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Membranes announce Nov 2021 London and Manchester gigs : tickets from...

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Membranes play London on Nov 19 and Manchester on Nov 20th for two special shows in 2021.

Dougie James (Manchester music scene legend) RIP

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A long time mainstay of the Manchester music scene Dougie James has died at the age of 72. Dougie was known to many in the post punk period as being part of the gig promotion team with the late Alan Wise. He had his own musical history as the lead singer of the 1970s band Dougie James and the Soul Train.

My Darling Clementine: Country Darkness – album review

My Darling Clementine: Country Darkness (Fretstore Records) CD/DL Country Darkness sees the duo offer their own take...

Membranes announce Nov 2021 London and Manchester gigs : tickets from here

Membranes play London on Nov 19 and Manchester on Nov 20th for two special shows in 2021.

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My Darling Clementine: Country Darkness – album review

My Darling Clementine: Country Darkness (Fretstore Records) CD/DL Country Darkness sees the...

Membranes announce Nov 2021 London and Manchester gigs : tickets from here

Membranes play London on Nov 19 and Manchester on Nov 20th for two special shows in 2021.

Dougie James (Manchester music scene legend) RIP

A long time mainstay of the Manchester music scene Dougie James has died at the age of 72. Dougie was known to many in the post punk period as being part of the gig promotion team with the late Alan Wise. He had his own musical history as the lead singer of the 1970s band Dougie James and the Soul Train.

Watch this: Metal/prog trip Mountain Caller release new video for I Remember Everything

Heavy, progressive, instrumental three-piece Mountain Caller have released a...

Mark Fernyhough: Automatic Paintings – single review + in conversation

Single review and interview by Susan Sloan Mark Fernyhough Automatic...

Listen to this! Talkboy release new single Sky Is Falling

Leeds band Talkboy have just released their new single,...

Headshrinkers: Caught Between Two Stools – single review

Poetic post-punk rockers, Headshrinkers, return with another riveting blend...

Mothra (Limited Edition Box Set) – film review

Mothra (Limited Edition Box Set) - film review Mothra (1961) Director:...

The Pink Elephant What female independent artists don’t say

Have you ever wondered why most independent festival line-ups feature mostly male musicians? What about most independent music magazines? What’s on their covers? Not talking about mainstream pop magazines of course, that’s a completely different world I am no part of.

Domenique Dumont: People On Sunday – album review

Domenique Dumont creates a hauntingly evoctative electronic soundtrack for People On Sunday, a landmark silent film. They make a perfect match, says Tim Cooper.

ALBUM REVIEWS

My Darling Clementine: Country Darkness – album review

My Darling Clementine: Country Darkness (Fretstore Records) CD/DL Country Darkness sees the duo offer their own take...

Domenique Dumont: People On Sunday – album review

Domenique Dumont creates a hauntingly evoctative electronic soundtrack for People On Sunday, a landmark silent film. They make a perfect match, says Tim Cooper.

Iamthemorning: Counting The Ghosts – EP review

Iamthemorning: Counting The Ghosts - Dan Volohov reviews the new release for Louder Than War

Movie Club: Black Flamingo – album review

MOVIE CLUB Black Flamingo Self-released LP | DL Released November 27th The concept of the "black swan theory,"...

Soothsayers: We Are Many – album review

SOOTHSAYERS We Are Many Wah Wah 45's DL|CD|LP - available here Released 27th November 2020   The latest album from...

MART AVI – VEGA NEVER SETS

With Vega Never Sets – as with Vega itself – the virtuosity of Mart Avi continues to shine.

Hello Cosmos: Dream Harder – album review

HELLO COSMOS Dream Harder Cosmic Glue Vinyl | DL Out December 4th 2020   Andy Brown dares to dabble with...

Repetitor – Prazan prostor među nama koji može i da ne postoji – review

Belgrade's brilliant rock band Repetitor, are back with a new album!

FESTIVALS

Six Of The Best Sets At Loftas Fest 2020

From toe-tapping rock n’ roll to darkly ethereal modular synthpop - discover highlights from the vibrant Loftas Fest in Vilnius, Lithuania... It’s predominantly local acts...

11 Band Podcasts You Need to Hear

With the live music scene ground to a frustrating halt, bands and musicians are finding innovative ways to keep in touch with audiences. Like,...

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

What Would Gary Gygax Do? by Tim Cundle & Rachel Evans – Book Review

What Would Gary Gygax Do? by Tim Cundle & Rachel Evans (Earth Island) Nathan Brown reviews a compendium of 55 short stories for punks and...

Great Gig Memories: From Punks & Friends – book review

book review Great Gig Memories: From Punks & Friends compiled by Niall McGuirk & Michael Murphy (Hope Publications) (Paperback. 280 pages/no photos) Available from here This is a scrap-book-style,...

