Monthly Archives: May 2011

Review: Wild Beasts – Smother

It’s a very rare thing in pop; for a band to release an excellent debut record is commendable, to follow it up with an outstanding sophomore record is then a tremendous achievement but for a band’s third record to be arguably their greatest work is a remarkable feat. Well, this is just what Kendal’s pop […]


By Martyn Young
on 18th May 2011
in Music

New: Bon Iver – Calgary

Four years on from the fantastic For Emma, Forever Ago, and Wisconsin folk act Bon Iver are back with a new self-titled record. In the years since the release of his debut album, he has become increasingly popular, which has shown in Vernon’s work, appearing on a couple of  Kanye West tracks last year, as […]

Artist Feature: Nicholas Maggio

Nicholas Maggio’s photography ultimately creates a feeling of insecurity when pondering the inspiration for his work. He manages to take photos that seem utterly contrived and orchestrated, while spontaneous and friendly. If his work is completely incidental then Maggio must have a set of friends that act, feel and dress like film stars ALL THE […]

Single Of The Week: Groundislava – Panorama (feat. Jake Weary)

The first time we brought you news about Groundislava they had just released their debit video for the rather haunting tune Animal. With the LP now released Groundislava’s full potential has been realised. Taking influences from hip-hop, 8bit beats and dubstep; the music has a foot firmly in popular culture while still reaching for new […]


By Joel Chima
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Review: The Great Escape 2011

Arriving in Brighton for my first Great Escape experience, the city was alive with fans and delegates alike walking from street to street, venue to venue. Marketed by some as Britain’s answer to SXSW, The Great Escape promised to provide a weekend packed with exciting bands and copious amounts of over priced lager. On the […]

News: Stream ‘Demolished Thoughts’ by Thurston Moore

The fourth solo album from Sonic Youth’s, Thurston Moore has been produced by Beck and is set to be released by Matador records on May 23rd in Europe and a day later in the US. The songwriter, singer and guitarist of Sonic Youth fame first met Beck in the early 90′s when he was mowing […]


By Sam Golden
on 16th May 2011
in Music

CitR and Youth Music Present…

Our first Compilation album!  After many weeks of preparation and organisation, we are immensely proud to present to you all the final track listing of the Number 1 covers so brilliantly produced by 15 hard working and very talent bands and artists. A special mention should also be accredited to Bravestation who’s Talking Heads track […]

New: Moon Bounce – Darn Your Best Frock EP

The first thing you’ll notice about Moon Bounce is that he has a ridiculously appropriate name. His tones and textures transport the listener to the stars and back, the pieces are layered with samples and synths loop that tangle in the most intricate of ways; it’s fantastically disorientating at times. Since he dropped Whipped over […]


By Joel Chima
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Compilation Teaser: Patterns – Pure Shores (All Saints Cover)

So unfortunately we’re having a few technical issues with the forthcoming CitR & Youth Music Covers Compilation release, which was scheduled to be made available for free download later tonight. However these are being worked on as we speak, and the release will be with you as soon as possible! In the meantime, as a […]


By Josh
on 13th May 2011
in Music

Style: Supreme/The North Face Collaboration SS’11

The collaboration between The North Face and Supreme is getting another run over at The Hideout from the 14th of May. The collection features 3 choices of jacket, a range of hats and a set of sleeping bags. The two iconic brands sit side by side on the jacket’s shoulders, with the garment itself being […]


By Joel Chima
on 12th May 2011
in Life

Weekly Discography Guide: XTC

XTC might not ring any bells for most people, but chances are you’ve heard a couple of their tracks before – Making Plans For Nigel still seems to crop up on the radio now and then, Dear God enjoys a certain notoriety (The usual religious controversy, coupled with a student in the US forcing his […]


By Matthew Rickinson
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Video: Slime – 2 Player (feat. Vondelpark)

The video for Slime’s 2Player single dropped yesterday, with WE ARE the Collective directing and producing the project. Shot in a café in Sunderland, the video mirrors the subtle themes of loneliness conveyed within the track, with lyrics ‘Won’t you come around for a little while’, tenderly rested on an understated black and white graphic. […]


By Sam Heaney
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MPfree: Echo Shade – Fluorescent Nights

The ‘home-produced’ music scene is booming at the moment, with the price of equipment going down, and the accessibility going up, it means that almost anyone can produce their own forms of music. This chillwave gem titled Fluorescent Nights is courtesy of UK beat-maker Echo Shade, combining dance influences with soulful, laidback vibes. The insanely […]


By Josh
on 11th May 2011
in Music

Announcement: CitR Charity Compilation

It is with great honour, and excitement, that we can announce Crack In The Road‘s 1st Compilation Album! We’ve recently passed our first year in existence and, in that time, Crack In The Road has gone from a casual blog, to one of the most respected and widely read independent music and arts websites in […]

New: Sun Glitters – Things Are…

Sun Glitters has been on our horizons for a while now. His gentle blend of instrumental hip-hop, dream-pop and good old-fashioned beat music has stunned anyone who listens. His new single ‘Things are…’ is no exception; it churns the stomach with its snappy beat, while transporting you to a psychedelic dream world through the blemishes […]


By Joel Chima
on 10th May 2011
in Music

Exclusive Track Premiere: The Cyclist – Bending Brass

There’s a wonderfully hypnotic vibe to The Cyclist’s music, a style which creates such a fantastic, transcendental feeling of euphoria. Technicolor! debuted a couple of months back summarises the exceptional talent this eighteen year old Northern Irish musician has, incorporating dubstep and dance influences to create a unique and enjoyable sound. His music is the […]

New & MPfree: Athletes In Paris – Just Decline

After the success of their debut single Borrowed Time, plus a string of shows all across the North East including a special Record Store Day gig, Athletes In Paris are back with a free download of new song Just Decline. Another track that features predominantly in their energetic live sets; pairing cutting wit alongside intelligent, […]

Single of the Week: B I G S L E E P – Sex

Every now and then, a track can take the entire blogosphere by storm, and that’s entirely the case with Sex, the raunchily titled new single from Manchester rockers B I G  S L E E P. It’s energetic, fiery and witty; without coming off as self-indulgent or stammeringly generic. Formed from the ashes of Drive […]

New: Death Grips – Exmilitary Mixtape

I really wanted to review this Mixtape, but as we all know Goblins have been creeping around CITR towers and it’s been hard to do anything but debate over those little fuckers. However, amongst the chaos a genuine masterpiece has emerged. Zach Hill of Sacramento, CA. is the mastermind behind the group; taking influences from […]


By Joel Chima
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Review: EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints

The gorgeously perplexing innocence maintained throughout the record is stiflingly beautiful at times, such as the closing moments of Anteroom, with EMA wailing ‘if this time through, we don’t get it right, I’ll come back to you, in another life.’


By Josh
on 9th May 2011
in Music