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NEW ALBUM: Firestations – Never Closer

Naturally, the closer we get to each year’s end, the less new album releases we see, which however can be regarded as an advantage for new and upcoming bands, like Firestations for example. The five piece hails from the UK, calling North East London their home, and has just released their[…]

SONG PICK: MOTHXR – Easy

Music is such a personal experience! Not only the listening aspect is a highly personal one but the process of discovery can be highly personal too. Never having followed pop culture news much, and lately even less so, I was not aware of the buzz that Mothxr must have gotten over[…]

VIDEO: The Kooks – See Me Now

Followers of glamglare might remember when I reviewed “Listen“, The Kooks‘ fourth studio album earlier this year. Three of the album’s songs made it already into a video, the lastest one is definitely the most personal one. Singer and the band’s creative mastermind Luke Pritchard addresses in See Me Now the loss[…]

3 Is A Band: Waylayers

Earlier this year, on a dreary February afternoon, walking through New York City, fighting the cold with thoughts of better times and new music, I had my iPhone loaded with and planning on listening to. What stood out that day was the EP Faulty Lines by the UK trio Waylayers. The[…]

Life Soundtrack: Depeche Mode – Black Celebration

There’s nothing I can tell you about Depeche Mode that you wouldn’t  know already or that you couldn’t read somewhere else in more detail and precision. However, this is also not what the Thursday segment Life Soundtrack is about. It is about music and its very personal influence, own memories and significance[…]

FIRST LISTEN: iamamiwhoami – Blue

iamamiwhoami’s first album, Kin was among my favorites in 2012. I was then still under the spell of their stunning, mysterious video series, but, even though I still like the album, I had some sort of “they just cook with water” moment, when I listened to the music without the[…]

NEW ALBUM: Girlpool – Girlpool

Strictly speaking, it’s not really a new release and it’s also not a full length album but the self-titled Girlpool by the L.A. duo Girlpool came out this week by Witchita Recordings. The 7 songs on the EP, none of which hits the 3 minutes mark, have been recorded earlier this year and are now[…]

Gazelle Twin live at Rough Trade

For a long time, Gazelle Twin, the multi-media project of Elizabeth Bernholz, was brought to stage only for rare occasions. But for her latest album Unflesh, she embarked on a long tour, which finally brought her to New York. It was clear that Gazelle Twin’s live show would center around[…]

NEW MUSIC: Be Forest – Captured Heart

This kicks off the SXSW 2015 coverage at glamglare: Be Forest from Italy does melancholic shoegaze and unfortunately we missed them at CMJ. They are still touring the U.S. and – as of now – will be back in Austin next year.

VIDEO: Black English – Hold On

Earlier this year, we saw Black English at SXSW and then a couple weeks later playing at New York’s famous Mercury Lounge (show review here) and at both occasions the band still called themselves NO – quite a social media nightmare these days, despite having gotten all the necessary user[…]

Monogold live at Glasslands

And another one of these events, were the great met the sad: Monogold were re-releasing their atmospheric first album The Softest Glow on vinyl and with that, also their new material on an an EP called In Bloom. Not only did they come with tons of songs, old and new,[…]

3 Is A Band: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC)

The idea for “3 Is A Band” emerged because of a couple of bands whose music I like a lot happen to consist of 3 band members. On this original list were famous acts like Placebo, Muse and Green Day as well as local favorites like Monogold and STRGNRS but[…]

Close Talker live at Spike Hill

Earlier this week, when listening through the new album releases, I discovered Flux by Close Talker – which I reviewed here. It’s a great album, and I couldn’t believe my luck that coincidentally with coming across the album, the band is also touring and playing at one of my favorite[…]