Alternative Rock

Musicians: Stop Spewing The Same Stories

Sophie Deal | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sophie Deal

There are only seven types of story in the world. And thanks to the books we read, and the films and TV shows we watch, we've experienced them all hundreds of times...

Gigantic 3: The Great Mancunian All-You-Can-Eat Indie Buffet

Tim Thornton | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

In Simon Reynolds' splendidly comprehensive discussion of pop culture's obsession with its own backstory Retromania, he states that "every generation as it ages will want to see its musical youth mythologised and memorialised." Looking at the eras currently being eagerly painted with the nostalgia brush, one decides Reynolds can only be right.

The Wonder Stuff: 30 Years in a Bad Mood, Baby

Tim Thornton | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

Everyone has had their own gateway into alternative/indie music. The Cure, The Smiths, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth, The Stone Roses - they've all provided a door through which to enter the alternative grotto of delights. For me, that door was The Wonder Stuff.

Ten Early 90s Indie Songs That Say It All

Tim Thornton | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

With the assistance of my publication of choice, Melody Maker, my eyes were opened to an increasingly large list of often ridiculously-named bands. The movement's zenith for me will always be the early 1990s; but time (i.e. the press) has not been kind to the memory of the indie music from this period.

Album Review: Divisions - Distance Over Time

Jez Fielder | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jez Fielder

Musical genres, eh? I don't know. I mean you knew where you were with Anthrax. And even in their heyday, you were never allowed to just be a metal fan...

Horizontalism - A Love Story

Tim Thornton | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

What do bands do when they're not doing anything?... You know when you've been on a business trip and you get back to the office and have to do the million things you didn't do while you were on the business trip? That.

In Defence of Mumford and Sons

Tim Thornton | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

I fear that the reason for the Mumfords' status as "one of the most maligned bands in the world", to borrow Drowned In Sound's phrase, is nothing more complicated than that old cliché: build 'em up, and knock 'em down.

A New Breed: The Best Breaking Bands in 2014- Calling All Cars & Shrine

Olly Hunter | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Olly Hunter

This is the first in a series of New Breed blogs introducing some of my favourite breaking bands that have passed by my radar in 2014. Every summer ha...

The Tent Is King- A Download Festival Guide Featuring letlive, Marmozets and Arcane Roots

Olly Hunter | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Olly Hunter

This weekend the hallowed fields of Donington Park will welcome 120,000 metal heads to bang their heads, throw their horns and lose their minds to a who's who of metal, rock and alternative music.

How Hong Kong Learnt to Love Rock Music

Alex Hoban | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alex Hoban

Hong Kong has always held itself in high esteem as Asia's beating financial and commercial heart, but Clockenflap, a music and arts festival that's managed to stake out its territory on the banks of Victoria harbour overlooking Hong Kong's famous skyline, is rallying against everything corporate and clean-cut in the region.