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Harry Styles - Harry Styles

Harry Styles – Harry Styles

by John Murphy

You’ve got to have faith. Or at least a Faith. Ever since George Michael achieved the holy grail of smoothly transitioning from teen pop idol…



Perfume Genius – No Shape


It’s fair to say that Mike Hadreas – aka Perfume Genius – isn’t familiar with subtlety. He’s high drama, heart proffering and emotion-soaked to his...

The Afghan Whigs – In Spades


Only a week or so ago one of The Gutter Twins, Mark Lanegan, emerged with a startling new album in the shape of Gargoyle. His...

Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog


Mac DeMarco is probably sick to the back teeth of reviewers mentioning that he once performed with a drumstick lodged up his posterior, yet this...

Penguin Cafe – The Imperfect Sea


With their second album, the new incarnation of Penguin Cafe look to assert their musical identity. The transition from father to son, removing the word...

Music In Twelve Parts @ Barbican, London


At early performances of Philip Glass‘s Music in Twelve Parts, held in Manhattan lofts in the 1970s, the audience could wander around or lie on...

Festival Review: Desertfest 2017


The concept of Desertfest is somewhat misleading. On the surface it appears to be nothing more than a list of insanely heavy bands brutalising the...

Ásgeir – Afterglow


Stop everything and listen to the title track to Ásgeir‘s new, second album now. Has there been a better opening track to an album this...

Kasabian – For Crying Out Loud


Kasabian were beginning to depress. After a scorching, self-titled debut and a powerhouse follow-up, the suspicions were growing that the band, though clearly speaking for...

Oxbow – Thin Black Duke


It’s been 10 years since the last Oxbow album, but it’s not as if the band has been doing nothing in that time. The ideas...

Manu Louis – Kermesse Machine


Some albums just have to be heard to be believed, and Manu Louis‘ Kermesse Machine is one of those records, even if it’s not that...

Pond – The Weather


“I’m sorry to all the long-haired Pond fan dudes out there in advance who’ll probably be like ‘fuckin’ Kevin’s ruined Pond… they’ll probably be doing...

Slowdive – Slowdive


Back in 1991, the shoegaze scene had reached the zenith of its brief history. My Bloody Valentine’s extraordinary, genre-defining classic Loveless was released that year;...

Flowers Must Die – Kompost


It’s that time of year again when the sun is starting to make an appearance, the smell of freshly mown lawns hangs in the air...

Mark Lanegan Band – Gargoyle


A new Mark Lanegan album is always welcome. Having cut his teeth with numerous bands and projects over the years, his is a voice that...

Thurston Moore – Rock N Roll Consciousness


Sonic Youth had a reputation in the ’80s and ’90s for exploring the conventional boundaries of rock music, and attempting to place themselves outside of...

Feist – Pleasure


In the conveyor-belt, clickbait-swamped circus that is the new music media, taking a break is a dangerous thing. Off the back of her major breakthrough...

Gorillaz – Humanz


With just three official studio albums in their 17-year career to date (four, if you include the 2010 collection of iPad recorded sketches, The Fall)...

Ray Davies ‒ Americana


Ray Davies’s first new album for almost 10 years is a follow-up to his same-titled memoir Americana, published in 2013. The recently knighted, quintessentially English...

Kasabian @ O2 Forum Kentish Town, London


Kasabian kick off their show just minutes after the final whistle of their beloved hometown team Leicester City’s battling defeat in the European Champions League...

Joe Goddard – Electric Lines


Although Hot Chip are very much still a going concern, it’s been fascinating to watch the evolution of the band’s two founder members as they’ve...