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The current line up of Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark (OMD); Andy McCluskey (vocals, keys and bass), Paul Humphreys (keys and vocals), Martin Cooper (Keys) and Stuart Kershaw (drums) release their thirteenth studio album since their formation back in 1978. The Punishment Of Luxury takes its name from a late 19th century painting by Giovanni...

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Glasgow pop rockers Texas have always been one of my favorite bands. Growing up – and even to this day – the majority of my playlists are occupied by pop tunes of the eighties and nineties with a handful of edgier acts making the cut from time to time. The Glaswegians made a heavy impact...

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Album Review: Nick Mulvey – Wake Up Now

September 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Having studied ethnomusicology at the University of London and performed in the jazz and world music infused ensemble, Portico Quartet, it is probably not too surprising that Nick Mulvey offers a slightly different take on the standard singer-songwriter sound. Sure, there’s plenty of acoustic guitar and lyrics that deal with the personal or political, but...

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Album Review: Sparks – Hippopotamus

September 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you like your music to have a wry sense of humour and include references to exotic animals, 15th-century Dutch painters, classic automobiles, anonymous literature, and tragic Shakespearean characters, then Sparks have you covered. And that’s just with the eponymous track, Hippopotamus, from their 23rd studio album. Since emerging from the LA music scene in...

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Album Review: Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun

September 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Dominic Aitchison (bass), Stuart Braithwaite (guitar, vocals), Martin Bulloch (drums) and Barry Burns (keyboard, computer, guitar) make up the Scottish group Mogwai, who release their ninth studio album, Every Country’s Sun, in their two decade plus long career. Dave Fridmann, who has worked with The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Tame Impala, Neill Finn and OKGo to...

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Album Review: Jake Bugg – Hearts That Strain

September 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

It sounds like music comes very naturally to Jake Bugg, but he has been honing his skills since he first picked up a guitar at age 12.  That hard work earned him his slot at Glastonbury Festival in 2011, when he was just 17!  Bugg’s self-titled debut album was released the following year, and 5...

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Album Review: Neil Young – Hitchhiker

September 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Forty-one years ago, on August 11 1976, Neil Young entered Indigo Studios in Malibu, along with his long-standing studio collaborator David Brings, and committed ten acoustic tracks to tape over the course of a single evening, with Young only pausing – according to his memoir – to partake of substances his mother would probably prefer...

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Single Review: Paloma Faith – ‘Crybaby’

September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Mother, actress, singer, songwriter – there’s really not much that Paloma Faith can’t do, and even then it’s likely she’d become the master of any task you set before her.  After a well earned break, Faith has returned with Crybaby, from her upcoming 4th album, The Architect. In a world of stereotypes, where men have to hide...

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Album Review: The Script – Freedom Child

September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s been a couple of months since The Script released their lead single, Rain – and what a fantastic song that is.  Since then, they have teased fans with promotional tracks Written in the Scars and Love Not Lovers.  After an unbearable wait since No Sound Without Silence, The Script have finally released their 5th studio album, Freedom Child. Freedom...

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Album Review: Anna of the North – Lovers

September 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Anna of the North developed out of a chance encounter between Norwegian Anna Lotterud and New Zealander Brady Daniell-Smith in a bar in Melbourne. Lotterud – who impulsively travelled to Australia after an anonymous customer implored her to abandon her life of routine and normalcy, and to expand her horizons – was out mending a...

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Album Review: Tori Amos – Native Invaders

September 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

As one of the most celebrated and respected songwriters of our generation, Tori Amos has carved one of the most impressive catalogues of any musical act in history. Her personal odes mixed with observational tributes to life have brought to life some of the greatest masterpieces in music. Ever since Amos erupted onto the singer-songwriter...

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Album Review: LCD Soundsystem – American Dream

September 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

There’s a lot of iconic things from the past making comebacks in 2017 – from Twin Peaks to the Crystal Maze – but the return of LCD Soundsystem from the ether is one that feels more significant than all the rest combined. James Murphy and Co were prolific in the coverage of their demise in...

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Single Review: Jessie J – ‘Real Deal’

September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Jessie J has been pretty quiet since her last album, Sweet Talk, back in 2014.  A year later she recorded Flashlight for the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack, but since then she’s been on hiatus.  Her latest track, Real Deal, has been released in partnership with M&M and Incredibox.  A snippet of the song was available to unlock after playing a game...

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