For anyone who is bored to TEARS with the garage-rock-by-numbers, dutifully churned out by poster boys like The Strokes, The Vines and the bloody Libertines, The Lollies - funny, wise, pop grrrls from London via the US - are a revelation. Their existence on Planet Pop is akin to that of an exotic Pina Colada coc»
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Aah, bless their scuffed up leather jackets, The Libertines are masters of the all-boy, disposa-punk shtick. Lets see: cutesy doe-eyed singer? Check. Questionable musicianship? Check. Mad, bouncing guitarist, whose function has, perhaps, been set to ‘vibrate’? Check. Lots of swears? Check. Eee – it’s like being »
Here’s the deal: post Courtney and Elastica and Kenickie, Sleater Kinney are just about the last of our grrrl guitar heroes. Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss are stand-alone amazon warriors pushing the alt-punk envelope as far as it’ll go.
Dealing with issues of motherhood, war, »
Sir Andrew ‘Quirk’ Thomas, a household name for anyone involved in fanzines, new bands and DIY/indie culture, has gone and made a compilation CD. Not content with producing Quirk, one of the few surviving fanzines in the land, hosting club nights in cool London toilet venues and producing mad electro-pop music u»
After what seems like FOREVER, Idlewild, (handsome-art-punks-from-Scotland-who-quite-like-The-Smiths for the uninformed) are back with a new single - praise the lord!
'You Held The World In Your Arms' is the first track to be plucked from their new album and let's just say it's a bit of an ass-kic»
A long, long time ago, when Julian Casablancas was knee-high to a grasshopper and Mars Bars were only 25p, I fell madly in love with a pop group called Garbage. I was reeled in by the sexy voodoo venom of 'Vow' and 'Only Happy When It Rains' and their untouchable gothpopstrumpet danger grrrrrl Shirley Manson. I»
With a twinkle from a music box and a haunting la la la vocal, Bjorks latest offering reels us further into her world of ice maidens, fairies and magic roundabouts. Although not as instant as previous compositions, Bachelorette or Army Of Me, Pagan Poetry is arguably Bjorks most haunting and personal work to date. I»
Tie me down and strangle me with a feather boa if this isn’t the best pop song since Diana Ross took off her diamond kitten heels and hung up her ball gown for the last time! These 3 minutes of glitter soaked disco boogie capture that WONDERFUL feeling of being in a nightclub at midnight, with a ridiculously expensi»
Since their inception in 1994, Lancaster’s Angelica have made the transition from shambolic toilet circuit gigs, limited edition 7” singles and Ash support slots to being card-carrying riot grrrl pioneers for the 21st century with admirable ease. Leaving a trail of dead kittens and decapitated love rivals in the»
Darlington's finest zoom-pop-punk-rock allstarz are going 'on the road' this summer and will be calling in at a selection of towns near you - so BEWARE!
3rd July - The Arts Centre, Newcastle.
5th July - The Portland Arms, Cambridge.
11th July - The Flapper & Firkin, Birmingham. »
Now I’m fucking ANGRY. What the fuck has happened to Punk Rock in the 21st century? Why have people stopped believing that punk rock means EVERYTHING? That it’s worth fighting for. That it’s worth LIVING for? Why do people insist on diluting the music and the ideology that keeps my heart beating? Where’s the danger, th»
Here's the deal - The Futureheads are the coolest boy rock 'n' roll GANG in the North East. They make my heart swell and my ears buzz. When they play their songs kids either gasp in wonderment or dance themselves dizzy. These are all good things. And so, the arrival of their brand spanking new demo '1-2-3-nul' is the c»
It’s always a worry when bands go from being hated with outright FIRE and VENOM by the masses and loved by an enlightened few, to gaining critical respect (yawn) and being ‘big on the local scene.’ You can’t help wondering whether they’ve, maybe, like, turned into the Stereophonics while your back was turned. Yikes! Bu»