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Legendary Swedish high energy hard rock band The Hellacopters have signed with Nuclear Blast records, with a new studio album already in the bag slated for an early 2022 release. Whilst the excitement over a new album – their eighth studio album, and the first all-new material since 2005’s Rock and Roll is Dead (and …

IN A ground-breaking experiment as part of the second phase of the Government’s scientific Events Research Programme, Download Pilot invited 10,000 rock and heavy metal fans back to the hallowed grounds of Donington Park for a three-day camping festival over the weekend of June 18th to 20th. Yes you read that right; no social distancing, no …

MONTREAL’S adopted TEKE:TEKE, the Japanese psych-prog-garage septet who are busy doing all the great things Japanese bands do to trippy guitar music, have released another little cracker ahead of their early May debut for Kill Rock Stars. It’s called “Yoru Ni” and it’s a delicious swirl of back-from-the-grave surf twang, trilling flutes, riffs, cooing vocals, …

SASCHA RING, the German electronica artist who plies his trade as Apparat, is set to release a limited edition four-album box set through Mute in mid-April collecting together a quartet of his recent soundtrack works. It’s the first time these soundtracks will have been available on vinyl, and this rather lush edition will also include …

RIDE guitarist, singer and sonic explorer Andy Bell has announced a series of three EPs and a compilation to keep you satiated with leftfield shoegazey pop supreme right the way from spring to midsummer. It looks lush; see for yourself. The series of EPs is entitled Ever Decreasing Circles and will begin on April 9th …

SAD NEWS this evening as reports began to circulate across social media that the poet, avant-garde composer and pianist Harold Budd, a progenitor of the modern ambient piano style, has died at the age of 84. Budd was born in May 1936 in Los Angeles, but was raised in Victorville, in the Mojave desert. He …

HALIFAX’s lovely, all-conquering The Orielles are determined to bring a little light into our pervading winter with the announcement that they’re putting on a live-stream show from The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, just down valley from their home patch, at 8pm on Saturday, December 5th. It rounds off a year that saw them drop their acclaimed …

BRITISH pianist Neil Cowley, who released a septet of albums sitting astride the point where jazz begins to shade into modern composition and tronica over a period of ten years from 2006, has been on something of a musical journey. His previous combo, the Neil Cowley Trio, climaxed in the piano and tronica-led excellence of …

RULE one: Japanese bands do brilliant, brilliant things with guitars: this is just fact. From the mind-blowing chaos of Melt-Banana to the heavy psych stylings of Acid Mothers Temple and Bo Ningen, down through the garage-rawk of Guitar Wolf and the dreamy, trippy-hippy psych of Ghost, new and deeper appreciations of how to wield and …

THE Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA), now in their eleventh year, is an annual celebration of the best in new leftfield Scottish music. This year’s live ceremony will take place online at 6.30pm on Wednesday, November 18th, in partnership with live streaming platform Twitch. The ceremony will include live performances from Glasgow quintet Walt Disco, who are known …