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Unprecedented line-up of world-renowned photographers donate prints of iconic music artists to raise money for Stagehand’s Covid-19 Crew Relief Fund.

Watch this! Night Beats share new video for single That’s All...

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The Texas-born outfit Night Beats is today sharing a new single titled That’s All You Got, a collaboration between founding member Danny Lee Blackwell...

Unprecedented line-up of world-renowned photographers donate prints of iconic music artists to raise money for Stagehand’s Covid-19 Crew Relief Fund.

Unprecedented line-up of world-renowned photographers donate prints of iconic music artists to raise money for Stagehand’s Covid-19 Crew Relief Fund.

Watch this! Night Beats share new video for single That’s All You Got

The Texas-born outfit Night Beats is today sharing a new single titled That’s All...

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Albums Of The Year

Louder Than War: ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2020 – Top 50

Louder Than War Albums of The Year 2020 - Top 50 An unforgettable year, and some magnificent music. 30 odd LTW writers agree on these...

LTW Albums of the Year 2020: Numbers 51 – 250

LTW Albums of the Year 2020 - Numbers 51- 250 Each chosen by just one of our writers, the Top 50 have multiple nominations. These...

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Unprecedented line-up of world-renowned photographers donate prints of iconic music artists to raise money for Stagehand’s Covid-19 Crew Relief Fund.

Unprecedented line-up of world-renowned photographers donate prints of iconic music artists to raise money for Stagehand’s Covid-19 Crew Relief Fund.

Watch this! Night Beats share new video for single That’s All You Got

The Texas-born outfit Night Beats is today sharing a...

Dexy: Drop Your Hand – single review

Dexy Drop Your Hand Out now! DL and Streaming Dexy, South London Singer-songwriter, follows...

Year 2000: The Millennium Year In The Eyes Of A Thirteen Year Old

Twenty years on from the move to the new...

Listen to this! Death By Unga Bunga release new single + album news

Death By Unga Bunga have followed up the release...

Not Quite So: 47 Minutes – album review

Not Quite So 47 Minutes Wormhole World CD|DL Out on 4th December -...

WATCH THIS! Rat Scabies band The Sinclairs xmas single

We can't wait for the Damned shows but in the mean time his other band The Sinclairs has a Christmas single out - it's dripping with the dark stuff and that peculiar melancholy of xmas and is a wonderful affair and is called “Pillow Fight Skies” and features Jane Horrocks in the video...

Glasvegas announce new single and album and 2021 tour dates

GLASVEGAS return with their triumphant fourth album ‘Godspeed’, which will be released in April 2021 on the bands own label Go Wow Records. They will be touring the UK in April and May 2021.

Watch this! Left Field Messiah release new video + album news

Today, Left Field Messiah share Fuzz Machine, following up...

Watch this! Asian Dub Foundation are back with a new video featuring comedian Stewart Lee.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kkOHtniTts&feature=youtu.be Asian Dub Foundation and comedian Stewart Lee put fists...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Not Quite So: 47 Minutes – album review

Not Quite So 47 Minutes Wormhole World CD|DL Out on 4th December - available here.   Not Quite So emerge...

Kelly Moran and Prurient: Chain Reaction At Dusk – album review.

Kelly Moran and Prurient Chain Reaction At Dusk Hospital Productions HOS668 EP/DL December 4th, 2020 A split EP between prepared-piano...

David Bowie: No Trendy Rechauffe (live Birmingham 95) – album review

David Bowie – No Trendy Rechauffe (live Birmingham 95)     Parlophone Records Vinyl/CD Out now and only...

SAD MAN and Francis Lowe: Stories From An Island – album review

SAD MAN and Francis Lowe Stories From An Island Cue Dot Records CD|DL released 4th December 2020....

Chaz Jankel: Glad To Know You – album review

Chaz Jankel - Glad To Know You Cherry Red 5CD/DL Out now! An anthology of Blockhead Chaz Jankel's...

Molly Parden: Rosemary – album review

Molly Parden’s new album Rosemary is a collection of delicate songs that illumines the...

Regional Creeps: No One Cares – album review

Regional Creeps No One Cares Regional Records CD | DL Out now!   Andy Brown reviews No One Cares, the...

Anzahlung: I’ve Lost My Footing In The World – album review

Anzahlung I've Lost My Footing In The World Cupboard Music Vinyl | DL Out now Debut album by...

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

The Cribs: The Cavern, Liverpool – live stream review

The Cribs The Cavern Club, Liverpool Saturday 21st November 2020 Andy Brown cracks open a celebratory cider and visits the Cavern Club from the comfort of his...

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.

INTERVIEWS

Interview: The Pretty Things’ Wally Waller reflects on the reissue of their classic album Parachute

  The Pretty Things were one of those influential bands who never quite had the commercial success of their flower power contemporaries but who knew...

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,...

NEW ARTISTS

Dexy: Drop Your Hand – single review

Dexy Drop Your Hand Out now! DL and Streaming Dexy, South London Singer-songwriter, follows up his 2017 debut album Tear It Down with single Drop Your Hand this week....

Not Quite So: 47 Minutes – album review

Not Quite So 47 Minutes Wormhole World CD|DL Out on 4th December - available here.   Not Quite So emerge with a collection of tragic-comic tales narrated over a rich...

Watch this! Left Field Messiah release new video + album news

Today, Left Field Messiah share Fuzz Machine, following up on their debut single A.M. Moonlight from September. Both tracks are singles off of their...

A Bunch of Jerks : The Dead EP – review

A Bunch of Jerks The Dead EP Rum Bar Records Hot on the heals of their White Girl Wasted EP Boston's cool punk rock combo, A Bunch...

Film Reviews

The Painted Bird – film review

The Painted Bird (2020) Director: Václav Marhoul Cast: Petr Kotlár, Udo Kier, Harvey Keitel, Stellan Skarsgard Format: Blu-ray Release Date: 16th November 2020 Language: (Interslavic with English subtitles) Runtime: 169...

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...

SINGLE REVIEWS

X Ray Cat Trio & Harriet Hyde: Bubblegum – EP review

X Ray Cat Trio & Harriet Hyde: Bubblegum (Buzzards Claw Records) Ltd 7" | DL Available mid December 2020 A Christmas gift from the X Ray Cat...

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...