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Ben Howard: I Forget Where We Were review indie-folk singer finds his darker side

(Island)During the summer of 2013, it seemed that every time one turned on TV festival coverage, there was Ben Howard. Only love! Only love! hed be crooning to a sea of mellow, Boden-clad revellers, seemingly the very model of the Waitrose indie-folk-song

Steve Gunn: Way Out Weather review blissfully cosmic Americana

(Paradise of Bachelors)Its been a good year for the friends of Kurt Vile. Adam Granduciels latest album as the War on Drugs is one of the years standouts, and now Steve Gunn, formerly one of Viles Violators, has released something very nearly as good. Whe

Goat: Commune review thrillingly unconstrained

What intrigues about Goat is how they manage to impress and startle, rather than offend.

Hiss Golden Messenger: Lateness of Dancers review discreetly charming full-band affair

(Merge)Album No 5 from Hiss Golden Messenger and their first for the celebrated indie label Merge is, like its predecessor Haw, largely a full-band affair, moving away from the acoustic country-folk of their early records, though not dispensing with it

Robert Plant: Rainbow watch the video

The former Zeppelin singer unveils the clip for the first single from his acclaimed new album.

Royal Blood rocknroll where it counts

Brighton band Royal Blood arent very debauched off stage but they more than make up for it with their live showsNoel Gallagher says theres no feeling in the world like throwing a TV out of a hotel window. As he says these words, Royal Bloods singer and b

Ty Segall: Manipulator review an unadulterated joy from start to finish

Rock is replete with musicians who toil away in multiple guises, releasing album after album with confounding frequency.

Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards: Distance review a heartbreak album that's never depressing

(The State51 Conspiracy)Dan Michaelson has made a bit of a miniature masterpiece in Distance. It's just 30 minutes long, comprises only eight songs, and has a sonic palette that stretches little further than pedal steel, acoustic and electric guitars, ba

Childhood: Lacuna review delightful, sun-drenched guitar pop

The fact that this delightful, rippling, sun-drenched album is creeping out on a label that is "currently updating" its website rather than on a major, to fanfares from the press, with a huge promotional push says a great deal about musical fashions.

Everything's a Thread review John Steel Singers' Aussie stoner-rock is the perfect summer soundtrack

(Full Time Hobby)Could it be Australia's immunity to the great 21st-century global recession that has produced this seemingly unending wave of sun-dappled psychedelia? The John Steel Singers, from Brisbane, follow the likes of Tame Impala and Pond in soun