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Post Brexit musician touring visa row rumbles on with opposition MPs...

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The post-Brexit trade deal, which was presented as a triumph, has quickly become a dead weight and as full of rotten fish as the streets of Whitehall after the fisheries protest yesterday. 

Watch this! Two more solo singles from Vampire’s Weekend’s Baio

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Vampire Weekend’s Baio releases two more singles lifted from his third solo album Dead Hand Control out on January 29 via Glassnote Records. Dead Hand Control and Take It...

Think piece! Taylor Swift has a masterplan that is subversive and brilliant barbed lyrics to back it up

She has a masterplan that is subversive. It's all there in the barbed lyrics. We know she's on OUR side over major issues like the planet, greed, injustice and the gravy train that supports the Republicans in America and the Tories here, but how does a pop star say it..'

Watch This! Bradford Premiere New Single + Interview

  Proclaimed by Morrissey as "heirs to the Smiths’ throne", Bradford are back with a...

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Top Lists 2020

LTW : 21 new bands and acts for 2021 – our emerging artists list for the new year!

There is trad rock. There is punk rock. There is pop music embracing all the sounds and new cultures of the 21st century cities. There is introspective. There is expressive. Pop culture comes in all shapes and sizes and forms in the new decade and exists despite the pandemic.

LTW writers tracks of the year 2020: Spotify playlist

What a strange year we've all had with this Covid business destroying our normal life. No gigs, donning masks, lockdowns, tiers and tears, yet...

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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Think piece! Taylor Swift has a masterplan that is subversive and brilliant barbed lyrics to back it up

She has a masterplan that is subversive. It's all there in the barbed lyrics. We know she's on OUR side over major issues like the planet, greed, injustice and the gravy train that supports the Republicans in America and the Tories here, but how does a pop star say it..'

Watch This! Bradford Premiere New Single + Interview

  Proclaimed by Morrissey as "heirs to the Smiths’ throne",...

Post Brexit musician touring visa row rumbles on with opposition MPs adding voices to the huge petition and out cry

The post-Brexit trade deal, which was presented as a triumph, has quickly become a dead weight and as full of rotten fish as the streets of Whitehall after the fisheries protest yesterday. 

Brick Briscoe: My Favourite Los Angeles Restaurant – album review

Brick Briscoe: My Favourite Los Angeles Restaurant Self-Released Released on 21st...

Stony Sugarskull: Lioness – album review + interview

Stony Sugarskull Lioness DL | Vinyl Out now! Lioness, the debut album from...

Watch this! Two more solo singles from Vampire’s Weekend’s Baio

Vampire Weekend’s Baio releases two more singles lifted from...

Gazelle Twin, Simon Fisher Turner, Luminous Bodies To Feature On Help Musicians UK Charity Compilation

Gazelle Twin, Simon Fisher Turner, Luminous Bodies to feature...

Phill Reynolds: A Sudden Nowhere – album review

PHILL REYNOLDS A Sudden Nowhere Self-release LP | DL Out now   Italian folk singer...

Watch this! Rock legends AC/DC release Realize as new single

Brian Johnston’s hearing problems and the sad passing of...

INTERVIEW : Wardruna’s Einar Selvik gets in depth with John Robb

In this interview, Einar Selvik from Wardruna explains the concept of the band and the album and his deep bond with nature. 

ALBUM REVIEWS

Brick Briscoe: My Favourite Los Angeles Restaurant – album review

Brick Briscoe: My Favourite Los Angeles Restaurant Self-Released Released on 21st January DL/Stream Brick Briscoe is a remarkable...

Stony Sugarskull: Lioness – album review + interview

Stony Sugarskull Lioness DL | Vinyl Out now! Lioness, the debut album from Berlin artist Stony Sugarskull, is...

Phill Reynolds: A Sudden Nowhere – album review

PHILL REYNOLDS A Sudden Nowhere Self-release LP | DL Out now   Italian folk singer Phill Reynolds releases his first...

Nerve Quakes: Deprogram – album review

Nerve Quakes Deprogram Imminent Destruction Records LP | DL | Streaming Out Now An album of upbeat...

Scenius: Enough Fears – album review

Scenius Enough Fears MMXX Records CD | DL Out now   Blending the spirits and sounds of vintage electronica...

