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Moodboard: Maxïmo Park

Tyneside indie rock stalwarts Maxïmo Park return early next year with their much-anticipated fifth album, Too Much Information. A self-produced affair – with added input from the ever-impressive Dave Okumu, and Field Music‘s core brotherly duo of David and Peter Brewis – it’s a darkly insurgent effort;



Kurt Vile – Back in the Day (Classic Notion)

Unruffled singer-songwriter KURT VILE describes the creation of his latest record, Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze, as a simple piece of cake. Ringing out a newly ambitious classic rock sound, Huw Oliver meets him just as he scores the winning goal. From Notion 63.

Vile is more laid-back and more …


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Foals on John Hammond

As part of their campaign about iconic music industry disruptor John Hammond, Guinness have commissioned a series of brilliant films with contemporary artists realising his legacy in the current day. Wrapping up the series are the superstars of UK rock, Foals, and front man Yanis, who eloquently sets forth on …



Hey Carl, Can We Be in Your Band Please?

On New Year’s Eve, presumably following one too many bottles of ye old honesty juice, he of the Libertines/Dirty Pretty Things fame, Mr. Carl Barat, announced to NME that he didn’t “want to be a solo artist anymore.” After necking another bottle of Merlot, Mr. Barat continued: “I want the



Album Review: Dum Dum Girls – Too True

Dee Dee & co are back with Too True, their first full-length since 2011’s Only in Dreams. Coming off the back of two very different EPs in 2011’s He Gets Me High and its 2012 follow-up End of Daze, Too True continues to see Dum Dum Girls



Album Review: Peggy Sue – Choir of Echoes

Congregating at the edge of the nu-folk wave that saw peers Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling reach unprecedented heights of chart popularity, Peggy Sue are a band that have paid their dues to the alter of success.

After an almost two-year hiatus since their Peggy Sue Play the Songs



Album Review: Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Wig Out At Jag Bags

If Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks’ new album, Wig Out At Jag Bags, sounded much different to their previous five records we might all start worrying about the former Pavement frontman. As it stands however, he retains his slacker image, jangly indie rock and a determination never to …



EP Review: Happyness – Happyness

Oh, how misleading first impressions can be. From the moment a series of discordant coos and loosely chugging guitars ring out over ‘It’s On You’, the first cut from London trio Happyness’ self-titled debut EP, it’s clear to see what kind of ride the three-piece are going to …



Interview: Is Tropical

Pepe Jeans S1ngular Festival came to London town last month with a one off performance from hipster rockers Is Tropical at Hackney’s trendy Oval Space. Celebrating 40 years of denim excellence from the London brand originally founded on Portabello Road in 1973, Pepe Jeans S1ngular Festival has made its way …



Interview: Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett is a woman who doesn’t mince her words. She’s a natural storyteller with literal lyrics consisting of day-to-day observations about gardening accidents, masturbation and the people she meets along the way.

At just 25-years-old, she’s forging an independent, self-sufficient path in many ways; starting her own record label