Rock & Pop

The 2 Bears: The Night is Young review deep house is rarely such fun

(Southern Fried)The charge most often levelled against deep house is that it takes itself far too seriously. The 2 Bears, however, are the genres mavericks, their willingness to take risks evident in their second albums overtures to reggae (Money Man) and

Kindness: Otherness review scholarly but sensual experimental soul

(Female Energy)As you might expect from a man who launched his musical career while studying at the Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Study and who followed his 2012 debut album with a documentary on the Washington DC go-go scene, Kindnesss Adam Bainbri

You + Me: Rose Ave review Pink and Dallas Greens utterly lovely country duo

(RCA)Pop singer Pinks country/folk album words you probably never expected to read came about when she found common musical ground with Dallas Green, formerly of Canadian hardcore band Alexisonfire. As You + Me, the pair explore pastoral byways, and its a

Mark Lanegan Band: Phantom Radio review a career highlight from a gothic-grunge hero

(Heavenly)The Screaming Trees former vocalist has by now fairly firmly established himself as a kind of post-grunge/Americana Johnny Cash, with moody songs awash with tales of drug abuse, redemption and dark humour. Theres plenty of that here. Black is

Kele: Trick review confident, carnal disco on Bloc Party singers second solo album

(Kobalt Label Services)While touring Bloc Partys last album, Four, Kele Okereke was compelled to create a collection of club anthems, the confident, carnal yin to his indie groups anxious, angst-riddled yang. Much like his debut solo album, 2010s The Box

The Bots: Pink Palms review stylish indie rock with real substance

(Fader)You could be forgiven for dismissing the Bots as a case of style over substance. Two brothers signed to the label offshoot of US fashion/music/style rag Fader, they recorded demos with Damon Albarn and their album features production from Nick Zinn

Steve Gunn: Way Out Weather review blissfully cosmic Americana

(Paradise of Bachelors)Its been a good year for the friends of Kurt Vile. Adam Granduciels latest album as the War on Drugs is one of the years standouts, and now Steve Gunn, formerly one of Viles Violators, has released something very nearly as good. Whe

The 2 Bears: The Night Is Young review pop-house hits to salve the anxieties of middle age | Alexis Petridis

Raf Rundell and Joe Goddard return with more four-to-the-floor fun, this time seemingly aimed at thirtysomethings coming to terms with their lost youthBe Strong, the 2 Bears 2012 debut album, staked out a curious musical grey area. We live in an age teemi

Pink Floyd's The Endless River: 'This is the last thing from us'

During a recent interview, David Gilmour has said that there will not be a follow up to their forthcoming 15th album Pink Floyd stoke host global artwork launch Stephen Hawking sampled on Pink Floyds The Endless RiverDavid Gilmour has said that the forth

Jessie Ware, Tough Love, review: 'a sleek, satiny affair'

Jessie Ware's new album is a superior slice of small hours electro-pop, says Helen Brown