LIVE REVIEWS

Ezra Furman: Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston – live review (streaming)

Ezra Furman Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston 1st November 2020 Ezra Furman finally takes her first steps back towards the ordinary life we all crave as she...

Six Of The Best Sets At Loftas Fest 2020

From toe-tapping rock n’ roll to darkly ethereal modular synthpop - discover highlights from the vibrant Loftas Fest in Vilnius, Lithuania... It’s predominantly local acts...

OtZvuki Mu- Live in St Petersburg – Review

In a continuing series, Louder than War explores the Russian live scene, which, despite COVID-19, is carrying on pretty much as normal...

Motorama: K-30, St. Petersburg – live review

Despite their Russian origin, Motorama are more likely to be seen live beyond the borders of their motherland. Since their second album, Calendar, was...

The Glen Matlock Band: + The Priscillas – Electric Ballroom, London

The music, good as it is, is almost irrelevant - this is about seeing a gig, trying to see a safe way forward and trying to find a new hope. It’s aspirational.

Hot Chip: Dreamland, Margate – live review

Hot Chip Dreamland, Margate 5th Sept 2020 LTW's Phil Ross ponders the new normal and what the future may hold with Hot Chip. Plague, pestilence, war, famine and...

INTERVIEWS

Mark Fernyhough: Automatic Paintings – single review + in conversation

Single review and interview by Susan Sloan Mark Fernyhough Automatic Paintings DL Out now! In the early 1900s Swedish artist Hilma af Klint began conducting séances in order...

Alex Maas (Black Angels): interview – “It’s about just letting go and allowing yourself to fall into love”

Alex Maas, singer of The Black Angels, readies the release of his debut solo album, Luca, a record that brims with the hope and...

Great Gig Memories: From Punks & Friends – book review

book review Great Gig Memories: From Punks & Friends compiled by Niall McGuirk & Michael Murphy (Hope Publications) (Paperback. 280 pages/no photos) Available from here This is a scrap-book-style,...

Post-Punk Politics and Irish Pirate Queens: An Interview with M(h)aol

'M(h)aol is about disrupting and changing the political reality we have access to. Everyone has a voice and in these intensely historical times, we...

NEW ARTISTS

Mark Fernyhough: Automatic Paintings – single review + in conversation

Single review and interview by Susan Sloan Mark Fernyhough Automatic Paintings DL Out now! In the early 1900s Swedish artist Hilma af Klint began conducting séances in order...

Headshrinkers: Caught Between Two Stools – single review

Poetic post-punk rockers, Headshrinkers, return with another riveting blend of articulate wordplay and thunderous guitars. Sam Lambeth gets his head shrunk. Headshrinkers’ Garran Hickman has...

Tiger Mimic: King Of Machines – video premiere

Tiger Mimic King Of Machines 31% Wool  Out Now Digital and Streaming  Tiger Mimic’s third single of 2020, King Of Machines, is out now on 31% Wool. Full...

Hello Cosmos: Dream Harder – album review

HELLO COSMOS Dream Harder Cosmic Glue Vinyl | DL Out December 4th 2020   Andy Brown dares to dabble with positivity and optimism as he listens to the thunderous Dream...

Film Reviews

Mothra (Limited Edition Box Set) – film review

Mothra (Limited Edition Box Set) - film review Mothra (1961) Director: Ishirō Honda Cast: Frankie Sakai, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kyōko Kagawa Format: Blu-ray Release Date: 16th November 2020 Runtime: 191...

The Bride With White Hair – film review

The Bride With White Hair (1993) Director: Ronny Yu Cast: Brigitte Lin, Leslie Cheung Format: Blu-ray Language: Cantonese (with optional English audio track & subtitles) Runtime: 89 mins Release Date:...

SINGLE REVIEWS

Mark Fernyhough: Automatic Paintings – single review + in conversation

Single review and interview by Susan Sloan Mark Fernyhough Automatic Paintings DL Out now! In the early 1900s Swedish artist Hilma af Klint began conducting séances in order...

Holy Drone: Fibres – single review

HOLY DRONE Fibres Out Now A shoegaze lullaby for a world that longs for heartening sounds. After the first lockdown, Holy Drone came together to make new...

Vulpynes: Us Against Them – EP review

Vulpynes "Us Against Them" (FOAD Musick) 12" EP | CD | DL Available now (DL only) Buy HERE Third EP from the Dublin based duo of Molly and...

Regional Creeps: No Offence – single review

Regional Creeps No Offence Regional Records Stream/ DL Out Now!   Regional Creeps continue to build anticipation for their second album, No One Cares, with a brand new single. Andy...