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The Smashing Pumpkins - Shiny And Oh So Bright Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.

The Smashing Pumpkins – Shiny And So Bright, Vol 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun.

by Bekki Bemrose

The end result of the much-touted reunion of alt-rock’s prominent outliers is finally upon us. Forever pegged as the least popular kids of the grunge…



Festival Review: Pitchfork Paris 2018


Europe brims with festivals. From the inner city showcases to the forest clearing campsites, the calendar floweth over with options for the music junkie with...

Jean-Michel Jarre – Equinoxe Infinity


There’s something a bit poignant about the process of music growing older. When the tide is in it’s all a calming blue, when it goes...

Fleet Foxes – First Collection 2006-2009


Fleet Foxes are a unique band for one simple reason – they are impossible to hate. You may have an issue with how pretentious they...

Charles Bradley – Black Velvet


God was having a good day when he made Charles Bradley.  Black Velvet is both a eulogy and a fitting end to Bradley’s remarkable career....

Neko Case @ Barbican, London


The release of seventh solo album Hell-On may have came five years after her last but the intervening period hasn’t exactly been uneventful for Neko...

Damien Jurado @ Union Chapel, London


The release of Maraqopa back in 2012 was a significant moment in Damien Jurado’s recent history. It signalled a broadening of his sound and was...

Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra – The Capitol Studios Sessions


Jeff Goldblum is known by many from his appearances on the silver screen in some of the most iconic science-fiction and Hollywood films, from The...

Darren Hayman – Thankful Villages Volume 3


A Thankful Village, as listeners to the previous two volumes of Darren Hayman’s album series will know, is one in which all of the men...

The Lucid Dream – Actualisation


There seems to be a continuous trend or path of redevelopment and reinvention for guitar bands that is becoming almost inevitable. Off the blocks they...

Selling – On Reflection


Two years after Gold Panda’s last release Good Luck And Do Your Best and hot on the heels of Simian Mobile Disco’s Murmurations LP, the...

John Grant @ Brixton Academy, London


With four post-The Czars albums under his belt, it’s already possible to trace the distinct eras of John Grant. What would often take an entire...

Marianne Faithfull – Negative Capability


Released 39 years ago today – 2nd November – an album called Broken English smashed down the boundaries of where women stood in the post-punk...

Ólafur Arnalds @ Palladium, London


Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds‘ new album Re:member, released this August, was a beguiling combination of intricate, impeccable craftmanship and human warmth, capable of scaling heights...

The Prodigy – No Tourists


As British sitcom Peep Show lives on to entertain a new generation of teenagers, it’s worth recalling Jeremy and Super Hans’ love of big beat...

Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want


Noise-rock luminaries Daughters have a somewhat choppy history. While musically they’ve always delivered, along the way there have been personal bust-ups between members that essentially...

U2 @ O2 Arena, London


For many years now, U2 have not so much played gigs as put on shows. Nearing the end of their eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE arena tour...

Robyn – Honey


She’s somehow still not a household name, but Robyn‘s brand of brushed-chrome, Scandinavian pop has infiltrated every chart in the world – either directly, from...

Sons Of Kemet @ KOKO, London


As we edge towards the end of the year Sons Of Kemet find themselves at the tail end of a pretty great one for their...

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks @ Asylum, Birmingham


Stephen Malkmus is not the kind of man that you’d associate with the word ‘surprise’. His career has been, for the most part, about ploughing...

Julia Holter – Aviary


With 2015’s critically acclaimed Have You In My Wilderness, Los Angeles-based avant-garde composer/songwriter Julia Holter finally seemed to have discovered a winning balance between innovation...