Blues' debut gets special treatment. Read more...


Fish On Friday

Yet more proof that there is modern music with character and integrity – no bombast or outrageous excess, just some superb playing and songs that have an almost... Read more...


Roger Chapman

I love this album. Chapman is on top form and the material is brilliant. A total package – oh, very yes. Read more...



Dreamy pop all the way from France. Looking to go head-to-head with the likes of Lykke Li and Sia, is 28 year old France Picoulet, releasing this her debut albu... Read more...



Vinyl Box Set 1976-1982
Punk-pop pioneers given the vinyl repacking treatment. While the UK's alleged vinyl revival might be a little overplayed (the statistics are on the up - but onl... Read more...

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Latest live reviews


The Quireboys

The Glasgow Garage
You know that you are in the company of The Quireboys when frontman Spike jokes that after the gig, folks are required to stay on and drink Read more...


Ian Siegal and Jimbo Mathus

Edinburgh Blues Club
On Monday eve a fortnight ago, devotees of rootsy blues and Americana were treated to what can only be described as the icing on the cake of a fantastic Read more...


Andrea Bocelli

The O2 Arena, London
Bocelli is a surprisingly understated performer for one so renowned. There remains a subtlety and delicacy that at times gives the O2 arena an intimacy Read more...


Marcus Bonfanti

Upstairs @ The Garage
A cracking night of high intensity Blues and boogie from one of the best around. Read more...


Joanne Shaw Taylor

Shepherds Bush Empire
... the fans were out in force for Joanne Shaw Taylor’s show at London’s Shepherd Bush Empire and they certainly weren’t disappointed as she tore out a brillian... Read more...


La Roux

Limelight, Belfast
An old hippy once said that the last will be first and the first last. It is a maxim that La Roux should have taken to heart by playing Read more...


Darius Rucker

Shepherd's Bush Empire - London
Country-rock star hits the capital on first UK headline tour for years. Read more...


Nightmare Festival

Nightmare Festival, Camden
Set in Camden, scarred by the terrible aftermath of Halloween, this year’s Nightmare Festival had an impressive line-up of artists playing in no less than thirt... Read more...

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