Birdmask - Tristan
Melancholy suits Manuel Gagneux of Zeal & Ardor.
Mickey Callisto - Homospace
A star-making debut from the Liverpudlian pop singer.
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - Fronzoli
A treasure trove for guitar riff lovers.
Daneshevskaya - Long is the Tunnel
An EP which sparkles but fails to fully land.
Lonely the Brave - What We Do to Feel
The band are once again back to their best.
Our music bloggers share their thoughts on the musical output of October 2023.
DJ Shadow - Action Adventure
Sample legend succeeds in musical equivalent of diving into different parts of a video store.
Our music bloggers share their thoughts on the musical output of September 2023.
Zivi - Lost in Love
Dreamy indie-pop debut arriving just in time for the last vestiges of summer.
Our music bloggers share their thoughts on the musical output of August 2023.
Our music bloggers share their thoughts on the musical output of July 2023.
The Mercury Prize 2023: Shortlist verdict
Our music bloggers share their thoughts on the 12 shortlisted albums.
The Mercury Prize 2023: Could history be made?
5-9 editor, Andrew Belt, considers what might transpire for this year's awards.
Dot Allison - Consciousology
Love shines through on psych-electro-folk album by the Scottish singer-songwriter.
James and the Cold Gun - James and the Cold Gun
One of the best rock records of 2023 so far.
Snõõper – Super Snõõper
An exciting first full-length effort from a band brimming with ideas and energy.
Top 10 albums of 2023 so far
2023's best in no particular order.
Music bloggers' thoughts on the music scene in June 2023.
Alex Nicol - Been a Long Year Vol.1
Sad quintet of haunting folk songs document a tough time for Montreal's Alex Nicol.
Fräulein – Pedestal
Northern Irish/Dutch duo’s minimalist grunge continues to impress.
Grian Chatten - Chaos for the Fly
Chatten cements his position as one of the best songwriters around.
Do Nothing - Snake Sideways
A decent debut album frustrated by frequent incoherence in its composition.
Militarie Gun - Life Under the Gun
Encouraging debut from Los Angeles punk band.
Metallica imperious at festival's 20th birthday bash.
Bringing together music bloggers to discuss music highlights from May 2023.
Body Type - Expired Candy
A baker's dozen of catchy rock songs.
The Early Purple - Summer Hide
Burgeoning north-east music scene has another bright prospect.
7ebra - Bird Hour
Along with Blondshell’s recent self-titled release, Bird Hour is likely to remain one of 2023’s best debuts.
Bringing together music bloggers to discuss music highlights from April 2023.
Skinny Pelembe - Hardly the Same Snake
Johannesburg-born, Doncaster-raised, genre-agnostic artist shines on carefully arranged second LP.
Enter Shikari - A Kiss for the Whole World
St Albans's finest showcase what they do best and most uniquely on seventh album.
Brooke Bentham, St. Pancras Old Church, London
A triumphant return for Bentham on an evening full of confessions shared with an appreciative following.
Lazy Queen - Growing Pains
Oslo-based band's revivalist pop-punk is a lot of fun.
Blondshell - Blondshell
No-frills rock thrills on accomplished debut album from 25-year-old, Sabrina Teitelbaum.
Four independent music bloggers share their thoughts on the music highlights from March 2023.
Linkin Park - Meteora
Californian nu-metal band's sophomore effort turns 20 - a perfect opportunity to reappraise it.
Mylar - Human Statues
Human Statues contains good moments but struggles to leave a lasting impression.
Lowmello - That Sweet Breath
A quintet of songs well worth your time from the Albuquerque-based musician.
The Hold Steady - The Price of Progress
The Hold Steady have honed their craft in classic rock observational vignettes over the 20 years since forming in Minneapolis, and ninth studio album, The Price of Progress, doesn’t veer too far off this path.
Eaves Wilder - Hookey
Wilder is laying the groundwork for an exciting future in music which makes her journey worth keeping an eye on.
Brooke Bentham - Caring
Caring - the EP being released this Friday (17 March) - makes you question why Brooke Bentham isn’t more revered than she already is.
The Cranberries - Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Ambitious, unique debut album straddling grunge and indie turns 30.
The Slow Readers Club - Knowledge Freedom Power
Hopeful yet dystopian, The Slow Readers Club’s sixth album, Knowledge Freedom Power uplifts and energises.
mui zyu - Rotten Bun for an Eggless Century
Strange and beguiling, mui zyu transports you to her distinctive world for the duration of Rotten Bun for an Eggless Century – the debut solo effort from Hong Kong-British artist, Eva Liu.