Rum Lad: Vandalism – album review

‘Very angry but laced with dark humour 21st-century punk album that somehow finds the missing link between IDLES, Sleaford Mods and old school punk...’

JK Flesh and Monrella: See Red – album review and interview

JK Flesh and Monrella See Red Avalanche (AREC035) Available 18th January 2020. Justin Broadrick (here as JK Flesh)...

Ghostemane ‘Anti- Icon’ : A 21st century antichrist superstar who combines black metal, industrial and rap into a dystopian whole

A 21st century antichrist superstar who takes the heart of darkness trip of black metal and the clanking grind of industrial but deconstructs it into the chopped up world of rap where switching rhythms and textures is key as long as long the deadly downbeat grooves, rock heartbeats and pounding trap beats are there.

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

Modern Music Masters: The Britpop Trilogy by Tom Boniface-Webb- book review

Modern Music Masters: The Britpop Trilogy - Tom Boniface-Webb Out Now Accompanying Blur Playlist Order HERE Modern Life really is Rubbish at the moment and the only ‘Parklife’...

Captain Jesus by Colette Snowden – book review

Captain Jesus – Colette Snowden Bluemoose Books Out 28 January 2021 When three rumbustious brothers find a dead magpie they pin it on the washing line...

LIVE REVIEWS

Peter Hook And The Light: Mexico City – live stream

Peter Hook & The Light Mexico City January 15, 2021 Sure, it’s strange to be seeing live shows solely from the spaces of our own living rooms,...

Mike Garsons – A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day

A Bowie Celebration - Just For One Day Jan 10th 2021 (UK) Live Stream It's Five years to the day since the greatest singer/ songwriter of our...

Buck & Evans: Ratio Studios, Merthyr Tydfil – live stream review

Buck & Evans Ratio Studios, Merthyr Tydfil 12th December 2020 Buck & Evans crank up the amps for the first time in months to join in with...

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...

INTERVIEWS

Watch This! Bradford Premiere New Single + Interview

  Proclaimed by Morrissey as "heirs to the Smiths’ throne", Bradford are back with a new single and video for My Wet Face taken from...

Stony Sugarskull: Lioness – album review + interview

Stony Sugarskull Lioness DL | Vinyl Out now! Lioness, the debut album from Berlin artist Stony Sugarskull, is a fierce, feline mix of psychedelic, punk, shoegaze and kraut-rock...

INTERVIEW : Wardruna’s Einar Selvik gets in depth with John Robb

In this interview, Einar Selvik from Wardruna explains the concept of the band and the album and his deep bond with nature. 

JK Flesh and Monrella: See Red – album review and interview

JK Flesh and Monrella See Red Avalanche (AREC035) Available 18th January 2020. Justin Broadrick (here as JK Flesh) from Jesu and Godflesh, and Mick Harris (here as Monrella)...

NEW ARTISTS

Scenius: Enough Fears – album review

Scenius Enough Fears MMXX Records CD | DL Out now   Blending the spirits and sounds of vintage electronica with a modern approach, Scenius have created a dark-pop debut...

San Pedro Collective: Time – new single and video premiere

Wayne AF Carey gets a summer vibe from the latest slice of smooth funk from San Pedro Collective

Listen to this! Franki Pineapple: Evil Love – Track Premiere

Inspired by a romantic entanglement with an older man and an addictive, lustful connection between them, new single from Hollywood’s Franki Pineapple captures the...

The Other Ones: The Other Ones – single review

The Other Ones The Other Ones Reckless Yes DL | Streaming Out now London-based power pop/punk four-piece The Other Ones have released the first single from their forthcoming debut...

Film Reviews

The Don Is Dead – film review

The Don Is Dead (1973) Director: Richard Fleischer Cast: Anthony Quinn, Robert Forster, Frederic Forrest Runtime: 115 minutes Format: Blu-ray Release Date: 18th January 2021 Jamie Havlin examines a gangster...

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...

SINGLE REVIEWS

Watch this! Shoun Shoun unveil lockdown video for new single Stuck

Shoun Shoun unveil their new single Stuck with a lockdown video for lockdown times, recorded in a garage at home in Bristol.

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...