Author: Ben Norris
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Review: Blaenavon – Everything That Makes You Happy

The second full-length album from Blaenavon features some snappy songwriting and a lot of later Foals worship. It’s unmistakable in the yowling, full-throated verses of opening single I Want You, which is one of the strongest songs on the album. Anthemic and uplifting, it belies singer and guitarist Ben Gregory’s knack for writing sharp hooks, […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Unmissable: Dials Festival 2019

Dials Festival has come around again! The new music discovery based on Southsea’s Albert Road has made a big name for itself over the past few years and is still providing one of the best lineups of upcoming bands in the country. It also supports charity Solent Mind with all tickets including donations to the […]

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Author: Will Thomas
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Review: Lauran Hibberd – Everything is Dogs

On ‘Everything is Dogs’ Lauran sings with clarity. She doesn’t need to warble to prove that she is talented. Lauran’s EP ‘Everything is Dogs’ has this Weezer first-album feel that sounds youthful, naïve, charming, and accessible. Songs here are genuinely strong and don’t need to be laced with smoothed-over EDM in order to give them […]

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Live Review: Marika Hackman @ Thekla, Bristol (21/9/19)

With live performances, there can be a divide between musicians who put their rawest feelings into a set but lack presence and musicians who put in a compelling display but offer little in the way of substance. On the 21st night of September at a newly-refurbished Thekla in Bristol, Marika Hackman demonstrates that it’s still […]

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Review: Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell

The fifth album from Lana Del Ray is arguably the culmination of everything she’s worked towards since the release of her viral hit Videogames back in 2011. There’s nothing here that will convert anyone who wasn’t already a fan; instead, Norman Fucking Rockwell! (or NFR!, as it’s being promoted to the masses on the London […]

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: Twin Peaks – Lookout Low

Twin Peaks fourth studio album is a throwback to a summery 70s America, often blending impish drumbeats and snare rolls, light and breezy keys and twanging country guitar riffs to create a fun if not a slightly forgettable album. Listening to the piece you get the sense that the quintet love what they do and […]

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: The Big Moon – Your Light

With a second album slated for a January 2020 release, The Big Moon have offered their second single, Your Light. An instant indie-pop banger that encapsulates the urge to shrug off the weight of the world to allow yourself to live as happily as you can despite the abhorrent events of late, something which can […]

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Author: Will Thomas
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Review: Squid – Town Centre

I’m trying to think of what to write, but all my brain is doing is stagnating all my words and sentences in the style of a shit Mark E Smith impersonation. Why? Because I’m a saddo and it’s the coolest thing I can think of doing after listening to Squid’s EP ‘Town Centre’. This EP […]

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Author: Will Thomas
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Live Review: Press Club + Supports @ The Prince Albert, Brighton (6/9/19)

Live music is a funny thing: you know when you love a band, and you finally get the chance to see them live there is so much pressure. Maybe you heard their music playing at a hugely significant point in your life, and as a result you cherish those songs and those songs will always […]

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Author: Ben Norris
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Review: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Infest the Rat’s Nest

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have never been ones for half measures. When the Melbourne-based seven-piece gave themselves the very ambitious goal of releasing five albums in 2017, they not only succeeded in meeting their goal but they delivered five very different bodies of work, each underpinned by five fully-realised concepts. No two of […]

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Author: Harry Fortuna
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Review: No Hot Ashes – Hardship Starship

Indie four piece No Hot Ashes have released their debut album Hardship Starship, assisting the likes of Blossoms in their pursuit of putting humble old Stockport on the map as a breeding ground for exciting, young bands. There’s a definitive swagger about the NHA lads as the open up with lead single ‘Extra Terrestrial’. The […]

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Live Review: Dog of Man @ The Hope & Ruin, Brighton (16/8/19)

“It’s like a circus gone wrong.” Having struggled for hours to find a way of encapsulating Dog of Man’s sound, I can think of no description more fitting than my friend’s comment halfway through their album launch gig at the Hope and Ruin last Friday. They might possess many of the hallmarks of a regular […]

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Unmissable: Reading + Leeds 2019

