6 Bands Whose Sound Changed For The Better

Henry: Second chances are my favourite type of chances; there's no feeling quite like making good on a second chance. It's also satisfying when you decide to give something a second chance and it turns out OK. Imagine if you'd quit Selfie after its pilot. You'd have missed this! Imagine if you'd've bailed on Happy Endings because its first season was a little sketch. You've … [Read more...]

9 Songs for Coming Down

I used to have a playlist - compiled by iTunes, I believe - called 'Indie: Coming Down.' It breaks every puppy-orientated string in my heart to tell you I can't find this anywhere on my iPod or computer. When I downloaded it, I don't think I quite understood the motive behind the playlist. I was going through a '16 year old kid trying to get into Radiohead' sorta thing and my … [Read more...]

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Popular – Nada Surf

Relatively speaking  (using Gaga as a marker) Nada Surf are a hidden gem. They produce consistently satisfying albums, if never quite sublime, and were firmly embedded into the noughtie's popular culture stream as one of Seth Cohen's favourite band. They've got a new album out but it's worth looking through their back catalogue. First up, Popular with a wonderfully … [Read more...]