Posts Tagged ‘ Indie ’

Metallica, And Other Festival “Mis-Bookings”

Daphne and Celeste getting battered,  not in a good way. (Image courtesy

Daphne and Celeste getting battered, not in a good way. (Image courtesy


With Glastonbury finally upon us, we are once again faced with the two usual talking points: One: the weather, and two: controversy and skepticism regarding one of the headliners. This year, the announcement of heavy metal titans Metallica as the festival’s third headliner raised more than a few eyebrows. Would metal and a Mumford type crowd mix? Continue reading

GANGS + The Clameens Live @ The Twisted Pepper

© Revolver Project

© Revolver Project

You may have seen many a mention of these GANGS fellas round Irish News Review, and quite simply we can’t get enough of them so we’re delighted to report that Ireland’s hottest new band are returning home to rock The Twisted Pepper having gone down a storm in London last month. Their compatriots this time around are Northern Ireland rockers The Clameens, hot on the coat tails of GANGS to become one of the hottest new bands on this island at present.

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Beck – Morning Phase

beckBeck has finally got around to releasing his long-awaited new album, his first since 2008’s Modern Guilt, following a long period where it seemed that he was determined to make anything other than a “proper” album. This scattered list of projects included a handful of unmemorable stand-alone singles, producing albums for countless other artists, soundtrack work, and a collection of original sheet music, “Song Reader”. Although these projects were likeably diverting, many of his fans had one consistent thought in the back of there minds: “Can we have an album please?” and he has lost many of his fairweathers. After a near six year wait, that day has finally arrived.


The title Morning Phase is an interesting one. Beck arrives to this album as his first as an elder statesman. As an artist he no longer resembles the one who recorded early angsty hits such as “Loser” and he is no longer the excitable sampler that produced Odelay. Since 2002’s Sea Change, Beck has gradually approached middle age with a grace, dignity and restlessness that few could have predicted. Will his latest phase be as fruitful as those that preceded it? Continue reading

Bombay Bicycle Club-So Long, See You Tomorrow


London’s’ Bombay Bicycle Club have gradually risen from the smallest font of festival line-ups to this, their first UK number one album. Their slow, hard-earned success is a comforting reminder of not only the importance of hard work and patience, but reminds us that innovation and challenging yourself can reap big rewards. Thus far, each of Bombay’s albums has been their best yet and the group have developed so much that they truly sound like a different band today on their fourth album than the one who released the so-so debut “I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose”. “So Long, See You Tomorrow” is Bombay’s first album as contenders and they admirably continue to push themselves throughout. Continue reading