Alt.rock

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Pixies announce UK tour for September, find out how to get tickets

3 Apr 2019

Alt rock legends to perform new material in Cardiff, Birmingham, Leeds, London, Glasgow and more

Alt rockers the Pixies are heading out across the UK for nine dates in September. Tickets for the tour are available at 10am on Fri 5 Apr. The Pixies have been around for over 30 years after forming in Boston when Joey Santiago and Black Francis met…

Suede to embark on ten-date UK tour in 2019, tickets on sale now

14 Dec 2018

Suede announced they will take to the road for a ten-date UK tour in spring 2019. Tickets for the shows are on sale now. Suede released their self-titled debut album in 1993, and now have eight successful studio to their name. The latest record The…

Stereophonics announce headline show at Swansea's Singleton Park, get tickets

11 Dec 2018

Welsh rockers to play home country gig next July

Stereophonics have announced the will take to the stage for a headline show Singleton Park in Swansea on Sat 13 Jul. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Fri 14 Dec.

Yungblud has announced additional tour dates for 2019

28 Aug 2018

The Yorkshire-born singer-songwriter will perform next March

Following on from the sell-out success of Yungblud's UK tour, the singer-songwriter has announced a string of new dates for 2019. The newly-announced gigs will see the Yungblud perform in Russia, Sweden and Denmark in Nov before heading out across the…

The Lemonheads confirm London date this October

29 Jul 2015

Alt.rock band's UK tour will finish with a date at London's indigo at the O2

Alt-rock group The Lemonheads will be touring across the UK and Ireland this October, finishing with a recently-confirmed date at London's indigo at The O2. The band are best-known for 'Into Your Arms' and their cover of Simon & Garfunkel's…

Live review: Nick Cave, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sun 26 Apr 2015

27 Apr 20154 stars

'As raucous, tender, carnal and dramatic as a Cave show should be . . . full of unexpected treats'

Nick Cave’s accompanists for the night (they’re not billed as Bad Seeds, despite being to all intents and purposes exactly that) arrive on stage ahead of him and strike up the bass rumble of ‘Water’s Edge’. Then, as the man himself struts on, there’s a…

Jesus and Mary Chain set for Glasgow gig

6 Nov 2014

Band will play classic album Psychocandy in full at Barrowland

It’s possible to identify only a few true Big Bang moments in British music and Psychocandy was one. With an echoey boom-thwack of Bobby Gillespie’s rudimentary drum kit, a beautiful hiss of guitar fuzz and feedback, and a shy drawl of Jim Reid’s…

King’s Daughters & Sons - If Then Not When

9 Nov 20114 stars

Glorious pastoral folk-rock debut from alt-rock super-group on Chemikal Underground

(Chemikal Underground) Not many alt-rock super-groups would simultaneously align themselves with William Faulkner and Led Zeppelin, but then Louisville, Kentucky’s King’s Daughters & Sons are no ordinary band. Formed by members of post-rock…

EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints

25 Apr 20113 stars

Slow-burning alt.rock from the former Gowns and Amps for Christ noise-folker

(Souterrain Transmissions) Erika M Anderson (EMA), formerly of the folk-noise outfits Amps for Christ and Gowns, makes her solo debut with this ethereal collection of lo-fi grunge ballads. Hushed vocals set to low-key guitar strumming that builds to…

The Feelies - Here Before

25 Apr 20113 stars

The post-punk pioneers return with a much mellower sound

(Bar None) Encircling the laid-back parameters of Tom Petty and REM, this comeback album from US alt-rockers The Feelies – once the toast of 70s New York – finds the years have mellowed the post-punk trailblazers, but they have not drained the band’s…

Deerhunter out on UK tour

3 Mar 2011

Alt.rock foursome beloved by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Battles and Nine Inch Nails

Any respectable profile piece on Atlanta, Georgia quartet Deerhunter would necessitate its author to offer a history and overview of the self-styled ghost rock and ambient punk band’s impressive ten-year career. It would thus require the writer to dig…

Isa & The Filthy Tongues - 'Addiction'

23 Jul 20095 stars

Re-issued from 2006 on the strength of their recent ‘New Town Killers’ single (from Richard Jobson’s film of the same name) Addiction marked/marks the return of Goodbye Mr Mackenzie alumni Martin Metcalfe, Fin Wilson and Derek Kelly. Having seen…

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

9 Jul 20093 stars

Another new name (all four of them!) to drop into conversation at a summer shindig, the enigmatic Miles stirs the cockles on this rich and raw debut set. From Portland, Oregon, to living rough in Coney Island, New York (and back again), Miles and his…

New Found Glory

11 Dec 20085 stars

ALT.ROCK It’s really not often you get a band who nail pop punk live. Really nail it. The three supports tonight all try, and fail for various reasons – primarily horrendous sound – but New Found Glory have their own equipment, own sound guy and a…

Jubilee

21 Aug 2008

You can’t dispute the talent involved in Jubilee, featuring Aaron North (Nine Inch Nails/The Icarus Line) on vocals and guitar; Michael Shuman (Queens of the Stone Age/Wires on Fire) on bass and vocals and Jeff Lynn (Wires on Fire) guitar. However they…

Kristin Hersh

7 Aug 2008

After the flood

To the casual observer, Kristin Hersh is a bundle of contradictions. Just seconds into our conversation she is gabbing away like an old friend, expounding on her one-woman show Paradoxical Undressing, the tale of a tumultuous teenage life when, in the…

Jaguar Love - Take Me to the Sea

7 Aug 20083 stars

ALT.ROCK (Matador Records) Formed from the ashes of Seattle art-punk luminaries Pretty Girls Make Graves and Blood Brothers, Jaguar Love consists of veteran squawker Johnny Whitney, former bandmate Cody Votolato and Jay Clark. As the creative force…

Chris Bradley

19 Jun 2008

Expect a subtle mix of alternative rock and classical elements as Chris Bradley launches his new album Voices in his native Edinburgh. He started as a child singing with the prestigious St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, then joined a jazz band before finally…

Plain White T's

17 Jan 2008

ALT.ROCK Barrowland, Glasgow, Fri 25 Jan Dave Tirio is asleep. Fifteen minutes after the interview is scheduled to start he’s probably dreaming about number ones and sell-out tours. But these things are fast becoming more than dreams for the…

Nine Black Alps

15 Nov 20073 stars

ALT.ROCK Love/Hate (Island) When this Manchester foursome released their debut album two years ago, they sounded a great deal like Nirvana. Now they’re back it’s disappointing to hear just how little they have actually progressed. On the plus side…

Records - Built To Spill

3 Jul 20074 stars

ALT.ROCK It’s been years since we last heard from this influential, Idaho-based collective and thankfully we find them on remarkable form sixth record around. Refreshingly at odds with the current glowsticks and guitars-strewn music scene they have…

Our Lunar Activities and The Gems

11 Nov 20063 stars

Nice’n’Sleazy, Glasgow, Sun 5 Nov

ALT ROCK What better way to pull in punters on a windy Sunday’s eve than with the lure of Sleazy’s womb-like interior, free warm Red Stripe and hard, driving rock? Launching their new single ‘It Comes in Waves’, Our Lunar Activities were the night’s…