1. REVIEW: Manchester Orchestra @ Wedgewood Rooms

    Being a band who constantly swing between the lighter and grittier ends of the indie rock spectrum, one might have excused Manchester Orchestra should they have chosen to be somewhat reserved on the first night of an extensive UK tour – but roughly half an hour into the night’s proceedings, it becomes clear that excusals are far from necessary.

     

  2. REVIEW: Electric Youth - Innerword

    Electric Youth - Innerworld

    Electric Youth - Innerworld

    The resurrection of gleaming 80s synthpop has been the forte of Toronto couple Electric Youth. Named after the 1989 album from teen-pop singer Debbie Gibson, Electric Youth fully utilises the sound of a decade associated with drum machines and synthesisers. Finding themselves success with single ‘A Real Hero’ after its appearance in 2011 film Drive, the pair’s debut album emerges three years…

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  3. REVIEW: Prince - Art Official Age

    Prince - Art Official Age

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    prince-art-official-ageA teasing tour around the UK and surreal appearance in a New Girl episode have proven unorthodox ways for Prince to remain relevant in the current day and yet these factors have helped in creating a bigger buzz over new material than the Purple One’s music has attracted in a long while.

    His 34th album, Art Official Agepresents a loose concept of the singer waking up after being stuck in suspended…

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  4. Jamie T - Carry On The Grudge

    Jamie T - Carry On The Grudge

    Jamie T - Carry On The Grudge

    There has been five years of silence from Jamie T, and the expectations for his comeback couldn’t be higher. His latest singles and triumphant Reading Festival surprise proved he can survive, but this new album is what he needs to thrive.

    Carry On the Grudge fades in magnificently with ‘Limits Lie’ and ‘Don’t You Find’, an atmospheric duo of darker, slower sounding songs, capturing the essence…

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  5. Lewis Watson @ Talking Heads

    Lewis Watson @ Talking Heads

    Lewis Watson @ Talking Heads

    Talking Heads in Southampton was tonight filled with myriad groups of girls and their displeased boyfriends unknowing of what they had been talked into and why, as the venue slowly filled awaiting arrival of Lewis Watson with support from Andreas Moe and Amber Run.

    Andreas Moe entranced the room with his flawless acoustic melodies and captivating warbling, followed by Amber Run who offered the…

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  6. REVIEW: Thom Yorke - Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

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    Tommorow's Modern Boxes

    The unique ways in which Radiohead, and the individual members of the Oxford quintet, have been releasing music of late has almost eclipsed the music in peaking excitement levels by breaking new ground. Tomorrow’s Modern Boxesis in danger of being ignored over its method of release , as Thom Yorke both announced the record moments before its release and released it via BitTorrent as “an…

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  7. REVIEW: Perfume Genius - Too Bright

    REVIEW: Perfume Genius – Too Bright

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    Perfume-Genius-Too-Bright (1)Up until now Perfume Genius was known for combining the pretty with the ugly. Mike Hadreas’ first offerings Learning and Put Your Back N 2 It were largely centred around delicate piano and his shaky voice singing stories of gay pornstars, rule-breaking teachers, suicide and other not-so-light topics. He made his name as a startlingly honest and confrontational songwriter who was content with…

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  8. REVIEW: Yung Lean - Unknown Memory

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    unknownmemory

    When Yung Lean arose from the depths of the internet last year, he raised a lot of questions. A lot of those questions have fortunately been answered since, but a few key mysteries linger. His debut studio album, Unknown Memory, doesn’t exactly clarify what it is Yung Lean is about, but it does at the very least make it easier to explain his mystifying appeal.

    Rapping in his second language, the…

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  9. REVIEW: Aphex Twin - Syro

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    A lot can happen in 13 years, but Richard D. James, bka Aphex Twin, would have us think otherwise. The release of 2001’s Drukqsmarked an end of an era for James; an era in which he essentially ruled the electronic underground by offering music smart enough for the music nerds, as well as music accessible enough for the mainstream. Seeing him quietly disappear after releasing what was initially…

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  10. Foreword: R.A.B.B.I.I.

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    RABBII

    There has always been something unique about Swedish pop music. Stockholm based synthpop duo R.A.B.B.I.I. put this down to Swedes having “a sense that nothing’s impossible when it comes to music.” On their debut single ‘Why Can’t I Be You’, a track that combines pretty chimes and delightful vocal samples with airy vocals of pseudo-naivety that mask the sinister lyricism (“I Wanna, I Wanna Kill…

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