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The Lines

What is it about Wolverhampton? Long the butt of jokes, the Midlands city seems to have acquired an intrinsic comedy value. Mention the place to virtually anyone in Britain and you’ll be greeted by a toe-curling impersonation of Slade.

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Jukes

The alter ego of female drummer-extraordinaire Tammy Payne, We Might Disappear is her second album under the name Jukes. Previously signed to Twisted Nerve, Jukes shares the same skewed acoustic sensibility of much of that label’s roster.

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Malcolm Middleton

After the collapse of Arab Strap many music fans were left wondering where next to get their fix of a uniquely Scottish misery. Thankfully, both Strap members have gone on to have successful solo careers, with Middleton even making a play for Christmas number one.

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Gig review

Yeti / The Foxes / The Brogues

What do critics have against posh folk in rock ‘n’ roll? The recent witch-hunt against the Etonian indie kids seems to miss the point – if you got rid of the privileged set there’d be nobody to man the presses at your favourite music rags.

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Long Day Gone

Midlands four piece Long Day Gone aim for the stars but end up in the gutter. Boasting Incubus and the Foo Fighters as influences, it’s no surprise then that the group sound like uneasy mixture of both.

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Dance Lazarus Dance

Glasgow electro-pop shenanigans prevail on the latest demo by this fast rising band. Already known for having the best song titles in popular music, this latest recording upholds that claim with the wonderful ‘Carmen Electro’.

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Stephen Fretwell

English troubadour Fretwell has quietly built up a cult fanbase, ignoring the fashion based hype of the Penate, Nash school. This earnest, piano-led ballad avoids the cliché of building to a dramatic conclusion

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We Should Be Dead

Dublin based purveyors of bubblegum pop. Mixing Spector with the Ramones is a dangerous combination – as da Brudda’s themselves discovered when afore mentioned producer threatened them with a gun.

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Vole

Released on a cute 3 inch CD this unassuming package is the result of a series of collaborations between Brighton based improvisers.

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Cazals

New Romantic classic covered in modern indie style, all slashing guitars, tumbling drums and….. sorry, are you drifting off?