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It’s an unwritten rule in music that the longer you take to put out a new record, the better it has to be. Franz Ferdinand haven’t released an album since early 2009, meaning the new one had to be good enough to compensate for four silent years. Lucky for them, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right...

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Album Review: Ellie Goulding – Halycon Days

August 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

The world can’t get enough of Ellie Goulding. Her 2012 album Halycon went platinum and her latest single Burn is currently number one in the UK charts. She’s also currently touring with Bruno Mars in the US, and coming home to her native UK for a nationwide tour. Goulding is topping this all off by...

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Album Review: Ty Segall – Sleeper

August 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Few artists can match the tenacity of Ty Segall. Of course, Segall is known for his electric live performances, his intimacy with his faithful fans, and his generally sunny demeanor. But, when it comes to the tedious process of writing and recording new material, Ty is surprisingly just as vehement. In 2012 alone, although working...

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Fans of heavy metal outfit Five Finger Death Punch will be pleased to know that the band have split their latest album The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell into two volumes, which means 2 releases for 2013. They will also be pleased to know that Volume 1 shows a lot...

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Album Review: SOiL – Whole

August 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ah, heavy metal. The popular stereotypes of this beloved “parent” genre include, but are not limited to: male lead vocalists with long, straight hair, jackets festooned with metal spikes, and aggressively angular electric guitars. But as with anything, stereotypes can be misleading. Metal can encompass a wide variety of musical movements, from innovative 80’s pioneers...

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Album Review: John Mayer – Paradise Valley

August 19, 2013 | 1 Comments

The follow-up to 2012’s Born and Raised, Paradise Valley is the sixth album for contentious singer/songwriter John Mayer. With its simplistic brilliance both lyrically and melodically, Paradise Valley is sure to be another successful addition to Mayer’s musical catalogue. Mayer has enlisted some high profile friends to help out on his new album, with current...

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Album Review: Travis – Where You Stand

August 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s been a fair few years since we heard much sound coming from the Travis camp. The bands last studio record, Ode to J Smith, failed to reach the same heights as earlier efforts when it was released back in 2008 and may have been the reason for the Scottish quartet deciding to take some...

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The 1980’s remain a seminal period in the development of music. Sonic styles and trends came, and, much like the barbarian tribes that ran amok in the Dark Ages, abruptly ended, or were supplanted by something else entirely. The rise of the synth as the instrument of choice, and the cultural resonance and obsession with...

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To be honest, I don’t exactly rush out of the cinema after a movie to get the soundtrack. However, reading the synopsis of the upcoming film What Maisie Knew (a 21st-century adaptation of the 19th-century novel by Henry James) got me intrigued. A rock star (Julianne Moore) and her art-dealer husband (Steve Coogan) shuffle their...

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Album Review: Washed Out – Paracosm

August 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

To describe the music of Washed Out in one word, the only appropriate adjective would be “lush.” Ernest Greene, better known as Washed Out, became a pioneer of a still relatively newly formed genre of music known as “chillwave” back in 2009 with his highly praised debut EP High Times. An earnest and captivating self-titled...

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Album Review: Rich Gang – Flashy Lifestyle

August 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Cash Money Records, the enterprise of Bryan “Birdman” Williams, has joined with Young Money, founded by Lil Wayne, to form a hip hop super group – Rich Gang. Much like the Avengers, this supergroup formed to save the world. Just kidding. It’s pretty much to tell everyone how rich they are. It can’t be any...

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The Civil Wars are, without a doubt, a beautiful union – or, should I say, ‘were’ – as despite this release of their eponymous release, the country duo are, it seems, no more. Calling an indefinite hiatus (specifically cited as ‘internal discourse and irreconcilable differences of ambition’) which resulted in the cancellation of a tour,...

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If there were ever a time to use the unsolicited term ‘buzz band’, then so be it in regards to Swim Deep. The term has hovered over the band since the moment press began to circulate over musical things happening slap bang in the middle of Britain, and since then the band – along with...

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