WyWires are debuting both their Diamond series USB and Juice II Digital cables at Axpona 2017. More »

Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 22nd, and I could not think of a better way of celebrating the day than by interviewing someone from the UK that I never met, but got to know through his book and DVD Last Shop Standing; The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of The Independent Record Shop. Read the full interview here. 

The team at Dan D’Agostino got in touch to tell us about their new stereo amp that is debuting at Axpona 2017, they said: “We are excited to announce the unveiling of the Progression Stereo amplifier this weekend, April 21-23, at the Axpona Show in Room Renewal A”. More »

British brand Onix will be a familiar name to many and has a strong heritage. Here Dominic Marsh puts their DNA-50 amplifier costing £1979 through its paces for Hifi Pig.  More »

Acoustic treatment manufacturer GIK Acoustics has launched a radiant new diffuser with the release of the Gotham N23 5” Skyline Diffuser, a precision-cut, 23-root, two-dimensional Quadratic Skyline Diffuser More »

Record Store Day is this Saturday, April 22nd, and I could not think of a better way of celebrating the day than by interviewing someone from the UK that I never met, but got to know through his book and DVD Last Shop Standing; The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of The Independent Record Shop. More »

“We’re not a tribute band; we are the real deal” says Tony Visconti about Holy Holy.  Given that he, in his role as David Bowie’s long-term producer,  and his band-mate, Spiders From Mars drummer Mick “Woody” Woodmansey, probably have more experience of working with the glam-era Bowie than anyone else alive, that is no hollow claim. More »

V-MODA of Italy have announced the availability of the Forza Metallo Wireless neckband Bluetooth headphones. V -MODA day they are: “Designed by and for modern audiophiles, Forza Metallo Wireless is the high-performance and ultra-sleek companion for your demanding everyday life. It brings the 40+ editors’ choice award-winning V-MODA sound and new noise-canceling microphones to the era of Bluetooth neckband headphones”. More »

Erzetich Audio, who make Boutique Handcrafted Headphone Amplifiers, got in touch to let us know about their new model. Blaz Erzetic told us: “Our class-A dual mono headphone amplifier – Deimos – has gone through some changes and improvements lately. Based on the feedback received from the audience at hifi shows and individual presentations we decided to tweak some things”. More »

VANA, Ltd. has announced the arrival in the USA of the European Audio Team (E.A.T) B-Sharp turntable, with features taken directly from the company’s award-winning C-Major turntable (which Janine reviewed for Hifi Pig last year). VANA went on to tell us “The B-Sharp sheds all of the non-essential cosmetic adornments of the C-Major without compromising performance or mechanical integrity, providing vinyl enthusiasts with a superb playback option at a more affordable price”. More »

Eye liner running in sweaty smears down his cheeks, Razmo spasms like a preacher possessed by forces unknown. With octave-hopping vocal gymnastics he spits his lyrics (‘if I was an alligator, I’d be so snappy in conversation’) like a circus performer spits fire. The keyboardist hops from foot to foot, a joy-struck imp on a hot tin roof, all the while bassist Sebastian leans against the wall of The Thomas House’s basement venue, coolness made man. More »

Blood Command have shared their third single ‘(The World Covered In) Purple Shrouds’ on BBC Radio 1 Rock Show. More »

Cover Your Ass Vol. 1 will officially release on Friday, May 26th via Lionfish Music, serving as the first installment of charitable compilation cover albums. This first volume of The Cover Your Ass series is a tribute to the dedication shown by countless doctors and nurses who make real measurable differences in millions of people’s lives. As such, Lionfish Music has pledged to donate 100% of profits from this album to Planned Parenthood in these times of uncertainty. More »

In December 2016 Enemies released their third and final album entitled Valuables via Topshelf Records. Valuables documents a turbulent time for the band — intensive writing, recording and touring, coupled with a lack of shared vision, led to a decision that harmony in ending is ultimately more valuable than discord in continuing. More »

GoldNote are a well known for their very high end products but here Janine Elliot takes a listen to their €195 and €350 moving magnet cartridges. More »

The Atmo Sfera Platterless turntable certainly raised a few eyebrows on social media when we announced we would be reviewing it, it’s just like nothing else out there! Ian Ringstead checks out this Italian oddity costing £3500 including arm and cartridge.  More »

Lyn Stanley spoke to us about her work and love of Reel 2 Reel tape, just as she was about to start recording her latest album, now named ‘The Moonlight Sessions Volume One’. The album will be given a preview at the upcoming Axpona show in Chicago and is due for release in May. More »

Tune Audio will be at High End Munich next month…

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30 days to go until High End Munich 2017 kicks off, Tune Audio, will be exhibiting again this year. More »

Reference Subwoofer was specifically designed to compliment AVID’s Reference Four loudspeaker. However, depending upon room size and application it can partner all their other loudspeakers, especially if being used in a high performance home cinema  application. More »

Midland Audio Exchange will be holding a Naim Statement event in June. More »

No Vacation is an Indie/Dream-Pop collective that combines the novel sounds of college nostalgia and surf-tinged bedroom pop to create an addictive feeling of weightlessness. Their new single ‘Mind Fields’ premiered at The Fader, and the video has now gone on to premiere at Stereogum. More »

