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Al Horner

Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wye Oak, 'Shriek' - Track Exclusive

Baltimore’s Jenn Wasner isn’t just one of crunchy American indie’s most prolific new voices – she’s one of its most reliable too. Since 2011, she’s released albums fronting grungey brooders Wye Oak, post-Cocteau dream-poppers Flock Of Dimes and dancey ’90s throwback Dungeonesse – all great records, but each curiously overlooked, at least compared Maryland peers Beach House, Animal Collective et al. Now back in the Wye Oak saddle, her latest release, ‘Shriek’, should see her and collaborator Andy Stack finally get the credit they deserve.


Jack Chown

Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014

10 Explosive Live Versions That Are Better Than Their Originals

One of the highlights of Coachella last weekend was Arcade Fire inviting Debbie Harry up on stage for a special rendition of ‘Heart of Glass’ at Coachella. It was one of those rare moments when a live version trumps its studio recording. And it got us thinking - what other live tracks show up their original versions?


Leonie Cooper

Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Rank The Albums

It’s been 20 years since the release of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ eighth album, ‘Let Love In’, a record notable not just for Nick’s slicked back mullet on the cover, but for the way he faultlessly treads the line between poet and pervert. Featuring ‘Red Right Hand’, which has been covered by everyone from Arctic Monkeys to FIDLAR, the LP's status as a classic is uncontested.


NME Blog

Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Future Islands' Samuel T. Herring On How Gravediggaz Changed His Life

This week on we've been asking readers for the records that changed their lives. Every music fan has a record that impacted them so profoundly they can't imagine their life without - and musicians themselves are no different. Here's Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring on his, Gravediggaz' brilliant hip-hop trip, '6 Feet Deep'... I first heard '6 Feet Deep' in the fall of 1997 from my older brother Joel.


Al Horner

Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happyness, 'Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste The Same' - Track Exclusive

Happyness formed in South London, but there's something about their sun-bleached slacker rock that makes you feel strangely like you're sitting in the college dorm of a character from a 90s American teen drama, flicking through a vinyl collection accrued at trendy Santa Monica flea markets. Maybe it's something to do with the long list of US indie-pop favourites the rising trio's sound cribs from.

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