Little Comets - 'Jennifer' (Dirty Hit Ltd)
June 11, 2012
If it’s complexity you’re after, they're not a band for you. But if you want a catchy chorus and a guitar riff to bop along to and feel your worries drift away, they are your boys.
FAYE - 'Water Against the Rocks' (Best Fit Recordings)
June 25, 2012 (digital), July (physical)
Her range is in-cred-ible [and] the breakdown will make your heart soar.
Liars - WIXIW (Mute)
June 4, 2012
It may be brooding and dark in places, but the duality of emotional turmoil (the good and bad in all of us) defines WIXIW... it is delicately balanced, exciting and intriguing.
Mystery Jets - Radlands (Rough Trade Records)
April 30, 2012
Mystery Jets are still alive and kicking, and their sound continues to evolve.
Kentish Town Forum, London
Monday, May 28 2012
San Franciscan band Girls sound fresh, because they are something of a contradiction - original yes, but religiously-undertoned and yet casually flippant.
The Subways - 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' (Cooking Vinyl)
May 7, 2012
'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' is fun, but maybe they could surprise us for once. Their simple formula has served them well - but perhaps it’s time for the teen-angst trio to branch out.
Tennis with Modern Blonde
Soup Kitchen, Manchester
Friday May 25, 2012
Summer has officially begun, and it's time to fall in love with a band who manage to ooze studied cool, yet project a warmth that makes them truly appealing.
Daniel Land and the Modern Painters – The Space Between Us (Club AC30 Recordings)
May 28, 2012
Musically, the record shows a well-thought-out tendency to consolidate on [the] signature elements of past work, while adding new things to create a subtly different whole.
I Like Trains – The Shallows (ilikerecords)
May 7, 2012
Standing at only nine tracks long, the path that the band’s third full length album chooses to take is one of a distinctly short, sharp message.
Niki and the Dove - Instinct (Mercury Records)
May 14, 2012
Like any debut record that wants to be taken seriously, Instinct takes a few plays to really appreciate on all levels... these are tracks that slowly grow with repeated plays.