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Album Review: MGMT – Little Dark Age

February 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

The New York stalwart’s of strange pop have once again landed from outer space! Long story short, MGMT’s fourth record Little Dark Age is here. Recorded by the band and long term collaborator; Dave Friddman, it’s an album of psychedelic twists and turns that will potentially leave you wondering what life inside the MGMT hive-mind entails. Everyone...

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Performing to packed arenas is something that has been coming naturally to The Script for a number of years now so selling out two shows at the iconic O2 Arena is all in a days work for front man Danny O’Donoghue and his band mates. With 5 studio albums under their belts and currently on...

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Album Review: Sarah Blasko – Depth of Field

February 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

As a fan, my relationship to the music of Sarah Blasko has always been defined by a degree of ambivalence. While I highly regarded her début album, The Overture and the Underscore, this regard was undercut by the sense that a number of mind-blowingly amazing tracks were the ones doing all the heavy lifting. What...

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Erasure has sold more than 25 million albums in its 30 year history, and is one of the most successful bands of the late 1980’s and mid 90’s. Formed in London in 1985, the synthpop duo comprised of Andy Bell (vocals) and Vince Clarke (keyboards) have achieved 24 top 40 hits in the UK by...

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Emo scene stalwarts Dashboard Confessional are back with their first new material in eight years, Crooked Shadows is the seventh record from the Florida natives. This record sees them still confident in their refusal to adhere to the status quo, something they are all the better for.  Speaking about opening track; We Fight, frontman Chris Carrabba says it’s about...

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Album Review: Rae Morris – Someone Out There

February 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Someone Out There is the second album by Rae Morris. Three years from Unguarded, the British singer delivers a new outstanding record highlighting her hypnotic and radiant voice. Someone Out There reveals another side of Rae Morris, who experiments with a more electro-pop style.  Push Me to My Limit, first track of the album, doesn’t...

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Having crossed paths on the European tour circuit, Americans Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa started a musical love affair that was consummated when Hart provided vocals for No Love on the Street from Bonamassa’s 2011 album, Dust Bowl. This relationship was further developed later that year with the release of the collaborative album, Don’t Explain....

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Album Review: AWOLNATION – Here Come The Runts

February 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Here Come The Runts signifies AWOLNATION’s return to music some three years after the release of their second record. For those of you who are perhaps unfamiliar with the group, their main success came in the form of mega-hit Sail, the dizzying heights of which AWOLNATION have fallen more than a little short of here. Right from the...

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After some formation changes (departure of Nick McCarthy and arrival of Julian Corrie) and five years of waiting, Franz Ferdinand are back with their fifth studio album Always Ascending. In this ten tracks record, the Scottish band experimented with new sounds and has transformed their traditional indie rock genre. The title track Always Ascending opens...

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Having received widespread critical acclaim for their début album, The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets, back in 2014, the British quintet certainly set a high standard by which their subsequent releases would be measured. With their sophomore effort, Knowing What You Know Now, the dual-family line up of the MacIntyre siblings – Becca (vocals), Sam (guitar),...

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Album Review: First Aid Kit – Ruins

February 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

First Aid Kit are back: no more waiting to listen to those dreamy harmonies, gentle acoustic guitar melodies and country vibes we fell in love with. The Swedish duo, composed by Johanna and Klara Söderberg, has just released their fourth album Ruins. Rebel Heart, the opener, is a journey. It starts with an unstable melody...

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The Wombats seem to be the only band to have survived the early noughties era of landfill indie. Far from falling by the wayside like their counterparts Pigeon Detectives et al, 2018 sees the release of these Liverpool lad’s fourth album. Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life maintains the early spirit that catapulted The Wombats to indie...

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Album Review: Of Mice & Men – Defy

February 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

With 2014’s Restoring Force it seemed that Californian outfit Of Mice & Men had settled into a stable line-up, while 2016’s Cold World demonstrated that the band was keen to continue experimenting with and developing their sound beyond the usual metalcore template. However, less than three months after Cold World hit the shelves, vocalist and...

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