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EP: The delicately beautiful ‘Creatures of Habit’ from Brisbane artist Aren’t is an exquisite triumph. Plus news of launch date.

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Album review: Various artists – ‘Home – Volume One curated by Ali Tillett’: a beautifully tessellated, warming set of old-skool chillout

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Album review: Cluster – ‘Cluster 71’: the German electronica scene on the cusp of breaking through, lovingly reissued

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IT’S AN excellent, mouthwatering battle of two very cred, very excellent Yorkshire bands, duking it out. In the left corner, grapple fans, we have Hull’s bdrmm, the premier next now generation shoegazers; and over there, representing Heavenly Records, it’s Working Men’s Club, who are in the arena ready with a remix of “Port”, the first …

THE LATEST instalment in the singles club run by Leeds grassroots organisation Come Play With Me – the label, zine, promoter and all round caring body active on the West Yorkshire scene – comes from a fine female singer-songwriter, now resident in the capital of God’s Own Country, but who came south from the Highlands …

With a wall of fuzzy, jangling guitars and arcing riffs, the new single from Melbourne’s Tina and the Hams is a powerful piece of indie rock with frayed edge interludes that recalls a nervy Talking Heads or Arcade Fire. The edgy verses are swept aside like a tsunami cutting through the coastline by an epic …

It’s been over a year since Sydney chanteuse Lisa Caruso released her highly impressive debut album ‘In Feelings’ (see my review here) and the intervening time has been horrific for the globe in general. In recognition of the deprivations suffered by many, Caruso has decided to release an acknowledgement of the afflictions many suffer during …

There is a recognisable antipodean jingle jangle thrum in Sydney band End Scene‘s reflective track ‘Bittersweet Spell’. With the hallmark features of a beautiful melody, sparkling instrumentation and intelligent, yearning lyrics, this is a classic inner city Sydney sound – what I’ve labelled the Marrickville Sound – with anthemic bounce and an ethereal aura. The …

Review by: Jessie Millward & Aidan Davies Photo Credit:  @Photo.Hog Birmingham based Lauren Hoyle has burst back onto the scene with her new EP released this year. Her cheeky stage presence lured the room under her spell at The Victoria Birmingham as she performed each track effortlessly. Hoyle is joined onstage with her band, Patrick on …

As the snow is still melting from the day before, there’s an understandably small queue outside the o2 Academy in Birmingham this brisk Monday night. The venue slowly fills with excited faces ready for an interesting line up. Vona Vella, who are signed to Pete Doherty’s record label are first up and they are sure …

Few things bring PDX punks together like a good cause and a benefit show. Long known for its progressive traditions, the city of Portland, and the bands that call it home seem to know no end when it comes to donating their time. Tonight, Contrapact, H.O.P.E.? and Nyx Division entertained the crowd that came together …

Though its core members are based in Seattle – that’s Guy Keltner and Ian Cunningham – Acid Tongue are no strangers to international collaboration or putting in work when it comes to their band. Last year, they released their second album Bullies right before the world shut down due to the unfolding pandemic. Yes, it …

UK alt-rock five-piece Salvation Jayne teamed up with Ashton Rapturous to cover Arlo Park’s Black Dog for our latest Backseat Mafia Session. Their performance really brings a new life to the song with Rapturous’ feature displaying how collaboration can be a very creative tool. Check out their recent single ‘A Mouthful Of Magnificent Spite, which …