Following last year’s release of her critically acclaimed second album and ANTI- debut, “Black Terry Cat”, NYC’s Xenia Rubinos today announces much-anticipated live dates in the UK and Europe for April / May. More »

A full PS Audio system can be heard with Scaena, in the Division Suite at Axpona 2017. More »

In the midst of Saturday afternoon photography walkabout in North London (UK), my companion for the walk started laying out his idea for a music documentary recounting 1971 as the pre-eminent year and put into evidence the records which debuted to support his claim. Instinctively, I countered with 1977 and after a good while, and a lot of his assertions, I remained intransigent, fixed in the notion that the latter year reigns supreme. If I’m honest, neither of us were then or now going to back down from our respective positions on the subject. More »

Pass Labs has started shipping their new XA25 Class A Power Amplifier, the most affordable power amplifier in their current line. With 2 x 25W @ 8 ohms, 2 x 50/W at 4 ohms and 2 x 100WClass A/AB at 2 ohms, and priced at $4,900, the XA25 is not meant as merely an “Entry-Level” model, but rather, a more affordable way for consumers to experience the Pass Labs line. In other words: A smaller, lighter and less expensive Pass Labs Class A power amplifier. More »

Hifi Pig US Correspondent David Blumenstein will be attending and covering AXPONA 2017, which takes place 21st to 23rd April at The Westin O’Hare, Rosemont, Illinois, but before catching his plane he takes the time to interview Steve Davis and Liz Miller of AXPONA.  More »

Following on from the release of their ‘Host’ EP last year, London-based progressive sludge/noise-rock four-piece Wren, have announced details of their new album ‘Auburn Rule’, which is due out 14th July 2017 via Holy Roar Records. More »

The confessional, folk sound of guitarist Daudi Matsiko is much in demand, after his collaborations with electronic acts Booka Shade and Kyodai, an appearance at Red Bull Music Academy, and tours with Keaton Henson, GoGo Penguin and Portico Quartet. More »

Triple Crown Records is excited to announce the self-titled debut album from Smidley, a new project from Foxing singer Conor Murphy out June 2nd in the UK and available for pre-order now. More »

Laurence Armstrong, MD of Henley Designs, sent us a message about the future trading plan for Roksan Audio in the UK market. More »

KEF is to be one of a handful of companies featured in the Mutations-Creations art event, a major retrospective of designer Ross Lovegrove at the Centre Pompidou in Paris between 12th April – 3rd July 2017. More »

PIG promoted the UK release of his current studio album ‘The Gospel’ with a recent UK tour. The ‘Swine & Punishment’ trek was jointly headlined with Mortiis and took in nine cities that culminated with a London show at Elektrowerkz. More »

Chicago’s Ratboys, led by singer/guitarist Julia Steiner and guitarist Dave Sagan, will release its sophomore album entitled GN on June 30th (Topshelf Records). Drawing influence from the down-to-earth sincerity of late-90s Sheryl Crow and the confessional confidence of Kim Deal and Jenny Lewis, the songs on GN (aka ‘goodnight’) “largely detail experiences of saying goodbye, finding your way home, and then figuring out what the hell to do once you’re back,” says Steiner. The Fader, who premiered the album’s first single, “Control” says “the song is a perfect example of the special, personal nature of their music.​” More »

John K. Samson has released a new video for “Alpha Adept”, a song from his latest full-length album, Winter Wheat, which was released in October last year, on Anti-. More »

Premiered at The Independent and described as ‘riding a somewhat exquisite wave between indie sentiments and beguiling pop music’ by Gold Flake Paint, Hajk’s new single ‘Nothing Left To Say’ is out today. More »

Mount Song is pleased to share the second single from his new album “Mount Song” today. Intimate, heavy and explosive, ‘Here It Goes’ merges dark, hazy atmospherics to create a moving reaction to loss and change. More »

Zesto Audio will be at Axpona 2017 in Chicago, USA. More »

XLO International Inc, a manufacturer of audio connections, announced today that it has entered into an Agreement appointing Polpak Poland Ltd. as its exclusive Master Distributor of all XLO products for the entire European region. More »

RDacoustic are based in the Czech Republic and we first came across them at High End Munich where their Evolution loudspeakers were being powered by KR Audio amplifiers being fed by a 440 Audio turntable…all Czech brands. The Evolution loudspeakers are a single driver design using a backloaded horn and cost from €9990.  More »

2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Conrad-Johnson design inc. and to celebrate, they are introducing two new anniversary tube amplifiers – the ART150 and ART300. These amplifiers employ the recently developed KT150 output tubes. More »

by James Fleming

The fight against ignorance is central to The Lonely Cry Of Space And Time. Combining the natural with the political, the scientific with the philosophical, and then soundtracking those themes with stirring, atmospheric electric guitar-strumming and haunting vocals is a deadly concoction. More »

by James Fleming

Psychedelic rock tends to make more promises than it can keep. More »

Los Angeles based Cambodian and American rock band DENGUE FEVER announced today that they are set to begin a deluxe reissue campaign to release the bands long out-of-print back catalog via their own Tuk Tuk Records. The first two titles to be reissued are their eponymous 2003 debut album and their 2005 sophomore follow-up Escape From Dragon House. More »

The Black Angels have shared new track Half Believing, the scorched-earth centerpiece off their upcoming LP Death Song, out April 21st on Partisan Records. More »