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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

CD: Dr John - Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch

To most people, Louis Armstrong wasn’t the young jazz firebrand of “St James Infirmary” but the smiley old bloke who sang “What a Wonderful World”. Unfortunately, Dr John’s latest album – a tribute to Satchmo – isn’t going to change this

CD: Simian Mobile Disco - Whorl

For their fourth album Simian Mobile Disco - AKA London producers James Ford and Jas Shaw – have taken electronica to the Joshua Tree. The area in the South Californian desert where Keith Richards, Anita Pallenberg and Gram Parsons bathed their minds in

Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo, review: 'still wondrous, rich and powerful'

Singer defies weight of expectation on her comeback live performance to thrill audience with her theatrical imagination and undiminished voice

Opeth: Pale Communion review strange, intricate prog-metal genius

(Roadrunner)It almost seems a shame that Opeth are routinely saddled with the divisive "progressive" tag, as the Swedes' music is so consistently refined, vivid and sincere that it's hard to fathom anyone rejecting it wholesale. In contrast to 2011's Heri

Basement Jaxx: Junto review dance-pop innovators's decent return

(Atlantic Jaxx/PIAS)The 90s are back and so are Basement Jaxx, whose Brixton parties in the latter half of that decade showcased a fusion of house and carnival music that injected a bit of sunshine and pop sensibility into dance culture. Nowadays shiny, p

Luke Sital-Singh: The Fire Inside review believably vulnerable balladeering

(Parlophone)As old lyrical chestnuts go, being held captive by "the fire inside" is as mundane as "making it through the rain", leading to low expectations of this debut. Yet Luke Sital-Singh, who was longlisted in the Sound of 2014 poll, has produced a r