"Just be nice." Even in 1995 Dave Grohl was staking his claim to the nicest frontman in rock, as he appealed to the 20,000 crowd in a 10,000 capacity tent at Reading Festival. I was there, at the front barriers, for what is the best and scariest gig of all time. So when a stream of the show emerged at foofighters.com, the memories and the bruises came flooding back. Of course this was a thinly disguised hint to their headline slot at this year’s Reads - you got it right?

But as good as the Foo’s were, isn’t it time for new rock stars? Shouldn’t The Black Keys have been given the top slot, or even Paramore or Florence over The Cure? Surely it would work in a Glastonbury free year. Sadly, the safety of the dollar trumps the bravery of the future, so that’s where we come in- spending the week scouring the interwebs to find best new album streams by potential future headliners.



Kindness – World You Need a Change of Mind (disconaivete.com)

The excitement of hearing Adam Bainbridge’s Kindness debut has been building since 2009, and we have been graciously honoured with its magnificence. World You Need… is a musicologist’s wet dream with the range of dance, disco and funk covered; 'That’s Alright' is NPG era Prince emulating Paul Hardcastle while 'Gee Up' is white boy ESG. True innovation honours the past and Bainbridge has banished nostalgia for a fantastically revolutionary masterpiece.

Yukon Blonde – Tiger Talk (pastemagazine.com)

North America didn’t really get Britpop, yet in a corner of Vancouver Yukon Blonde have been carving Dodgy and Thurman in to a bouncing rock model, with breezy Los Campesinos chants and jangly feedback. Tiger Talk’s sprightly demeanour presents a classic take on timeless indie rock rooted in 60’s harmonies, gritty stomps and pure pop.

Jennifer Castle – Castlemusic (spin.com)

This beautiful record from Fucked Up and Constantines collaborator Jenifer Castle is a woozy, slow burning take on graveyard country, which embeds itself in lush textures and haunting harmonies. Its hazy sparseness allows Castle’s gentle melodies to grow and sonically ingratiate themselves like favoured blanket. Castlemusic is a truly essential and mesmerising album.

Kitty Clementine – Kitty Clementine (totallyfuzzy.com)

Sometimes you just want some exhilarating pop fun, and Australian Kitty Clementine delivers it with a bucket of show-tunes and side order of Parisian jazz. It’s the kind of post-Winehouse cabaret pop which Janelle Monae or Paloma Faith constantly wow us with. It’s a bit V Festival, but there’s a superstar quality here, which is brash and infectious.

Lee Ranaldo – Between the Times and the Tides (rollingstone.com)

Sonic Youth’s coolest member is fairly unknown song-writing wise, mainly utilised for his discordance mastery. But Ranaldo’s first proper solo release is a display in left-field writing which takes the traditional rock dogma on a new tangent. Yes, it lacks the expected shredding, but it swells with simple yet epic structures showing what a camp-fire SY would sound like.

Lost In The Trees – A Church That Fits Our Needs (npr.org)

The tragedy at the root of this A Church… is unavoidable, with its sombre orchestration appropriately celebrating the life of songwriter Ari Parker’s mother, yet sadness doesn’t inhibit the masterful musicianship at work. The record flows with bittersweet beauty which allows autumnal strings to buttress exemplary song-writing throughout an emotive and gripping record.

Lee Bannon – Fantastic Plastic (soulculture.co.uk)

Bannon’s mastery of hip hop beats and 8 bit samples has led him to produce many of raps future game changers, and his first vocal featuring album he has justified his reputation. Fantastic Plastic resembles El-P’s work in its innovation and bringing out the big gun collaborations, Inspectah Deck, Del The Funky Homosapien, has stated his intent.

One Direction - Up All Night (metrolyrics.com)

Last week we give tips on having conversations with your dad by sharing The Stranglers’ stream, now it’s time to help out with your kid sister. One Direction are the poor man’s JLS, The Ting Tings to Niki and the Dove if you will, yet are perfect for maintaining Blu-Tac’s sales for the 11-14-year-old girl demographic. I think they’re in the charts.

Anti-Flag – The General Strike (spinner.com)

As if I could end on One Direction, come on. Anti-Flag are more relevant than ever with their anti-corporate mandate essential for modern society. The General Strike sees them really pissed off and seething with experimental aggression which accommodates hardcore, gang mentalities and progressive punk. It’s a mighty grassroots effort from the Pittsburgh legends, which oozes lyrical excellence and inspiring energy.


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