Norman Palm – Shore To Shore

Norman Palm’s distinct vocals and diverse influences makes for a debut album which gathers all inspiration from shore to shore and demonstrates fine skill in bringing it all together to form one single, cohesive island of sound complete with sunshine, steel drums and many palm trees poles apart. Released by City Slang earlier this year. Words by Matt Chapman.

Listen To New Song By Yuck

London grunge rockers Yuck have already released one of the standout debuts of 2011 having been widely tipped for success towards the end of last year for their 1990s American Rock inspired sound. You can hear new track ‘Doctors In My Bed’ right here.

The Dodos ‘Black Night’ Video

The Dodos released an early contender for album of the year this March with their critically acclaimed album No Color. Released on Frenchkiss Records, the album built upon the noisy acoustic guitar arrangements which made 2008’s Visiter such a success, except this time No Color displays a far more cohesive and exciting set of songs. Album opener ‘Black Night’ perhaps best signals the albums intent.

Remember Sandi Thom?

Do you remember Sandi Thom? There’s every chance that you don’t. Do you remember that song about being a punk rocker with flowers in your hair? Oh yeeeeeeah! Didn’t that song knock Ganrl’s Barkley’s ‘Crazy’ off the number one spot? Unfortunately yes. Well, the person responsible for such a heinous crime, one said Sandi Thom, is playing the Oxford o2 Academy on Monday April 4th.

Have WHY? Write A Song About YOU!

Kings of genre-osmosis WHY? are giving fans the chance to win some truly unique memorabilia in a charity auction aimed at raising money for aid in Japan. The items, listed on ebay, include rare test pressings, original lyric sheets and album notes. However, the most sought-after listing is without doubt the Golden Ticket #4. Oooooh!

InnerPartySystem – Never Be Content EP

InnerPartySystem are an Electronica/Industrial rock band from Mohnton, Pennsylvania. With their latest EP they move away from their more rocky influences to delve into much gloomier territories. Never Be Content is a severely dark, yet incredibly danceable and a disturbing commentary on American culture, as well as a good step forward from their last album. Words by Zander Dale.

The Low Anthem – Smart Flesh

Smart Flesh sees The Low Anthem tread familiar terrain in terms of mood and delivery, but this album feels far more contained compared to sophomore Oh My God, Charlie Darwin and the brasher numbers sit next to the calmer pieces, which are as beautifully sparse as ever, far more comfortably. Words by Jack Olchawski.