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It’s difficult to get a handle on Frank Turner’s solo career. He’s released three full-length albums (and is about to release a fourth), but even right after Love, Ire & Song came out, he was a folk hero, an emotional icon with all the requisite traits:  honesty, longing, anger, and an acoustic guitar.  This was […]


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Apart from the day itself being one almighty rock, punk & metal-fest that never fails to please, another great aspect of Australia’s SoundWave Festival are the related sideshows which take place. These shows (which have come to be known as Sidewaves) often see 3-4 bands from the festival placed together on the one bill. As […]


Believer fans should always expect the band to constantly push ahead and deliver something challenging. This is, after all, the band that mixed technical thrash with violins and an opera singer on their 1993 release, Dimensions. They’re also the ones that came back after sixteen years of silence and immediately pushed their sound in a […]


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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 08 , 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Agnostic Front – That’s Life [7″] (Bridge Nine Records) Angelspit – Carbon Beauty  (Metropolis Records) — Trey Spencer Augury – Concealed (Sonic Unyon) Ava Inferi – […]


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I’ll drop some further notes on this in the morning, but for now I’ll invite you all to tune in to the live broadcast of the sixth annual Choice Music Prize (the Irish Mercury Prize/Polaris/Triple J awards) ceremony. The show has already been in progress for a little over an hour, with Halves and Fight […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 01 , 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Marsha Ambrosius – Late Nights, Early Mornings (J-Records) Agnostic Front – My Life My Way {EU} (Nuclear Blast Records) Francesca Battistelli – Hundred More Years (Fervent […]


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I think it goes without saying that when it comes to the indie music universe, there was no more celebrated reunion in recent memory than that of seminal Canadian post-rock ennead Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The announcement that they were going to be curating the 2010 All Tomorrow’s Parties Christmas event in Minehead, England created […]


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There’s a hell of a lot going on in “Don’t Stop”, the latest teaser off The Dodos’ forthcoming No Color. It’s instilled with the groups typical energy, tightly wound around masterful finger-plucking and pitter-patter percussion, and I’d dare say it might just be one of their best songs to date. There’s still no sign of […]


It’s fair to state that most of my previous gig attending experiences have been relatively limited to the rock / pop-punk / post-hardcore spectrum. I’ve never really considered going to too many indie gigs (how UnSputnik of me), despite liking my fair share of bands that could loosely be categorized as such. Most indie music […]


I’ll let this video speak for itself, however, for reference I suggest you listen to the original track before listening to the orchestrated transposition of “Jane Doe.”  The maker of the video used a program called Symphobia to create this: needless to say, it sounds incredible. While I’m at it, an 8-bit version of “Jane […]


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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of February 22 , 2011. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Adele – 21 (Columbia) — Joseph Viney The Aviator Set – Better Days [EP] (Self Released) Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place (Asthmatic Kitty) — […]


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Amid all the excitement generated by Odd Future pair Tyler, the Creator and Hodgy Beats’ show-stealing appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, nobody seems to have noticed that they sold out. Not that there’s anything expressly wrong with that – it’s just interesting to note when a group that have built their reputation on […]


‘Twas not Bieber Fever that did for the young lad, but an old-fashioned torrent of bullets courtesy of CSI Nick Stokes. A real music snob that guy.


I’ve listened to a lot of mashups in my day. Normally they are party tracks that take a popular club beat and superimpose the vocals of a top 40 track of the moment ala Girl Talk or sometimes they tend to dig a little bit deeper to give us something like last year’s Kids and […]


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