Gregory & The Hawk's touching melodies and instrumental niceties fall disappointingly flat on a record that skates over but never quite grips the dramatically beautiful and emotional.»
A figure stands onstage, hunched uncomfortably over a guitar. Dusky hair scrawls against the palloured hues of his face and beads »
Truckers of Husk's debut release, the Physical Education EP, encased in a kaleidoscopic palette of cartoons, dance steps and polka dots, is a rather mixed affair»
California's dreamy and uncomplicated Rogue Wave stand strong to play the kind of poignant and introverted Americana melodies that make your heart swell and demand you sing along - I really only wish I knew the words»
Tonight witnesses excellent sets from two aspiring young live bands who might not be about to rewrite the musical history books, but who remind us what it is to take music on face value and enjoy it simply because it feels damn good. Here’s to that...»
This song is so simple, so ludicrously simple. A few notes of absolutely filthy diesel-grease guitar repeated to a backdrop of clattering drums that sound as though being thrown around, not played. The lyrics are written, presented and illustrated in a booklet as though scratched into blotchy exercise book paper by a belligerent eight-year-old and spoken with far less finesse...»
The Shins' set gushes with energy and whilst the newer songs have a sturdy and thoughtful tone, they showcase a different depth for a band that could so easily fall into the limiting tie of summery, Brian Wilson-scented pop...»
Aereogramme may never be massive. They might never play venues any grander than the bare smoke-stained walls of Brick Lane’s 93 Feet East. But here is proof positive that they aren’t going away and, more importantly, that they still matter...»
The Zutons, for me at least, have always been one of the few respectable bands in a genre that, increasingly over-saturated and over-hyped, is quite frankly bland...»
Effortlessly sexy, unattainable and simplistic, 'Automatic' feels like hedonism in slow motion, with trails of silver light captured in glazed, starry eyes. It’s a demure, understated glimpse of overt sexuality and power...»
Disco kids Klaxons will be warming up for their appearance at Bestival next weekend with a ‘secret’ gig in Southampton...»
The Rogers Sisters (whose voices appear to be drowned out by 'honourary' member Miyuki Furtado's) sound a little like a stretchy latex version of all your favourite New York bands, welded together with the molten remains of Prince's jewellery collection. That is to say, dirty and punky, but also a little bit ridiculous...»
DJ Shadow has re-scheduled his June UK tour dates, which were cancelled at short notice due to trouble with passports and paperwork...»
Nottingham’s eerie-pop folksters Seachange return with a follow up to their 2004 debut, Lay of the Land...»
More details have been released on Beck’s new album, which, as we reported last month, is finished little more than a year and a half after 2005’s Guero...»
'Theme From Chalets' is all thrashing guitars, saccharine sweet vocals and power-ball bass, and like most of the sort of evenings it portrays, in a few weeks you’ll probably have forgotten it ever existed. Who ever said throwaway pop was a bad thing?»
Drowned In Sound has just heard that the Southampton Go! Team gig at tonight has been cancelled.»
Chikinki are ominous by their presence as headline act. A year and a half ago they and Kasabian were friendly competition, playing countless gigs together. Then, with the release of 'L.S.F' Kasabian exploded all over our radios, TVs and magazines while Chikinki disappeared. Back then it was unclear which band, in the long run, had truly lost out. Tonight, the murky and smoke-stained interior of Lennons is bustling with indie kids vying to find out...»
Biffy Clyro have announced a couple of gigs in February to warm up for their headline slot at the NME Brats Awards Show.
Danish ethereal pop wizards Mew have announced a UK tour.
Nashville punksters Be Your Own PET are getting ready to take on the UK again next month with a new single and tour.
Old skool hip hop northern soul heroes The Go! Team are re-releasing a single and going on tour.
Old school indie crooner King Creosote has announced another UK tour for early 2006.
Those of you interested in everybodys new favourite Leeds band, iForward, Russia! listen up. 2006 is pretty much guaranteed to be their year and as such, many wonderful plans are afoot to bring you the maximum in listening/watching enjoyment.»
Don’t be deceived by Envy & Other Sins’ image as being caricatures of everything eccentrically British. Their Shakespearean website, magna carta-esque press release and calls of Toulouse Lautrec influence suggest a unique sound that debut single ‘Prodigal son’ is anything but.»
The Rakes have announced that White Rose Movement will be the main support for their early 2006 tour.
Indie pop louts, The Cribs, have announced a February tour.
Electro-folk sisters CocoRosie will be playing a handful of dates in the UK and Ireland during the week leading upto All Tommorrow's Parties.»
Ex-Art Brut guitarist, Chris Chinchilla announces the first dates of a solo tour.
The wonderfully weird showman who is Thomas Truax returns to the UK this month.»