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Album art for Loops in the Secret Society from Jane Weaver.

Jane Weaver - Loops in the Secret Society (Fire Records)

11 July 2019

“She deftly meshes electronica with dreamy, psychedelic rainbow swirls of sound that comfort and succor the listener. Electronic music so often has a chilled ambience, whereas Jane’s music is suffused with warmth. I am not sure how she does it, perhaps she’s divinely inspired on some level.”

Violent Femmes - Hotel Last Resort (PIAS)

10 July 2019

The upcoming Violent Femmes album Hotel Last Resort, due on July 26th, punches like a heavyweight and is deserving of more than just one casual listen.

Billie Eilish - Minneapolis Armory

Billie Eilish – The Armory - Minneapolis, Minnesota - June 8, 2019

8 July 2019

Loudly singing along to the opener “Bad Guy” nearly drowned out Billie Eilish‘s amplified vocals in the cavernous Minneapolis Armory. After years of bubbly pop stars, the outcasts and weird kids finally have their own major pop star to look up to.

Hot Water Music – Shake Up the Shadows [Epitaph]

7 July 2019

Hot Water Music, celebrating twenty-five years, have released the EP, Shake Up the Shadows on Epitaph. This legendary band own their own sound, one carved out over the years through sweat and hard work.

Lucinda Belle - Think Big: Like Me (Self-Released)

5 July 2019

Easily Lucinda Belle’s finest work yet, Think Big: Like Me is an aural buffet of delectable, carefully-crafted treats.

Billy Childish - Punk Rock Ist Nicht Tot 1977-2018 (Damaged Goods)

5 July 2019

Damaged Good release an outstanding overview of Underground Star Billy Childish in Punk Rock Ist Nicht Tot 1977-2018

New Order - ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.. (Mute)

4 July 2019

On July the 12th, New Order release the mouthwatering live set ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.. .

Dana Gillespie - What Memories We Make, The Complete Mainman Recordings 1971 – 1974 (Cherry Red Records)

3 July 2019

Cherry Red Records has released a comprehensive compilation by English songstress and actress Dana Gillespie.

Unto Ashes - Pretty haunted things (Projekt)

2 July 2019

Joined here by Audra guitarist Bret Helm and longtime co-vocalist Ericah Hagle, bandleader Michael Laird curates a program of melancholy ballads and mini-anthems that pay tribute to grief, romance and altered states of being.

Live - Throwing Copper 25th Anniversary Edition (Radioactive/MCA/UMe)

30 June 2019

On July 19th, Live release the 25th Anniversary Celebration version of Throwing Copper

The Alarm - ∑ Sigma (The Twenty-First Century Recording Company)

28 June 2019

Mike Peters and The Alarm has really brought out an interesting album that locks the audience in at an early stage.

Aldous Harding ‎– Designer (4AD)

27 June 2019

Aldous Harding presents an album of avant-garde imagery, wrapped in integrity and melodic joy.

Cherie Currie & Brie Darling - The Motivator (Blue Elan Records)

26 June 2019

Cherie Currie and Brie Darling forthcoming collaboration is an album that showcases two veterans pushing forward and making their mark once more

Paul Bley/Gary Peacock/Paul Motian - When Will the Blues Leave (ECM)

25 June 2019

Pianist Paul Bley, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Paul Motian constituted a fearsome free jazz trio in the sixties, expanding on the fine work by Bley’s former sideman Ornette Coleman and showing what a piano trio could do with the form. Despite the excitement and acclaim the band generated, it went strangely under-recorded.

Paul Den Heyer - Everything So Far (A Turntable Friend Records)

25 June 2019

On Everything So Far Paul Den Heyer brings you on a personal journey into his artistic soul.

Various Artists - 1977 The Year Punk Broke (Cherry Red Records)

24 June 2019

Released through Cherry Red Records this coming Friday, the essential guilt punk pleasure of 1977:The Year Punk Broke

Silent Forum - Safety In Numbers (Libertino)

22 June 2019

Silent Forum release “Safety In Numbers” which offers another dimension to what the band are capable of.

Beauty In Chaos - Beauty Re-Envisioned (33.3 Music Collective)

21 June 2019

Michael Ciravolo’s Beauty In Chaos return with a new release, Beauty Re-Envisioned. A follow on from 2018’s Finding Beauty In Chaos

PJ Harvey + Various Artists - The Virtues Soundtrack (Invada Records)

20 June 2019

PJ Harvey releases new music as part of The Virtues Soundtrack

The Venus Fly Trap - Mars (Glass Modern)

19 June 2019

The Venus Fly Trap album Mars is a classy release, not just a reissue but a reminder of the reactive sound of late-eighties post-punk.

Empire of Light - Let There Be Light (self-released)

19 June 2019

Back in the nineties, singer/songwriter Peter Hutchison led Subduing Mara and (with Miracle Legion guitarist Mr. Ray Neal) Lucas Shine, a pair of alternative rock powerhouses that never caught on with more than a small cult audience. Talent and passion persevere, however, and now Hutchison has a new band called Empire of Light.

The Allegations - Non-Neutered 1% (GP Stripes)

18 June 2019

The Allegations have created an album that swings between straightforward seventies-based rock and sun-drenched avant-garde.

Salt - The Loneliness of Clouds (Beehive)

18 June 2019

Arising from the sessions for Supercalifragile, the final, posthumous Game Theory album, Salt turns on the collaboration of Posies co-frontman Ken Stringfellow, singer/songwriter Anton Barbeau and French guitarist/songwriter Stephane Schück.

Theatre Royal - Singles 2010 - 18 (Medlar Records)

18 June 2019

Medway band Theatre Royal release a powerhouse-compilation of mouthwatering goodness with 22-tracks

More Fun in the New World (De Capo)

17 June 2019

Doe and DeSavia give us more L.A. punk history in their latest.

