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The Shires – Brave

05.03.2015

Albums

The Shires – Brave

I blame the TV series Nashville for getting me - somewhat reluctantly - interested in country music. For years, the thought of Patsy Cline on repeat filled me with dread - but now I’m all for a bit of Dolly Parton or Johnny Cash, and can’t help but love the show’s youngest stars Lennon & Maisy, with their harmonious covers of well-known songs.  So when The Shires’ album was on offer, it felt rude not to give it a go. Their name has been bandied about for...

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of Montreal – Aureate Gloom

04.03.2015

Albums

of Montreal – Aureate Gloom

Aureate Gloom is not an album to leave anything to doubt. Like of Montreal’s twelve previous albums, this latest release features a cover that lovingly, obsessively pastiches the likes of The Incredible String Band. It has a title that could mocks hazy, early ‘70s pretension. Opening track, ‘Bassem Sabry’, arrives in a barrage of guitars pretending to be jets landing, ‘Back in the USSR’-style, and rolls into a funk-laden slice of melodrama that sounds like an...

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OK Go – Hungry Ghosts

03.03.2015

Albums

OK Go – Hungry Ghosts

When thinking about OK Go, it's hard not to let your mind first wander to treadmills and contraptions that are made up to look like real life versions of Mouse Trap. But after 17 years and four albums, there is a first class power pop/rock band behind the novelty. Coming four years after Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, Hungry Ghosts represents the effortless fun that the band have displayed and exceled in since coming on the scene. After rather publicly leavi...

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In Pictures : Nite Fields, The Old Blue Last, London

In Pictures : Nite Fields, The Old…

                                          Brisbane's Nite Fields were at London's Old Blue Last a few days ago in the process of touring their Depersonalisation album. Boglarka Caup went along for Musos' Guide to record the live action. Further shots...

  1. Underexposed
The Jar Family – Live & To The Letter EP

The Jar Family – Live & To The Letter EP

The Jar Family - a band of fast-rising “industrial folk” musicians - have released an action and energy packed EP of live recordings in their EP release Live &...

Milk Teeth, 2 Pigs, Cheltenham

Milk Teeth, 2 Pigs, Cheltenham

Smiling Politely is the album and 'Swear Jar' the anthem. Milk Teeth are still pretty new but already have a respectable following in the West, playing bigger and ...

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HAWK - Clock Hands EP
Drug Church – Swell EP
Get Inuit – 001 EP
Le Thug – Place Is EP
Cheatahs - Sunne EP
Emmy The Great - S EP
Luke Haines - Adventures In Dementia EP
Låpsley – Understudy EP
Ty Segall - Mr. Face EP
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The Cribs, The Ritz, Manchester

The Cribs, The Ritz, Manchester

Quite why Leeds-based noiseniks Menace Beach are tonight's openers is a little difficult for one to comprehend; their revolving cast of members are arguably far more relevant to today's current musical climes than The Ordinary Boys could...

  1. Columns
The Weekly Froth!

The Weekly Froth!

  The Weekly Froth! A weekly take on six tracks, most of which have recently popped up somewhere in the blogosphere. Bit of a mixed bag with a slight leaning towards house, d...

The Weekly Froth!

The Weekly Froth!

  The Weekly Froth! A weekly take on six tracks, most of which have recently popped up somewhere in the blogosphere. Bit of a mixed bag with a slight leaning towards house, d...