(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.
(Domino)As Scotland ponders the vote for independence, Fife singer-songwriter Kenny "King Creosote" Anderson's latest album is the soundtrack to a documentary film of the same name, to be released for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. However, he's stee
(Fat Cat) This Glaswegian female duo's name harks back to the days when it was fashionable to combine polar opposites to form an eyecatching moniker the Stone Roses, Mudhoney et al. Lo and behold, their music has much in common with late-1980s/early-1990s
(Domino) As Miles Kane and Alex Turner's Last Shadow Puppets demonstrated, there's still plenty of mileage in gently psychedelic pop. This is Eugene McGuinness 's fourth album, and he knows his way around a tune, combining spiky guitars and lysergic ch