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Manic Street Preachers announce 2 very special shows in Cardiff in...

We wanted to do something to show our appreciation, love and respect for the NHS and its amazing brave workers. One free show and one fundraising show seemed the best way for us to express our deep gratitude for all their heroic work.

An Evening with Debbie Harry and Chris Stein from Blondie –...

******** NEW DATES RESCHEDULED ********* November 2020 Mon 16 - London Palladium* Weds 18 - Birmingham Town Hall* Fri 20 - Glasgow City Hall - Great Hall* Sun...

Manic Street Preachers announce 2 very special shows in Cardiff in December for the NHS

We wanted to do something to show our appreciation, love and respect for the NHS and its amazing brave workers. One free show and one fundraising show seemed the best way for us to express our deep gratitude for all their heroic work.

Things we didn’t know a month ago: March 2020

Keith Goldhanger continues to find more new music during the month of March to...

CATEGORIES

LATEST

Blokeacola Announces Self-Titled Debut Album Due This April

Welsh Psych-pop helmet covered oddity Blokeacola has announced...

Lee “Scratch” Perry Presents The Full Experience – album review

  Lee "Scratch" Perry Presents The Full Experience Doctor Bird CD/DL Released 10...

Clara Engel: Hatching Under The Stars – album review

Clara Engel: Hatching Under The Stars (self-released) DL 5th April 2020 9/10 Prolific...

Mark Lanegan – Sing Backwards and Weep – Book Review

All consuming autobiography from Screaming Trees, QOTSA and Gutter Twins singer Mark Lanegan. Out on White Rabbit Books.

Listen To This! Lauren Moon: It’s Easy To Stay Home

Listen To This. Lauren Moon: It's Easy To Stay Home Beautiful...

You’re A Face: Bold Glum – album review

You're a Face: Bold Glum (self-released) DL 23rd March 2020 9/10 Bold...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Everything Is Recorded: Friday Forever – album review

  Everything Is Recorded - Friday Forever (XL Recordings) CD|LP|DL Out Now! 9/10     Feeling the lockdown blues? No worries....

Lee “Scratch” Perry Presents The Full Experience – album review

  Lee "Scratch" Perry Presents The Full Experience Doctor Bird CD/DL Released 10 April 2020 New collection that brings...

Clara Engel: Hatching Under The Stars – album review

Clara Engel: Hatching Under The Stars (self-released) DL 5th April 2020 9/10 Prolific singer-songwriter and artist Clara Engel...

You’re A Face: Bold Glum – album review

You're a Face: Bold Glum (self-released) DL 23rd March 2020 9/10 Bold Glum is the 10th album...

FESTIVALS

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...

Standon Calling 2020 – festival preview

Some of us here at Louder Than War are very excited about the line up announcement for this years Standon Calling Festival. Standon Calling have...

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

Mark Lanegan – Sing Backwards and Weep – Book Review

All consuming autobiography from Screaming Trees, QOTSA and Gutter Twins singer Mark Lanegan. Out on White Rabbit Books.

Sniffin’ Stew… punk recipes and other culinary habits: Fanzine review

'Sniffin’ Stew... punk recipes and other culinary habits' Josh Sutton Red Fez Productions As we approach the third week of social distancing, people are rediscovering domestic activities...

LIVE REVIEWS

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,...

Nada Surf: Academy 3, Manchester – live review

Nada Surf Academy 3, Manchester 13th March 2020 As Brooklyn’s very own masters of melodic power pop, Nada Surf, dropped into Manchester on their current European tour,...

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...

INTERVIEWS

Children of the State – Interview

Lily Martin interviews Yorkshire favourites Children of the State, finding out what's in store for their latest release Big Sur, and how COVID-19 is impacting the music industry.

Perception Is The New Reality – Catching Up With IST IST Ahead of The Release of Their Debut Album

Manchester's most haunting and idiosyncratic band are gearing up to release their debut album Architecture. Louder Than War's Dave Beech caught up with them ahead of its release.

NEW ARTISTS

Listen To This! Lauren Moon: It’s Easy To Stay Home

Listen To This. Lauren Moon: It's Easy To Stay Home Beautiful country-rock tune from keyboard-player in the Peter Perrett band. This is just beautiful. The harmonica, that...

Laundromat: Slow Clap – Single Review

Brighton based Laundromat release their second track in advance of their debut EP.

Film Reviews

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...

Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962) – film review

Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962) Director: Sidney Lumet Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, Dean Stockwell Runtime: 170 mins Format: Dual format Release date: 16th March 2020 Jamie...

SINGLE REVIEWS

Laundromat: Slow Clap – Single Review

Brighton based Laundromat release their second track in advance of their debut EP.

The Spitfires: (Just Won’t) Keep Me Down – Single Review

The aptly named Watford based outfit The Spitfires return with a new spiky tune.

Tim Burgess: The Mall – Single Review

Previewing his forthcoming album, Tim Burgess continues his growing solo catalogue of pop craft with a compelling new single. Dave Beer reviews it for Louder Than War.

The Big Peach : Down So Long – single review

Manchester's The Big Peach bring us their sixties garage rock vibe with the new single Down So Long.