[CD Review] MARK LANEGAN BAND – Phantom Radio

Hot on the heels of his recent No Bells On Sunday EP, Mark Lanegan returns with band in tow for the ‘official’ follow-up to his brilliant 2012 album, Blues Funeral. His ninth full-length solo album, entitled Phantom Radio, follows the Continue reading [CD Review] MARK LANEGAN BAND – Phantom Radio

[CD Review] JOHN GARCIA – John Garcia

As frontman for the mighty Kyuss as well as a string of underappreciated bands, including Slo Burn, Unida, Hermano and most recently Vista Chino, John Garcia has long stood as one of the most important figures and distinct voices in Continue reading [CD Review] JOHN GARCIA – John Garcia

[CD Review] SOUNDGARDEN – Superunknown (20th Anniversary Reissue)

When done right and handled with care, reissues of revered albums can give a powerful new perspective on a much loved classic. Of course over the years there’s been plenty of undercooked examples of poorly done reissues, so when an Continue reading [CD Review] SOUNDGARDEN – Superunknown (20th Anniversary Reissue)

[CD Review] MASTODON – Once More ‘Round the Sun

Despite their ever snowballing popularity, Mastodon has gained their fair share of detractors during the post-Leviathan phase of their career. The bombastic showmanship and scattershot songwriting of Blood Mountain proved a bit too left field for some listeners, while the Continue reading [CD Review] MASTODON – Once More ‘Round the Sun

[Live Review] BOY & BEAR

Newcastle Panthers Saturday May 17, 2014 : Indie folk heavyweights, Boy & Bear, descended on the Newcastle Panthers club tonight, continuing their extensive regional tour. An all ages crowd showcased the diversity and popularity of the band’s growing fanbase, filing Continue reading [Live Review] BOY & BEAR

[CD Review] THE BLACK KEYS – Turn Blue

The Black Keys evolution from gritty garage blues minimalists into fully fledged rock superstars came full circle following the runaway success and arena sized hooks of 2011’s El Camino. In truth the duo’s sonic expansion dates back to 2008’s Attack Continue reading [CD Review] THE BLACK KEYS – Turn Blue

[CD Review] PIXIES – Indie Cindy

It’s been 23 long years since indie rock legends the Pixies released their excellent swansong album Tromp le Monde. In the process they consolidated their place in the history books as one of alternative music’s finest and most trailblazing bands. Continue reading [CD Review] PIXIES – Indie Cindy

[CD Review] BROKEN BELLS – After The Disco

When it first emerged that James Mercer (The Shins) and Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) were collaborating on a project to be called Broken Bells, it seemed an exciting yet unusual combination. Fortunately the pairing proved a fruitful match, as Continue reading [CD Review] BROKEN BELLS – After The Disco

[CD Review] TRUCKFIGHTERS – Universe

Truckfighters, Sweden’s premier exponents of stoner fuzz goodness, return with their long awaited fourth full-length album, Universe, and it’s another cracker from a band that has evolved impressively since their Gravity X debut rolled out with a heavy as lead Continue reading [CD Review] TRUCKFIGHTERS – Universe

[CD Review] MARK LANEGAN – Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011

With a recording career spanning close to 30 years and a devoted cult following behind him, it’s only fitting that Mark Lanegan finally gets the lavish anthology treatment his understated work deserves. From his formative years fronting the psychedelic hard Continue reading [CD Review] MARK LANEGAN – Has God Seen My Shadow? An Anthology 1989-2011