Speedy Ortiz – Real Hair EP

The Mic/ February 20, 2014

Speedy Ortiz are about to get huge. The four-piece from Massachusetts released their debut album last year (Major Arcana) to critical acclaim and now follow it up with this EP. Produced by Paul Q. Kolderie (who has worked with Pixies, Hole, Dinosaur Jr., and Morphine), Speedy Ortiz stay true to their 90s heroes and have produced a record to show

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Maximo Park – ‘Too Much Information’ Album Review

Alex Orosa/ February 19, 2014

Maxïmo Park have had the 2000s indie band’s archetypal ‘rollercoaster’ career. Beginning with their 2005 ‘burst on to the scene’ album A Certain Trigger, the Newcastle five-piece went on to greater success with their second album, claiming the number two spot in the charts. Yet on their subsequent effort the band seemed to be dwindling, and lead singer Paul Smith’s

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London Grammar @ Rock City, 31/01/2014

The Mic/ February 19, 2014

  “This is a very special show for us” are the first words London Grammar’s front-woman Hannah Reid says to the crowd before telling us how the band met at UoN, and how the very venue they’re playing is one of their old haunts. Within seconds of the first song, a lengthened version of Hey Now, it becomes obvious that

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Bombay Bicycle Club – So long, See you Tomorrow LP

Gabriella Ahmed/ February 19, 2014

Strikingly full of depth, the fourth album by the London based indie-rock quartet has definitely lived up to their standards in chilled out symphonic vibes. Having worked on this for 18 months, the band seem to have completely transformed themselves, whilst having part of “them” spread though it evenly. With samples from a variety of genres inspired by frontman Jack

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Augustines – Augustines. Album Review.

Katie Harrison/ February 16, 2014

Augustines’ (formerly We Are Augustines) eponymous sophomore record has one fundamental strength and fundamental flaw. The writing on the album and the quality of the tracks is essentially very commendable and is its strength, yet the quality of the writing suffers the burden of over-production. The craftsmanship on Augustines suffers under layers and layers of different sounds, superfluous guitars, piano,

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Findlay live at Spanky Van Dykes – 04/12/2013

Alex Orosa/ December 29, 2013

Only 24 hours before her performance at Nottingham’s Spanky Van Dykes, Findlay had sold out the legendary London venue the 100 Club. Three days later she would end her tour with a homecoming show at Manchester’s Sound Control. You might have forgiven a hungover Natalie Findlay, then, for not pulling out every stop for the benefit of a few dozen

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Hayseed Dixie live at Rescue Rooms – 06/11/2013

Alex Orosa/ December 17, 2013

It’s not every year that a gig lands on your birthday, especially not one this good. ‘Rockgrass’ maestros Hayseed Dixie were back for a mammoth UK tour with a riotous set of rock classics and a handful of original gems. Their energetic live shows and relentless touring have earned the quartet quite a reputation, and this performance more than lived

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Fenech-Soler Live at Rescue Rooms – 17/11/2013

Cherry Flett/ December 7, 2013

Fenech-Soler, a four-member electropop band from Kings Cliffe, return to Nottingham for the second time this year. They are promoting their new album, ‘Rituals’, after a three year gap since their first studio album, whose most well-known singles include Lies and Demons. Having just walked past a crowd of teenage girls waiting for Panic! at the Disco at Rock City,

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Los Campesinos! – ‘No Blues’ album review

Cherry Flett/ December 7, 2013

Los Campesinos! have come a long way from the twee innocence and youthful enthusiasm of their 2008 debut ‘Hold On Now, Youngster…’ Each album since has become increasingly dark, culminating in 2011’s ‘Hello Sadness’. This was marked by a stripped-back sound of bleak guitars and even bleaker violins, alongside particularly tender lyrics, based on frontman Gareth Paisey’s break-up with Slow

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Public Service Broadcasting @ Rescue Rooms, 13/11/13

The Mic/ November 29, 2013

Bands are defined by their albums, their hits, their image, and their web presence… And PSB work very, very hard on this. Said by some, including the Guardian’s Alex Petridis, to be more of a concept than a band, PSB are instead the musical gift that keeps on giving. With over one hundred live transmissions in the bag, PSB’s sound

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