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Michael Hann

Off!: Wasted Years review more of the same, in a good way, from punk supergroup

(Vice) If it ain't broke, don't fix it. On their third collection, the veteran SoCal hardcore revivalists continue to do exactly what they've already done. Keith Morris rages against society in the tone of a man who could get furious at a bed of bloomin

Status Quo: Britain's most underrated rock band

I went back in time on Saturday, to 30 years ago, which was the last time I saw Status Quo play live.

Eagulls: Eagulls review - exciting times for British guitar music

If the mainstream has become a no-go area for guitar bands, there are plenty of green shoots in the margins.

Milagres: Violent Light - review

When Brooklyn's Milagres first surfaced in the UK in 2011, the Guardian's New Band of the Day column declared they sounded exactly like Coldplay.

Why The Gloaming is the one album you should hear this week - video

Michael Hann recommends the Gloaming's self-titled album, a five-man Irish-American supergroup who blend rich ancestral Celtic music with the sounds of the New York contemporary music scene.

Angel Olsen: Burn Your Fire for No Witness - review

(Jagjaguwar) Angel Olsen 's second album marries solo singer-songwriter stuff with buzzy, fuzzy alt-pop - alternating between one and the other so expertly that the strengths of both are highlighted, the weaknesses pushed deep into the background. It's

Supreme Cuts: Divine Ecstasy - review

(Memphis Industries) The "exquisite corpse" technique was invented by the surrealists with the aim of making things as confusing as possible. OK, they may not have said as much, but the practice of turn-based creation (kind of like the game Consequences

New Mendicants: Into the Lime - review

(One Little Indian) You don't have to be a genius to guess what a collaboration between Joe Pernice ( Scud Mountain Boys , Pernice Brothers) and Norman Blake ( Teenage Fanclub ) is going to sound like. Might there be ringing guitars? There very well migh

Ezra Furman: Day of the Dog - review

(Bar None) Please take the five stars not as a statement that this is the best record of 2013, but as a delighted endorsement of a genre classic. With his fifth record - three with Harpoons, and two solo; and how I'm looking forward to hearing them - Ez

Beastmilk: Climax - review

(Svart) The shadow of Andrew Eldritch hangs heavy over the debut album from the Finnish quartet Beastmilk. It's not that they sound desperately like the Sisters of Mercy: gothy they may be, but Beastmilk are more metallic in tone, fond of big riffs and b