Welcome Pack: Simmer

February 24, 2016 // 0 Comments

There have been a few e-mails lately from acts professing an admiration for Fugazi. Now, that’s all well and good but it does rather set the bar at a level where a [...]

My Kind of Town: Lily & Madeleine

February 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

With their sophisticated new album Keep It Together in the wings, sister act Lily and Madeleine seem to be flourishing in the midst of change. A new label – New West, [...]

Chapter & Verse: Graeme Thomson

February 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

Few figures loom as large over the history of Irish music as Phil Lynott. As the iconic frontman of Thin Lizzy, he helped redraw the definition of the rock star yet [...]

Welcome Pack: meet Boat To Row

February 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

When we saw Birmingham’s Boat To Row at least year’s Carefully Planned Festival in Manchester, we were moved to label them as ‘surprise of the day’, [...]

Dream On: John Reed on shoegaze

January 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

Cherry Red’s new 5CD collection, Still In A Dream: A Story Of Shoegaze 1988-1995, serves both as a fine introduction to the genre but also as a record of how quickly a [...]

David Bowie: an appreciation

January 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

“It ain’t easy to get to heaven when you’re going down” A life of surprises – and an exit to match. No more David Bowie: as cruel a rug-pull [...]

No Passouts: Bill Hicks – 1992

January 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

So. Son. Tell me. What have you done with your life? Huh? Lemme hear it. What have you done? No – don’t tell me. I can guess. What is it? Something selfless – [...]
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