Album Review: The Strypes – Snapshot


London – Put simply, 2013 has been a brilliant year for The Strypes.  After being hotly tipped by almost everybody in the British media, the boys from Cavan, Ireland signed a five-album deal with Virgin EMI records after originally being picked up by Elton John’s management company, securing an impressive vote of confidence for an

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An Introduction to The Airplanes


London – Managing to claim one of the last remaining original, yet familiar sounding band names are The Airplanes, hailing from Fayetteville, Arkansas (I have literally no idea where that is). With an ever increasing popularity within the digital realm, the band are yet to release a full length debut, but already have their own

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Album Review: Dott – Swoon


London – The west coast of Ireland isn’t necessarily synonymous with happy-go-lucky garage pop.  Indeed, at this time of year, the Emerald Isle can be somewhat weather beaten.  However, despite the meteorological challenges, Galway’s Dott have already garnered a reputation for being pretty damned uplifting.  After forming just last year, the band has already performed

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EP Review: Guerilla Toss – Gay Disco


London – Down in the depths of Boston’s independent music scene, Guerilla Toss have been causing a bit of a stir.  As well as earning a reputation for some more than left-field live performances (including frequent full-nudity), the band have been putting out music on East Coast labels Feeding Tube Records and John Zorn’s Tzadik

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Deap Vally – Electric Ballroom


London – Since the release of their exceedingly well received debut album “Sistrionix” in June this year, much fuss has been made about Californian duo Deap Vally.  After meeting at a needlework class (really!) in 2011, Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards have developed an unconventional sound which is mesmerising, yet hard to pin down.  There’s

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Album Review: Upset – She’s Gone


London – As far as musical collaborations go, the one that makes up the LA-based Upset is one which provokes more excitement than most. After a spell with Vivian Girls and Best Coast, the latter ending in a well-documented parting of ways, Ali Koehler has joined forces with La Sera guitarist Jenn Prince and Hole’s Patty

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