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Caroline Sullivan

The Vamps: Meet the Vamps review guitar-playing boyband's hit-and-miss debut

With their debut album, British teenage foursome the Vamps want to "bring back bandy-sounding music into mainstream stuff": in other words, they play their own instruments, and by happenstance have come along just as the idea of the guitar-playing boyband

Mike Oldfield: Man on the Rocks review - a not-so-new-age return

"Let me out, I can't breathe/ Gotta get out of this concrete hole," are the first words on Mike Oldfield's first album in six years – a cri de coeur accompanied by a video shot on a beach in the Bahamas, where he has lived since 2009.

Quilt: Held in Splendor - review

(Mexican Summer) The thank-yous on the sleeve of Quilt 's second album include not just the usual family and friends, but also a list of nature-related influences, from blizzards to mountains to "the stars in New Hampshire". The Boston psych-folk trio's

Rudimental - review

Joined by a robust supporting cast - including Prince's new BFF Lianne La Havas - the London quartet deliver a ramshackle yet oddly cohesive sold-out party The chart-topping album Home and three Brit award nominations testify to the fact that Rudiment

Nina Nesbitt: Peroxide - review

You've got to love a songwriter whose "fandom" call themselves Nesbians, but that's just the start of Nina Nesbitt 's appeal.

Tom Odell - review

Brixton Academy, London In a keyboard-pounding performance, Odell proves himself to be the Jerry Lee Lewis of mopey British songwriters "I don't think there's much room for the drunken, misogynistic male in music any more," Tom Odell declared on the e

Lisa Stansfield: Seven - review

(Monkeynatra) Lisa Stansfield 's pure tones have so obviously influenced Adele and Jessie Ware that it's an injustice she's been nearly forgotten. That said, she hasn't really helped herself, releasing only two albums since 1997, and refusing to join

Maximo Park: Too Much Information - review

To launch their fifth album, Maximo Park have created their own beer , Maximo No 5.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Wanderlust - review

Even before her last album, 2011's Make a Scene, Sophie Ellis-Bextor had intimated that she felt constrained by "the dance stuff", and with Wanderlust she's taken a do-or-die step away from it.

Girl Band - review

This boyish quartet from Dublin deliver visceral, invigorating music with nods to Daft Punk and Nick Cave Girl Band , as you may well guess, are male. They are also a Dublin noise-rock quartet so young that the guitarist has to fit this tour around his