The Districts – Popular Manipulations

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Pennsylvania rock band The Districts land a bolstering sucker punch of roaring choruses, heavy distortion and electrified charge on third studio album Popular Manipulations, a record that showcases The Districts at their most intense, visceral and anthemic. Not so much a chrysalis, rather than an amplified version of previous album, 2015’s A Flourish and... Continue Reading →

Soccer Mommy – Collection

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ After years of self recorded bandcamp releases, Nashville born songwriter Sophie Allison’s DIY ethic and growing following has led to the attention of Fat Possum Records, home to bands such as The Districts and Sunflower Bean. Now under the pseudonym of ‘Soccer Mommy’ she’s released her carefully crafted debut album entitled Collection. At only 19... Continue Reading →

Kevin Morby – City Music

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Kevin Morby’s ode to the bustling but lonely city and the music that soundtracks their existence. Morby’s 4th solo endeavour after work in bands including Woods and The Babies, City Music explores the stories, nuances and landscapes of city life from the haunting lonely pump organ on opening track ‘Come to Me Now’... Continue Reading →

8 recommended new releases

With festival season underway and Glastonbury on the horizon, now is the time for bands to tease their new material before they grace countless packed fields across the globe. This week features some of the biggest bands slated to be releasing new music in 2017. From intricate indie pop to angry grunge here's Bored Suburbanite's... Continue Reading →

Future Islands – The Far Field

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ A distant sound, getting closer and closer. A familiar sound? Of course! As William Cashion’s bass kicks in on opening track ‘Aladdin’ you know immediately what to expect from the next 45 minutes of The Far Field. Future Islands have cornered the market on soaring, uplifting synthpop, a trademark sound they’ve... Continue Reading →

Diet Cig – Swear I’m Good at This

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Two years after their debut EP Over Easy put them on the map, Diet Cig finally release their debut album Swear I’m Good at This. A scrappy, sprint of a noise pop record that sees the duo navigate characteristically lo-fi production and build on their fast-paced punk ethos. Musically it’s hardly reinventing the... Continue Reading →

TV Derivation

So a good 17 years after Guy Ritchie’s influential crime caper, Snatch, took to cinemas it appears to be being reimagined for the smaller screen. The streaming-service boom has seen the viewership and quality of TV shows grow exponentially and forced other networks such as HBO up their game considerably. But do we really want... Continue Reading →

Album of the Year (10-1)

Picking a top 10 in a year as rich in musical talent as 2016 is a pretty thankless task. In the end I found myself with a interesting mix of legendary artists, upcoming talents and innovative greats. Thank you for following the list and here are my personal ten favourite albums of the last year. The first of... Continue Reading →

Album of the Year (20-11)

As we come to the penultimate instalment of my 'Album of 2016' countdown, I thought I ought to take the opportunity to address some of the albums that didn't quite make it onto the list, for a number of reasons. Firstly, although I do have a lot of free time as a student, I can't listen... Continue Reading →

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