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Record Rewind: The Maccabees – Colour It In

January 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

2007 truly was a golden age for British indie music, forget the landfill side to the genre that dominated the charts and you’re left with the birth of some truly iconic bands. In 2017, we had to say a painful goodbye to The Maccabees as they bowed out after their most successful album to date,...

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Record Rewind: ISIS – Panopticon

January 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

With their sophomore release, 2002’s Oceanic, post-metal quintet ISIS established the basis for what would become their signature sound – heavy, distortion and reverb-laden guitars juxtaposed with periods of quiet and delicate melodies, and vocals that are sometimes screamed, sometimes sung, and frequently absent ­– as well as their influence and credentials in the avant-garde...

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Record Rewind: Kyuss – Welcome to Sky Valley

January 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Blues for the Red Son may have been the album that launched a thousand bands and put Palm Desert quartet, Kyuss, on the sonic map, but for my money Welcome to Sky Valley stands as the group’s tour de force. The liner notes for the album, released in 1994, contained the instruction for the audience...

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Back in 2006, I entered my local record store to find myself some new tunes, and I expected to leave the shop with some new alternative or heavy metal. But the guy behind the counter said “no, you’re buying this,” handing me a copy of Gnarls Barkley’s St. Elsewhere. “You’ll like it,” I was told,...

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Record Rewind: Outkast – Stankonia

January 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Outkast’s fourth record; Stankonia, was a definitive moment in the coming together of southern hip-hop with a more East coast influence. The Atlanta based pairing of Andre 3000 and Big Boi shook the music industry in 2000 with the release of their fourth album; their most cohesive to date.  The jittery vocals changed the whole hip-hop game...

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Record Rewind: Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

December 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Of all the iconic bands ever to grace the earth, Fleetwood Mac are revered and revelled in with equal measure. The Buckingham/Knicks incarnation of the Californian band continues to inspire, educate and indulge generations of people some 40 years after its release – making it one of the ultimately timeless records in history.  It captured...

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Record Rewind: The Killers – Hot Fuss

December 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

I don’t think that neither The Killers or Hot Fuss need too much introduction;l everyone knows the band and the album – aware of that or not. Just think about Mr. Brightside or Somebody Told Me, if nothing rings in your mind, well, Google them and then you will go something like “oh, I know...

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Album Review: Bob Dylan – Modern Times

December 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

My bad that I got really interested in Bob Dylan so late, my bad that it took me see Hamlet in the theatre to appreciate such a genius, but I guess that the important thing is that now I do like Bob Dylan. But why Hamlet? Well, recently Hamlet got a new production (direct by...

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Every story starts with a hook that attracts you, but then you need something else to stick around. The Kill music video was my hook. It’s inspired by Shining (by Stanley Kubrick), it’s full of meanings, interpretations and imagination. I played it so many times to try to figure out Bartholomew Cubbis’ mind (AKA Jared...

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It was high school in 2004, there was yet to be a Taylor Swift in the world of musical releases. What was a girl who experienced heartbreak daily to listen to? For me, that person was Missy Higgins, the Australian singer-songwriter with a penchant for unfiltered and personal lyrics delivered with genuine, raw emotion. The...

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Maybe not everyone knows who The Goo Goo Dolls are, but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who has NEVER in their life heard the pop-rock ballad by the name of Iris which made its home on Dizzy Up The Girl in 1998, the sixth studio album which solidified The Goo Goo Dolls sound and...

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Record Rewind: Burial – Untrue

September 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Reading descriptions of Untrue from other critics is endlessly fascinating, given that Burial himself has described the record as “a glowing, buzzing album”. More than just about any other artist, Burial inspires journalists to write the most verbose copy, speaking of “desolate streets” and “half-remembered dreams”. The overwhelming impression one gets is that his music...

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Record Rewind: The Knife – Silent Shout

September 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

A few times every decade, there comes along a totally unexpected album that redefines a genre. These albums are undeniably innovative, spinning their genre in a totally new direction, and the music industry follows them for years to come. Silent Shout is one such album, having seemingly come from nowhere in 2006, and its influence...

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