Anton Barbeau - Berliner Grotesk (Pink Hedgehog/Beehive)

17 June 2019

The umpteenth album from the ever-prolific Anton Barbeau, Berliner Grotesk is a tribute of sorts to the Sacramento native’s adopted city.

Paul McCartney – TaxSlayer Center (Moline, IL) – June 11, 2019

14 June 2019

A multi-generational crowd assembled at Moline, Illinois’ TaxSlayer Center to hear the most celebrated catalog in popular music, delivered by the living legend responsible for it.

The Claim - The New Industrial Ballads (A Turntable Friend Records)

14 June 2019

After a gap of almost twenty-seven years, British band The Claim release a new album, an insightful and enjoyable listen.

The Black Watch - Magic Johnson (Atom Records)

13 June 2019

The Black Watch release Magic Johnson, twelve tracks of conceptual adoration, along with further releases spanning the career of the band.

Slowness - Berths (Schoolkids Records)

13 June 2019
Slowness release a new album Berths, a mix of California cool and New York grit

Gangstagrass - Pocket Full of Fire (Rench Audio)

12 June 2019

Get Pocket Full of Fire as a primer of band’s prowess through a collection of its best songs recorded live, but don’t miss a chance to see this compelling culture clash in person.

Amygdala - High Note Cafe (Boise) – June 9, 2019

10 June 2019

A band with such an ambitious, sprawling sound may have seemed an unlikely fit for the minuscule venue, but the intensity of their performance inspired the tightly packed crowd to mosh, marvel and mentally connect with the band’s affecting themes.

Jerry Garcia Band – Electric on the Eel (Round Records)

8 June 2019

This live set will be warmly received by Deadheads and fans of intuitive and skillful jam band playing. Not many songs are duplicated among these three shows spanning five years, but there are a handful of opportunities to hear how the band flexes and twist songs in different moments.

The Divine Comedy - Office Politics (Divine Comedy Records Limited)

8 June 2019

The Divine Comedy are captivating with confidence on their latest, delightful long-player called Office Politics

Electrical Language: Independent British Synth Pop 78-84 - Various Artists (Cherry Red Records)

7 June 2019

The Electric Language compilation released by Cherry Red Records gets a review by Kevin Burke.

Michele Rabbia, Gianluca Petrella, Eivind Aarset - Lost River (ECM)

6 June 2019

Once upon a time the term “contemporary instrumental” got thrown around a lot, mainly as a euphemism for the saccharine sounds of new age or fuzak. But if any album deserves this literal description, it’s Lost River, the debut by the speechless trio of drummer Michele Rabbia, trombonist Gianluca Petrella and guitarist Eivind Aarset.

Matthew Edwards & the Unfortunates - The Birmingham Poets (December Square)

5 June 2019

Like any good record by a thoughtful, experienced writer, The Birmingham Poets covers a lot of emotional ground, from self-loathing to detachment to compassion – sometimes all in the same tune. And like any forward-thinking artist, Matthew Edwards builds on his past successes, continuing to evolve as a performer and a tunesmith.

Joan As Police Woman – Joanthology (PIAS)

4 June 2019

Joan As Police Woman releases Joanthology, a reflection of her work which is long over due.

Fontaines D.C - Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin - June 3, 2019

4 June 2019

Fontaines D.C’s homecoming performance, and Kevin Burke was there to bear witness

Andy The Crocodile - Scars & Wounds EP (Self-Released)

3 June 2019

Scars & Wounds, which is out June 8th, is a tiny but wonderful glimpse at a burgeoning new songwriter who has everything it takes to find a completely original voice of his own.

Duff McKagan - Tenderness (Universal Music Enterprises)

1 June 2019

Kevin Burke reviews Tenderness by Duff McKagan, which offers a new dimension to the Guns N’ Roses bassist.

Where We Sleep - Experiments In The Dark Ep (Self-Released)

31 May 2019

Kevin Burke reviews the debut Ep by Where We Sleep, entitled “Experments In The Dark”.

Kevin West - Story Of My Life (Self-Released)

30 May 2019

Story Of My Life is out June 15, and although short, it might just be West’s finest and most mature statement as an artist yet.

Sleater-Kinney - Hurry On Home Single (Caroline)

30 May 2019

Kevin Burke reviews the new single “Hurry On Home” from Sleater-Kinney,

Cellista - Transfigurations (Self-Released)

30 May 2019

Due for release Friday the 31st of May, the latest from Cellista, Transfigurations gets a review from Kevin Burke

Buck Owens and the Buckaroos - The Complete Capitol Singles: 1971-1975 (Omnivore Recordings)

30 May 2019

This third and final set in Omnivore Records’ series of Buck Owens’ Capitol Records singles is a treasure for fans of the Bakersfield sound, and a testament to the power of Owens’ friendship and collaboration with guitarist/fiddler Don Rich.

The Waterboys - Where the Action Is (Cooking Vinyl)

28 May 2019

Where The Action Is swaggers with the very wit and talent of Mike Scott.

Frank Zappa - Zappa In New York: 40th Anniversary Edition (Zappa Records)

25 May 2019

The Frank Zappa reissue campaign hits a high-water mark with this lavish 40th anniversary presentation of the bandleader’s 1978 live album recorded over seven concerts between Christmas and New Year’s Eve in 1976 at New York City’s Felt Forum and the Palladium.

Scissor Sisters - self-titled (UMC/Polydor): LP reissue

25 May 2019

Scissor Sisters was the best-selling album of 2004 and a dance-pop smash in the UK, but failed to reach gold-record status in the band’s native USA. This high-quality LP reissue provides fresh opportunity for reevaluation.