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Michael Hann

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

Cerebral Ballzy: Jaded & Faded review fuzz guitars to minor-key moodiness

(Cult) This New York hardcore crew have turned to TV on the Radio 's Dave Sitek to produce their second album, and it's yielded pleasing results. The insane bark-and-roar has been reined back just enough to add a little clarity, and the pace is a tad l

Straight Arrows: Rising review reverb-slathered melodic garage rock

(Agitated) It's a slight disappointment to discover that Australia's Straight Arrows look like ordinary people. Their second album suggests they should, at the very least, be sporting black jeans of extraordinary tightness, Cuban-heeled chelsea boots an

Happyness: Weird Little Birthday review charming UK slacker-rock

(Genepool) If it hasn't been exactly a tidal wave, then there's at least been a ripple of a revival in early 90s US slacker rock in the UK over the last few years, with the likes of Mazes and Yuck . They're followed by the London trio Happyness , whos

Lorde review compelling performer but musically monotonous

Lorde conveys teen concerns with adult sophistication and husky gravitas. When her musical imagination matches the rest of her talent, she'll be unbeatable.

Fucked Up: Glass Boys review softcore in need of topline melodies

If Fucked Up are no longer a hardcore band, what are they?

Kasabian: 48:13 review entertaining rockers unconcerned with cool

If they're never as good as they say they are, Kasabian are reliably better than their detractors insist.

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires: Dereconstructed review an angry twist on southern rock

"That old flag" features in the lyrics to the second album from these Alabamans, but not in the way you might expect from a southern rock band.

Sleaford Mods: Divide and Exit review electro-punk with bracing humour

It would be easy to go overboard about Sleaford Mods – here at last is the authentic voice of dispossessed England!

Oliver Wilde: Red Tide Opal in the Loose End Womb review playful but overlong

The people who like Oliver Wilde's second album will really adore it: the sense of diffident playfulness (in titles such as Stomach Full of Cats or Say Yes to Ewans); the very English stateliness of his indie-cum-folk-cum-shoegaze, all done in a determine