June 4th, 2020

Mike Skinner streams I Wish You Loved You As Much As You Love Him from upcoming Streets mixtape

Posted on 04 Jun 2020 at 10:12am

Mike Skinner has offered up more from his upcoming Streets mixtape None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive.

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The Kinks will celebrate #LolaDay on June 12th

Posted on 04 Jun 2020 at 8:42am

The Kinks will celebrate #LolaDay on June 12th, exactly 50 years after the release of one of their, and British music’s, best loved singles.

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Album Review: Sports Team – Deep Down Happy

Posted on 04 Jun 2020 at 8:04am

Sports Team have been, up to this point, defined by their live sets, crammed as they are with wilful freneticism.

Whilst the songs themselves are not exactly disenfranchised youth anthems, they’ve given a voice to a jaded and confused (and salivating) generation. Their gigs have been testament to this, Alex Rice flouncing joyfully around the stage like the lovechild of Jagger and Morrissey.

Meanwhile, along the way they’ve released a string of relentlessly upbeat, catchy singles, all of which have reflected their modus operandi in some way or another. As such, this debut album is both successful before it’s even released, and sometimes suffers from over-familiarity (despite the mystifying omission of M5).

The paradox is very apparent; chirpy, guitar-led pop that takes its lead from the art and Brit genres is a formula that rarely fails. The music doesn’t break any new ground, yet is driven by an enthusiasm that only youth can provide. Here It Comes Again features Coxon-esque guitar work beneath the snappy, ever-so-slightly distorted vocals, while Going Soft leans heavily on a lick that echoes The Jam’s English Rose. Meanwhile, on Feels Like Fun they go full on Strokes, the crunching guitar lending itself well to the rolling bass, only some quiet mellotron adding sprinkling to the indie noise. The band’s uniformity of spirit is best reflected on opening track Lander as the sextet fly out of the traps as one, while on Camel Crew they go full glam rock.

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever stream Cameo, final preview of new album Sideways To New Italy

Posted on 04 Jun 2020 at 7:30am

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have found space for one more preview of their new album Sideways To New Italy before its release tomorrow.

Bob Mould to release next solo album Blue Hearts in September

Posted on 04 Jun 2020 at 7:06am

Veteran songwriter Bob Mould will release his fourteenth solo album Blue Hearts on September 25th.

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Run The Jewels make RTJ4 available for stream and download

Posted on 04 Jun 2020 at 6:53am

Run The Jewels have released RTJ4 on digital and streaming platforms.

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