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Belle and Sebastian in Health and Safety Regulation Flaunting Shock: Live at the Troxy

Stuart Murdoch walked out intrepidly into the crowd last night during “Dear Catastrophe Waitress”. It’s a Belle and Sebastian crowd, so it’s a …

So. Much. Joy. The Hold Steady Live In London

In a week that saw the demise of the NME’s print edition after sixty-odd years, it is reassuring that some traditions remain. The country is still …

Sliding Doors: The Origin of Roxy Music

Brian Eno was waiting for the tube at Maida Vale. A train stopped, leaving Brian equidistant between two carriages. He didn’t know it, but his …

Gaz Coombs Unveils Songs From New Album At ULU

It has been quite a journey since Gaz Coombs began his rock career as the teenage lead singer of…. The Jennifers. Signed to Nude Records in 1991 – …

Book What The Cat Dragged In: A New Look At Glam Metal

Glam metal. Perhaps one of the most thoroughly ignored genres of music of the last forty years. The trouble is, when your music is a silo of strange, …

Jen Cloher: An Album Of The Year…

Album of the year lists are both a blessing and curse. As a way to demonstrate your discerning taste there are few better ways to impress your …

Can Dream Wife Hit The Top 40 UK Album Charts?

There are many plagues of the modern world. Internet passwords. Staying over at a friend’s house and waking up first. The shrinking of the Toblerone …

Can You Really Improve Your Hotel’s TripAdvisor Rating By Having The Libertines Run It?

The first big name casualty of the Music Industry’s collapse in revenues has been revealed. Instead of retiring into a life of tripping over …

Belle & Sebastian And The Horror Of Spotify Playlists.

In a world where people consume music through pre-determined streaming service playlists with grim titles such as “Cinematic Chillout”, “Music for …

Sweet Billy Pilgrim Launch Stunning New Album At St Pancras Old Church

As the dystopian nightmare of 2017 fades, to be replaced with fresh, new dystopian horrors with a shiny “Made In 2018” badge on them, we find …

A New Year, A New Band: Shame

2018. A new year, a fresh start. A chance to shed the winter coat that you unwittingly piled on when you bought, and then consumed, those second and …

Every Record Tells A Story’s Albums Of 2017

Being barged out of the way by stressed shoppers. Not being able to find the thing your kids put on the top of their list. Bringing a dead tree into …

Fleet Foxes Swap Columbia University for Brixton Academy

Seattle. Early 2000’s. Robin Pecknold meets Skyler Skjelset at school and they bond over a love of Mike Wilson, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. They form a …

Why Independent Record Shops Shouldn’t Fear Sainsbury’s Compilation Albums (Too Much)

You can see why the start up of it’s own record label by supermarket chain Sainsbury’s would provoke within independent record shops the sort of …

Help Celebrate “One Of The Country’s Great Record Shops’” 40th Birthday

On the 28 October 1977 a thirty-seven year old Peter Driscoll opened a new record shop at 55 Elm Road in Leigh on Sea. It was the year of Punk and …

How The Story of The White Stripes Was Foretold: By Journey

In which we discover how The White Stripes’ story was foretold by Journey’s Classic AOR hit “Don’t Stop Believin’”

Beck Pays Tribute To Tom Petty With Cover of American Girl: Live at The Electric Ballroom

A new album by Beck is something to be celebrated, and the man himself has been in London all week to promote the new LP “Colors”, an upbeat, shiny, …

Vinyl Subscription Services: Which One Is Best?

Not sure whether to sign up to a vinyl subscription service? Here’s a look at a few… Last time, we looked at Vinyl Me Please and its cocktail recipe. …

Vinyl Me? Please…

In which we take a look at the US vinyl subscription service and check out the most important aspect of their monthly offer: The cocktail recipe...

Ty Segall: Live at The Coronet, London.

Gentrification. “The process of renovating and improving something so that it conforms to middle-class taste”. Or “the process of making a person or …

Car Seat Headrest Steps Up As Headliner: Live at The Forum

Car Seat Headrest announced themselves with something of a flourish last year, surfacing seemingly fully formed with one of the albums of 2016. It …

The Five Golden Rules of Setting Up Your Own Album Of The Month Club

An Album of the Month Club is a wonderful thing. It’s like having a friend with great musical taste who is compiling, nay, “curating” * music for you …

Cheap Music! (Terms and Conditions Apply): The Rise and Fall of Album of the Month Clubs

"The one thing Harry Houdini was never able to get out of was his Album of the Month Club subscription" Remember Album of the Month clubs? Watch out! …

New Sounds From This Is The Kit: at Rough Trade East

There are many things to like about This Is The Kit. There’s the relaxed and easy way singer and songwriter Kate Stables has with the audience and …

Ten Things We Learned At The Village Green Festival.

It’s in Essex, it’s about the size of the kid’s field at Glastonbury, and it only costs £15 to get in (take that, austerity Britain!) but this …

King’s X: The Return of The Ultimate Cult Band

King’s X, a three piece band from Texas, are hugely influential, have a large and loyal fan base, and last night played a show in London for the …

Depeche Mode: Live in London – Review

Their biggest ever show. 80,000 fans. It’s a far cry from their humble origins. Leaving school in 1979, Martin Gore worked as a bank clerk for Nat …

Do Helloween Get The Credit They Deserve?

When we think of thrash metal, we think of certain things. The “Big Four” of Anthrax, Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth. We may also think of album …

Steve Hackett Speaks Out About Refugee Crisis

We don’t always turn to the leading lights of progressive music for our daily dose of politics (see: Phil Collins 1997), so it was interesting to …

Blondie: Live At The Roundhouse – Review

In 1975, a British rock writer went to see an unsigned band called The Ramones at The Performance Studio as part of a report for the NME in on the …