Download Den: Saucy Monky – Awkward

Saucy Monky

L.A. quartet Saucy Monky can write a damn catchy radio hook, and that skill has proved fruitful for the band since its inception in 2001. Saucy Monky, comprised of Irish-born Annmarie Cullen (guitars, vocals), Cynthia Cantania (guitars, vocals), Steve Giles (bass), and Megan Jane (drums), have found radio success in Ireland with a string of [...]

Richard Hawley, Alt-J and Sweet Billy Pilgrim Favourites for Mercury Music Prize Nomination


The time at which the Mercury Music Prize is announced is a time for British music fans to rejoice. Well, on the most part. Each year since the award’s inception, the mercury Music committee has acted as an alternative to accolades such at the BRIT’s, offering the British audience with an alternative, seeking out more [...]

PJ Harvey Scoops ‘Album of the Year’ at 2012 Ivor Novello Awards


Singer-songwriter PJ Harvey took the top prize at this year’s Ivor Novello awards for Let England Shake, fending off competition from Adele’s 21 and Kate Bush’s second album of 2011, 50 Words for Snow. The win is one of many for the critically acclaimed album, which also won the 2011 Mercury Music Prize, the Q [...]

Why It’s Okay Not to Like Adele

Adele Crying

I’m sure you’re out there – the dwindling minority of the record buying public that doesn’t own a copy of either 19 or 21 by Adele. I’ve written this article with you mind – you’re not alone, guys! Let me start off by saying “fair play” to the woman. Very few recording artists alive today [...]

New PJ Harvey Tracks to Feature in Film


A documentary film about “the nature of happiness” will feature two new tracks by veteran singer-songwriter PJ Harvey, according the singer’s official Facebook page. Titled What Is This Film Called Love?, the film is described as as: “…a passionate 77 minute poetic documentary about the nature of happiness. Filmed in Mexico over three days, it [...]

Twenty Best Albums of 2011


20. Clan of Xymox – Darkest Hour The progenitors of Dutch darkwave, Clan of Xymox are now in the third decade of their existence – a spectacular feat by most standards. To consistently produce quality albums within those thirty years, that is even more spectacular. But it seems that Ronny Moorings and company have surpassed [...]

Nick Cave Announces the End of Grinderman

Playing the band’s last show of their current tour, Nick Cave dramatically announced the dissolution of the four-piece. Having completed the band’s headlining show at Australia’s Meredith Music Festival, Cave announced to 12,000 concert goers: That’s it for Grinderman. It’s over. See you all in another ten years when we’ll be even older and uglier. [...]

PJ Harvey to Release DVD ‘Let England Shake: 12 Short Films by Seamus Murphy’


 In accompaniment to the critically acclaimed ‘Let England Shake’, released earlier this year, PJ Harvey has announced the release a DVD compilation of 12 short films for each of the songs on the album, filmed and directed by Seamus Murphy. Each of the videos is said to accompany each of the songs on the album, [...]