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Waxahatchee - 'Ivy Tripp'

Waxahatchee - 'Ivy Tripp'

On her first two albums, 2012’s ‘American Weekend’ and 2013’s ‘Cerulean Salt’, Alabama-raised singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield backed exquisitely delicate melodies with a tough grunge sensibility. The 26-year-old’s simple songs...

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NME RATING

8/10

5 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This Week

5 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This...

You know about the big releases each week, but what about those smaller albums which may have passed underneath your radar. Don't miss out on the smaller, lesser-known gems which might become some of your favourites. We've rounded up six of the...

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Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck

Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck

You hear a lot of things about Kurt Cobain, some of them apparently contradictory. That he was funny. That he was tortured. That he was ambitious and hungry for fame. That he was independently minded and a man of integrity. Twenty-one years on...

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NME RATING

9/10

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress'

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Asunder, Sweet...

Twenty-one years have passed since their formation, but Montreal’s apocalypse orchestra remain stubbornly outside the mainstream. Yes, there have been overtures from the establishment – 2012 comeback album ‘Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!’...

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NME RATING

8/10

Earl Sweatshirt - 'I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside'

Earl Sweatshirt - 'I Don't Like Shit, I Don't...

Odd to recall, looking back, how Odd Future were greeted as potential wreckers of civilisation on their arrival in 2010. They didn’t, as it happens, rape and pillage hip-hop and dance around in the ashes. Instead, Frank Ocean came out, Tyler,...

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NME RATING

6/10

Young Fathers - 'White Men Are Black Men Too'

Young Fathers - 'White Men Are Black Men Too'

Alright, let’s just set aside the whole idea of a Mercury Prize 'curse' and concede that had Young Fathers not scooped that £20,000 last October, the Edinburgh trio (beat man ‘G’ Hastings and rappers/singers Alloysious Massaquoi and Kayus...

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NME RATING

7/10

9 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This Week

9 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This...

You know about the big releases each week, but what about those smaller albums which may have passed underneath your radar. Don't miss out on the smaller, lesser-known gems which might become some of your favourites. We've rounded up six of the...

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Jamie T - 'Magnolia Melancholia'

Jamie T - 'Magnolia Melancholia'

After allowing five years to drift by between 2009’s second album ‘Kings And Queens’ and last September’s ‘Carry On The Grudge’, Jamie T has waited only six months to drop this new EP. ‘Magnolia Melancholia’ – led by last...

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NME RATING

8/10

Sufjan Stevens - 'Carrie & Lowell'

Sufjan Stevens - 'Carrie & Lowell'

Great loss often inspires great art: Lou Reed and John Cale’s Warhol tribute ‘Songs For Drella’, or Rufus Wainwright’s eulogy to his mother ‘All Days Are Night: Songs For Lulu’ for example. To this catalogue of sublime sadness we can...

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NME RATING

9/10

Gallows - 'Desolation Sounds'

Gallows - 'Desolation Sounds'

The final track on Gallows’ fourth album is titled ‘Swan Song’, and considering the rate at which they’ve been losing members in recent years, you’d be forgiven for misreading that as some sort of omen. Gallows, however, are not the kind...

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NME RATING

7/10

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