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Easily one of the most anticipated solo ventures of the last couple of years, former One Directioner Harry Styles has been quietly sitting on the sidelines of the pop scene over the last year while his former band mates try their hand at solo careers and raising families with Niall and Zayn turning out a...

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Mary J. Blige wears her red and bloodied ripped out heart on her sleeve in the impassioned release of music that is Strength Of A Woman. It is no doubt reflects upon her divorce from her husband and manager Martin Isaacs after 13 years of marriage – interesting that this is also her thirteenth studio...

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There are few musicians that can hold their own in comparison to greats such as Tom Waits or Johnny Cash, but on his; staggering, TWENTY THIRD album, John Mellencamp is cementing himself as a legend. Having released his debut in 1976, it is awe inspiring to hear this latest offering. Mobile Blue sets the country and blues...

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No Vacancy is the latest track to emerge from the One Republic camp. The Colorado-based band are set to return from a short hiatus, during which frontman Ryan Tedder has been writing chart smashes for other huge artists. The Balearic feel to No Vacancy is warm and engaging, but errs on the wrong side of repetitive. It’s not forgettable, but that...

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Album Review: Foster The People – III

May 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks haven’t grown up to be quite as edgy as Foster The People are on III, an entree for the group’s upcoming third record. Three years since we saw them last, Foster The People have grown into quite the cutting edge quartet. Opener Pay The Man owes a lot to the...

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If there’s a way to make a mark with new and old fans then The Cranberries have undoubtedly set the benchmark in 2017. Nearly 25 years after they released their debut album to the world, comes Something Else – an acoustic over-brushing both pertinent and rich. Featuring select hits from their back catalogue and a...

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Charging full steam ahead to the release of her 4th album, Katy Perry isn’t letting up. Latest track Bon Appetit sees her teaming up with Migos to offer listeners another slice of the Perry Pie. Using food as a metaphor is no new thing in pop, but Katy Perry’s recipes seem to include a lot more sauce...

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Taking in cities around Europe as part of her Emerald Island tour, Dutch songbird Caro Emerald dished up seconds to London fans over the weekend with an additional date in the capital. Following a successful performance at the elegant Royal Albert Hall earlier in the month before taking the show around the country, Emerald returned...

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Album Review: Texas – Jump On Board

April 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

With 8 albums already under their belts and a string of hits that would make any greatest hits concert a truly enviable live experience for any music fan, Glaswegian pop/rock outfit Texas have proven they are a mainstream mainstay as they have recently unveiled album number 9 with Jump On Board adding to an already...

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Album Review: Maxïmo Park – Risk to Exist

April 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

From sly subtext, to out-and-out polemic, political activism and engagement has a long, rich history in popular music. And with the ongoing turmoil in Syria fuelling a refugee crisis, the Brexit referendum, and the ascendency of Trump – to name but a few – there are plenty of politically charged issues floating around waiting to...

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Over the course of 40 years Tina Arena has established herself as one of the most celebrated and defining Australian musical exports; a national treasure. Starting out in music at a young age when she caught the attention of her homeland after appearing on Australian talent show, Young Talent Time, Arena became a household name...

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Album Review: Sheryl Crow – Be Myself

April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Be Myself is a fitting name given to the latest album served up by Sheryl Crow. The legendary American songstress incorporates a heavy dilution of folky blues-tinged rock music dipped in a fresh volume of pop sweetness. The contemporary divergence from her regular sound may come as a pleasant surprise to fans, including heightened levels of...

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It must certainly have felt like a world away from conquering the pyrotechnic equipped, glitz and glamour of the Eurovision stage for 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw, but you would never have thought so after the singer delivered a masterful show for London fans in the quaint setting of the O2 Islington Academy tonight. Performing for...

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