Hot on the heels of Microcastle comes this warmly welcomed five track EP from Webcuts' band de jour.
We were promised great things from Scottish act We Were Promised Jetpacks including epic, emotional rock songs and whad'ya know? We got 'em.
To hell with good intentions - Future of the Left's second album blows everything else out of the water.
No jokes about rock dinosaurs please, Mascis, Barlow and Murph defy expectation with their ninth disc.
Brisbane's Grand Atlantic avoid the sophomore slump with a successful swim in the genres of alternative rock and power-pop.
Apparently Tweedy had been saving up his impetuousness for this, Wilco's seventh album, as his tongue has never been buried so deeply in his cheek.
Young bucks Crystal Antlers release their debut album which unfortunately shatters upon the weight of expectation.
Eddie and the bruisers return with their third long player of songs about love and hate. And comic books and chocolate milkshakes.
America's rock werewolf Mark Oliver Everett otherwise known as Eels howls twelve songs of desire on his seventh studio disc.
If the news makes you sad, don't watch it rather listen to Broken Records' dazzling debut.
Former member of Natural, Lily's and Holopaw, Florida's Michael Johnson aka Ape School shows off a whole new set of skills for his second album.
Give it up, or rather give up your gold, for one of Montreal's premier exponents of indie-pop Pony Up, and their sophomore album.
I'd be surprised if the majority in attendance were familiar at all with Atlas Sound, but the crammed in masses of which Webcuts was one of the last to make the cut, were calling out requests that even Cox felt too obscure and unplayable.
Nevada City's beguiling folk heroine Alela Diane returns with a white diamond of a second album. Be still, our beating heart.
Oh my god! The third album from this Rhode Island folk trio proves to be a natural selection.
A protégé of Death Cab's Chris Walla, Telekinesis, certainly has the über producer's influence all over its thirteen power pop tracks.
"Bitte Orca is an album for the background of a high concept coffee shop on your hipster street". I'm getting that Reality Bites feeling...
Producer Danger Mouse and vocalist Helena Costas come together as Joker's Daughter. It's a mixed deck by all accounts.
The always fruity Peaches is back with fourth album I Feel Cream which finds her giving the past a slip and whipping it real good.
Blue Roses may not exist in nature but there's nothing artificial about Yorkshire songsmith Laura Groves.
British Sea Power take to the Irish Coast to provide a fresh soundtrack to this 1934 documentary on the people of Aran.
Texas' Trail of Dead increase their shelf life with their sixth album, Century of Self.
The Grates/Children Collide Hi-Fi Bar, Brisbane 1 May 2009 It's not often that you have moments like this -- where you have to take a step back from your surroundings and fathom what is the hell is actually going on. Arriving a little late and unable to find set times we wander into the crowd as the
No we have no idea what Ampexian means, but globe trotting Scott Herren otherwise known as Prefuse 73 does on his fifth disc of beats and pieces.
Portland's The Thermals return with warm power-pop, tempered by decidedly cooler lyrical themes on Now We Can See.
The two fingered salute is vigorously given by Scottish anti-folk hero King Creosote on new album Flick the Vs.
While we love pop, Sweden's El Perro Del Mar remind us that pop is not love.
From the ashes of the almighty Urusei Yatsura come Projekt A-KO, and the great guitar-led fuzzpop revolution begins anew.
Canadian/American synth-rockers Metric return with their fourth (or third) album. Fantasies. Will it be yours though?
Fourth album in from these Mancunian maestros, offering a slight return to their electro/house days as Sub Sub.
Karin Dreijer Andersson one half of The Knife now gives us Fever Ray, in the morning and fever ray all through the (Swedish) night.
A star-studded cast pay tribute on this anniversary compilation, but who invited Times New Viking?
All aboard the good ship The Decemberists as Colin Meloy steers literate rock through uncharted waters with this 17 part rock opera.
How does Anni Rossi rock? Does she rock well? Well, no, not so much actually.
Who are the Condo Fucks? What is a Fuckbook and is it any good? So many questions, but are you prepared for the answers?
Erlend Øye and company break some rules but also unwittingly create them on their second album entitled, you guessed it, Rules.
Mr. Maps may not be the territory but this Brisbane instrumental rock band are a pretty amazing act to get lost in.
As Conor Oberst once proclaimed, "M. Ward for President". As far-fetched as it sounds, Oberst may have a point.
It's the future of pop... or is it? Featuring The Cardigans, Faker, The Ting Tings, The Presets, Ladytron, MGMT et al.
North America's finest show their charitable side with this awe-inspiring collection. Just call it "No Alternative Part 2".
How did we lose this CD? Never mind, we finally give Austin's other post-rock band's eighth album a run through.
Many a rock band have experimented with electronica but can Scotland's most successful export since kilts and haggis pull it off?
Andrew Bird takes flight with his latest album Noble Beast. Thankfully it's nothing at all like a Flock of Seagulls.
Grand who? Just call them Mr. and Mrs. Frank Black and everything will be peachy, or desserty...
Animal Collective shake the sand from their fur as they take Merriweather Post Pavillion down to the Beach, Boys.
Ladies and gentlemen, the envelope please! Webcuts favourite albums of 2008 as argued and fought over by us, including star-studded appearances from Beach House, My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Nick Cave, Santogold, Okkervil River and many more...
The Stills channel an environmental apocalypse with Oceans Will Rise. Will anyone be left to hear it?
The ever durable Lucksmiths get up before dawn on their latest album. Don't forget your mittens, boys!
"I don't know. I feel a bit naughty playing here", confides Jonathan Meiburg, singer with the Austin, Texas outfit Shearwater, sitting in front of a grand piano in St.Giles in the Fields, an 17th century church in London's West End. As a packed audience crammed pews to watch in rapt appreciation, Shearwater settled in to
A christmas gift from Chan Marshall aka Cat Power. You might want to keep the receipt...