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Pinkshinyultrablast - Grandfeathered Album Review

In an age where formulaic TV talent shows have become inescapable, Simon Cowell and his revolving door of equally fiendish collaborators have long kept hostage the expression: "Unlike anything I've ever heard before." It has become synonymous with noises truly...


Pinkshinyultrablast - Grandfeathered Album Review

In an age where formulaic TV talent shows have become inescapable, Simon Cowell and his revolving door of equally fiendish collaborators have long kept hostage the expression: "Unlike anything I've ever heard before." It has become synonymous with noises truly...

By Will Perkins on 28 March 2017

Los Campesinos - Sick Scenes Album Review

Ever since their debut album ‘Hold On Now, Youngster...’, Los Campesinos! have been a band like no other. Their energy is unmatched, their exciting songs relatable, and their live performance on another level entirely. It felt like nothing could follow...

By Mark Moore on 26 March 2017

Los Campesinos

PINS - Bad Thing EP Review

What are you most likely to do when you've had a few drinks? Finally tell someone you find them utterly irresistible (or utterly resistible)? Buy a vintage Triumph Stag off eBay, even though you can't drive? Whatever your proclivities, I...

By Jon Kean on 25 March 2017

Bush - Black And White Rainbows Album Review

Placed in the post-grunge rock scene, Bush are a British outfit who can legitimately claim to have greater popularity in America than their homeland. Having broken up and reformed, this seventh studio album was an inevitability following frontman Gavin Rossdale's...

By Alex Lai on 24 March 2017

Bush

Kris Drever - Interview

When a Kris Drever solo album comes out, it's a relatively rare delight. If you take the intervals between "Black Water" in 2006, "Mark the Hard Earth" in 2010 and 2016's "If Wishes Were Horses" as a number pattern, then...

Posted 23 March 2017

Zara Larsson - So Good Album Review

Tipped by some as a potential superstar of the pop world, Zara Larsson came to prominence in her native Sweden having won a television talent competition. That was nine years ago, and unlike some who rush to capitalise on exposure,...

By Alex Lai on 23 March 2017

Zara Larsson

Feeder - Renegades (Special Edition Re-issue) Album Review

It seems to be the age of the re-issue, one that Feeder have embraced with their seventh studio album from 2010 'Renegades'. Unlike other album re-issues out there, though, this is not a special anniversary release. The simple fact is...

By Mark Moore on 23 March 2017

Feeder

Bing & Ruth - No Home of the Mind Album Review

As a composer of "new music" (synonymous to "contemporary classical music" in my circles), I am an avid fan of Bing & Ruth's influences, Steve Reich and John Cage.  Bing & Ruth claim that their brand of music is "minimalist"...

By Dan Lis on 23 March 2017

The Dears - Times Infinity Vol 1 Album Review

In this age of untethered access to almost anything you care to search for on-line it's a little odd that the UK is only just seeing the release of the 'new' Dears album, more than eighteen months since its US...

By Andrew Lockwood on 23 March 2017

The Dears

Temples - Volcano Album Review

In the past few years, dubious band revivals, mediocre pop and generally under-whelming indie bands seem to have been worryingly rife - so the arrival of Temples' neo-psychedelic rock via their 2012 debut "Sun Structures" made a refreshing and welcome...

By Chantelle Pattemore on 23 March 2017

Temples

Wasuremono - Interview

One afternoon in Autumn 2016, a Japanophile mate texted me, saying she'd heard the band name, Wasuremono on 6Music. She'd got wildly over-excited, quickly got over the disappointment that they weren't the new Shonen Knife and then got wildly excited...

Posted 20 March 2017

Code Orange - Interview

Pittsburgh's Code Orange are arguably the most vital band in heavy music right now. After a few years of being at the top of the hardcore scene armed with the records like 2012's 'Love Is Love/Return to Dust' and 2014's...

Posted 20 March 2017

Gojira - Leeds O2 Academy-16.03.2017 Live Review

Throughout the 21st Century France's Gojira have become one of metal's biggest and most respected acts. This is down to them crafting a sound across several albums that's as crushing as you'd expect from a band named after the King...

By Max Cussons on 20 March 2017

Craig Finn - We All Want The Same Things Album Review

Craig Finn's solo output has been reassuringly impressive, building on his work with The Hold Steady, he gives himself the freedom here to explore more intricate and intimate material without the band dynamic guiding the development of his lyrics. Album...

By Jim Pusey on 20 March 2017

Conor Oberst - Salutations Album Review

If ever your day's too peachy and you're missing out on that sense of feeling wounded, cold and desperately alone, then last year's achingly beautiful "Ruminations" ought to be your go-to album. Written in snowbound Omaha, Nebraska, after Conor Oberst...

By Jon Kean on 20 March 2017

Conor Oberst

Kris Drever - Victoria Hall, Radstock - 10.03.17 Live Review

On the map, the town of Radstock may be close to Glastonbury, but close to Glastonbury it ain't. What manifold joys, therefore, to catch Orcadian folk titan, Kris Drever at the town's small but perfectly-formed arts hub, The Victoria Hall,...

By Jon Kean on 17 March 2017

Real Estate - In Mind Album Review

Real Estate have gone through a significant period of change since they released their last record, Atlas, in 2014. Guitarist and founding member Matt Mondanile left the band to pursue his Ducktails project; songwriter Martin Courtney embraced family life, becoming...

