Tom Baker

Midlake - Antiphon

Midlake are probably at their most gentle ever on ‘Antiphon’.

The Wave Pictures - City Forgiveness

A fresh viewpoint for the trio's lyrical wit, as they adopt a few Americanisms while on tour.

Johnny Flynn - Country Mile

Old fashioned in places, a little po-faced in others, but it's jolly good fun.

Laura Veirs – Warp & Weft

Deliberately slow paced, to its detriment.

Superchunk - I Hate Music

A pull-no-punches pugilist of a record. With tunes!

SHINIES – Tangle

It's noisy, melodic, wistful and fun.

The Postal Service, Academy, Manchester

Like watching the resurrection of a lost loved one.

How To Dress Well, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

An emotional rollercoaster of high-pitched vocals and crunching drums.

The Computers - Love Triangles, Hate Squares

For all of the frontman's dynamism, he can't save a frustratingly slow, out-of-date computer.

Ice, Sea, Dead People - If It’s Broken, Break It More

Guitars sound like they're having the last vestiges of life being wrung from their necks, and the vocals sound like they're being throttled on their way out, too.

Iron & Wine - Ghost On Ghost

Uncomplicated, joyful stuff.

The Black Angels - Indigo Meadow

The Black Angels aren't trapped in the past they regularly plunder for musical booty.

Ra Ra Riot - Beta Love

The New Yorkers' latest is a toothless shark, re-heating sounds that've been in vogue back home for over a decade.

Chelsea Light Moving - Chelsea Light Moving

A lively, noisy semi-resurrection.

Keaton Henson - Birthdays

Keaton is a very sad man, and this is a very sad album.

Jamie Lidell - Jamie Lidell

It's unabashedly sexy, full of synthesised drum beats that sound as bright and shiny now as thirty years ago.

Pissed Jeans - Honeys

The Pennsylvanian band's latest is a fun record, and a funny record.

Amateur Best - No Thrills

It's like James Blake's debut, only you can dance to it.

Eels - Wonderful, Glorious

E and gang's tenth album is a return to distorted guitar-and-vocals primal garage rock.

Adam Green & Binki Shapiro - Adam Green & Binki Shapiro

Less Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, more She & Him - only, well, better.

Esben And The Witch - Wash The Sins Not Only The Face

Definitely ominous and creepy sounding, without it ever being a gruelling listening-experience.

Wave Machines - Pollen

While the Liverpudlians' second album is more focused than its predecessor, there's not as much fun on show.

Dutch Uncles - Out Of Touch In The Wild

The Stockport quintet might start simple, sure, but when they're finished you've got something more than a little odd.

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