Reading + Leeds is always one of the biggest festivals of the Summer and an amazing way of spending your bank holiday weekend. Unfortunately, we will not be there this year, but for those of you lucky enough to attend we have chosen 8 bands that we feel are truly unmissable. Pip Blom 22-year old […]

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Live Review: Cultdreams – Things That Hurt

Cultdreams, formerly Kamikaze Girls, announced their second album Things That Hurt back in March and have been working hard on their follow-up to 2017’s Seafoam. The finished product is tense and visceral, knotty and undulating. Their sound is big, with an emphasis on pulsing, delay-soaked guitar leads and towering drums. Like most rock duos they’ve […]

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Emerging from the Dark Side with… The Mysterines

Brand new music is something that we get most excited about at Dark Side. We spend most of our time here trying to find the best in up and coming music and in this feature we show off one of our favourite new finds. Who are you? Lia, George, and Chrissy. How did the formation […]

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Author: Will Thomas
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Review: Drusila – Single Life

Portsmouth-based dark-poppers, Drusilla grace us with new single, ‘Single Life’. The piece, like all good 80’s electronica, should leave us a little sad and a little distance: ‘Single Life’ succeeds. The band, aptly named after former Roman Emperor Caligula’s sister, leave us feeling melancholic whilst we willing dip our toes in the spray of sadness. […]

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: Frankie Knight – ‘Even Though’

Ahead of her debut album, Sussex-based Frankie Knight has released Even Though, a dreamy, electronic number with flecks of synth that wouldn’t be out of place in the Stranger Things soundtrack. Even Though opens with a riff similar to something Dan Croll may have used on his first album before beautifully fusing an 80s undercurrent […]

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Review: Slaves – The Velvet Ditch EP

Slaves seem to be the last Bastian of UK radio-friendly punk available in 2019. The Radio 1 DJ will happily press-play after Freya Ridings or before a hideous attempt at banter. Slaves seem to fill that void of Chas’n’Dave’s Rage Against the Machine, you know, “Fuck the State/Hi-hat!”, on one hand, but you’d go for […]

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: The Big Moon – ‘It’s Easy Then’

It’s 2017, The Big Moon have just released Mercury Prize nominated album ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’ and I have just seen them for the 5th time in a year. Now after two years of working on a second album, and Celia and Soph working with their other bands (Gently Tender and Our Girl respectively), […]

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Author: Ben Norris
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Live Review: Citadel 2019

On July 14th, I made my way to Gunnersbury Park via Acton Town to cover this year’s installment of the Citadel festival. As I was only one person amongst a sea of thousands I couldn’t physically attend every act there, but I tried to catch as many as possible in the time I had. This […]

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Review: Emerson Snowe Is Back Recording Music

After releasing his incredible debut EP ‘That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll’ only 2 months ago, it is a big surprise to find that Emerson Snowe is back recording music and has recorded an abundance of new tunes already. This time from his own bedroom. The latest two singles ‘When Mary Comes To Take Me Home’ and […]

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: Marika Hackman – all night

The third single from Any Human Friend is a ballad dedicated to reclaiming the image of sapphic sex while flipping overtly sexual themes, usually sung by male performers, on its head in a song that elegantly combines elements from her previous albums with her new material. Featuring an intro throwing us back to We Sleep […]

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Unmissable: Truck Festival 2019

Truck festival might have one of the best lineups of the Summer and for anyone lucky enough to have a ticket (yes, that does include us) then this might be the best weekend of 2019! We have picked 8 bands over the weekend that we think you need to go and see! Thursday Lady Bird […]

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: Twin Peak – Dance Through It

With an impending fourth album the Chicago natives’ latest channels their inner feel-good 70s summer vibes. In a song that leans heavily towards The Doors circa Morrison Hotel they showcase their ability to merge catchy, simplistic hooks with psychedelic keyboard riffs, soulful bass lines and crooning horn sections. They quickly and subtly take you from […]

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Author: Harry Fortuna
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Review: The Murder Capital – Don’t Cling To Life

Aided by legendary producer Flood, Dublin band The Murder Capital have released their debut EP Don’t Cling to Life. With the post-punk revival becoming all the more potent, this latest release sees The Murder Capital join the ranks of IDLES, Shame and fellow Irishmen Fontaines DC in giving life to the somewhat dormant genre. In […]

