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Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Hypnotic Eye review solid, angry return to rocking out

"I knew I wanted to do a rock'n'roll record. We hadn't made a straight hard-rockin' record, from beginning to end, in a long time," Tom Petty said earlier this year.

King Creosote: From Scotland With Love review disarmingly passionate

(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

Honeyblood: Honeyblood review vigorous 90-style indie-pop

(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

Eugene McGuinness: Chroma review trippy and engaging but inconsistent

(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

5 Seconds of Summer: 5 Seconds of Summer review lyrical mischief

(Universal) If One Direction's recent "pot" controversy has sent any fans scurrying for the hills, along come chart-ready Australian pop-punk boy band 5 Seconds of Summer. A collective of (gulp) four YouTube stars, their chugging guitars, "hey hey heys"

The Soft Pink Truth: Why Do the Heathen Rage? review fun satire of black metal

(Thrill Jockey) With its shrieked anti-Christian songs, homophobia, misogyny, corpse paint and the occasional church-burning, black metal is pop's darkest genre. However, Drew Daniel (from Baltimore electronic duo Matmos ) has exploited the genre's vast

Linkin Park: The Hunting Party review former nu-metallers rock out again

"I didn't want to scream any more," Linkin Park's Chester Bennington told the Guardian in 2011 , explaining the nu-metal giants' unlikely stylistic detour towards political electronica.

Chrissie Hynde: Stockholm review Pretenders singer's sassy solo debut

The return of Chrissie Hynde makes one realise how much we have missed that yearning, soulful vibrato.

REM's Mike Mills: 'To expose yourself, warts and all, was very daunting'

As REM's MTV Unplugged appearances are released on album, their bassist recalls the nerves of returning to the stage for the first time in two years.

Prince review return to stadiums provokes hormonal spontaneous combustion

Despite the odd funk jam, a barrage of hits and magisterial showmanship make the Purple One's return to large-scale gigging a triumph.