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Highly Suspect, The Garage, February 3rd

The night starts with Welles, a stoner-rock four-piece from Arkansas, all styled like they were raised on Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’. Yet despite their generic looks, the band have developed a sound that’s not so obvious, as if they have taken the lyrical immaturity of Weezer, and infused it with the shaky melancholy of early 90’s psychedelia […]

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Strange Bones at The Garage: raw and raucous

Amassing to a night of ear-popping, politically driven punk on 1 February, Strange Bones know how to work a room. Where some bands might quiver when faced with a small crowd, this Blackpool trio did not, but rather used the intimacy of the Garage Attic to start a small riot. With supporting bands so powerful […]

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The Spook School look on the bright side of life on ‘Could It Be Different?’

4/5 stars Edinburgh four-piece The Spook School do not disappoint with their third full-length album. It is a record captivated by a delightful optimism which hangs on to the band’s ‘why cry when you can dance’ attitude. Could It Be Different? is an exploration of a plethora of real-life, anxiety-churning human experiences, from abusive relationships […]

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This strange new Pop 2 with Charlie XCX

Rating: 4/5 In an energetic follow-up to her Number 1 Angel mixtape, Charli XCX teams 80s synth-pop influences with some of the biggest, and most outlandish names in rap and pop. While Pop 2 struggled in the English charts, it has been praised as one of Billboard’s ‘Queer Necessities’, with the track ‘Out Of My […]

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Morrissey’s Low in High School – greatness marred in politics

Rating: 2/5 Laced with disparaging commentaries of the Western governments, and sympathies for the people defenseless to the Middle Eastern crisis, Morrissey returns with Low in High School: an unsurprisingly melodramatic, politically guided record, largely unenthused and unmemorable, with the tracks hedging into Eastern style manifesting as no more than those employed as backdrops to […]

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As You Were: the uninspiring solo debut from Liam Gallagher

Rating: 2.5/5 stars As You Were, the highly anticipated solo album from the most outspoken of the Gallagher brothers, undeniably opens strong. Despite the dubious country-rock edge of abrasive harmonica, ‘Wall Of Glass’ powerfully attacks the fragility and superficial nature of modern pop music, while immortalising Gallagher as “the resurrection”, true to his iconic self-assured […]

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Marina and the mental health Tumblr blog

Marina Diamandis, best known as Marina and the Diamonds, has undoubtedly sat at the forefront of destigmatising mental health in popular culture, with her first two albums expressing concerns around mental health. These themes are explicit in Electra Heart’s ‘Teen Idle’ which expresses thoughts on eating disorders and depression, and her third album, Froot, which […]

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Marilyn Manson holds firmly onto the goth-rock throne on ‘Heaven Upside Down’

Rating: 5/5 stars Marilyn Manson returns with a naturally heavy, satanically sex-fuelled record, laced with industrial metal riffs and theatrical undertones. The record runs fast and heavy, each song powerful enough to not be considered a filler – a crisp sheen effort from the goth-rock veteran. While the second song, ‘Tattooed In Reverse’ seems flimsy […]