Years to Burn Singer song-writer Sam Beam has released several albums under the moniker of Iron & Wine, but in 2005 he teamed up with Calexico to record a collaborative EP, ‘In the Reins’. Calexico main-men Joey Burns and John Convertino have carved a lengthy and successful career with their unique Tex-Mex / Americana style, combining Latin sounds (particularly Mariachi) with country indie-rock. ‘In the Reins’ was made up of Beam compositions, with Calexico providing the musical backing. The two bands clearly get on well together and have toured and collaborated over a long period, but have only just got around to recording a follow-up album together.


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Office Politics Office Politics is here and it “jumped the queue because it’s smarter than you and better than you” teases the opening track, Queuejumper, a burst of pop that is indeed better than me.


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Stand Back by Stevie Nicks After over 40 years in the music industry, Stevie Nicks influence is unquestionable whether it be as a member of rock legends Fleetwood Mac or as a solo artist. Her unique vocal style has had a vast impact noticeably recognised by an array of artists such as Beyonce, Taylor Swift and her rock n roll husband Tom Petty. This three disc collection of work spans her whole career including her greatest hits, collaborations and stunning live performances all of which present a comprehensive aural compilation of Nicks' work.


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Mettavolution by Rodrigo Y Gabriela With the vast majority of today’s popular music heavily relying on catchy vocal hooks to draw in the attention of listeners, you don’t often find music that can captivate listeners simply with instruments. So we take away the vocals and the drums usually give the songs rhythm. But if you take that away you’re simply left with almost empty sounding guitars. Well not with the latest musical endeavours from the mighty Rodrigo y Gabriela. That’s right. They’re back with immense Mexican vibes in the form of Mettavolution.


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The Best of… So Far by Newton Faulkner When Newton Faulkner burst onto the scene with his unique approach to a blend of pop and folk music back in the summer of 2007, he embarked on a journey that's seen him create and release some of the most beautiful music.


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Look Now by Elvis Costello and The Imposters Elvis Costello is one of those long-career artists who seem to manage to stay artistically vibrant against the odds. Back in the late 1970s, with singles like ‘Watching the Detectives’, he quickly established himself as one of the most intelligent commentators on the punk / new-wave music scene, a man with songwriting attitude who could pen both great tunes and incisive lyrics. However, unlike many of his 70s contemporaries, Costello was not going to be confined as a one-trick artist and he quickly moved on to make a huge range of records spanning many styles and genres (including country, R & B, Brill Building, string quartet). He has also collaborated with some great names in the music business, including Paul McCartney and Burt Bacharach. He’s not predictable and whenever a new album is announced the question is what version of Elvis Costello will this record represent?


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Live From The Ryman by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Live From The Ryman by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit opens with 'Hope The High Road', a political guitar-driven anthem possessing all the right ingredients to tell you "Here’s the band you came to see". Politically outspoken, fiery with a side order of slide guitar and a sprinkling of nice harmonies - but it disappointed slightly as it felt like the sound tech wasn’t quite on point and the middle notes seemed a little muddy. However by track 2, '24 Frames', the sound technician seemed to have awakened and employed their skillset to its full potential with a much cleaner sound.


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VI by You Me At Six Simplistically titled but thoughtfully curated, VI is the sixth studio offering from Surrey-based pop-rockers You Me At Six, an album that’s aiming to re-position the band within the minds of fans and detractors alike.


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7 Blood by Blair Jollands Blair Jollands’ latest offering 7 Blood is out now at most good record shops and streaming services. The latest offering from the New Zealand singer songwriter doesn't disappoint with infectious songs and clever lyrics it's a must for fans and newbies alike.


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REDUXER by alt-J Formed in 2007 at Leeds University, alt-J are a critically acclaimed band who to date have released 3 albums, the first of which ‘An Awesome Wave’ saw them claim the Mercury Prize in 2012. Their second album ‘This Is All Yours’ released in 2014 went straight to No. 1. Their third album ‘Relaxer’ was released in June 2017 and again this album was nominated for the Mercury Prize but they lost out that year.


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My Mind Makes Noises by Pale Waves There is a misconception amongst casual music listeners that there is such a thing as an ‘overnight success’. In reality, for every award, every hit single and every massive show, there are untold hours of blood, sweat and tears that each artist needs to endure before they can own their success.


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Coup De Grace by Miles Kane Miles Kane inhabits that weird sweet spot in indie guitar music wherein he is pretty much a household name without ever becoming a bona fide pop star. His third album Coup De Grace finds Kane in defiant mood, embracing his heaviest sound yet.


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Better Than That by James James have always been a great singles band. One of the few artists about which you could confidently state that their Greatest Hits defined a decade, songs such as ‘Sit Down’, ‘Laid’ and ‘She’s a Star’ will forever be ingrained on the public consciousness. A brand-new EP then will always come with a certain level of anticipation. And so, to Better Than That…


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Perfume by Wand ‘Perfume’ immediately sounds like a follow-up to ‘Plum’, featuring strong melodies and riffs, plus a few inspiring instrumental work-outs and, like ‘Plum’, the album sounds like a real group effort.


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