Music Reviews

The Kills - Keep On Your Mean Side

Fast-rising blues-rock duo release debut LP after tour with Primal Scream

The Sleepy Jackson

Australia's next big thing unleash experimental mini-album debut

The Cardigans - Long Gone Before Daylight

Follow-up to MTV-friendly Gran Turismo

Sole - Selling Live Water

Absorbing countercultural rap

The Minus 5 - Down With Wilco

Tweedy & co prove handy recruits to the R.E.M. spin-off

Adrian Sherwood - Never Trust A Hippy

On-U Sound master and former Clash DJ makes debut solo foray

Sonny Landreth - The Road We're On

Louisiana-based blues revivalist

Use Your Delusion

Twenty-first album from America's startlingly original lord of lo-fi

April March - Triggers

Second album from former Ren And Stimpy writer and animator

Tosca - Delhi 9

Third album from the other duo Dorfmeister (one half of nu-acid jazz stars Kruder & Dorfmeister...

The 'Burn - Sally O'Mattress

Noel Gallagher-endorsed Blackburn quintet deliver strong debut

Har Mar Superstar - You Can Feel Me

Lame comedy R&B, strictly for haters

Various Artists - Estuary English: Music From Memphis Industries Volume One

Excellent overview of Blue States' label home

Hayden - Live At Convocation Hall

With Skyscraper National Park, the quiet ebb and flow of Paul Hayden Desser's cracked, sad-slow...

Magical Misery Tour

Ten songs of dark and disturbing genius from Seattle singer-songwriter

Peter Bruntnell - Ends Of The Earth

For a man so steeped in the honeyed hickory grit of Gram Parsons, newcomers to Bruntnell could be...

This Month In Americana

Unheralded Chicago-based tunesmith comes of age

Clue To Kalo - Come Here When You Sleepwalk

Pretty, discreet indietronica from Oz

Hot Hot Heat - Make Up The Breakdown

This month's New Strokes. Disappointing

The Detroit Cobras - Seven Easy Pieces

Full-throttle rock'n'soul mini album. From Detroit, obviously

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Editor's Letter

The return of The Aphex Twin, and Caustic Window


Last year, Warp Records embarked on a campaign for Boards Of Canada's "Tomorrow's Harvest" comeback that was notable for its obtuseness. Unmarked 12-inches were hidden in record stores, strings of numbers and inexplicable broadcasts were strewn enigmatically across the internet. At one point, I...