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REVIEW: The Charlatans – ‘Different Days’ (BMG)

There’s something so incredibly heartening about The Charlatans’ continued, defiant presence in the music scene that it almost brings a tear to the eye. Enduring…

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REVIEW: (Sandy) Alex G – ‘Rocket’ (Domino)

From his humble beginnings recording lo-fi tunes in his bedroom to signing with Domino and contributing to Frank Ocean's Blonde, Philidelphia singer-songwriter Alexander Giannascoli's (aka…

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REVIEW: Linkin Park – ‘One More Light’ (Warner Bros. / Machine Shop)

Since the release of their nu-metal classic debut Hybrid Theory (2000), Linkin Park have gone beyond the call of duty to try to produce some…

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REVIEW: Tigers Jaw – ‘Spin’ (Black Cement)

When Tigers Jaw first emerged over a decade ago, they brought a much-needed breath of fresh air to the dilapidated alternative scene, and built a…

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REVIEW: !!! – ‘Shake The Shudder’ (Warp Records)

It feels somewhat apt that after the first hint of summertime new music from California natives !!! has arrived.  Since their inception in 1995, !!! (pronounced Chk Chk…

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REVIEW: Jlin – ‘Black Origami’ (Planet Mu)

Indiana-based bedroom artist Jerrilynn Patton, who records under the name of Jlin, scored a significant underground success with her full-length debut album Dark Energy back…

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Staff Playlists

PLAYLIST: April 2017

It’s been a pretty memorable April for the wrong sort of reasons – namely, yet another national vote in Britain, and one that threatens to…

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PLAYLIST: March 2017

While the clocks went forwards an hour and then, politically, back about 60 years a few days later, March saw lots of very exciting morsels…

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PLAYLIST: February 2017

The cold and windswept month of February, a month usually best spent huddled indoors under warm blankets, is often when the musical year really gets…

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Live Music

Gigs & Festivals

LIVE REVIEW: Swans @ LUU Stylus

It’s almost impossible to put into words just how incredibly loud and emotionally powerful Michael Gira’s long-standing noise-rock project Swans are in the live arena.…

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LIVE REVIEW: Maxïmo Park @ O2 Academy, Leeds

Twelve years on from their 2005 debut album A Certain Trigger, a record which seized the fleeting zeitgeist for post-punk revivalism and combined it with…

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LIVE REVIEW: Live At Leeds 2017

Saturday saw the return of metropolitan music festival Live At Leeds returned for its 11th edition and as usual, it was a day to celebrate…

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Classic Albums

2000s

CULT ’00s: Björk – ‘Volta’

Although her musical achievements have rarely been expressed by sky-rocketing sales, Björk has become one of the most authentic, startlingly original and consistently successful musicians…

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CULT ’00s: LCD Soundsystem – ‘Sound Of Silver’

Influenced: Arcade Fire, Hot Chip, Klaxons, Bloc Party, Simian Mobile Disco, Metronomy, Crystal Castles, Battles, Yeasayer, Caribou, Delphic, tUnE-yArDs, M83, Mount Kimbie, Gold Panda, James…

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CLASSIC ’00s: Arcade Fire – ‘Neon Bible’

It feels somewhat strange feeling like you have to defend an album of such greatness, but then again, Arcade Fire's sophomore effort Neon Bible is…

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Classic Albums

1990s

CLASSIC ’90s: Radiohead – ‘OK Computer’

Influenced: Mogwai, Mansun, Blur, The Beta Band, Sparklehorse, Grandaddy, Björk, Sigur Rós, Doves, Coldplay, Muse, Elbow, Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, Bright Eyes, The Killers, Broken…

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CLASSIC ’90s: Blur – ‘Parklife’

Much has been made of the twentieth anniversary of Britpop over the last few years, but to our minds the mid-1990s was one of the…

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CULT ’90s: Pavement – ‘Slanted And Enchanted’

Influenced: Beck, Weezer, Built To Spill, Blur, Neutral Milk Hotel, Sparklehorse, The Beta Band, Modest Mouse, Grandaddy, The Strokes, The Shins, Spoon, The Cribs, Band…

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Classic Albums

1980s

CULT ’80s: New Order – ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’

New Order’s second album both marked the true beginning of their career and a break from their past life as Joy Division in many respects.…

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CLASSIC ’80s: Prince – ‘Sign O’ The Times’

Influenced: Michael Jackson, Madonna, Public Enemy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Afghan Whigs, Beck, OutKast, D’Angelo, N*E*R*D*. Beyonce, Kanye West, Hot Chip, Janelle Monae, Miguel,…

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CLASSIC ’80s: U2 – ‘The Joshua Tree’

Throughout their nearly four decade-long career, U2 have experienced acclaim and discredit by the public and critics alike. However, their phenomenal and groundbreaking fifth studio…

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Classic Albums

1970s

CLASSIC ’70s: The Stranglers – ‘Rattus Norvegicus’

Influenced: The Jam, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Auteurs, Blur, Elastica, Franz Ferdinand Influenced by: The Kinks, The Stooges, Dr. Feelgood, Roxy Music,…

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CULT ’70s: Kraftwerk – ‘Trans-Europe Express’

Influenced: Einstürzende Neubauten, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force, Arthur Baker, Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer, David Bowie, Gary Numan, Orchestral Manoeuvres In…

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CULT ’70s: Iggy Pop – ‘The Idiot’

Influenced: Gary Numan, The Cramps, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Suicide, Joy Division, The Clash, The Human League, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Death In Vegas,…

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Classic Albums

1960s

CLASSIC ’60s: The Beatles – ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’

Influenced: Love, Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, The Byrds, The Zombies, Simon & Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Bee Gees, David Bowie,…

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CLASSIC ’60s: The Jimi Hendrix Experience – ‘Are You Experienced’

Influenced: Jeff Beck, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane, Love, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Thin Lizzy, Van Halen, Joe Satriani, Funkadelic, Parliament, Stevie…

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CULT ’60s: The Velvet Underground & Nico – ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’

Influenced: The Stooges, David Bowie, Can, Kraftwerk, Roxy Music, Suicide, The Modern Lovers, Television, Patti Smith, Pere Ubu, Joy Division, The Fall, Gang Of Four,…

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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

“No Elvis, Beatles or the Rolling Stones”: An Introduction to The Clash

Influenced: Dead Kennedys, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Black Flag, Mission Of Burma, Minutemen, Billy Bragg, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Crass, The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, The…

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“I’m Not Like Other Girls, You Can’t Straighten My Curls”: An Introduction to PJ Harvey

For a quarter of a century since she first forced herself into the public’s consciousness with her exceptional 1992 debut album Dry, PJ Harvey has…

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WOMEN IN ROCK no.2: PJ Harvey

Influenced: Nirvana, Sleater-Kinney, Tori Amos, Alanis Morissette, Cat Power, Sparklehorse, Amanda Palmer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Kills, Laura Marling, Lonelady, Marina & The Diamonds, Savages,…

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