Feb 21, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

Following a time of spiritual and musical rediscovery in Los Angeles and fresh from a successful side-gig as a music video director (for the likes of Ezra Furman and LUMP no less) Newcastle-Upon Tyne artist Beth Jeans Houghton has returned to her Du Blonde persona, older, wiser, and with a clutch of addictive, skillfully crafted songs. More

Pom Poko

Birthday

Bella Union

Feb 20, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

The enigmatic Norwegian electronic pop-punk quartet unveils their manic and tireless vision on their debut, Birthday. Warped and distended grooves slink under angular melodies that mix the cacophonic distortion of death metal with the reckless abandon and self-parody of pop.  More

Feb 19, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

After touring for two years following her well-received debut, Julia Jacklin feels more comfortable as a musician. The Australian's lyrical confidence has grown and she uses that as a palette to lay out her vulnerability on new album Crushing. More

Feb 18, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

When 4AD launched in 1980 it quickly became the most trusted label for fans of independent and eclectic music. Not quite so much anymore. While still priding itself as an outlet for independent bands, the label's music has become a bit less trustworthy. And so it is with Methyl Ethel's Triage, the Australian trio's third album. More

Piroshka

Brickbat

Bella Union

Feb 15, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

Piroshka immediately draw interest, not only from the curious name, taken from the wolf-terrorized hero in the Hungarian construct of the fairytale Little Red Riding Hood, but also for being what some might consider a supergroup. More

Homeshake

Helium

Sinderlyn

Feb 15, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

Former Mac DeMarco guitarist Peter Sagar's latest album as HomeshakeHelium, is a watered-down detour from the cohesive "jizz-jazz"a wretched expression in itselffound on his two previous albums Midnight Snack and Fresh Air, where jazzy chord progressions and homages to late '90s R&B were defining features.  More

Ladytron

Ladytron

Ladytron Music/!K7

Feb 14, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

Ladytron appeared on the music scene in 2001 with their debut album 604 that, at the time, featured a contemporary synth pop sound with a decidedly European slickness. Not much has changed in the 17 years since, but if you do something well, why not keep doing it? More

Feb 14, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

This is the kind of ponderous, riffy, woozy indie rock that delights millions and alienates the rest of us fairly comprehensively.  More

Feb 13, 2019 Music Web Exclusive

Press downloads of Cass McCombs' ninth album, Tip of the Sphere, were accompanied by a PDF note from McCombs explaining the recording of the album. More