Bob Mould shares latest Blue Hearts album track Forecast Of Rain

Posted on 14 Jul 2020 at 11:14am

Bob Mould has got another track to share from his fourteenth solo album Blue Hearts, which is out on September 25th.

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The Go! Team look ahead to new album with release of Cookie Scene single

Posted on 14 Jul 2020 at 9:44am

The Go! Team have pushed flute and percussion to the front for the guest appearance of rapper IndigoYaj on their new single Cookie Scene.

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Album Review: Protomartyr – Ultimate Success Today

Posted on 14 Jul 2020 at 8:16am

There is an argument that almost nowhere is more punk than Detroit: home of The Stooges and the MC5, its deep industrial throb gave the world a kind of primitive noise which threatened to shake civilisation to its foundations, before the city plunged into a terminal, savage decline which backdropped another generation of bands spearheaded by Negative Approach and L-Seven.

It should come as no surprise then that one of America’s finest punk bands of now calls the city their home. Lead by the phlegmatic Joe Casey, Protomartyr have spent the last decade constantly reshaping themselves, from their outstanding one take debut No Passion, All Technique to 2017’s uber-taught Relatives In Descent.

Casey prophetically sees Ultimate Success Today as the symbolic closing act of a five-album cycle in which the band’s macro environment has taken a toll on them, an American dream which his home city revealed as tarnished decades ago. It’s the sort of mindset that could be destructive or maudlin in the hands of many other songwriters, but Casey has fused the bare wires tension and paranoia into the band’s finest work yet, from the raking sax that punctures the bug eyed tension of opener Day Without End to the raw boned but loveable closer Worm In Heaven.

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Thom Yorke adds new dates to rescheduled European tour

Posted on 14 Jul 2020 at 7:20am

The delay to his European tour has allowed Thom Yorke to add a couple of new shows to the itinerary, whilst a new venue has been confirmed for his appearance in Glasgow.

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Mike Skinner to perform pay-per-view Streets gig next month

Posted on 14 Jul 2020 at 6:54am

Mike Skinner will play a one-off, live streamed show from Earth in Hackney, London next month following the release of his new Streets mixtape None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive.

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The 1975 confirm rescheduled European tour dates

Posted on 14 Jul 2020 at 6:04am

The 1975 have confirmed their rescheduled European tour dates after moving the appearance at Finsbury Park in London to July next year.

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Review: Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – The Non-Stop EP

Posted on 13 Jul 2020 at 10:08am

Tom Rees has already managed to divine at least one essential truth in his role as writer and guitarist in Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – that as the group’s bio perceptively declares (yes, in capital letters): YOU CAN LOVE OLD ROCK WITHOUT PASTICHING IT.

This is important, both because navigating the byways of tribute bands, throwback acts, back-to-their-roots collectives and ageing stiffs milking the heritage circuit is impossible, and because the Welsh quartet play rock and roll which sounds quite old, but also isn’t a pastiche.

BBB first arrived in 2018 with the prancing retro-boogie of Double Denim Hop, a song which, had it been delivered without lashings of insouciant tongue-in-cheek, would’ve resulted in the band being chased around their native Cardiff by a posse of irate Mojo readers. Unperturbed, they then repeated the trick with Late Night City, a vintage Mick n’ Keef jam about the ‘Sermons’ they run as club nights; hedonistic sprees that Rees without seemingly blinking says are all about, ‘trying to create a reality out of rock, religion and cultism’.

The quartet are hardly the first outfit in history to operate under the belief that they have the old gods of rock on their side (indeed, one of them is invoked on the stomping John Lennon Is My Jesus Christ), but rather than zipping up their jumpsuits and hoping for the best, The Non-Stop EP does enough to win over both cynics and zealots.

DMA’s share visuals for Criminals single after release of new album The Glow

Posted on 13 Jul 2020 at 9:07am

DMA’s have shared some visuals for their Criminals single shortly after the release of its parent album The Glow.

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Album Review: JARV IS… – Beyond The Pale

Posted on 13 Jul 2020 at 8:10am

Standing at the apex of popular culture is something you can’t plan for: for Jarvis Cocker, this moment came in 1995 at Glastonbury during Pulp’s headlining set, the band’s rendition of Common People one of the decade’s most spontaneously blissful experiences.

Despite the whiff of class tourism around their song about class tourism, and the fact that they were late subs replacing The Stone Roses, for five minutes at least the Sheffielders and their bony ringmaster were all of us, a temporary force of unification.

This Icarian chapter had fracturing results, as the subsequent album Different Class topped the charts but the stardom it afforded ultimately lead to the band’s demise. Cocker then pivoted from ledge to ledge, finding settlement eventually with a radio show, and he has recently announced that a book is due at some point in 2020. But an invitation to play a festival in Helsinki from Sigur Rós led to one of those odd yet obvious epiphanies – that he had plenty of new songs to air, but no band.

Having recruited Serafina Steer and her Bas Jan bandmate Emma Smith, the James Taylor Quartet’s Andrew McKinney, All Seeing I’s Jason Buckle and Three Trapped Tigers’ Adam Betts, what would become the core of Beyond The Pale were songs road-tested in a number of unlikely locations, not least of which was a Derbyshire cave complex popularly known amongst the locals as The Devil’s Arse.

What emerges from a process which began semi-live is a record which – similar to Baxter Drury’s The Night Chancers – is about dislocation, libido and growing older, one free from bitterness and observed as ever from the peculiar, perceptive view of a natural storyteller.

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Coldplay to release 20th anniversary vinyl edition of Parachutes

Posted on 13 Jul 2020 at 7:08am

Coldplay will release a new vinyl edition of their debut album Parachutes to mark its 20th anniversary.

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