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Kevin Drew, Spirit If . . . (Shiny/Rhythmethod)

Kevin Drew, Spirit If . . . (Shiny/Rhythmethod)

It must be galling for certain Flying Nun bands (notably the Verlaines and Sneaky Feelings in this instance) to hear some of what they did appropriated by British or North American bands and, through clout and better press coverage, take it to the wider world. There are elements of classic Nun (and Beatles, Pavement etc) scattered throughout...

British Sea Power: Do You Like Rock Music? (Rough Trade)

British Sea Power: Do You Like Rock Music? (Rough Trade)

The title of this glisteningly melodic album is doubtless rhetorical -- but these guys also seem to like Brian Wilson's ambitious pop symphonies, ambient music in the manner of Brian Eno, Paul McCartney's better pop ballads, Anglofolk, having mates hauled in to act as a choir, strings . . . So yes, they like rock music -- but aren't...

The Weakerthans: Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre (Anti)

The Weakerthans: Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre (Anti)

Anyone who has travelled around Canada with the car stereo flipping across the dial will discover that whole new world of rock, folk, pop and alt.music which exists north of the place which so often dominates our airwaves. The Weakerthans from Winnipeg have an understandably loyal following in their home territory for their literate, often...

Ed Harcourt: Lustre (Piano Wolf/Southbound)

Ed Harcourt: Lustre (Piano Wolf/Southbound)

Sometimes these days it seems that more music is coming out of the Pacific Northwest than ever did at the height of grunge: the difference being it is quieter, more folksy and singer-songwriterly, and is often astutely produced with a few strings. Briton Ed Harcourt relocated to somewhere just north of Seattle (not as far as Canada, to Bear...

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