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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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News: Joni Mitchell celebrates the 50th anniversary of ‘Blue’ with a remastered set of her four Reprise albums

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See: The monochrome video for Trevor Sensor’s ‘Chiron, Galactus’: an instant classic of mourning, cathartic Americana

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On August 27th, 28th and 29th Reverence festival returns to Valada, Portugal, to offer up another weekender of quality psychedelia. This monster line-up showcases the very best in stoner, grunge, shoegaze and doom, with more acts to be announced in the coming weeks. Heady, hazy sounds offer the perfect summer soundtrack to the beautifully picturesque setting of Valada …

Fans of darker and harder sounds might want to clear their calendar for November as Beat:Cancer LIVE puts on a night of Industrial EBM Noise to remember in Manchester and London. Taking place Friday 13th November at Zoo in Manchester and Slimelight in London Saturday 14th November the night is set to feature a host …

One of our favourite new bands here on Backseat Mafia has been Nottingham noise rock / punks Baby Godzilla, following on from an amazing performance we caught them at at last years Tramline Festival. Sadly, they’ve come under the scrutiny of the Toho Co. Ltd, who own the Godzilla name, and who persue with some …

There are only a few days to go before The Stranglers embark on another tour. It does not seem long since the band completed its extensive and very successful UK tour back in the Spring, which left me with the impression that they are enjoying playing live more than ever. If this is the case they are …

Thurston Moore has announced that he will be headlining a guerrilla show, in support of Pussy Riot, at London’s Village Underground tonight. Moore is billed to appear along with his band, which includes among its ranks My Bloody Valentine’s former bass player, Debbie Googe. Explaining his support for the Pussy Riot cause, Moore stated that: …

Classic metal titans Iron Maiden have announced plans to release their 16th studio album The Book Of Souls on September 4th. Not only is this their first album since 2010’s Final Frontier, it’s also their first ever double album- an absolute leviathan of a release, rolling in at 11 tracks with a running time of …

It seems that after a couple of quiet years, Young Guns just can’t get enough of touring in 2015. As if touring throughout April, May and June with two American tours in between weren’t enough, the band then announced a few dates in July. Mid-June saw them as the secret band at Download festival, playing …

San Francisco thrash metal outfit Death Angel are set to release a live album- The Bay Calls For Blood- Live In San Francisco, which will be accompanied by their DVD, a thrashumentary. While the full release isn’t until July 24th, Death Angel have released the first live track from the album! Fallen is a lashing, …

She was a new one on us, Norwegian jazz singer Karin Krog. Over the last five decades she’s been treating, and educating, and thrilling jazz fans across Scandanavia to her way out post-bop spiritual jazz, bringing together the experimental worlds of electronics and jazz to create something rather special, but maybe hidden (or is that …

Hills are one of my favourite bands of recent times, a Swedish collective who only seem to emerge from time to time, but when they do they always seem to leave a big impression on me. Their last album, ‘Master Sleeps’ (their second), was originally released by in 2011 and re-pressed on vinyl by Rocket Recordings …