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When I hear the name, James Brown, I think the master of funk and soul providing decades of memorable music, often known as the ‘Godfather’ of funk. Although he passed away in December 2006, his music still lives on and its now time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Live at the Apollo, originally released...

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Album Review: Hanson – Anthem

July 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

I have a confession to make. At the age of five, I was a member of the official Hanson fan club. Cringes all round, some may say, however I adored them, and their floppy ’90’s hair! Ironically, the fan club failed to reply before the band had fallen into the abyss of fickle pop obscurity,...

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Vampires, sex and the good old southern comfort of the south are a few things that spring to mind when I think of, True Blood. Oh and a shirtless Ryan Quanten and Alexander Skarsgard. Hey a girl can dream, right? So, if you’re an avid viewer of TB you have probably noticed the amazing theme...

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It seems merely five minutes ago that dance-pop hit-maker Kelly Rowland had last hit the air waves, but here we are, almost surprisingly, on album number four. Not quite the pop powerhouse that is Beyonce (aka. Queen B) yet far vocally superior in comparison to the third member of Destiny’s Child, Michelle Williams, Rowland has...

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Editors have always been a band that have managed to inspire rather divisive opinions within the audience of a certain musical spectrum. Their 2005 début – The Back Room – received critically positive reviews at the time of its release, spawning the massive song Munich in its wake. Munich itself probably served to prove itself...

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While pop music may have lost one of the its most distinctive and successful vocalists to another genre, the country music world must be feeling pretty proud of itself these days, having scored the skilled musical maestro that is Hootie and the Blowfish front man, Darius Rucker. Trading in his pop hit-making legacy for a...

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Album Review: The Band Perry – Pioneer

June 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

With the likes of Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum offering releases lately that further edge the country and pop genres closer together, a whole host of fellow country acts are lining up to follow in their footsteps and to take a slice of that successful crossover pie. While Swift and Lady A continue to rule...

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Album Review: Goo Goo Dolls – Magnetic

June 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

After listening to the Goo Goo Dolls’ newest album Magnetic, the strongest conclusion to be made is that the trio from New York have found their happy place. Magnetic is a feel-good album with lots more electronic experimentation and a less guitar-heavy feel than what we’ve heard from them before. The new direction could be...

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I’m sure you remember the first time you ever heard of The Lonely Island, though even if you have no active recollection of the group’s name, it is more than likely that at least one of their songs has managed to permeate your subconsciousness. Especially in adolescent circles of friends, songs such as I’m On...

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Album Review: Jimmy Eat World – Damage

June 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ah, Jimmy Eat World. Who else can induce such strong feelings of nostalgia even upon hearing a new album for the first time? Who else can take us back to High School and those nights driving around with your best friends blasting The Middle at an obscene volume in an instant? Fans of the Arizona-based quartet can breathe...

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Album Review: CSS – Planta

June 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Cansei de Ser Sexy – better known to the world as CSS – have appeared to have lurked under the radar as of late, which is an impressive feat, given their previously garish, neon-tinged attire when they burst into music press consciousness in the middle of the noughties. However, the crest of Nu-Rave has long...

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Thirteen years may seem like an odd anniversary to specifically commemorate, and with that little two-digit number awash with superstition, it is considered unlucky by many. Indeed, perhaps its inclusion in the title of The Dandy Warhols’ third album – Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia – foreshadowed things to come, as despite the band blowing...

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Queens of the Stone Age have always loved cheeky rock and roll contradictions. Hell, it’s even there in the band name: Stone Age society was certainly not matriarchal, nor are any of the band members gay – but the band name sounds awesome, so who really cares? There’s a ballsy irony behind the new album...

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