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Back in the 80’s the New Kids On The Block were a teen boy band sensation. It was reported that the Boston boys of NKOTB, brothers Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg (yes, Mark Wahlberg’s brother) and Donny Wood, were earning 1 million dollars a week working this gig. In 2017, these pop...

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Album Review: Incubus – 8

May 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Incubus return with a new album, 8– you guessed it, their eighth studio album. The band includes the talents of; Brandon Boyd (vocals, guitar), Michael Einziger (guitar, piano), Jose Pasilla II (drums), Chris Kilmore (keys) and Ben Kenney (bass). 8 was produced by Dave Sardy (Wolfmother, Jet, OK Go, Marilyn Manson), and co-produced by  Sonny...

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Forty years on from his first release, Paul Weller returns with his thirteenth studio album, A Kind Revolution. The album was recorded at Black Barn Studios in Surrey, UK with Jan ‘Stan’ Kybert and Weller working together to produce the album. As I listened to each track on the album one burning question I had...

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Clearly eager to shed his squeaky clean good boy image from his days as a member of One Direction, Liam Payne releases his sexually playful hip hop debut single Strip That Down. Writing cred goes to Payne, himself, along with Ed Sheeran (who also contributed much writing to the one Direction catalogue) and acclaimed song...

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Ireland’s darlings of pop rock, The Cranberries, returned to London this weekend to present to fans some of their career defining hits that have recently been given a new lease on life. Since the bands early nineties breakthrough, the four-piece have remained consistent in their delivery of impeccable studio releases and memorable stage shows; releasing...

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It is easy to acknowledge the aphorism that “you can’t please everybody” as true intellectually, but coming to accept that truth from firsthand experience can be quite discomforting. The Zac Brown Band appear to have faced this harsh reality in 2015 with the release of Jekyll + Hyde, an album that sought to push the...

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Album Review: Blondie – Pollinator

May 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

I wonder if back in 1974, when Debbie Harry and Chris Stein planted the Blondie seed, they thought they would see the fruition of an eleventh album after a 40+ year career in music. The latest album Pollinator is a significant miles stone that they have reached as a band (still with three original members,...

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Album Review: LP – Lost On You

May 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

LP aka Laura Pergolizzi can normally be found toiling away behind the scenes writing songs for the likes of Cher and Rihanna, but now on her fourth studio album; LP is ready to take more of a centre stage. Whereas beforehand LP has taken more of a folk and country approach, Lost On You is...

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Album Review: Paramore – After Laughter

May 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s probably scientifically impossible not to be a fan of Paramore. Their carefree approach to life has always provided solace for those unsure of themselves. On their fifth record; After Laughter, the band have embraced their unashamed enthusiasm for the music they make. The moment Paramore posted Hard Times online, there was a collective yelp of excitement as fans...

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Fourteen albums in to her long and illustrious career, Diana Krall is showing no signs of stopping. With a US tour pencilled in already, Turn Up The Quiet indicates that Diana’s smooth voice remains very much in demand. The plucked bass intro to Like Someone In Love would not sound out of place opening a...

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Hurts latest single Beautiful Ones, is a celebration of individuality that has all the potential to become a self-love classic. Complete with a video that challenges stereotypical gender expression, Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson manage to eloquently vocalise the beauty in refusing to conform.  With lines like “don’t be afraid, honey one day, this will fade”,...

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Since Eurovision Song Contest’s beginning in 1956, it has launched a number of big music careers including that of ABBA and Céline Dion. In 2017 Eurovision was held in Kyiv, Ukraine and 42 nations (including countries beyond the European boarders) participated in this celebration of diverse song writing and performance. Eurovision Song Contest Kyiv 2017 is...

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Leicester legends Kasabian are heading in a different direction on their sixth album. Having burst onto the UK rock scene with their self-titled debut back in 2004, the band have gone on to become one of Britain’s biggest acts. Whilst the cover art of For Crying Out Loud being something to write home about for all of...

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