Review: It's hard not to see this offering from hallucinogenic and highly visual psych-rockers The Flaming Lips as a "here's what you could have won" release. And that's "here's what you could have won had you been able to attend this performance of one of our most treasured albums in one of the world's most aesthetically astounding venues". FOMO abounds, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a proper bucket list muso haunt, setting gigs halfway up a Colorado mountain. Throw in live orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, and you've got yourself a truly life-affirming evening. Even on record, there's a tangible difference between the sonics here and the original, still it's an incredibly beautiful and grand album. Perhaps most pronounced during the heart-rendering string sweep of opener "Race For The Prize" (expect shivers), tracks such as "A Spoonful Weighs A Ton" and, of course, "Waitin' For A Superman" feel as though they have finally found their home.
Review: The release of 'The Con X' marks a decade since indie-pop sister act Tegan & Sara's 2007 covers album 'The Con', furthermore, all proceeds from sales will go into the Tegan & Sara Foundation, an organisation dedicated to fighting for LGBTQ rights and equality. The collection here is impressively broad and varied, covering Chvrches, Ryan Adams, Kelly Lee Owens, Shamir and more. The duo's approach to the covers is creative and reinventive, and on the more stripped back covers the vocal work from the Quin sisters has the space to take centre stage and shine, showing just how much the duo have developed since their initial cover record.