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Muse – Drones (Warner Bros)

Muse – Drones (Warner Bros)

By Miss Tiarney Miekus I haven’t been properly sickened by the self-delusions of the typical mainstream all-male stadium rock act since Alex Turner made a big show of wanting to smash through the glass ceiling (apparently forgetting he is the glass ceiling) or the staggering audacity that saw U2’s Songs Of Innocence digitally force-fed to […]

 LeeA

Spray Paint – Punters on a Barge (Homeless)

Spray Paint – Punters on a Barge (Homeless)

So. Wanna feel the ground squirm under your feet like a thousand worms? Wanna feel your mind melt ever so slowly into tie-dye colored goop? Wanna feel NOTHING? Punters On A Barge by Spray Paint GOD FUCK. Think the sheer metal alien attack of Chrome, fused with steamrolling kraut beats, and Flipper’s absolute denial of […]

 LeeA

Girlpool – Before The World Was Big (Wichita Recordings)

Girlpool – Before The World Was Big (Wichita Recordings)

How is a girl supposed to “mature”, anyway? Or, for that matter, how does a band “mature” after rocketing to fame with a tape about sex and female desire? Girlpool did that rare thing that not all bands do (*coughJoannaGruesomecough*) – they figured out what the press wanted them to be, and thus became something […]

 LeeA

Frog – Kind of Blah (Audio Antihero)

Frog – Kind of Blah (Audio Antihero)

Oh, god. Help me, words. Help me convey what a blessing Frog is. The moment the guitars trickle in on “All Dogs to Heaven”, I am transported. The warm twang that rings throughout the LP sounds woody, tangible, distinctly not modern. I think about “Ventura Highway”, and I try to remember when that sandy southwestern […]

 Cheri

Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer (Stop Start)

Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer (Stop Start)

Around about this time last year, the internet was busy picking pixels out of Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg’s Ban Bossy campaign: those of us empowered by the sentiment and those of us who consider it all mere semantics. So whilst Speedy Ortiz frontwoman and guitarist, Sadie Dupuis drove round Connecticut last summer, guitar flung across […]

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Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter (Fortuna POP!)

Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter (Fortuna POP!)

By Stephanie Phillips Despite what many a cantankerous punk will tell you it really doesn’t take too much to start a DIY band. It’s easy enough to find like minded, rough and ready members with a similar disliking for authority; it’s easy to put a middle finger up to the concept of the music business […]

 Cheri

The Nightingales – Mind Over Matter (Louder Than War)

The Nightingales – Mind Over Matter (Louder Than War)

“For goodness sake, there’s been a chunk of time”, calls out Nightingales maestro Robert Lloyd seconds into the jittering opener of the same name. But in reality, there really hasn’t been at all. 2012 saw the Midlands troupe document a stream of live greats into Cooking Vinyl released No Love Lost, whilst 2014’s For Fuck’s […]

 LeeA

Viet Cong – Viet Cong (Jagjaguwar)

Viet Cong – Viet Cong (Jagjaguwar)

I am nothing. I’ve figured that out lately. See, I used to wear colors, but now I wake up in the morning and I think, “fuck, I don’t deserve that shit.” Black it is, then. Friends? Ha. Don’t make me laugh. I mean, yeah, my roommate and I get along. Most of the time. But […]

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The Fireworks – Switch Me On (Shelflife)

The Fireworks – Switch Me On (Shelflife)

By David Callahan Switch Me On by The Fireworks A major factor in keeping indiepop – genuinely underground guitar pop, as opposed to major label ‘indie’ – alive through the years and generations has been the fact that it is impossible to play convincingly without a hefty injection of energy and naïve enthusiasm, and that […]

 LeeA

Jimmy Whispers – Summer In Pain (Moniker)

Jimmy Whispers – Summer In Pain (Moniker)

I’m not out to shoot down folks that wanna sing with their synths. It’s not in me to be cruel. I have to imagine Jimmy. Would he sit in the corner of the club after his gigs, afraid to talk to anyone lest his tongue locks up at the worst time? Is he a chatty […]

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