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Alison Craig

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Music and culture writer. Last one at the indie disco.

Metronomy – ‘Small World’ review: something a little less wonky from the electro-pop purveyors...

When you’ve built a career on soundtracking sticky dancefloors and sun-drenched good times, how do you negotiate the idea of growing up gracefully? It’s...
Warpaint

45s of the week: Grimes, Warpaint, Confidence Man and more!

Warpaint - ‘Champion’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJznPy_iM4M Revelling in the spaces between has always been Warpaint’s thing. Since emerging and defining a particular period of early ‘10s alternative guitar...
The Lexington

London’s best grassroots music venues

A great big, flashy stadium show spectacle can be a glorious thing. Are we happy that we live in a world in which Taylor...
Orlando Weeks

Orlando Weeks – ‘Hop Up’ review: another left turn from the former Maccabees frontman

When carving out a solo career after a lengthy tenure in a beloved band, you have a choice to make. You can either take...
Yard Act

Yard Act – ‘The Overload’ review: not just another post-punk band

On paper, there’s a lot that sounds awfully familiar about Yard Act. Four lads from Yorkshire playing guitar music that could largely be described...
Penelope Isles Which Way To Happy

Penelope Isles – ‘Which Way To Happy’ review: an album’s album from the Brighton...

In today’s playlist culture, where the consumption of music is more like a buffet than a sit-down meal – a little from over here,...
Wet Leg

45s of the week: Wet Leg, Martha Skye Murphy, Years & Years and more!

Wet Leg - ‘Wet Dream’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjpgJjdk52c If there’s one thing we like more than a boundlessly exciting, ever-so-slightly Elastica-y track with a giddy, chant-along chorus, it’s...
The Strokes

We’ve ranked every Strokes song from worst to best

1. 2. 3. 5. 4. And now 6 goes between 3 and 5. I'm no mathematician, but if you'd asked me previously, then the...
Tracks of the Week, Black Honey - 'Fire'

Black Honey – ‘Written & Directed’ review: a clarion call for future hedonism

After a year in which our collective musical experiences have largely involved listening to sad songs walking aimlessly around a park, keeping things at...
Wolf Alice The Last Man On Earth

Wolf Alice are back! Rousing new track ‘The Last Man on Earth’ puts Ellie...

There are few modern bands for whom we could realistically tell you that their comeback track sounds like A) a thwacking, thundering juggernaut, B)...