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Album Review: Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun

September 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Dominic Aitchison (bass), Stuart Braithwaite (guitar, vocals), Martin Bulloch (drums) and Barry Burns (keyboard, computer, guitar) make up the Scottish group Mogwai, who release their ninth studio album, Every Country’s Sun, in their two decade plus long career. Dave Fridmann, who has worked with The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Tame Impala, Neill Finn and OKGo to...

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Album Review: Jake Bugg – Hearts That Strain

September 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

It sounds like music comes very naturally to Jake Bugg, but he has been honing his skills since he first picked up a guitar at age 12.  That hard work earned him his slot at Glastonbury Festival in 2011, when he was just 17!  Bugg’s self-titled debut album was released the following year, and 5...

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Album Review: Neil Young – Hitchhiker

September 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Forty-one years ago, on August 11 1976, Neil Young entered Indigo Studios in Malibu, along with his long-standing studio collaborator David Brings, and committed ten acoustic tracks to tape over the course of a single evening, with Young only pausing – according to his memoir – to partake of substances his mother would probably prefer...

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Album Review: Arcane Roots – Melancholia Hymns

September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

London’s very own progressive rock three-piece, Arcane Roots, have been blowing minds and shattering eardrums to the delight of fans with a number of well-praised releases reaching back to 2009. Cut to 2017, where the band are now displaying their true credentials with a fully developed electronic-influenced sound in their latest full-length effort, Melancholia Hymns....

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Album Review: The Script – Freedom Child

September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s been a couple of months since The Script released their lead single, Rain – and what a fantastic song that is.  Since then, they have teased fans with promotional tracks Written in the Scars and Love Not Lovers.  After an unbearable wait since No Sound Without Silence, The Script have finally released their 5th studio album, Freedom Child. Freedom...

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Album Review: Anna of the North – Lovers

September 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Anna of the North developed out of a chance encounter between Norwegian Anna Lotterud and New Zealander Brady Daniell-Smith in a bar in Melbourne. Lotterud – who impulsively travelled to Australia after an anonymous customer implored her to abandon her life of routine and normalcy, and to expand her horizons – was out mending a...

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Album Review: Tori Amos – Native Invaders

September 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

As one of the most celebrated and respected songwriters of our generation, Tori Amos has carved one of the most impressive catalogues of any musical act in history. Her personal odes mixed with observational tributes to life have brought to life some of the greatest masterpieces in music. Ever since Amos erupted onto the singer-songwriter...

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Album Review: LCD Soundsystem – American Dream

September 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

There’s a lot of iconic things from the past making comebacks in 2017 – from Twin Peaks to the Crystal Maze – but the return of LCD Soundsystem from the ether is one that feels more significant than all the rest combined. James Murphy and Co were prolific in the coverage of their demise in...

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Album Review: Shane Filan – Love Always

September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Shane Filan is undoubtedly best known for his work as one of the lead singers of Westlife, a career spanning from 1998 to 2012, after some pretty persistent calls from Filan’s mother to Louis Walsh.  With Love Always being the third solo album under his belt, Filan has more than earned his place as an incredible artist with...

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Album Review: Angus & Julia Stone – Snow

September 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

The sibling duo, Angus & Julia Stone, have released their fourth studio album, Snow. Recorded at Angus’s cottage studio in the Byron Bay coastal area of Australia, one can imagine what a picturesque setting that would provide for their creative process. Angus & Julia Stone have been a duo for just over 10 years now....

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Album Review: Cut Copy – Haiku From Zero

September 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Back in 2001, a home-recording project was started up by DJ Dan.  This eventually grew to become Cut Copy, with the addition of Tim Hoey, Ben Browning, and Mitchell Scott forming the final lineup.  They have released 4 albums, countless remixes, an EP, and numerous singles.  Their last album, Free Your Mind, was released in 2013.  Since...

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Album Review: Joan Osborne – Songs of Bob Dylan

September 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Tucked away in Manhattan’s Upper East Side is the Café Carlyle, a venue described by singer Joan Osborne as “intimate”. It is here, back in March 2016, that audiences first caught a glimpse of Osborne’s ninth studio album, Songs of Bob Dylan, as she and her creative collaborators – guitarist Jack Petruzzelli and keyboardist Keith...

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Album Review: Chase & Status – Tribe

September 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Chase & Status are the London based drum & bass duo of Will Kennard and Saul Milton who make up the core, with additional members  MC Rage and Andy Gangadeen joining in for live shows.  In the nine years since their first studio album release, they have proved themselves to be big players in the...

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