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CD: The Pierces - Creation

Five albums down, and it seems that The Pierces are yet to stop dressing up their music in different, albeit recognisable, clothes. If 2011’s You & I was the big pop album that with any justice would have made Allison and Catherine household names, then

Swimmin' Time review Shovels & Rope deliver winning bluesy lo-fi

(Dualtone)This South Carolina husband-and-wife duo made ripples in the overcrowded Americana scene with 2012's debut, a set of rowdy originals with a Southern gothic tinge. Swimmin' Time follows on winningly, pitching drawling vocal harmonies against a bl

The Pierces: Creation review harmonising in a minor key

(Polydor)Apparently Alabama sisters Allison and Catherine Pierce, now resident in LA, enlisted the help of a shaman and took ayahuasca to find their way to this, their fifth full-length offering. The tactic paid off, lending a slightly darker edge to thei

Kate Bush - Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith

Ms Bush walked on in a black, tasselled tunic with the slight air of an aging hippy. Her feet were bare and her tousled hair, half tied-back. And that – for anyone who had managed to avoid the papers all week – answered the first question: what she wo

The Pierces: Creation review silvery, spinetingling soft-rock

(Polydor)Catherine and Allison Pierce's fifth record is, to all intents, a drug album: it was shaped by the Alabama sisters' experiences with the hallucinogen ayahuasca, which they used after finishing the promotion of their breakthrough 2011 LP, You & I

Sinkane: Mean Love outstanding, style-hopping pop

(City Slang)Born in London, teethed in Sudan, raised in Utah and schooled in Brooklyn, Ahmed Gallab has as much right as anyone to attempt a global style of pop music. That he does it so well, and apparently effortlessly, is what makes his band Sinkane's

Pulled Apart By Horses: Blood review from subtle to skull-rattingly loud

(Best of the Best)Pulled Apart By Horses emerged from the ashes of the NME-constructed New Yorkshire scene, along with other Leeds bands such as Dinosaur Pile-Up producing a mix of slacker and stoner rock and doing it with a sense of humour. On their thi

Peggy Seeger: Everything Changes review a revelation

Folk legend Seeger returns to form, her limber vocals and experimental approach enhancing some of the year's best songsThis album is a revelation. Throughout her lengthy career, Peggy Seeger has proved that she is a thoughtful songwriter with an easygoing

Lewis: Romantic Times review mystery playboy's bizarre second album

The deeply strange debut album by singer-songwriter Randy Wulff AKA Lewis caused a stir with its reissue earlier this year; its newly unearthed followup is, if anything, even strangerEarlier this month, US label Light in the Attic found itself in the cur

Kate Bush: The last of the Great British Eccentrics is truly bonkers

Unlike her male counterparts, Bush has always maintained a sense of humour, says Bernadette McNulty