It might not quite touch the white-hot fury of the first three albums, but it’s honestly the best – the most alive – they’ve sounded in years.
...But, for all those generous nods to the Hold Steady’s beloved motifs, Craig Finn’s made a glorious solo record that sounds nothing like his regular band and, more so, doesn’t leave us kinda wishing it did.
If, like me, you consider steel drums to be the most joyful instrument on the planet, then you’ll probably concur that Roberto Carlos Lange’s ability to make them resonate with sweet melancholia on ‘Imagining What To Do’ neatly sums up the rich and sumptuous experience of This Is How You Smile.
The music, though? It's more than a match. Cuco (Omar Banos to family and friends) makes charm-laden lo-fi Cali-pop that straddles genre with carefree ease.
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I don't care how much a song slaps, bops or bangs, it's gotta have a plan. Jamming is a directionless anti-plan and, also, it's really really boring.
As we sink deeper into the grey slab of miserablism that forms the London winter, Flowering Jungle does everything you want from a Monster Rally album, and more.
New Sounds 2018 we challenge you to find something more addictive than Lia Lia, we're hooked.
New Sounds 2018, we're so excited for the dreamy sounds of Clara La San to make it big next year.
New Music playlist feat. Lily Allen, Giggs, Kississippi, Silvana Imam, Goat Girl, Art Maxim, Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda VHS..., Lucy Dacus, Lyza Jane and more
The o2 moves as one, united in adoration for this band that have transcended cartoon concept to become the bringers of the biggest party on this rotten planet.
New Sounds of 2018: This year Lia Lia came out of nowhere to grace us with some of the best pop tracks around. 2018 is bound to be huge for her.
NOS Alive is an absolute blast of a festival.
Our very own Deputy Editor demands that musicians everywhere stop sucking and simply play the hits.
Thank the stars for Yo! Sissy, the Berlin-based 2 day extravaganza that focuses on female and trans-identifying acts.
The Boy Least Likely to tell us their influences and you can win 2 tickets to their London gig at The Lexington.
There’s sanctuary and hope offered in this album, and you’d be foolish to not accept it
Tracks of the Week feat. Jens Lekman, Georgia, Julie Byrne, Flaco, Julien Baker, Ryan Playground, Kehlani, Lowly, Dirty Projectors and more.
Liyv features in our New Sounds of 2017 feature.
Swimming Tapes feature in our New Sounds of 2017 feature.