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Pom Poko – ‘Birthday’ album review


Bella Union signings Pom Poko met while studying at Trondheim music conservatory and claim their distinctive sound has a ‘Norwegian punky sweetness’. Following appearances at The Great Escape and plays on Radio 1 and 6 Music, their debut album ‘Birthday’ lands on 22 February and promises to be quirky, creative and unpredictable… ‘Theme #1′ combines…

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Slothrust – ‘Double Down’ video


Los Angeles-via-Boston trio Slothrust have released the video for new single ‘Double Down’ ahead of a short UK tour this January. This follows shows with Manchester Orchestra and hugely positive acclaim for fourth album ‘The Pact’. Veering somewhere between art pop and grungey riffs that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on the first Garbage…

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Team Picture – ‘Strange Year’ stream


Leeds six-piece Team Picture have released new single ‘Strange Year’ ahead of new album ‘Recital’ (released 1 June) and it hints at  something truly great… Produced by Matt Peel (Eagulls), the ’80s gothic-tinged slice of art rock opens with hair-raising synths and lyrics about things getting you down before you yourself then let someone down.…

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Vital Idles – ‘A Premise’ stream


Ahead of shows with No Age and Jeffrey Lewis and their debut album ‘Left Hand’ (out in June on Upset the Rhythm), Glasgow’s Vital Idles have unveiled a stream of ‘A Premise’. Combining elements of anti-folk with Life Without Buildings-style riffs and an almost spoken-word delivery from Jessica Higgins that takes in everything from thinking…

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New music round-up featuring Sauropod, MAKEMAKE, Frightened Rabbit, Grieving and Phoebe Bridgers


Sauropod – ‘Never on Time‘ Set to support label mates Sl0tface at their Camden Assembly show next month, Oslo trio Sauropod have unveiled their brand new single, ‘Never on Time’. A cool combination of Supergrass, Japandroids and Sex-Bob-omb from Scott Pilgrim, this is a spiky two-and-a-half-minute blast of garage rock with huge-sounding drums and a…