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Algiers - The Underside Of Power

Algiers – The Underside Of Power

by Tim Lee

As Her Majesty’s Passport Office will attest, it’s amazing what an appropriate backdrop will do for you. Algiers’ second album emerges baring its teeth at…



Imagine Dragons – Evolve


In releasing a record titled Evolve, it would seem obvious that Imagine Dragons are looking for progress as a band. The only problem is, the...

Beth Ditto – Fake Sugar


The heyday of Beth Ditto and Gossip seems like a million years ago now – those heady days in 2006 when nu-rave apparently ruled the...

Tindersticks: Minute Bodies: The Intimate World Of F Percy Smith @ Barbican, London


“The house in which he works is crammed from basement to top floor with every conceivable device for filming animals, vegetables and minerals”, wrote documentarist...

Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up


It’s a bizarre sensation: listening to something that’s clearly had a lot of time, love and attention poured into it, something obviously impressive in scale...

Royal Trux – Platinum Tips + Ice Cream


Over the course of their career, Royal Trux has taken the standard rock band narrative and turned it into their own twisted version. From their...

Diamanda Galás @ Barbican, London


In a career spanning over 30 years that has brought her renown as one of the world’s most original vocalists, it’s hard to know where...

Alison Moyet – Other


Don’t be fooled by the ambiguous title. Other might be a modest branding for Alison Moyet’s first new album in four years, but its contents...

Lorde – Melodrama


A quarter of her lifetime has passed since Lorde released Pure Heroine, her first album. Having reached an unusually lofty standing before her 17th birthday,...

Kevin Morby – City Music


“Oh I’m drunk and on a star,” Kevin Morby sang on 2016’s Singing Saw, lost in his own world. It must have been satisfying –...

Festival Review: Bushstock 2017


Shepherd’s Bush isn’t exactly known as a hot bed of nightlife and gig venues. Sure it’s got the massive Shepherd’s Bush Empire and that dearly...

Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?


Throughout history there have been numerous bands we are constantly being told to like, as new darlings of the press continue to come and go...

Ride @ Village Underground, London


The recent shoegaze revival has proved to be more successful than anyone could have reasonably predicted. Slowdive have returned with a beautifully enriched album that...

Songhoy Blues – Résistance


There are few more blissful and infectious sights in music than a Songhoy Blues performance in full flow: Garba Touré, Aliou Touré, Oumar Touré (no...

Ride – Weather Diaries


Over the past few years, the leading lights of the shoe gazing scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s have been steadily returning to...

London Grammar – Truth Is A Beautiful Thing


To say this album is eagerly awaited would be an understatement. This is because nearly four years – somehow – have passed since London Grammar...

Lindsey Buckingham/ Christine McVie – Lindsey Buckingham/ Christine McVie


The collected history of Fleetwood Mac feels like that of at least three bands. One of those three is the biggest, the fans’ favourite –...

Phoenix – Ti Amo


Imagine a French Scissor Sisters with a synth obsession. The bubbly flamboyance and occasional falsettos that made the American pop group famous are also primary...

Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex


Internet exposure has rarely seen the likes of the phenomenal success that came the way of Arctic Monkeys, but with the numerous ‘listening posts’ that...

Ani DiFranco – Binary


It’s easy to forget how groundbreaking Ani DiFranco is – especially in these days when self-releasing your own record is a relatively simple process. Back...

Festival Review: Field Day 2017


After last year’s slippery conditions, the run up to Field Day 2017 is spent nervously checking the weather, preparing for the worst. We needn’t have...