Laura Snapes

Laura Snapes

Cracking open Joanna Gruesome’s second album with a squall and a scream, ‘Last Year’ has singer Alanna McArdle repeatedly yelling, “I will not” and threatening to crush some coward’s skull.…

This year’s first great pop record bowls in with a rapturous celebration of the genre’s rebellious, trashy potential (and a bottle of champagne and a pocketful of pills to boot).…

The radical power of simplicity is by no stretch a new musical concept; its lineage can be traced from The Shaggs through the Marine Girls and the output of K…

Washington DC’s Ex Hex – aka Mary Timony, Laura Harris and Betsy Wright – are firm believers in and lifelong beneficiaries of the ecstatic potential of rock’n’roll, and they’ve produced a debut…

Hiss Golden Messenger’s MC Taylor has often used his woody caw to sing of how unscrupulous believers use religious salvation as a get-out clause for their worst behaviour. The implication…

Just before the internet signed off for Christmas, a shiny new bauble of a pop song dangled itself in front of the year-end lists and dared us to see the…

By the time Sadie Dupuis asks, “If I’m despondent, who’s at fault?” on the final song from Speedy Ortiz’s brilliantly brutal debut album, ‘Major Arcana’, there’s no doubt that it’s…

“HATE ALL U WANT BECUZ I GOT A GRAMMY Now! That’s the ultimate FUCK OFF!” The “ultimate fuck-off”, huh Chris? Is the ultimate fuck-off not “[placing] her in a head…

In this week’s NME, you’ll spot a 9/10 review of ‘Tramp’, by Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten. I reviewed the record, and it took a great deal of self-restraint not…