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Stella Donnelly - Beware Of The Dogs

Stella Donnelly – Beware Of The Dogs

by John Murphy

Like her Australian compatriot Julia Jacklin‘s recent album Crushing, Stella Donnelly‘s debut is an album that repays repeated listens. First impressions are a collection of…



These New Puritans – Inside The Rose


In the entire canon of music journalism, it’s hard to know what is the most annoying trope. Is it describing band X as sounding like...

Karen O & Danger Mouse – Lux Prima


When it comes to collaborating with the best musicians and artists on the planet, Danger Mouse is a Jedi master, having worked with Gorillaz, MF...

Snapped Ankles @ Deaf Institute, Manchester


If you go down to the woods today, you’re probably going to take a minute to notice that it’s actually a music venue. Snapped Ankles...

Matmos – Plastic Anniversary


Plastic, in so far as it connotes the artificial, is in many circles an insult. There is a struggle for the authentic, a perception of...

The Hold Steady @ Electric Ballroom, London


The Hold Steady are one of those bands whose popularity is beyond ‘cult’, but inspires the sort of passion those artists court. The setting for...

The Brian Jonestown Massacre – The Brian Jonestown Massacre


For all intents and purposes, The Brian Jonestown Massacre is not so much a band these days as it is a man. With the majority...

Oneohtrix Point Never @ Roundhouse, London


Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) spent much of the latter half of 2018 playing live shows that re-presented music from his Age Of album...

The Cinematic Orchestra – To Believe


Over a decade since their last studio album, The Cinematic Orchestra are back with a new collection of songs and a mostly new range of...

The Coathangers – The Devil You Know


It’s fitting that The Coathangers release their new record – The Devil You Know – on International Women’s Day. This is punk music delivered with...

Amanda Palmer – There Will Be No Intermission


It’s fair to say that Amanda Palmer does not do things by halves. In the seven years since she last released an album, she’s written...

Dido – Still On My Mind


It’s been 20 years since Dido released her debut album No Angel to much acclaim and fervent unit-shifting. Very much the accidental artist with an...

Howe Gelb – Gathered


Gathered is Howe Gelb’s third solo album in as many years during which time he’s also released an album under the Giant Sand name, the...

Sigrid – Sucker Punch


Since winning the BBC Music Sound of 2018 and releasing her Top 10 smash Strangers, there has been a slow-burning hype surrounding Sigrid. The 22-year-old...

Self Esteem – Compliments Please


There’s a line early on in Compliments Please that could be easily missed, a snatch of dialogue in an introductory 30-second opening track: “When you’re...

Pond – Tasmania


Pond’s eighth full length studio collection Tasmania sets up camp within the beliefs of many, with, in this instance, an Australian focus: there are troubles...

White Denim @ Roundhouse, London


White Denim’s singer and guitarist James Petralli evidently holds himself to very exacting standards. Although his remarkable, fiery and intense band barely stop for breath...

Various Artists – Rocket Girl 20


After spending her time with independent labels Cheree and Che, Vinita Joshi decided to go it alone with her own label Rocket Girl. That was...

Julia Jacklin – Crushing


Julia Jacklin first appeared in our lives a few years ago, the latest in a seemingly endless stream of Australian singer/songwriters, whose debut album Don’t...

Yo La Tengo @ EartH, London


Yo La Tengo have proved themselves one of the most reliable, consistent live bands in existence. Over the course of their long history (they are...

Yann Tiersen – ALL


Yann Tiersen has spent the last 15 years on the island Ushant, located in the Celtic Sea between Cornwall and Brittany. It’s there that he...