New releases for 8 March 2024

The first of this week’s treasures was recorded on The Rolling Stones’ 40th anniversary Licks World Tour in 2002 & 2003, with the band performing in arenas and stadiums in addition to the occasional theatre. In November 2002, the Stones arrived in Los Angeles to perform at a packed Wiltern Theatre, treating fans to a…

Pre-sale of the week: Paul Weller – 66, out 24 May

In the ever-evolving landscape of contemporary music, few artists possess the enduring influence and innovative spirit of Paul Weller. A recording career that began in 1977 now reaches the release of his 17th solo album, his 28th in total. Weller has always demonstrated an unwavering commitment to pushing artistic boundaries while staying true to his…

New releases for 1 March 2024

March comes in like a lion with with six belters this week. The first comes from Liam Gallagher & John Squire, long-term friends with a mutual admiration for each other’s work, who first had the idea to collaborate when John joined Liam on stage at his biblical Knebworth shows. Song ideas were soon flowing, and…

Pre-sale of the week: Richard Hawley – In This City They Call You Love, out 31 May

In This City They Call You Love features 12 outstanding songs, including some of the finest ballads Richard Hawley has ever written, which can be described as ‘vintage Hawley’. Gorgeous melodies and arrangements are accompanied by Hawley’s emotive and sonorous voice, which sounds better than ever, making this a crowning moment in a hugely successful…

New releases for 23 February 2024

The first of this week’s six sparklers comes from Laetitia Sadier. Over the course of her more than three-decade career, she has never shied away from the hard topics or stopped advocating for the possibility of self-determination and emancipation in the face of the powers that be, conscious or unconscious. This is an essential part…

Pre-sale of the week: Goat Girl – Below the Waste, out 7 June

Goat Girl’s third album, Below the Waste, was pieced together like a collage over an extended period of time, with the instrumentation tracked mostly over a ten-day stint at Hellfire Studios in Ireland, in the shadow of the infamous Hellfire Club itself. They also used Damon Alban’s Studio 13. Additional strings, woodwind instruments and vocals…

New releases for 16 February 2024

This week’s hot six bursts into action with Tangk, the righteous and vibrant fifth album from madcap truth-seekers Idles. Pronounced ‘tank’ with a whiff of the ‘g’ – an onomatopoeic reference to the lashing way the band imagined their guitars sounding that has since grown into a sigil for living in love – the record…

New releases for 9 February 2024

We open this week’s stormers with the 15th-anniversary reissue of British Sea Power’s 2008 classic Do You Like Rock Music?, which has been expanded with radio sessions and B-sides plus extensive new sleeve notes by Roy Wilkinson. This kaleidoscopic record encapsulates Sea Power’s true heart. “Easy, easy”: only Sea Power could turn a football chant…