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The Specials: Leeds O2 Academy – live review

Soul Boys, Skins, Mods, Rude Boys and Punks gather in Leeds to witness The Specials as Andy Santiago nudges towards the end of his bucket list.

Year Zero w/ The Damned | TV Smith | The Beat: The Unity Works, Wakefield – live review

Year Zero featuring The Damned, TV Smith, The Beat The Unity Works, Wakefield 11th Oct 2014 Wakefield's Unity Works plays host to a line-up of established and...

Skoisters, The Crash Landings, Secondhand Citizens: Southampton: live review

Ska-punk Oi! anarchy and comedy as The Skoisters and The Crash Landings get upstaged by Second Hand Citizens

Capital Letters: Smoking My Ganga (The Rootikal Remix EP) – ep review

Modern dub at it’s very finest. A new remix EP from Wolverhampton reggae artists Capital Letters.

Bearded Theory: Catton Hall, Derbyshire – festival review

Bearded Theory festival started out as a “birthday party gone wrong.” Now in its 7th year, it has a new site for 2014. First timer Nyika Suttie went to see just why the festival won awards last year, and why it is so many people’s favourite.

Latin Quarter: Modern Times – album review

The debut album from the folk/reggae/New Wave political activists is re-promoted. Louder Than War’s Paul Scott-Bates reviews.

Autonomads: One day this will all be gone…everything now! – Album review

What makes the Autonomads stand out from so many other crusty-ska-dub punk bands is the earnestness and anger. You can tell they mean what they are singing about. It's not a dream, it's their existence they are narrating. Advice on staying out of the grasp of the law, lamenting the destruction of working class communities, tales of squatting....the lyrics have a conversation-down-the-pub feel - real life reportage, tales of daily resistance, what you might call "realpolitik". That and the fact they are talented musicians with a male/female vocal dynamic.

Yellowman and Dillinger: District, Liverpool – live review

Two pioneers of dancehall and true superstars of reggae – Yellowman and Dillinger – are currently touring together for the first time in the UK. We were in Liverpool.

Hackney Colliery Band: Band on the Wall, Manchester – live review

Nine-piece funk fusion act Hackney Colliery Band return to the Band on the Wall to grace the crowd with their enigmatic blend of genres and their energetic live shows. Louder Than War's Dom Walsh reviews.

Louder Than War Interview: The Hurriers

Brilliant new politically aware band The Hurriers, from Barnsley, speak to Louder Than War as they launch their miners’ strike inspired debut EP Truth and Justice.

Will Tun and The Wasters & MC Amalgam: Unite and Charge – album review

New collaboration EP Unite and Charge from Will Tun and The Wasters & Mc Amalgam is a unique atom bomb of fuzzy electro and jumping party music, out now.

Top Deck Presents Ska Vocals and Instrumentals – album review

Jamaican Ska label Top Deck is about to release a 40 track double CD of some of its’ finest vocal and instrumental tracks.





Calva Louise: Interlude For The Borderline Unsettled EP – review

Manchester based power pop grunge trio return with a space themed EP of tunes. Wayne AF Carey listens.

Various Artists – New York Graffiti – album review

Various Artists - New York Graffiti RPM 4CD/DL Released 22nd November 2019 Boxset subtitled 1619-1750 Broadway An Independent...

The Zips: Huh? – album review

The Zips - Huh? (Tenement Toons) Out Now DL/Ltd CD One of Scotland’s best loved punk bands return...

In depth interview with The Zips – Glasgow’s first ever punk band (arguably)

The Zips were one of the first punk bands in Glasgow, forming in 1977. Their fourth album is out soon. This is their story. In depth interview.

New artist of the day : Freya Beer ‘brilliant captivating voice with powerful dislocated backing’

Every now and the a voice cuts through the noise. Freya Beer has the voice. It’s stark emotional and powerful and delivers a heartfelt soaring dark energy