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Draw Me A Picture… with Syd Spencer (Sad Girls Club)

I meet Syd, my sibling, at my flat and they’re wearing a pair of yellow corduroy bee dungarees that make me instantly jealous.
Syd has been writing melancholy bedroom boppers for five years now and has been building their back catalogue quicker than they can record them. They formed Sad Girls Club in 2015 and has been circulating Brighton, slowly building their reputation.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Review: Dry Cleaning – Magic of Meghan

For a band who had not released any music on mainstream streaming sites, they have played some impressive support slots and been included on some massive festival line ups like Latitude Festival 2019. But, we finally have their first release an a debut EP announcement and you can see exactly why Dry Cleaning have got […]

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Emerging from the Dark Side with… L.A. Peach

Brand new music is something that we get most excited about at Dark Side. We spend most of our time here trying to find the best in up and coming music and in this feature we show off one of our favourite new finds.

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Unmissable: 2000 Trees Festival

Unmissable is our feature where we take a look at some festival lineups and highlight some of the bands that we think are unmissable! Our second edition of ‘Unmissable’ features 2000 Trees Festival. YONAKA Having just released their absolutely incredible debut album ‘Don’t Wait TIl Tomorrow’, YONAKA are not a band you want to miss. […]

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Author: Ben Norris
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Review: Egyptian Blue – Collateral Damage (EP)

On Collateral Damage, Egyptian Blue present themselves as a powerful, competent force. The four songs explored here neatly choreograph their intentions; opener Collateral sets a frantic pace that the band maintains throughout the EP’s fifteen-minute run with barely so much as a pause for breath. Each track is held together by tight, driving grooves and […]

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Albums of 2019 So Far…

We are now into July and into the second half of 2019. We thought we would take a look at some of our favourite albums of the year so far. Written by Henry Groves (HG), Zach Spencer (ZS), Ben Norris (BN), George Smale (GS) and Harry Fortuna (HF) Stella Donnelly – Beware of the Dogs […]

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Review: Gender Roles – You Look Like Death

There seems to be a current trend in the alternative scene for artists releasing underwhelming lead singles ahead of an upcoming album or tour. Although subsequent releases go some way towards redressing the balance, the damage is done and it can be difficult to justify the hype. That said, thank god for Gender Roles, who’ve […]

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Review: Marika Hackman – the one

Marika Hackman’s latest song from her forthcoming album, Any Human Friend, is a surprisingly large and refreshing evolution from her previous work. Addressing selling out, growing egos and fan expectations this could be her most honest, and possibly saddest, track to date as she struggles with change and the limelight while masking it with one […]

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Unmissable: Isle of Wight Festival 2019

Unmissable is our new feature where we scour festival lineups and give you a selection of bands you need to see. Our first festival of the 2019 summer is Isle of Wight Festival.

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Review: Shura – religion (you can lay your hands on me)

Three years after her debut album Shura has released the second track from her upcoming album, forevher. religion is an incredible pop/funk evolution from Touch that wouldn’t be out of place in the seventies with flourishes of string accompaniment, guitar and bass riffs harking back to Diana Ross’ The Boss and lyrics laden with sexual […]

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Author: Ben Norris
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Review: Honeyblood – In Plain Sight

It sounds like Honeyblood’s Stina Tweeddale has been watching a lot of Lucifer recently. Demonic imagery crops up repeatedly throughout ‘In Plain Sight’, expanding on the playful mentions of witches and hexes that characterised the band’s previous album, Babes Never Die.

