Indie Rock

BBC Radio 6 Music Festival 2022 Review

Photo Credit: BBC (All Photos) The final night of the Radio 6 Festival begins with a brief performance from Evangeline Ling and David Wrench – the duo who blend pop, House, and post-punk to create truly distinctive music. While their stage presence is low-key, and young vocalist Ling seems understandably nervous at the start of… Read more

Fontaines D.C. – ‘Skinty Fia’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Filmawi The deer has always had a peculiar position within Celtic mythology and is often associated with spirituality and the supernatural. In Ireland, the ghost of the now-extinct Irish giant deer still gallops across the barren landscape and continues to transfer its mythical symbolism to new generations. Therefore, it is not surprising that… Read more

Lucy Dacus – ‘Home Video’ Europe & UK Tour 2022 Concert Review

Photo Credit: Ebru Yildiz (All Photos) A little after 7 pm, Fenne Lily – supported by her band – walks onto stage to open for label-mate Lucy Dacus in Bristol – the city in which Lily has been performing since the age of 15. Now 25, she begins with her best song yet, “Car Park”;… Read more

Spoon – ‘Lucifer on the Sofa’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Oliver Halfin Few bands have mastered the art of still being exciting after 30 years together as a band without beginning to tread water. While there might be flashier, more original, and more forward-thinking groups, Spoon has remained a reliable source of swaggering, Southern-influenced blues-rock. 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, featuring the hit… Read more

Wet Leg – ‘Wet Leg’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Hollie Fernando Only the most hardened of cynics could resist the charm of Wet Leg’s breakout single “Chaise Longue” – filled with euphemisms, deadpan put-downs, and Mean Girls quotes. The band’s rapid rise – with just a handful of songs to their name, they managed to sell-out shows across the world and appeared on multiple… Read more

Father John Misty – ‘Chloë and the Next 20th Century’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Ward & Kweskin At a time of rampant ’80s nostalgia in music, trust Josh “Father John Misty” Tillman – never one to blindly follow trends – to take it a step further and look to the big band sound of the 1950s that has thus far been left largely untouched by contemporary musicians…. Read more

MMM Top Ten: 10 Alternative Rock Bands You Should be Listening to in 2022

Mark Josephson, Executive Director of the New Music Seminar said back in 1988 that “alternative music has real strength, real quality, real excitement, and it has to be socially significant, as opposed to Whitney Houston, which is pablum.” That’s a great explanation of what started during the late-‘70s to early-‘80s as college radio features like Dead Kennedys… Read more

Dashboard Confessional – ‘All the Truth That I Can Tell’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Lupe Bustos “I’m living in your letters // Breathe deeply from this envelope // It smells like you and I can’t be without that scent.” Its lyrics like these that made Dashboard Confessional’s 2000 debut The Swiss Army Romance such a seminal, incisive record – one whose ability to capture the seismic pain of young heartbreak… Read more

MMM Top Ten: 10 Artists on the Rise in 2022

With Coronavirus receding and the world slowly opening back up, the last year has allowed musicians to finally get back in the studio and record new music. Combine this with a pandemic’s worth of soul-searching and you find an entire generation of new talent making urgent music that meets this moment. From soul-searching singer-songwriters to… Read more

Gang of Youths – ‘Angel in Realtime’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Ed Cooke/Press Gang of Youth’s frontman David Le’Aupepe has made a career out of turning intimate personal trauma into maximalist rock anthems. On the band’s breakthrough single “Magnolia”, Le’Aupepe told of a drunken bender that culminated in a suicide attempt. Throughout two albums, Le’Aupepe recounted personal tales of substance abuse, a partner’s life-threatening… Read more