This Week's Singles Reviewed

This Week's Singles Reviewed

Ailbhe Malone takes on this week's releases Battles feat Gary Numan – ‘My Machines’ With a ticking timebomb for a metronome, this is music to panic to. And Gary Numan’s pained vocals don’t help. Just when you think you can cope,...

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10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week

10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week

1. Lana Del Rey - 'Video Games' The words “YouTube sensation” are rarely a good omen. ‘Chocolate Rain’, Rebecca Black: all destined to be ‘liked’ into oblivion until they become less funny than getting stuck in a lift with Michael...

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Album Review: Battles - 'Gloss Drop'

Battles - 'Gloss Drop'

Knocking around on the internet, there’s pictures of Bill Gates taken in 1983 of him stretched out on a desk, wearing a chunky woollen sweater and loveably tousled fringe. His face is saying, sure, I might be a geek, but this geek knows how to...

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Live Review: Battles

Live Review: Battles

Battles look sombre. Multi-instrumentalist Ian Williams is scowling in a black suit, guitarist Dave Konopka looks like he might burst into tears at any moment and drummer John Stanier is so perma-stern you get the impression he would look like...

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Battles

Battles

Puzzle pop? Sexy? Um, it’s about as enticing as a shoeless Britney covered in chip fat, flailing about in her mansion screaming at her long-departed servants for more Wotsits. But great? Yes indeedy. After ‘Atlas’ statuesque Single Of The...

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Battles: Mirrored

Battles: Mirrored

Ever since legendary punk ’zine Sniffin’ Glue scrawled the manifesto “Here’s a chord, here’s another one, here’s another one, now go form a band”, indie rock critics have looked on with suspicion at musicians who can actually play....

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Battles

Battles

Who wants a history lesson? Good. Forget the subsequent activities of their wig-wearing bandleader back in the ’70s, The Glitter Band revolutionised rock percussion with what became known as The Glitter Beat. You know The Glitter Beat because...

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