(Island)Rod Stewarts mega-successful Great American Songbook series has become something of a blueprint for musicians at a crossroads donning a metaphorical black tie and settling into the nostalgic glow of pre-rock music standards. As the former Eurythmi
(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
(DBPM)After almost 30 years in music with his bands Uncle Tupelo and Wilco and work in genres from alt-country to electronic psychedelia Jeff Tweedy has finally made his first solo album, with his 18-year-old son Spencer on drums. Conceived as a doub
(Sony)Two years after carrying off the Mercury Music prize for An Awesome Wave, alt-J arent exactly pandering to the needs of an unexpected mainstream audience. Minus departed bassist Gwil Sainsbury, their second album exhibits the playful adventure Radi
After attracting attention a couple of years ago for bringing about the return of 1960s-inspired guitar pop, Los Angeless Allah-Las could be entitled to feel a bit miffed that their former support band, Temples, have stolen their thunder.
Since 2010's eponymous fourth album, New York's sharpest-dressed miserabilists have taken a lengthy hiatus and lost talismanic bassist Carlos Dengler and brief replacement David Pajo, while frontman Paul Banks has been solo and dabbling in rap.
Twenty-two years ago, Nostradamic pop critic Simon Reynolds predicted that pop music would become a game of mix-and-match rather than great leaps forward, as artists would fuse genres and sounds together to create new music.