[a]Battles[/a]’ last album, 2011’s ‘Gloss Drop’, was a masterclass in pop-tastic playfulness. After former singer Tyondai Braxton quit to pursue his solo career halfway through recording, the experimental New York…

Ailbhe Malone takes on this week’s releases Battles feat Gary Numan – ‘My Machines’ With a ticking timebomb for a metronome, this is music to panic to. And Gary…

Battles

1. Lana Del Rey – ‘Video Games’ The words “YouTube sensation” are rarely a good omen. ‘Chocolate Rain’, Rebecca Black: all destined to be ‘liked’ into oblivion until they become…

Knocking around on the internet, there’s pictures of Bill Gates taken in 1983 of him stretched out on a desk, wearing a chunky woollen sweater and loveably tousled fringe. His…

[a]Battles[/a] look sombre. Multi-instrumentalist Ian Williams is scowling in a black suit, guitarist Dave Konopka looks like he might burst into tears at any moment and drummer John Stanier is…

Puzzle pop? Sexy? Um, it’s about as enticing as a shoeless Britney covered in chip fat, flailing about in her mansion screaming at her long-departed servants for more Wotsits. But…

Ever since legendary punk ’zine Sniffin’ Glue scrawled the manifesto “Here’s a chord, here’s another one, here’s another one, now go form a band”, indie rock critics have looked on…

Who wants a history lesson? Good. Forget the subsequent activities of their wig-wearing bandleader back in the ’70s, The Glitter Band revolutionised rock percussion with what became known as The…