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Mark Lanegan Band: Phantom Radio review a career highlight from a gothic-grunge hero

(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

Tweedy: Sukierae review eerie, personal and devotional

(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

alt-J : This Is All Yours review sublime hooks and textures

(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

Allah-Las: Worship the Sun review west-coast psychedelic pop

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.

Interpol: El Pintor review a cheerful return to sonic murk and doom

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.

Twin Atlantic: Great Divide review wistful stadium rock with heart

"You can tell that the youth of today have lost their voice/ No questions, we just accept what we're taught," sings Sam McTrusty on The Ones That I Love, opening Twin Atlantic's third album.

A Sunny Day in Glasgow: Sea When Absent review beautiful sonic collage

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.

Jamie T review triumphant return of a modern original

"I'm pretty nervous. I've forgotten how to play everything," Jamie Treays, AKA Jamie T, told a radio interviewer recently, ahead of this long-awaited live return in an intimate venue.

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