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Album Review: Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon

September 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lana Del Rey’s rise to fame is like something straight out of one of her own songs: a beautiful, headstrong young woman with a mysterious past and a fake name follows her dream straight to the top, only to find herself facing the wrath of the haters and discovering the price of success in the...

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Album Review: PHASES – For Life

September 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

PHASES may just be releasing their first album, but there’s nothing new about them. With members from Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes, Phantom Planet, Maroon 5 and The Like, they originally came together in 2009 as the indie rock band JJAMZ. The departure of Maroon 5’s James Valentine led to a complete change of course, adopting...

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Julia Holter’s Have You In My Wilderness bucks critical analysis the same way dreams flinch away from the cold light of the morning after. The work is a swirling, beautiful impressionistic wonder, that, to borrow a cliché, genuinely has to be heard to be believed. Part musical, part poetic confessional, part soundtrack, part force of...

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Film Review – Everest

September 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

“Human beings are not meant to survive at the cruising altitude of a 747”. On 11 May 1996, two expedition groups – Adventure Consultants led by New Zealander Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) and Mountain Madness led by Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal) – attempted to summit Earth’s highest mountain, Mount Everest. Tragedy hit when eight people...

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Album Review: Leona Lewis – I Am

September 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Upon breaking free from something restrictive or limiting, it’s natural to feel triumphant. This seems to be a situation Leona Lewis was well versed in, especially after leaving her label of seven years, Syco Music, back in 2014. Leona’s triumph, motivation and self-empowerment are all at the heart of I Am, and while it’s not...

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Interview: Amy Studt

September 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

During the early noughties, singer-songwriter Amy Studt enjoyed a successful run of hit singles as the musician took on the pop world with remarkable force. Her first album, False Smiles, propelled Amy to the forefront of the pop/alt-rock scene thanks to tracks like Misfit, the angst-fueled brilliance of Under The Thumb and the musicians international...

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Interview: Joshua Radin

August 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Good news, folks: Joshua Radin is exactly as earnest, sweet and humble as his music might lead you to believe he is. Over the course of a fifteen minute phone conversation blighted by terrible reception and lag, Radin remained upbeat and generous, discussing topics as varied as his love life, his creative practice, and his...

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