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REVIEW: Jesca Hoop – ‘Memories Are Now’ (Sub Pop)

Jesca Hoop is a singer songwriter from California, who resides in Manchester. Her career consists of several lucky brushes with the music industry. She began…

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REVIEW: Sun Kil Moon – ‘Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood’ (Rough Trade / Caldo Verde)

Mark Edward Kozelek’s eighth Sun Kil Moon album was recorded in the midst and aftermath of 2016, one of the most dramatic (and traumatic) years…

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REVIEW: The Orwells – ‘Terrible Human Beings’ (Atlantic)

Authenticity is a difficult box to tick living in world where, for a long time, sources of inspiration have felt drained by years of musical…

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REVIEW: Ryan Adams – ‘Prisoner’ (PAX AM / Blue Note)

One might question what Ryan Adams might still have left to offer on his 16th full length studio release, especially so when it follows his…

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REVIEW: Future – ‘Future’ (Epic)

As is the norm nowadays, Atlanta rapper and Drake BFF Future took to social media to announce his latest album just days prior to its…

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REVIEW: VANT – ‘Dumb Blood’ (Parlophone)

Formed three years ago, British indie rock band VANT have been busy making a bold politically fuelled statement with their heavy touring schedule and multiple…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: January 2017

With Donald Trump as president (let’s get this out of the way first, shall we?) many onlookers have speculated that 2017 might see the revival…

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PLAYLIST: November 2016

Well, November was a bit of a downer wasn’t it? Most of the millennial generation looked on in bewilderment as an ill-educated loudmouth with improbable…

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PLAYLIST: October 2016

October has seen a number of pop and indie’s most prestigious names returning to the fold after significant absences. Two Door Cinema Club returned with…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

LIVE PREVIEW: Local Natives @ LUU Stylus, 07/11/2016

L.A. band Local Natives stop at Leeds on their European tour of their new third album Sunlit Youth. Having already played gigs in London and…

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LIVE PREVIEW: Eagulls + Protomartyr @ The Crescent, York, 24/10/2016

Currently nearing the end of a co-headline tour of Britain, Leeds’ post-punk quintet Eagulls are sharing a stage with Detroit’s Protomartyr in the intimate surroundings…

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LIVE PREVIEW: Band Of Skulls @ Stylus, Leeds University Union, 20/10/2016

Southampton-based trio Band Of Skulls are heading up north next Thursday in the first of their seven UK dates this October. Playing Leeds University’s Stylus,…

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Classic Albums

2000s

CULT ’00s: Klaxons – ‘Myths Of The Near Future’

Influenced: Metronomy, Friendly Fires, Late Of The Pier, Alt-J Influenced by: Pink Floyd, Can, New Order, Happy Mondays, The Prodigy, The Rapture, LCD Soundsystem, Test…

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CULT ’00s: TV On The Radio – ‘Return To Cookie Mountain’

by Ed Biggs Ten years after the wider world took notice of them for the first time, TV On The Radio have long since cemented their…

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CLASSIC ’00s: Hot Chip – ‘The Warning’

by Ed Biggs Hot Chip’s signature song, the maddeningly catchy chart smash ‘Over And Over’, very quickly became their passport to mainstream attention and remains one…

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Classic Albums

1990s

CULT ’90s: Pavement – ‘Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain’

For many, Pavement are the quintessential indie group of the 1990s: always on the fringes, feeding off of the mainstream, occasionally protruding into it but too clever…

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CULT ’90s: Aphex Twin – ‘Selected Ambient Works 85-92’

Influenced: Autechre, Boards Of Canada, Squarepusher, Radiohead, Four Tet, The xx Influenced by: Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, The Orb, 808 State Richard D.…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Daft Punk – ‘Homework’

Influenced: Air, Basement Jaxx, The Avalanches, Soulwax, LCD Soundsystem, Klaxons, Simian Mobile Disco, Phoenix, Justice, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Avicii, Kavinsky, Sleigh Bells, Disclosure Influenced by:…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CLASSIC ’80s: The Smiths – ‘The Smiths’

2014 marked the thirtieth anniversary of the debut album of one of Britain’s finest and most important guitar groups. The Smiths represents nothing less than the beginning…

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CLASSIC ’80s: Beastie Boys – ‘Licensed To Ill’

The runaway success of Beastie Boys’ 1986 debut album Licensed To Ill marked the point at which rap and hip-hop truly went overground, becoming a…

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CULT ’80s: New Order – ‘Brotherhood’

By 1986, New Order had almost completely divested themselves of their previous incarnation as Joy Division, rising magnificently from the ruins of their personal tragedy…

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Classic Albums

1970s

CULT ’70s: Television – ‘Marquee Moon’

Influenced: Joy Division, U2, Echo & The Bunnymen, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sonic Youth, The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Yo La Tengo, Pixies, Pavement,…

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CLASSIC ’70s: Fleetwood Mac – ‘Rumours’

Influenced: Beck, The Cranberries, Sheryl Crow, Death Cab For Cutie, Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, The Besnard…

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CLASSIC ’70s: David Bowie – ‘Low’

Influenced: Iggy Pop, Joy Division, Ultravox, Talking Heads, Kate Bush, The Human League, Depeche Mode, Simple Minds, Duran Duran, Björk, Radiohead, Super Furry Animals, Interpol,…

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Classic Albums

1960s

CLASSIC ’60s: The Beatles – ‘Revolver’

by Ed Biggs By the time 1966 rolled around, The Beatles had unquestionably re-asserted their primacy in British pop music as a creative force, in addition…

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CLASSIC ’60s: Bob Dylan – ‘Blonde On Blonde’

by Ed Biggs The final instalment of the triptych of masterpieces that made up Bob Dylan’s imperial phase of the mid-1960s, Blonde On Blonde is arguably…

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CLASSIC ’60s: The Beach Boys – ‘Pet Sounds’

by Ed Biggs Given the endless summers, sun, surfing and convertibles with which The Beach Boys’ early career is always associated, the manner in which they…

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Staff Lists

The Top 200 Tracks of the 2000s

As a shorter companion piece to our '200 Greatest Albums of the 2000s' feature, we give you our run-down of the finest 200 tracks of…

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The Top 50 Tracks of 2016

As we prepare to welcome 2017, here’s a quick whistle-stop run-down of our favourite 50 tracks of the past 12 months. There’s also a Spotify…

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The Top 50 Albums of 2016

Almost as soon as it started, many people wished for 2016 to be over. Rock legend deaths grabbed the headlines in the first part of…

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Artist Profiles

FROM WORST TO BEST: David Bowie albums

David Bowie’s collection of albums he amassed over a nearly fifty-year period arguably ranks as the most consistent and challenging body of work in the…

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FROM WORST TO BEST: Metallica

No other heavy metal band, since Black Sabbath starting the whole mighty genre (no, not Led Zeppelin or Deep Purple), has had an impact on…

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“There Is A Crack In Everything, That’s How The Light Gets In”: An Introduction to Leonard Cohen

The author of fourteen studio albums spanning very nearly 50 years, as well as his acclaimed skill as a poet, Leonard Cohen was nowhere near…

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