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Posted 15 Mar 2017 @ 1:52pm

★★★★

 

Spoon have made a career out of changing the questions right when listeners think they have all the answers.

 

In particular, the band’s 2000s output saw the songs that toyed the most with genre semantics become their best-known tracks – the piano pop of ‘The Way We Get By’, the disco/glam shuffle of ‘I Turn My Camera On’ and the mariachi-flavoured triumph...

Posted 22 Nov 2016 @ 5:44pm

★★★☆

 

Since the end of Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon has gone into the abyss of noise rock and drone further than her previous band could ever have fathomed.

 

As one half of Body/Head alongside guitarist Bill Nace, Gordon has spent the last few years going against the conventions of the electric guitar and creating music that’s dark, imposing and sprawling, resulting in...

Posted 18 Nov 2016 @ 10:00am

Will Toledo makes music the way the rest of us eat and sleep: daily, as though doing so is the most natural thing in the world.

 

Despite the fact he has only released two studio albums under the Car Seat Headrest moniker, to take a trip over to his Bandcamp page is to stumble down an over-stuffed rabbit hole, and he has a dizzyingly packed back catalogue of self-released records...

Posted 20 Jan 2016 @ 3:47pm

By the time Savages released their debut LP Silence Yourself in mid-2013, they’d already reached a certain level of international renown.

 

The album combined musical aggression with lyrical explorations of gender relations, female liberation, non-conformity and authentic living in the contemporary world. The Englishwomen’s profile continued to expand upon the album’s release,...

Posted 13 Jan 2016 @ 1:26pm

★★★★☆

 

Just three years ago, Savages busted down the doors with their debut record Silence Yourself, its relentless momentum loudly announcing the arrival of post-punk’s new saviours.

 

Their follow-up sees them diversify their influences and punch their way through all opposition, without necessarily expanding on their sound.

 

If you haven’t heard ‘...

Posted 11 Nov 2015 @ 9:00am

Six albums into his career, Kurt Vile has never been the sort of guy to attempt dramatic reinvention with each new release. While the Philadelphian songwriter is one of this decade’s most consistent performers, in Vile’s world things change merely by degrees. 

 

For instance, compare his latest album B’lieve I’m Goin Down… to its predecessor, Wakin On A Pretty Daze. There’s...

Posted 2 Sep 2015 @ 11:34am

 

Recalling their 1990 breakthrough Fakebook, Yo La Tengo have returned with a set of covers, re-workings and a few new songs performed as a country folk quartet with original guitarist Dave Schramm.

 

It’s the exact type of album the average 30-year-old band should make. But Yo La Tengo are far better than the average band, and they should be aiming higher.

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Posted 12 May 2015 @ 4:27pm

1.5/5 stars

 

In a move that will surprise few, ex-powerviolence-turned-hardcore punk-turned-garage-rockers Ceremony are back and unleashing their inner Ian Curtis for this let-down of a next instalment in their discography. Taking some heavy cues from Joy Division’s monotone brand of post-punk, Ceremony have made a fatal flaw in trying to become a jack of all trades, while mastering...

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