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The Kooks: Listen review shamelessly retro but enjoyable pop-rock

He might not be quite as far along the hyperbole spectrum as Johnny Borrell, but Luke from the Kooks is certainly no stranger to ludicrous statements.

Harriet Gibsone | The Guardian

The Kooks: Listen review meat-and-potatoes pop

Doubtless indie-rock also-rans the Kooks will present their fourth album as the new Screamadelica.

Paul Mardles | The Guardian

Robert Plant – Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar

"The whole impetus of my life as a singer has to be driven by a good brotherhood,” says Robert Plant of his new album. Recorded with current touring set-up The Sensational Space Shifters it is, in his own words, “African trance meets Zep."

Gary Kaill | The Skinny

No Class: Frank Turner Live In Barnsley

Like many towns in the UK, Barnsley is all-too-often left off the tour itinerary of most groups. Ian Winwood saw a chance to rectify this during a drunken evening with Frank Turner, and asked the singer songwriter to play for the price of his train...

Ian Winwood | The Quietus

The New Pornographers - 'Brill Bruisers'

Canadian filth merchants return with an obscenely enjoyable sixth album.

Mark Beaumont | NME

Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World

Trainwreck 1979, the lead single that ended Death From Above’s ten year recording hiatus last month, was almost custom built to engineer well-worn review phrases such as ‘immediately feels as if no time has passed.’ That’s not a slight on the Toronto-...

Darren Carle | The Skinny

Interpol - 'El Pintor'

Revisiting the darkness and vigour of their past, the New Yorkers' fifth album is a revitalised return to form


Ty Segall - 'Manipulator'

The prolific Californian's latest is freaky, but it's his most focused yet


Guardian Sessions: Royal Blood perform Loose Change video

Last week, Brighton's garage grunge duo performed Figure It Out for the Guardian Live Sessions. Here's their second track, recorded by at Kings Place in London. The groove based grind of Loose Change is taken from their self-titled debut album, which...

Ben Kape | Irene Baqué and Richard Sprenger | The Guardian | Tom Silverstone

First Charge of the Light Brigade – First Charge of the Light Brigade

It’s a shame Glasgow’s First Charge of the Light Brigade didn’t manage to push their self-titled debut album out a couple of months ago, when the Commonwealth Games were in town. When it comes to marketing Scotland to the world, this brand of well-...

Chris Buckle | The Skinny