Running out of inc.: no world by inc.

It is challenging not to use some pretty repulsive terms – sensuous, slick and smooth, for example – when describing no world. The production is impeccable and the aura so warm that it sounds as though it’s been wrapped in a blanket. inc. are two brothers, both session musicians, and this shows: they’re highly competent, […]

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Pushing the ire away: Push the Sky Away by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

“Well, if I were to use that threadbare metaphor of albums being like children, then Push The Sky Away is the ghost-baby in the incubator and Warren’s loops are its tiny, trembling heart-beat”, says Nick Cave. The frustration, aggression and electricity of side-project Grinderman and Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! have been exchanged for contemplation and delicacy. […]

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Foals on (holy) fire

Back in the heady days of 2007, it might have been tempting to think that Foals leapt onto the stage fully-formed. Here was a band with a distinct sound, partying with the Skins kids and practically owning the cover of NME as the go-to hipster name-check band. As the release of their first LP approached, […]

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Live acoustic review: Patrick Wolf

The church is pitched into darkness before lights illuminate the sanctuary alone. Patrick Wolf strides to where the altar should be, shaking his overgrown fringe out of his eyes and straightening a glittering collar which appears to be made of gold tinsel. Later mumblings about “Poundland” and “the recession” suggest that my suspicions of fashion […]

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Between Rock and a Hard Piece

Orwellian might be the most abused literary adjective in use today, but George Orwell remains one of the most prescient writers of his age. He had an opinion on just about every topic, but when one considers the many, and often bizarre, ways in which his writings continue to resonate in 2013, the 110th year […]

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Not averse to a Pedestrian march: Frightened Rabbit’s Pedestrian Verse

For a Scottish band so lauded by American audiences, it’s surprising that Frightened Rabbit haven’t encountered greater recognition over here in the UK.  And all the more surprising seeing that their brand of angsty, anthemic indie rock is surely more than palatable to a music milieu saturated with not-too-dissimilar sounding Mumford & Sons. Pedestrian Verse […]

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Back with Second Hand News: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours

I remember reading an issue of Rolling Stone a few years ago about the ‘100 Greatest Albums of All Time’, and thinking about how these countdowns might differ in different magazines – NME’s top 10 will almost certainly not be the same as Kerrang’s. Getting down to the top 10, all the usual candidates I would […]

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Haiming for the Stars

If your memories of 2012 are marked by a few too many drunken nights gesticulating wildly to ‘Call Me Maybe’ and ‘Gangam Style’, BBC Sound of… is supposedly here to provide the musical renaissance you never realised you needed. But will it really? The list is assembled by over 200 critics, DJs, bloggers and producers, […]

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