Posted Sept. 2, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
New Dialogue's Facebook bio states that the Los Angeles-based quintet "speaks for the moment", and with their band name they "assume an important responsibility" -- ... read more
Posted July 9, 2019, 2:55 a.m.
Aaron Rice deftly wades through the debris of a break-up on his debut solo LP Neverfade/For Dusk, where his songs are bolstered by addictive synths that ... read more
Posted May 14, 2019, 1:32 a.m.
Encompassing all of the most salient aspects of 80s synth pop, with clear nods to Talking Heads and New Order, LA trio ASHRR's debut album is a nostalgic ... read more
Posted March 18, 2019, 7:01 p.m.
Los Angeles quartet Dear Boy are firm favourites in their hometown's indie scene, but their new EP suggests that they could go much further. Dear ... read more
Posted Feb. 25, 2019, 9:59 p.m.
The distance between San Francisco and Manchester is 5,000 miles, but Californian psychedelic trio Cellar Doors are determined to bridge that distance on their self-titled debut ... read more
Posted Oct. 8, 2018, 6:57 p.m.
Editors first appeared as part of the British indie music scene in 2003, when there was a swell of guitar bands dominating the charts. They ... read more
Posted Feb. 5, 2018, 8:26 p.m.
Erstwhile Kaiser Chief Nick Hodgson has spent the past five years penning songs for the likes of Mark Ronson and Shirley Bassey, basking in being out of the limelight and ... read more
Posted Dec. 11, 2017, 6:23 p.m.
Mark Gill's England Is Mine introduces Morrissey while he's on the cusp of adulthood, an enigma of cocksure arrogance presented in the body of a slightly hunched ... read more
Posted Nov. 13, 2017, 5:42 p.m.
Even though 21-year-old Brooke Bentham is firmly entrenched in the burgeoning South London music scene, her music sounds as though it has been dusted with ... read more
Posted July 3, 2017, 10:15 p.m.
Imagine if the last few minutes of your life on a doomed Earth were spent dancing in a nightclub, as the sound of buzzing synthesisers ... read more
Posted March 6, 2017, 6:17 p.m.
25-year-old English producer and DJ Jack Ritchie, aka Bearcubs, first attracted the attention of the BBC's new music arm, BBC Introducing, after uploading some of ... read more
Posted Feb. 20, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
When John Lennon went into the studio to record the vocals for "Twist and Shout" he had already taken multiple throat lozenges and even gargled ... read more
Posted Jan. 30, 2017, 5:22 p.m.
Ódú, aka Sally Ó Dúnlaing, is an Irish singer songwriter who crafts sonic heartbreak packaged in a glossy sheen of danceable pop. Born in New ... read more
Posted Jan. 16, 2017, 6:10 p.m.
Perhaps best known as the frontman of Vermont post-punk band The Static Age, Andrew Paley has never been shy about his penchant for playing solo ... read more
Posted Dec. 19, 2016, 5:29 p.m.
Tom Odell's an interesting prospect: The 26-year-old is an Ivor Novello and BRIT award winner with two albums to his name, who mixes piano-laden ballads ... read more
Posted Nov. 7, 2016, 6:16 p.m.
Taking Back Sunday accidentally ended up being one of the bands that spearheaded the emo movement that bled into the mainstream in the early noughties, ... read more
Posted Oct. 24, 2016, 8:41 p.m.
Written in Paris while the city was still reeling in the aftermath of the November 2015 attacks, Mapping the Rendezvous is an album that brims ... read more
Posted Oct. 10, 2016, 9:29 p.m.
LA has been spoiling us lately: Bleached, Deap Valley and Warpaint are just a few of the bands that have been releasing stellar new material. ... read more
Posted Oct. 3, 2016, 7:51 p.m.
Fuelled by intense introspection and the adopting of a more polished sound, Welcome the Worms marries punk rock sensibilities with the radiant bubblegum pop of ... read more
Posted March 7, 2016, 5:43 p.m.
Finding an anchor in your life is one of those inevitabilities that is constantly chattering away in the back of your head; you're trying to ... read more
Posted Sept. 28, 2015, 8:38 a.m.
Long considered the perennial sons of British 1980s post punk, Editors have never quite been able to shake off the Depeche Mode and Joy Division ... read more
Posted Aug. 10, 2015, 6:46 p.m.
Matt Skiba's latest side project sound like they've been born out of the wave of late-90s American indie that brought us the likes of Weezer ... read more
Posted May 4, 2015, 8:17 a.m.
Barack Obama recently apologised to the families of two Western hostages killed during US drone strikes in January in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The use of ... read more
Posted April 13, 2015, 8:09 a.m.
The basic tenets of theology and philosophy concern discerning right from wrong, good from evil. There will never be any clear answer to this, but ... read more
Posted March 30, 2015, 7:54 p.m.
There's something deliciously miserable about Dublin weather that stretches from the end of January to the early flecks of spring, with the pre-summer season not ... read more
Posted March 9, 2015, 9:40 p.m.
