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Baltimore four-piece; All Time Low, are back with Last Young Renegade, the band’s seventh record since forming in 2003. Pop punk remains an incredibly popular genre, with fans of All Time Low set to lap this release up with eagerness. But to the more casual listener, Last Young Renegade occupies a musical middle ground that is unlikely to convert...

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Album Review: Beth Ditto – Fake Sugar

June 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Beth Ditto has had an unconventional path to success in music as well as fashion, even having modelled for Jean Paul Gaultier and launching her own plus size fashion label. Beth grew up poor in Arkansas and later moved to Washington as an eighteen year old in 1999. While there, she started the indie-disco band...

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Single Review: Foo Fighters – Run

June 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Foo Fighters have had a calamitous year, frontman Dave Grohl breaking his leg meant the band had to cancel their career defining slot headlining the Pyramid Stage at last year’s Glastonbury festival. On latest single ‘Run’ though, it is evident that not even broken bones can shake the resolve of such an outstanding band.  The...

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Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow has ‘done a Beyonce’ and surprise released his fourth studio album True Care merely a week in advance. This record sees McMorrow stay true to his soft roots, and maturing into a wise musician.  Deciding to surprise release this record came from a desire to break free from traditional industry album cycles and...

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Following the success of his 2015 début album, Trapsoul, 24-year-old Bryson Tiller was always going to be at risk of falling into the dreaded sophomore album slump. With his second studio album, True to Self, Tiller returns with a collection of 19 tracks that blend R&B and hip-hop vocals, and trap music. Upon first hearing...

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Album Review: Rise Against – Wolves

June 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Punk rock has always been known for its pithy compositional style, which is why it feels odd to make the comment that a punk record feels long. Clocking in at a hair’s breadth over 40 minutes, divvied up pretty evenly across 11 tracks, Rise Against’s 8th studio album, Wolves, can’t empirically be called long –...

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With the release of the single, In My Blood, twelve months ago, Australian twin-popsters Lisa and Jessica Origliasso, better known as The Veronicas, started the process of softening the ground for the release their fourth album. Now, as the album’s release – the title of which is still a mystery – creeps closer, The Veronicas...

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Album Review: Shakira – El Dorado

June 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Listening to an album that is performed in a language you don’t speak is an interesting experience. On the one hand, the incomprehensibility of the lyrics frees you to simply enjoy a song’s rhythms and melodies without the cognitive interferences spoken language can provide. On the other, you are acutely aware that there is an...

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Hannah Reid, Dan Rothman and Dominic ‘Dot’ Major are the trio that make up London Grammar who release their second studio album Truth Is A Beautiful Thing, an enticing title. Rooting For You, the first single and opening track of the album, is fully captivating for the ebb and flow of cinematic soundscapes and Reid’s...

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The early 2000s was a golden age for alternative dance music, but where plenty have fallen by the wayside and become nothing more than #indieamnesty anecdotes, !!! – pronounced Chk Chk Chk, are still about, having just released their seventh record; Shake The Shudder.  Groovy bangers have always been something Chk Chk Chk pride themselves on,...

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20 years ago the hip hop scene was dominated by the West Coast – East Coast gang rivalry. On the East Coast was The Notorious B.I.G. and his New York based Bad Boy Records label.  On the West Coast, Tupac Shakur laid his ground at the L.A. based Death Row Records. Eventually each of these...

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Connect The Dots is the sophomore album of New York natives, MisterWives. Since the release of their debut album, Our Own House (2015), they garnered the attention of some pretty well established acts; Panic! At The Disco!, Bleachers, Walk The Moon and Twenty One Pilots; having the opportunity to share a stage with them. They...

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Most people would consider five years a long time but in the world of popular culture and pop music, it is positively an eternity. Yet, that is how long it has been since Britain’s Rita Ora released her début record, Ora. While she hasn’t exactly been out of the spotlight since then, Ora has recognised...

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