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Foxygen – ‘Hang’ Review

Before releasing their last album, 2014’s sprawling 24-song exercise in sloppy rock theatre ‘…And Star Power’, Foxygen keyboardist Jonathan Rado hadn’t time for standard- length records. “We just didn’t want…

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – ‘Modern Ruin’ Review

Despite looming over the past decade of British hard rock in various different guises and consistently proving himself one f**k of a frontman, Frank Carter has remained something of a…

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Austra – ‘Future Politics’ Review

If you’re still feeling drained and deadened by the traumas of 2016, perhaps it’s time for a musical tonic. Like cold, clean water, Austra’s ‘Future Politics’ washes clear the mental…

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The Flaming Lips – ‘Oczy Mlody’ Review

Glancing at Wayne Coyne’s psych rock CV, 
you’d think he was trying to throw the interview. Previous employment? Human hamster. Massive-handed romantic. 
Nun puppeteer. Nudism advisor to Miley Cyrus. Referee…

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Wiley – ‘Godfather’ Review

Just one of the laugh-out-loud lyrics on grime kingpin Wiley’s booming, swaggering, long-awaited new album: “I’m not a lager lout / But I’m still throwing bars about”. The whole album…

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Julie Byrne – ‘Not Even Happiness’ Review

When it’s only January but you’re already convinced you’re listening to one of the finest albums of the year, then it’s highly possible you’ve heard something very special indeed. Step…

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David Bowie – ‘Blackstar’ Review

When David Bowie returned from exile with 2013’s ‘The Next Day’, an album that wistfully referenced his late-‘70s art-rock heyday, it felt like this eternal futurist was starting to look…

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Run The Jewels – ‘RTJ3’ Album Review

Hip-hop is a genre that thrives on freshness and the shock of the new: hot rappers rarely get more than three years in the spotlight, and late-career renaissances are unheard-of…

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The xx – ‘I See You’ review

Back when they formed as teenagers in the mid-00s, The xx’s early interviews and gigs were defined by their anxiousness. They admitted that they never dreamt of, nor searched for,…

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The Killers – ‘Don’t Waste Your Wishes’ Review

For most of 
the year, The Killers are the suave 
Vegas synth-indie showmen we know and love, but one whiff of a Brussels sprout and they instantly transform into the…

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Avenged Sevenfold – ‘The Stage’ Review

Avenged Sevenfold 
really divide rock fans. One camp berates them as style-over-substance guyliner-wearing pussies. The other side rates 
their constant reinvention and epic live shows – even in the 
face…

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Rolling Stones – ‘Blue & Lonesome’ Review

Whether through personal enmity or advancing decrepitude, pretty much every new Rolling Stones album in the last 30 years has come with the unspoken caveat that it could – maybe,…

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