For the last few years any musical output with brothers Jez and Andy Williams at the helm has sounded otherworldly, like it's trying to capture ... read more
Posted March 2, 2015, 11:07 p.m.
The duo that make up Vancouver-based synth poppers Humans met by chance while engaged in artistic endeavours outside of music. Robbie Slade is a former ... read more
Posted Feb. 3, 2015, 12:54 a.m.
Creating the most welcoming introduction that you're likely to hear this year, S opener "Swimming Pool" features haunting, echoing synthesisers that sound like a distorted ... read more
Posted Dec. 22, 2014, 9:03 p.m.
Having piqued the interest of Jack White while handing out demos at a Dead Weather show in Detroit, Olivia Jean was quickly initiated into the ... read more
Posted Nov. 24, 2014, 7 p.m.
Somewhere among the snowy and otherworldly environs of Reykjavik, Jón Björn Árnason and Leifur Kristinsson created Ourlives. They've been together for nine years, having already ... read more
Posted Oct. 13, 2014, 8:57 p.m.
Easily the aural equivalent of the light and fluffy clouds that pepper your daydreams, LA duo Vow's second EP Make Me Yours finds them producing ... read more
Posted Sept. 22, 2014, 2:52 p.m.
In The Whale's Nate & Eric promises a look at the seedier side of Colorado. Combining two EPs written by the duo, Nate & Eric ... read more
Posted Aug. 11, 2014, 7:35 p.m.
Heartbreak in its truest form is one of life's most sobering and unyielding experiences. As the tedious old adage goes: there's a thin line between ... read more
Posted May 5, 2014, 9:50 p.m.
All good stories need an emphatic storyteller to bring the characters to life. Beyond one dimensional storyboards where all film ideas begin and draft-upon-draft of ... read more
Posted March 24, 2014, 11:25 p.m.
Spawned from drunken promises at an LA house party to "jam together", soon-to-be Skaters vocalist Michael Ian Cummings and guitarist Josh Hubbard made a hazy ... read more
Posted Jan. 6, 2014, 6:58 p.m.
On one end of an (unscientific) scale of popular male singer-songwriters sits Ed Sheeran, perched comfortably at the top of the charts while still maintaining an ... read more
Posted Dec. 16, 2013, 10:24 p.m.
Aaron & the Sea have come a long way from writing dinosaur-themed ballads. The Minneapolis band formed in 2008 when roommates Aaron Rice and Alex ... read more
Posted Nov. 19, 2013, 11:03 p.m.
The press blurb that accompanies Texas-based indie folk duo Papermoons' sophomore album No Love claims that "the idea that you can say a whole lot more without ... read more
Posted Oct. 21, 2013, 6:37 p.m.
Mohill is a rural Irish village in county Leitrim, it's nice, quaint and generally doesn't divide opinion. To use an Irishism: sure it's grand. It's ... read more
Posted Sept. 23, 2013, 8:27 p.m.
Sounds can create images. New York City based 4 piece Mainland have this effect on "The Stroll". It concocts an image of bright strobe lights ... read more
Posted Aug. 27, 2013, 12:05 a.m.
Before delving into the intricacies of Bell X1's latest release Chop Chop, it is important to note that they have written what is arguably one of ... read more
Posted Aug. 19, 2013, 11:06 p.m.
Who needs functioning eardrums anyway? A Secret Policeman’s Ball play post-punk indie music with new wave undertones, and there is only one volume their music ... read more
Posted Aug. 12, 2013, 10:49 p.m.
Guitars guitars guitars. When did you last hear a new band who's main focus is on guitars? Londoner Tilman Hartley's debut album To Basics is all about ... read more
Posted July 15, 2013, 8:59 p.m.
The transition from performing acoustic covers in your bedroom on YouTube to recording original songs in a recording studio and playing in front of a ... read more
Posted July 1, 2013, 9:21 p.m.
Halloween can be an inspiring topic for musicians. The Misfits' "Halloween" evokes dark autumn evenings with snarling vocals and captivating riffs, while AFI's Misfits-influenced All Hallows EP ... read more
Posted June 24, 2013, 10:38 p.m.
Santa Barbara four-piece Tommy & The High Pilots first formed five years ago in 2008. In that space of time they have released two albums ... read more
Posted June 24, 2013, 10:25 p.m.
Torontonians The Heights like Angels & Airwaves. They really, really like Angels & Airwaves, which is the most readily apparent characteristic of “Soldier”, the opening track ... read more
Posted June 11, 2013, 1:18 a.m.
Some musicians view making music as a vocation, something that they will entirely devote their lives to, to the extent that it seeps into everything ... read more
Posted June 11, 2013, 1:02 a.m.
DISCLAIMER: Readers, a bold claim is about to be made. The National’s Trouble Will Find Me could, quite possibly, be as essential as air. Tread carefully, the ... read more
Posted May 27, 2013, 10:48 p.m.
Emma Louise described the cover art for her debut album Vs Head Vs Heart as expressing "the beauty that can come out of vulnerability". The cover art ... read more
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