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Single Review: Muse – ‘Dig Down’

May 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

From the colours and font of the cover art, to the music video that pays homage to some classic cinematic moments, English three-piece Muse give more than a knowing wink and nod to the 1980s...

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Album Review: Papa Roach – Crooked Teeth

May 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Crooked Teeth, the ninth studio album from Californian hard-rock outfit Papa Roach, is an odd little record – and it is a little record, consisting of only 10 songs and lasting just over half-an-hour. There’s...

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It is easy to acknowledge the aphorism that “you can’t please everybody” as true intellectually, but coming to accept that truth from firsthand experience can be quite discomforting. The Zac Brown Band appear to have...

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Album Review: Lea Michele – Places

May 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Before finding mainstream success in the musical dramedy series Glee, Lea Michele earned her vocal pedigree in the theatre, landing her first role on Broadway at the age of 8. Despite her subsequent commercial success...

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The selection of which tracks from an album are released as singles is general driven by two (oftentimes) competing considerations; do you select the songs that you believe will have commercial appeal, which will be...

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Album Review: Gorillaz – Humanz

May 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Back when Gorillaz first burst into the public consciousness, it made a sort of sense to play along and acknowledge that the band members were, in fact, 2-D, Murdoc Niccals, Russel Hobbs, and Noodles. These...

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Album Review: Maxïmo Park – Risk to Exist

April 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

From sly subtext, to out-and-out polemic, political activism and engagement has a long, rich history in popular music. And with the ongoing turmoil in Syria fuelling a refugee crisis, the Brexit referendum, and the ascendency...

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The warning “do not open” is certainly an evocative one. Does it exist to protect fragile contents from being disturbed? To protect the unwary and unprepared from peril? Does it betray something deeply intimate and...

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Album Review: Pitbull – Climate Change

March 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

On his tenth album, Climate Change, Armando Christian Pérez – better known as Pitbull – name checks himself at the beginning of no fewer than half of the assembled tracks. He is also not shy...

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2017 is shaping up to be quite the year for 32-year-old Rory Charles Graham, known in the trade as Rag’n’Bone Man, as not only has he released his début album, Human, but he was dubbed...

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Album Review: Elbow – Little Fictions

February 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

My greatest desire when listening to Elbow is that they will let loose, lose composure, and let their songs get a bit dirty and hit the listener right in the guts like a freight train....

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Album Review: Train – a girl a bottle a boat

January 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Few bands have experienced the capricious nature of commercial success the way San Franciscan outfit Train have. From overnight success with Drops of Jupiter – the eponymous single from their second album – which dominated...

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For a good chunk of his career, Pete Doherty was better known for his escapades and substance abuse issues than for his creative endeavours, with his relationship with model, Kate Moss, fueling the popular media’s...

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