Amid the 13 adrenaline-charged, scalpel-sharp dissections of 21st century America on Bay Ridge scrappers The So So Glos’ recent third album ‘Blowout’, ‘Diss Town’ is maybe the darkest – a wispy fog of dread rising from beneath its breezy Replacements-ish garage-punk guitars, like smoke from a drain. You won’t find a gang of prouder New Yorkers than the four-piece, made up of brothers Alex and Ryan Levine, half-brother Zach Staggers plus guitarist Matt Elkins, as anyone who follows the band on Twitter will tell you.
Krill are a trio of Boston goofs whose nervous, wiry grunge treads a tightrope walk between screwball hilarity and moments of devastating melancholy - for every lyric about feeling “like a turd spinning in flushing water” (‘Turd') there’s a line like the one at the bruised, twitching heart of ‘Fresh Pond’, squawked nasally over scrappy Built To Spill guitars: “when I go home, I look out the window but all I see sometimes is the window pane.” New track 'Peanut Butter' carries on where the slacker-rock rough and tumble of December's 'Steve Hears Pile In Malden And Bursts Into Tears' EP left off,
Even to a native, Edinburgh at the height of festival season can feel like a foreign country: the streets are thronged with tourists, shop windows filled with shorthand tartan Scottishness, the air thick with the drone of bagpipes. Meanwhile, onstage at the Queen’s Hall, Kenny Anderson – aka King Creosote – is singing about another foreign country: the past. Anderson’s new album, ‘From Scotland With Love’, is a soundtrack to Virginia Heath’s film of the same name, old footage edited to tell the story of Scotland’s industrial history.
Sorry doesn’t seem to be the hardest word at all lately; not at the rate that popstars have been flinging it around so lightly. The latest culprit is Gary Barlow, who has apologised for investing in an alleged tax avoidance scheme. “With a new team of accountants we are working to settle things with all parties involved ASAP,” he wrote on Twitter. “I want to apologise to anyone who was offended by the tax stories this year.” Ah, yes. ‘I’m sorry for any offence taken.’ Truly, never has a more maddening phrase been uttered.
When Dave Grohl first stepped into Shoreline's Robert Lang Studios in October 1994, still reeling from the suicide of Nirvana band mate Kurt Cobain some six months earlier, what happened next he couldn't have anticipated. 20 years later, he's probably still trying to figure it out - how, after causing a pop culture cyclone with the grunge heroes, somehow outstripped Nirvana's success with his next band, commercially speaking at least. Foo Fighters' latest album 'Sonic Highways' will be their eighth released across two decades of scorched, emotion-packed radio rock. What it sounds like, we don't know yet. Here's how the other seven stack up though, in order of greatness...