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Listen to This! Merseyside Four-Piece SYFTA Get Tender On New Single...

Merseyside four-piece SYFTA return with Flight, arguably their most tender and heartfelt release to date.

Watch This! West Yorkshire’s As Sirens Fall Drop Explosive New Single...

West Yorkshire's As Sirens Fall drop their heaviest song to date on new single Puppy Squad.

music, mental health and counselling for musicians in these virus times

‘’My fiancé and I are both musicians and we have both lost all of...

Listen to This! Merseyside Four-Piece SYFTA Get Tender On New Single Flight

Merseyside four-piece SYFTA return with Flight, arguably their most tender and heartfelt release to date.

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music, mental health and counselling for musicians in these virus times

‘’My fiancé and I are both musicians and we...

Listen to This! Merseyside Four-Piece SYFTA Get Tender On New Single Flight

Merseyside four-piece SYFTA return with Flight, arguably their most tender and heartfelt release to date.

Watch This! West Yorkshire’s As Sirens Fall Drop Explosive New Single Puppy Squad

West Yorkshire's As Sirens Fall drop their heaviest song to date on new single Puppy Squad.

Watch This! Derby’s Muddibrooke Turn to Dust on Their Debut Single

Derby-based Muddibrooke bridge the gap between grune and alt-rock on their debut single Turn to Dust.

Jade Hairpins: Harmony Avenue – album review

Jade Hairpins – Harmony Avenue  Merge Records All formats. Released 29...

Premiere: Watch This! Ivan Dorn – Wasted

Watch Wasted: a spectacular video from influential Ukranian musician, Ivan Dorn. Visuals by Denys Shchukin (Final Fantasy and Game of Thrones).

ALBUM REVIEWS

Jade Hairpins: Harmony Avenue – album review

Jade Hairpins – Harmony Avenue  Merge Records All formats. Released 29 May 2020.     With Fucked Up on...

Blancmange: Mindset – album review

another fine album by Blancmange, one which sees Arthur age like a fine wine

Strawbs : Burning For You – Heartbreak Hill – album review

Strawbs : Burning For You - Heartbreak Hill (Cherry Red) CD Out Now Later day efforts by Strawbs...

Maita: Best Wishes – album review

Maita – Best Wishes (Kill Rock Stars) All formats Out now 8/10 Portland-based Maita’s debut album is a...

FESTIVALS

Keith Goldhanger’s Things To Do Festival #2 April 18th 2020.

Keith Goldhanger has arranged a second on line music festival featuring more of his favourite bands that takes place on Saturday 18th April 2020.

Dark Music Days (Myrkir Músíkdagar), Iceland – festival review

Dark Music Days (Myrkir Músíkdagar) Reykjavik, Iceland 26 January to 4 February 2020 Reykjavík's Dark Music Days midwinter festival has now been a mainstay of the world’s...

Photo Reviews

Stereophonics: Manchester Arena – live photo review

Stereophonics Manchester Arena March 13th 2019 Louder Than War photographer Michael Bond, captured Stereophonics on the Manchester leg of their European tour, promoting their 11th studio album...

Nasty Cherry: Manchester Academy 3 – live review

Nasty Cherry | Noisy MancesterAcademy 29th February 2020 Cazz Blase and Melanie Smith witness Nasty Cherry’s turbocharged Manchester debut. A far cry from the howling wind and...

Book Reviews

Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson – Bruce Conforth and Gayle Dean Wardlow – book review

Up Jumped the Devil: The Real Life of Robert Johnson - Bruce Conforth and Gayle Dean Wardlow Omnibus Press | Hardback Out Now! 8/10 Spoiler alert: Robert Johnson...

Jonny Banger: Diary of a Bootlegger – book review

Diary of a Bootlegger (Rough Trade Books) Out Now Diary of a Bootlegger tells a story of success against all odds - and there's nothing we...

LIVE REVIEWS

Steven Adams: Stevens House, Cambridge – live review (Zoom)

Steven Adams Stevens House, Cambridge Thursday 14th May 2020 Andy Brown puts the kettle on and gets comfy at home to watch his first ‘virtual gig’ with...

Blue Rose Code: Zoom Concert, Live From Home (Exclusive Set) – live review

Blue Rose Code Zoom Concert, Live From Home (Exclusive Set) 9th May 2020 Blue Rose Code is the musical creation of the gifted and inspiring singer songwriter...

40 years ago R.E.M. played their first ever gig : our man was there and here is his review

In the early hours of the evening, several hundred people gathered around a collapsing episcopal church, only a short walk away from the university's main entrance.

Baddies: London, Lexington – live review

Southend's Baddies broke up in 2012 but reformed for a special one-off gig in London to celebrate the 10th anniversary their debut Do The...

SHAMANIC: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – live review

The most vivid colours you will ever hear, the brightest sounds you will ever see!

Morrissey: SSE Arena Wembley, London – live review

Morrissey SSE Arena Wembley, London 14th March 2020  Louder Than War writer Phil Ross and photographer Svenja Block risk pestilence to peer into the soul of Morrissey,...

INTERVIEWS

Duncan Reid & the Big Heads: Don’t Blame Yourself – album review and interview

Duncan Reid and the Big Heads: Don't Blame Yourself Little Big Head Records Out Now LP/CD/DL Duncan Reid (ex The Boys) & his merry band of Big...

Nile Marr : interview about his new EP and a musician’s life

The most important thing is that you come away with art. I’m getting to the age where there’s no point complaining about a lack of something happening, no excuse for it if you’re not going to do it yourself. I’ve always had that DIY approach to my own music.”

NEW ARTISTS

Listen to This! Merseyside Four-Piece SYFTA Get Tender On New Single Flight

Merseyside four-piece SYFTA return with Flight, arguably their most tender and heartfelt release to date.

Watch This! West Yorkshire’s As Sirens Fall Drop Explosive New Single Puppy Squad

West Yorkshire's As Sirens Fall drop their heaviest song to date on new single Puppy Squad.

Film Reviews

Zu Warriors From The Magic Mountain – film review

Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983) Director: Tsui Hark Cast: Yuen Biao, Adam Cheng, Brigitte Lin, Sammo Hung Run Time: 98 minutes Language: Cantonese (with optional English...

Kwaidan – film review

Kwaidan (1964) Director: Masaki Kobayashi Cast: Rentarō Mikuni, Keiko Kishi, Kazuo Nakamura Run time: 183 mins Format: Blu-ray Language: Japanese (with optional English subtitles) Release Date: 27 April 2020 Jamie Havlin...

SINGLE REVIEWS

Peter Bibby: Dog Act – Oceans

Single review of Peter Bibby's new song, Oceans.

Turnstiles: I.D.C – Single Review

New band Turnstiles release their fourth single I.D.C. It's a blast of cynical punk energy. Dave Beer reviews the single and wonders about the role of punk in the wider malaise.

Surreal Kinnock: Tribal Fusion – Single Review

Surreal Kinnock Tribal Fusion Strangetown Records Stream/DL Out now Cardiff based Strangetown Records' signing Surreal Kinnock come crashing in with another storming single. Dave Beer takes a listen for...

Blanks: Sweaters – Single Review

  Having made the jump from YouTube sensation to fully fledged recording artist, Blanks has reaped the benefits of his sunny, optimistic outlook by crafting...