Monthly Archives: May 2011

Review: Arctic Monkeys – Don’t Sit Down ‘Cus I’ve Moved Your Chair EP

With their previous full length release being received to mixed reviews, trust Arctic Monkeys to return with another opinion splitting single. Few bands have arrived with the same gusto as the Sheffield four piece, achieving a record breaking debut album, as well as headlining numerous festivals including Glastonbury and T in the Park. So it […]


By Josh
on 31st May 2011
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Festival Review: Evolution Festival Saturday (Newcastle/Gateshead)

Founded back in 2005 and undergoing various name changes through the years, Evolution Festival is now the biggest music festival in the North East. Having boasted the likes of Hard-Fi, Maximo Park and The Streets as headliners, it’s very much focused around chart orientated indie music. With Iggy Pop, Two Door Cinema Club and The […]

Style: Alec Mather – Back In The Days

“Back in the days “ is a new shoot that stylist Alec Mather and photographer Ruth Ginika Ossai put together for the website Sweet and Sound. A style website which shows a lot of undertone very un-glamorized work. But instead concentrates something a lot more like street style. The shoot reflects a playground street style, […]


By Hamish Wirgman
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Single Of The Week: Beyonce – 1+1

It’s a rare thing for a piece of music to stop you completely in your tracks; leaving everything and anything meaningless in compression. Shit, it’s even more rare to find such pieces of music on a show like American Idol. If such feelings weren’t rare however, then the video bellow might not be so encapsulating. […]


By Joel Chima
on 29th May 2011
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Style: Navajo Print

Navajo print has been one of this seasons and the previous seasons growing trends, the print originates from the Navajo people of native America. Navajo people live under a semi- autonomous lifestyle meaning, that there is next to nothing of authority in their lives. The prints they produced, with there angular triangles and dusty bright […]


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Interview: Toro Y Moi

Toro Y Moi, a.k.a. Chazwick Bundick, descended on the glorious North West with performances at both Friends of Mine Festival and The Deaf Institute, and demonstrated why the good folk at Pitchfork labeled ‘Underneath The Pine‘ as Best New Music. Crack In The Road caught up to Chaz prior to his set at The Deaf […]

New & MPfree: Shades – Seasons

This gloriously upbeat track from Boise four piece Shades is arguably their best work to date. There’s touches of Beat Connection in Seasons, with the majority of this electronic track comprised of an infectious hook and hazy synths. Having only dropped their first track on their soundcloud just under a month ago, Shades are already […]


By Josh
on 26th May 2011
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New: Wu Lyf – Dirt

With their debut album set to be released at the start of next month, Manchester psychedelic influenced outfit Wu Lyf have dropped a teaser video featuring another new track, in the form of Dirt. The video is comprised of shots from the recent student protests in London, all captured by Fil Kaler, and makes for […]

Introducing: Wealth

Wealth’s debut single will creep up on you. It’s tinny, raw and undisturbed at times; but ultimately descends into an electro odyssey that’s too damn free spirited and playful to ignore. Wealth’s stance on public relations and self-image is equally as audacious; “According to his bio Wealth was an All-American quarterback in college who then […]


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Artist Feature: Julian Berman

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All are a photographer’s worst nightmare. They threaten photographers in the crowd, regularly cause brutal injuries through repeated stage diving and if you do manage to get them all in one place; it’s likely they won’t sit still for more than a couple of minutes. I sound like a […]

New: The Horrors – Still Life

On July 26 all our questions will be answered in the form of a brand new LP. But for now we have this synth/string-laden delight. At times it’s painfully obvious, at others it’s flourishingly creepy and perverse. Check it out bellow.


By Joel Chima
on 24th May 2011
in Music

Review: Raw Moans – Safe Sex

Before you think that CitR has taken an untimely and unnecessary turn into reviewing obscene pornographic soundtracks, let me assure you that Raw Moans are a legitimate musical group, and a brilliant one at that. Their newest release, Safe Sex is a digital only two track single featuring That’s Us/Wild Combination and Lightning Strikes, both […]

New: Drake – Dreams Money Can Buy

With Drake’s sophomore LP just around the corner, it’s nice to see his new material sounding as fresh as this.  Dreams Money Can Buy was dropped on Drake’s blog a few days ago accompanied with this statement “Not my single. Just a piece of my story. Hear me out though…”; certainly interesting when pondering the […]


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Crack in the Road Exclusive Mix #13: Vittorio Mazzoni

Vittorio Mazzoni is a mysterious guy, there’s no doubting that. With his material released so far consisting of two bizarrely composed youtube videos of sampled footage, with his intricately composed, dance inspired music playing over the top. Islands (I Forgot) takes the listener on a surreal journey through a hazily arranged landscape, a track that […]

Review: The Antlers – Burst Apart

Following up one of the most critically acclaimed records so far this century is no easy feat. Hospice was emotionally diverse, instrumentally beautiful and above all, powerful on a transcendent level. Countless bands who have been faced with a similar dilemma have on the whole opted for one of two options; either produce a strikingly […]

Video: Pushing Hands – He’s Still Here

He’s Still Here is the fantastic new track from London based quartet Pushing Hands, part glorious indie pop, part epic ethereal psychedelia. Coming in somewhere between Manchester odd-pop darlings Wu Lyf, and jangly guitar group The Maccabees, it’s a brilliant introduction to the band. It’s no surprise to learn that Pushing Hands are close friends […]


By Josh
on 20th May 2011
in Music

Film Review: Attack The Block

Director: Joe Cornish Length: 88 minutes Language: English In Attack The Block, a group of youths, their dealer, and a woman they mugged face attack by aliens and the threat of the law. Initially, I was pretty sceptical about Attack The Block, yet another film which may as well have borne the tag-line “Somehow related […]

Primavera Sound: A Guide

It’s official: in under a week, anyone attending Primavera Sound will be sat by the sea, taking in the sun and good music. Or at least be by the sea with good music. Indeed, the Spanish weather hasn’t been the greatest this Spring, with flooding even hitting parts of Barcelona a month ago, so who […]

Style: Vans Vault Era 46 LX Nubuck

Vans are always going to be cool, so cool in fact, that it would be pretty easy to churn out this classic design for the rest of time. Thankfully, the popular skate brand isn’t getting complacent. Their latest range of premium skate shoes come with a rather classy textile lining and a soft finish. The […]


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Video: James Blake – Lindisfarne

The video for James Blake’s ‘Lindisfarne’ premiered on Pitchfork a few days ago. Directed by Martin de Thurah, the video explores the ideas of youth, maturity and coming of age. Although full of benign imagery and delicately constructed juvenile games, there’s a darkness in this high school sleep over that’s hinted at in the most […]


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