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Welsh outfit Bullet for My Valentine has never been a band that you would describe as being at the cutting edge of heavy music. And there’s nothing wrong with that, as the first to do...

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Album Review: Dan + Shay – Dan + Shay

July 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Their collective appellation – Dan + Shay – may not be the most imaginative name ever, but the singer-songwriter duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney wasted no time in establishing themselves as a force...

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Album Review: Drake – Scorpion

July 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Canadian rapper Drake is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in music at the moment, setting all kinds of records with his singles thanks to the rapid uptake of streaming services. With his various albums...

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Australian quartet, 5 Seconds of Summer, have always oriented themselves to the poppier end of the pop-punk spectrum. Love it or hate it, their particular sound saw them jump straight to the top of the...

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For his début solo record, Post Traumatic, Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda has delivered an album that earnestly wears its heart on its sleeve. So much so, that at times it feels downright unsavoury and...

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Album Review: Lykke Li – So Sad So Sexy

July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the decade since releasing her début album, Youth Novels, Swedish singer Lykke Li established herself as a darling of the critics with 2011’s Wounded Rhymes and 2014’s I Never Learn, with both of those...

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It is undoubtedly trite to say that you either get a particular artist or group, or you don’t. That you either love them or hate them, because there is no middle ground. Yet Dave Matthews...

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Album Review: Neko Case – Hell-On

June 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Singer Neko Case has always been a little backward in coming forward, blending seemingly personal narrative arcs with dreamlike whimsy to create intoxicating, aural elixirs. While most of her output as a solo artist has...

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Album Review: Snow Patrol – Wilderness

June 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s been the better part of seven years since Snow Patrol last released an album of new material, which is a virtual eternity in the contemporary music industry, and twelve years since Eyes Open rocketed...

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Album Review: Chvrches – Love Is Dead

June 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

For a lot of bands, self-producing an album is something that comes as their career progresses and builds, a kind of reward for success. At their best, self-produced albums enrich the creative landscape by allowing...

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Album Review: Ash – Islands

June 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Irish band Ash have been doing their thing continuously and consistently for the past twenty-six years. Not bad for a trio that formed in their teens and are now forty-somethings. Considering the band’s longevity, it...

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Album Review: The Presets – HI VIZ

May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Con – or more formally the Sydney Conservatorium of Music – is one of the oldest and most prestigious music schools in Australia, the mere mention of which is unlikely to make the average...

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With a duration just shy of fifty-two minutes, the sophomore LP, Beach House 3, from Tyrone Griffin Jr – better known as Ty Dolla $ign – may seem positively minuscule compared to the seventy-two-and-a-half minutes...

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