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Album Review: Nine Inch Nails – Bad Witch

July 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

The mighty Nine Inch Nails return with Bad Witch, their ninth record and the follow-up to 2013’s Hesitation Marks. At just six tracks long; this is one of the shortest albums in recent years, and it goes against the grain of many other artists who choose to release double or extended records that tend to be all filler and...

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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 to be reckoned with in the competitive country music scene. While the pair’s first two albums, 2014’s Where It All...

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Album Review: Gorillaz – The Now Now

July 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

The innovative brain child of Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett, Gorillaz have been going since 1998. The Now Now is the virtual band’s sixth record, which sees them ditch their go to plethora of guest artists in favour of a concentrated zap of pure Gorillaz flavour.  Opener Humility sets out the feeling of loneliness from the beginning, but...

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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 and mixtapes, Drake has built a reputation for the technical aspects of his rapping, melodic choices, and his blending of...

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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 charts around the world with their self-titled début album in 2014. With their third album, Youngblood, 5 Seconds of Summer...

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After a lengthy separation from the world of pop megastardom, 5 piece pop collective Steps made a very welcome return to the live stage in 2012 and offered us a greater hits package and festive covers collection before taking a well deserved break to absorb their reclaimed success with fans who had waited a very...

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London is in the grip of a seemingly never-ending heatwave, England are still in the World Cup and tonight the iconic Nile Rodgers headlines the Old Naval College in London with a disco celebration like no other. The setting by the river makes for a stunning sunset behind the stage, as people of all generations...

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It has been almost 10 year since Florence & The Machine’s debut album Lungs was released. It was a scattered collection of songs direct from the mind of Florence Welch that represented all she could not say out loud. Fast-forward to 2018 and Florence has headlined the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, released her first novel and now...

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Pride was out on full display last night with one of pop musics most celebrated and loved acts dominating the outdoor stage in the picturesque London suburb of Greenwich. With the historic Old Royal Navy College grounds serving as the picture perfect backdrop of the night, 90’s pop hit makers Steps brought their hit Summer...

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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 intrusive to be listening to something so clearly personal for entertainment purposes.  Port Traumatic is an extension of the EP...

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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 albums receiving near universal praise and achieving very respectable sales figures globally. Against the backdrop of these past successes, the...

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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 Band is – and has been for nearly three decades – one of those groups. For the sake of transparency,...

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Johnny Marr seems to be the only lasting member of The Smiths not hell bent on destroying his reputation. Whilst Morrissey is out in the world making questionable choices, Mr Marr is taking everything in and making forward thinking rock albums. Call The Comet is Marr’s third solo record, and one of his most intriguing yet.  It...

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