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The Cribs - 24 7 Rock Star Shit

The Cribs – 24 7 Rock Star Shit

by Tim Lee

Death and taxes. Everyone always goes on about death and taxes as the unshakable, immutable, undeniable measures of predictability. “Oooh,” they’ll say. “Death and taxes….



Everything Everything – Fever Dream


Everything Everything return with Fever Dream, a brave, boundary pushing album which shows many of their peers how things should be done. The Manchester band...

Dead Cross – Dead Cross


A supergroup is often anything other than super; in fact, they’re generally a terrible exercise in folly. But Dead Cross seem to have got things...

Paul Draper – Spooky Action


When Mansun’s debut album The Attack Of The Grey Lantern landed in February 1997 it created a flurry of excitement. Here was a band capable...

Festival Review: Visions 2017


Considering all the festival horror stories hitting the headlines currently it’s heartening that the small, but perfectly formed, Visions Festival finds itself thriving. Historically, multi-venue...

Ratboy – SCUM


Essex native Ratboy – Jordan Cardy to his family – has been tipped for big things ever since his 2014 five-track Soundcloud release The Mixtape...

William The Conqueror – Proud Disturber Of The Peace


2017 seems to be the year of artists going solo, independent, or otherwise walking away from major record deals. Ruarri Joseph has established himself a...

Hafdís Huld – Dare To Dream Small


Every now and again, an unheralded album emerges from nowhere to unexpectedly win your heart.  It is fair to say that in a month that...

James Yuill – A Change In State


The return of James Yuill after four years is like discovering one of your long-lost, favourite pairs of shoes in the wardrobe. They still fit,...

Arcade Fire – Everything Now


Marketing has become increasingly intertwined with every new Arcade Fire release as the years have passed and the band’s profile has soared. It appeared to...

Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life


In some ways, Lana Del Rey straddles the divide between the popular mainstream and the more interesting, experimental ethos of the independent music scene. Part...

Dizzee Rascal – Raskit


Now that Grime has been fully assimilated into the mainstream, it seems like it’s time for Dizzee Rascal to go back to his roots. For...

Pete Fij & Terry Bickers – We Are Millionaires


We Are Millionaires is the new album from a couple of Creation Records stalwarts, Pete Fij(alkowski) and Terry Bickers, the long awaited follow-up to their...

Mercury Rev and Royal Northern Sinfonia @ Barbican, London


Scheduled as part of Bella Union’s 20th anniversary celebrations, this collaboration between the long enduring Mercury Rev and the Royal Northern Sinfonia provided, according to...

Ezra Furman: That’s When It Hit Me @ Barbican, London


Performing at the Barbican to celebrate 20 years of Simon Raymonde’s Bella Union label, to which he is signed, Ezra Furman seems overwhelmed to be...

The Cinematic Orchestra @ Somerset House, London


For the last 18 years Jason Swinscoe has perfected his evocative blend of jazz, soul, beats and soundtrack-friendly sounds as the creative force behind The...

Sheer Mag – Need To Feel Your Love


Sheer Mag have enjoyed a steady and assured rise since their first extended player arrived in 2014. Each consecutive year since then they have put...

Chris Merrick Hughes – Eirenic Life


More a renowned producer than individual artist, Chris Merrick Hughes has worked with some major players such as Robert Plant and Paul McCartney but perhaps...

Broken Social Scene – Hug Of Thunder


“With a family, you can’t ever say that it’s over. You just can’t. I’ve always said we’ve made Fleetwood Mac look like a children’s band,”...

Public Service Broadcasting – Every Valley


Concept albums can understandably make the blood run cold, but Public Service Broadcasting have carved a new niche in the market over the last five...

This Is The Kit – Moonshine Freeze


For some artists, there comes a point where it appears that this is their ‘moment’. The time where they step up a certain gear and...