The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful

October 6th, 2017 by

The first inkling I got that the Killers were on the way back was watching them on the tellybox at Glastonbury absolutely tearing through ‘Mr. Brightside’. It was such a standout performance that I was suddenly struck by how good the Killers used to be. Brandon Flowers was bristling with energy and singing as if […]


Beth Ditto – Fake Sugar

June 28th, 2017 by

In 2006 (The) Gossip exploded onto the scene with their third album Standing in the Way of Control. The eponymous, ubiquitous single became the soundtrack of that year and the next. The band toured everywhere popping up at festivals all over the world. It felt like this band could be huge but equally it felt […]


Sea Pinks – Watercourse

June 5th, 2017 by

There are some bands who release an album every six years and then there are some bands who release six albums in the same timeframe. Sea Pinks are thankfully the latter. Watercourse sees the band continuing to build on and refine their own brand of guitar driven pop even further. Picking up where 2016’s Soft Days […]


James Vincent McMorrow – True Care

May 26th, 2017 by

A little over a week ago James Vincent McMorrow changed his profile picture on social media and began drip feeding us new images, words and snippets of isolated vocal tracks. All very intriguing. The imminent release of a new album was alluded to. It was to be called True Care, to be released not even […]


CRX – New Skin

November 7th, 2016 by

Take one Nick Valensi guitarist from the once all-conquering Strokes, give him a couple of years to learn how to write and sing his own songs, mix liberally with producer Josh Homme (and I mean liberally), throw in some songs for the deaf-era drum sounds and what would you expect to get? Queens of the […]


Conor Oberst – Ruminations

October 17th, 2016 by

Following a health scare last year and the cancellation of the Desaparecidos tour, Conor Oberst, one of the most prolific musicians around today (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk, Mystic Valley Band to name a few) retreated to a cabin in Omaha with nothing but a piano and a garage full of firewood for company. He wasn’t expecting to […]


Neil Young – Earth

July 14th, 2016 by

The ever prolific Neil Young has released his latest long player, a live album with nature sounds. No really. That’s what it is. An environmentally conscious album by an ever-increasingly environmentally conscious musician. A live album recorded while on tour last year with The Promise of the Real, who Young credits with re-vitalising him and […]


Paul Simon – Stranger to Stranger

June 7th, 2016 by

Collaborating with an Italian Electronic Music Producer (Clap! Clap!)? Check. Incorporating obscure musical instruments (cloud-chamber bowls, chromelodeon) invented by radical microtonal American composer Harry Partch (worth a google) seamlessly into your songs? Check. Utilising more instruments on one album than some bands would in their whole career? Check. And so it is that the 13th […]


Kaada / Patton – Bacteria Cult

April 7th, 2016 by

Mike Patton, one of the most intriguing, interesting, talented and downright busiest singers on this planet releases a new album. Not content with running his own record label, releasing and touring Faith No More’s comeback album Sol Invictus and the Nevermen album release in January, here we find Patton re-teaming with Norwegian composer John Kaada and the Stavanger Symphony Orchchestra for […]


Golden Daze – Golden Daze

March 4th, 2016 by

Golden Daze are Los Angeles based duo Ben Schwab and Jacob Loeb; taking their inspiration from a veritable roll-call of sonic palettes they’ve brought their debut self-titled album to the table served with a healthy side order of old-school psychedelia. Having first come across these guys after the release of their debut single ‘Salt’, most of us were eager to […]


Jacco Gardner – The Workman’s Club, Dublin

October 1st, 2015 by

Jacco Gardner calmly strolls around the venue pre-gig, checking connections, testing signals, then, with little or no fanfare, strolls off stage. A few minutes later he strolls back on again, this time joined by his band; and what a band. They somehow manage to perfectly re-create all the sounds, nuances and all the layered harmonies […]


Paul Smith & The Imitations – Contradictions

August 18th, 2015 by

Following up his 2010 solo debut Margins, Paul Smith of Maximo Park (with new band The Imitations) has released Contradictions and it’s clear that the first few tracks; though very Maximo Park; are a little less forceful and less in your face. Everything seems slightly more polished and smoother – less overtly neurotic and frenetic with the bombast dialled down considerably. Opening […]


Northern American – Modern Phenomena

June 3rd, 2015 by

Try putting Northern American band into Google and see what comes up. This was the quandry I was faced with when trying to find out about this latest group of LA twentysomethings, who according to some of the blurb just might be your new favourite band. Following up their 2013 debut EP with their debut […]


Jacco Gardner – Hypnophobia

May 12th, 2015 by

Following up his ambitious jaunty pop 2011 debut Cabinet of Curiosities with his another slice of baroque psychedelia, his time around we find Jacco Gardner with one foot planted in the late ’60s and one in the early ’70s with an iPad under his arm. Despite his retro sound the singer says there are things […]