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ALBUM REVIEW: MUDHONEY – REAL LOW VIBE

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★★★★☆ As the hammond organ falls out of sync with a four-to-the-floor kick drum and Mark Arm howls through a megaphone, opening track ‘Untitled’ brings 39 seconds of confusing chaos. Think of it as a fully charged warm up before the welcome relief of a motown beat kicks off ‘No[…]

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REVIEW: SKA RARITIES – TREASURE ISLE

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SKA RARITIES: TREASURE ISLE (Trojan) Epically strong collection highlighting the founding fathers of ska. ★★★★★ This 3 CD set with 86 tracks in total includes Duke Reid, Stranger Cole, The Zodiacs, Basil Caral and Derrick Morgan among many others. It comes beautifully packaged in a bright 10-page booklet giving you[…]

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REVIEW: DESERT SESSIONS VOL 11 & 12

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DESERT SESSIONS VOLS. 11 & 12 (Matador) John Homme and all-star guests rip riot. ★★★☆☆ 16 years on from the last volume, Josh Homme and a fresh group of artists have recorded 8 inspired experimental tracks in the Cali desert including Carla Azar, Matt Berry, Les Claypool, Billy Gibbons, Mike[…]

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ALBUM REVIEW: ANTI-FLAG – 20/20 VISION

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ANTI-FLAG 2020 VISION (Spinefarm) Politically charged 12 album of uncompromising pop punk. ★★★☆☆ The four-piece are on their 12th album and its full throttle, guitar fuelled hardcore pop punk. If it was released in 2003 they’d be the biggest band in the world. Honest and engaging with an abrasive vocal[…]

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