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The Subways : Young For Eternity

It’s the stuff that small-town dreams are made of. Teach your missus bass, aged 16, chuck your little brother the drumsticks and make sure...

Hard-Fi : Stars Of CCTV

Lock up your iPods, Middle England: here come Generation Asbo. Scowling into rock’s Bluewater with their disco-sequinned hoodies pulled over their brows and glowstick...

Sufjan Stevens: Illinoise

When Sufjan Stevens picked up his banjo and announced his intention to write an album for each one of America’s 50 states, it probably...

Circulus : The Lick On The Tip Of An Envelope To Be Sent

For a decade, Circulus’ Michael Tyack has ploughed a lonely furrow. Comprised entirely of people who look like IT consultants posing for a portrait,...

Royksopp : The Understanding

Röyksopp’s second album has so much riding on it that it ought to be gobbling coke-spiked sugar lumps prior to the 3.30 at Newmarket....

Micah P Hinson : The Baby And The Satellite Sketchbook

It’s the same old story: boy meets girl. Girl turns out to be former Vogue cover model and widow of semi-famous rock star. Girl...

The Ordinary Boys : Brassbound

‘Brassbound’, the press release patronisingly informs us, is an adjective meaning “entrenched and unchangeable” – a reference to the devotion of the hotchpotch...

The Raveonettes : Pretty In Black

Like the nu-noir of Sin City, The Raveonettes’ sound has always been monochromatic, achingly sexy and chock-full of menace. But although the Danish duo...

The Cribs : The New Fellas

The absolute brilliance of pop music lies in its ability to communicate on a level more expansive than any other cultural medium. It can...

Adams, Ryan And The Cardinals : Cold Roses

For the last couple of years, Ryan Adams has been caught in a trap of his own making. A contrary intention to prove he...

Kraftwerk : Minimum-Maximum Live

‘The Beatles and Kraftwerk’ may not have the ring of ‘The Beatles and the Stones’, but, nonetheless, these are the two most important bands...

Sons & Daughters : The Repulsion Box

At first glance, Sons And Daughters' first proper album ’The Repulsion Box’ has more than a passing resemblance to the work of last summer's...

Foo Fighters : In Your Honour

‘Workmanlike’ is a word often used by idiot journalists to describe boring musicians. It implies a sturdy rudder but a lack of excitement or...

The Tears : Here Come The Tears

There’s a proud mini-tradition of ‘split albums’ in pop – records of uncommon emotional rawness, barely disguised venom and one-upmanship that would almost certainly...

The White Stripes : Get Behind Me Satan

Four years after they broke out of Detroit and into the world’s imaginations, The White Stripes still don’t do things like other bands. Compare...

Oasis : Don’t Believe The Truth

“Our best album since …Morning Glory!” says Noel. “Miles better than 'Definitely Maybe'!” reckons Liam. “We’re still the best band in the world!” counters...

Maximo Park : A Certain Trigger

Since the first time Newcastle five-piece smart-pop thinnies Maximo Park exploded on the indie scene last year, they’ve been running dangerously close to The...

The Duke Spirit : Cuts Across The Land

There’s always one. Now that Brit bands have remembered how to make great rock and roll, everyone is in denial of how culturally short-sighted...

The Coral : The Invisible Invasion

There's a lot to thank The Coral for - almost single-handedly they saved Liverpool's music scene from being totally swamped by stocky guys ploddingly...

Weezer : Make Believe

Rivers Cuomo, the bespectacled genius behind Weezer’s finest moments, is a man so enigmatic he makes Roman Abramovich look like Donny Osmond. Over the...
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