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Author: Henry Groves
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Live Review: YONAKA @ Heaven, London (30/5/19)

The first time I saw YONAKA play live was when I booked it on a whim after finishing my university exams for the year. Ever since then Theresa Jarvis and co. have regularly been playing through my headphones or making our weekly guide. This was their biggest show to date, and to sell out Heaven […]

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Author: Harry Fortuna
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Review: Swim Deep – To Feel Good

Four years since their last release and we finally have a new single ‘To Feel Good’ from Birmingham favourites, Swim Deep. As always, the indie rockers prove to be unafraid to shake it up, this time enrolling a full gospel choir to add a healthy dosage of experimentalism as they extrapolate Rozalla’s ‘90s dance hit […]

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: LA Peach – I Can Remember Where You Are

L.A. Peach is back for the second time this year and is gracing us with his latest dreamy ear worm. Like his previous work, his effortless cool-dad charisma oozes through his loving lyrics, reminiscent of Arctic Monkeys circa Suck It and See, in a beautifully harmonised chorus that will stick with you for days. Is […]

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Review: Spector – I Won’t Wait

Ahead of their London headline show at the Sebright Arms tonight, Spector have released brand new single ‘I Won’t Wait’. Their first release of 2019, and it screams a Spector/Fred Macpherson creation. Intelligently sculptured lyricism with Macpherson’s distinctive vocals and the catchy chorus that makes you feel you have heard it a hundred times before […]

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Author: Zach Spencer
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Review: King Princess – Cheap Queen

King Princess’ latest single is a stellar and relatable downbeat track that’s an ode to self-reflection, “I’ve been going out too much/ and talking ‘bout myself too much”, just as much as it is drag culture and shaping your own identity in a song that perfectly bridges her debut EP with Pussy Is God.

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Review: The Marias – ‘…baby one more time’

The Marías bring their instantly entrancing and dreamy L.A. vibes to a 90s classic. Starting, somewhat, stripped back before building to their trademark subtle synth accompaniment, they use lead singer Marías’ hushed vocal cadences to their full advantage, making a two-minute track feel like thirty seconds, desperately leaving you wanting to hear how else they […]

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Unmissable: All Points East – Weekend 2

Squid Ever since they released single ‘Houseplants’, Squid have been one of the biggest up and coming post-punk band playing in the UK right now. Known for energetic and unforgettable live shows, get down and see them! Jagerhaus Stage – Friday @ 16:30pm Lady Bird Lady Bird have been making a name for themselves across […]

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Live Review: The Beths @ Tufnell Park Dome, London (16/5/19)

After releasing one of our favourite albums of 2018, The Beths have been a band that we have been desperate to see. So as you can guess we were so excited when they announced a London date and knew that we had to go. Lazy Day were the main support for this show, bringing their […]

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The Great Escape: Top 5 Performances

The Great Escape festival is one of the best festivals in the country and is by far the leading festival for new music discovery from around the planet. We went along this year and saw a variety of acts over the weekend and have picked our favourite five! Ruby Fields @ The Dive Bar – […]

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Live Review: The Murder Capital + Egyptian Blue @ The Forum, Tunbridge Wells (30/4/19)

Some great bands have played at The Forum in Tunbridge Wells over the years, especially bands who have gone to be much bigger. It was now the turn of Irish punk band The Murder Capital to headline the prestigious venue. Having now seen them a few times we can definitely recommend catching them live, and […]

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Emerging from the Dark Side with… Egyptian Blue

Brand new music is something that we get most excited about at Dark Side. We spend most of our time here trying to find the best in up and coming music and in this feature we show off one of our favourite new finds. Who are you? There are four of us – Andy Buss, Leith […]

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Author: Joe Ford
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Review: Fat White Family: Serfs Up

After 3 years away from their last release (Breaking Into Aldi and various side projects including The Moonlandingz & Insecure Men) and many, many issues with drugs and alcohol. The (however many members) Fat White Family are back with their 3rd Album ‘Surfs Up!’ and it is a belter.

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Review: FLOWVERS – Nosebleed

After 2 exceptional singles in ‘Fresh Air’ and ‘Long Way Home’, we have been waiting for another release from Portsmouth-quartet FLOWVERS, with it seeming an age ago since they announced they had hit the studio. After several months we finally have new single ‘Nosebleed’ and it was absolutely worth the wait. From the moment the […]

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Review: Emerson Snowe – That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll EP (10th May)

Emerson Snowe is the solo project for Brisbane musician Jarrod Mahon, famous for being a member of Australian band The Creases. Over the past two years, Emerson Snowe has been releasing solo music and has been receiving praise from the likes of DIY magazine and So Young magazine for both his music and live performances […]

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