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The Orwells

“Where are your fucking parents?” yells a strip-club bouncer in the direction of an oblivious Mario Cuomo as The Orwells’ frontman staggers down New Orleans’ boulevard of broken dreams and…

Widowspeak- ‘The Swamps’ EP

From London Grammar to Daughter, certain bands sound like they’re drifting along a misty lagoon at midnight. But what happens when their punt hits a rock and sinks in a…

Gesaffelstein- ‘Aleph’

After producing ‘Black Skinhead’ and ‘Send It Up’ on Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’, French producer Gesaffelstein now finds his industrial techno isn’t only of interest to those at Parisian raves. This…

Bored Nothing – ‘Bored Nothing’

The intentions of Melbourne resident Fergus Miller have always been modest. The 22-year-old has spoken in interviews about writing all his songs to play for two of his friends and…

Pusha T – ‘My Name Is mY Name’

When Pusha T spits “I sold more dope than I sold records” on ‘Hold On’, he’s mocking the self-mythology of his rivals. But there’s an awkward truth here: despite being…

Deer Tick – ‘Negativity’

What do you do when, in the space of a year, your father is imprisoned for tax fraud and you break up with your fiancée? If you’re John McCauley, you…

Forest – ‘Caramel Arms’ EP

Forest are five 18-year-olds from Cambridge, still figuring out what their sound is. Earlier this year they put out debut EP ‘Sweetcure’, which rattled with the angst of early Radiohead…

Fryars – ‘Radio PWR’ EP

When 22-year-old Ben Garrett was still a teen dreaming up albums in his bedroom, he used to spell his moniker with an ostentatious upper case Y. But for his major-label…

Killing Fields Of Ontario – ‘How The World Ends’

Both the band name and the album title suggest blasts of apocalyptic, nihilistic hardcore, but Killing Fields Of Ontario have a much more nuanced take on the end of the…

Islands – ‘Ski Masks’

While Arcade Fire are congo-ing around Montreal with Bono, Michael Cera and Ben Stiller in a new video, across town Islands are slumped in the Last Chance Saloon, declaring this…

Gambles- ‘Trust’

Informed by misfortune, drug and alcohol abuse, divorce and heartbreak, ‘Trust’ is the saddest thing you’ll hear all year. Gambles mainman Matthew Daniel Siskin takes his troubles and, armed with…

Lorde – ‘Pure Heroine’ review

Ella Yelich-O’Connor’s music discusses life in an affluent Nowheresville in New Zealand with the unforced panache only a pouting 16-year-old can manage. Her chopped’n’screwed pop paints pictures of us-against-the-world schoolkids…

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