By James Hopkin on 17 March 2017

Real Estate

Laura Marling - Semper Femina Album Review

"Semper Femina" (Always a woman) is a phrase reclaimed by Laura Marling and something she had tattooed on her leg ten years ago. It originally formed part of a Virgil line that shares the philosophy straight out of theBilly Joel...

By Jon Kean on 14 March 2017

Laura Marling

Julia Holter - In The Same Room Album Review

For her, and Domino Records, latest release Julia Holter has chosen a slight twist on an age old format to capture some of her most beloved songs. Everyone is familiar with the 'Live Lounge' concept and has no doubt heard...

By Andrew Lockwood on 13 March 2017

Kai Whiston - Interview

Kai Whiston is an emerging UK producer whose sound is defined by ominous, unsettling mechanical textures utilised by a spirited attitude, with how breezy or animated the pace can be. This makes for a sound which is hard, but not...

Posted 10 March 2017

Aristophanes - Headrow House Leeds 02.03.2017 Live Review

Aristophanes is an upcoming Taiwanese rapper, probably most known for featuring on the last Grimes album, however her own material is makes her stand out on her own. Her sound consists of spectral, but firm beats and her rapping in...

By Max Cussons on 10 March 2017

The Magnetic Fields - 50 Song Memoir Album Review

Remember the reaction you got to that five-opera ring cycle you composed, with yourself as the main protagonist? That one you performed to your extended family at your 21st birthday party? It went on until half four in the morning;...

By Jon Kean on 10 March 2017

The Magnetic Fields

Desperate Journalist - Grow Up Album Review

In May 1979, Paul Morley slated The Cure's "Three Imaginary Boys" with such pretentious savagery (Google it and puke) that Robert Smith took the next available opportunity, a Peel Session, to bite back, composing "A Desperate Journalist" about Morley, before...

By Jon Kean on 10 March 2017

Song To Song - Featurette and Clip

Terrence Malick is set to release his latest movie 'Song to Song'; a musical drama that was partially shot at Austin City Limits musical festival back in 2012. Producers Sarah Green and Ken Kao, music supervisor Lauren Marie Mikus, Cole...

Posted 10 March 2017

Michael Fassbender Natalie Portman Black Lips Terrence Malick

Ocean Park Standoff - We Do [Live] Video

As part of their open air sessions, Samantha Ronson's new band Ocean Park Standoff perform their new song 'We Do', taken from their self-titled debut studio album which they dropped in March via Hollywood Records. They are currently on tour...

Posted 09 March 2017

Ocean Park Standoff

Cold War Kids - Can We Hang On? Video

'Can We Hang On?' is the new single from Cold War Kids who are set to launch their latest album 'L.A. Divine' on April 7th 2017 - their first release on Capitol Records and the first to feature lead guitarist...

Posted 09 March 2017

Cold War Kids

Fleet Foxes - Third of May / Odaigahara [Lyric] Video

With their world tour scheduled to kick off in May, Fleet Foxes recently announced that they were finally ready to drop their long-awaited third album 'Crack-Up' on June 16th 2017 through Nonesuch Records. The first song to be unveiled is...

Posted 09 March 2017

Fleet Foxes

Ansel Elgort - Thief Video

He might be best known as an actor in the 'Carrie' re-make, the 'Divergent' series and 'The Fault in Our Stars', but Ansel Elgort is also an accomplished singer-songwriter. Two years after signing with Island/ Universal Records, he has unveiled...

Posted 09 March 2017

Ansel Elgort

XX - Say Something Loving Video

The xx sample The Alessi Brothers' epic 1976 single 'Do You Feel It?' in their latest club anthem 'Say Something Loving', which is taken from their third album 'I See You' which they released in January and with which they...

Posted 09 March 2017

Lorde - Green Light Video

Lorde released her first single in three years this March with 'Green Light'; a song about finding inner peace following the trauma of a relationship breakdown. The new video, directed by Grant Singer, received more than 18 million views within...

Posted 09 March 2017

Lorde

Dutch Uncles - Big Balloon Album Review

If consistency, reliability and frequency of output were any measure of a band then Dutch Uncles would be top ten with every release. The Stopfordian band's first album came back in 2009 and they've been dropping one bi-annually, in the...

By Andrew Lockwood on 09 March 2017

Dutch Uncles

Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still Video

Alaska rock band Portugal. The Man have a new album on the way entitled 'Woodstock', with a release date yet to be confirmed. The first single is the uplifting 'Feel It Still', for which they have released a rather unusual...

Posted 09 March 2017

Portugal The Man

All That Remains - Madness [Lyric] Video

Massachusetts metal quintet All That Remains have unleashed a lyric video for 'Madness'; the title single from their forthcoming eighth studio album which is set to hit shelves on April 28th 2017 through Razor & Tie Recordings. It sees them...

Posted 09 March 2017

All That Remains

Take That - Giants [Lyric] Video

Take That share their first single in two years in the form of 'Giants', alongside a lyric video created by the little known What Katie Drew who has previously worked with George The Poet. The boy band are due to...

Posted 09 March 2017

Take That

Julia Michaels - Issues Video

Santa Clarita based pop singer Julia Michaels has unveiled a new video directed by Tabitha Denholm for her debut single 'Issues'. The Gold-certified track was produced by Benny Blanco and Stargate, and co-written by Justin Tranter and Benjamin Levin among...

Posted 09 March 2017

Julia Michaels

Imagine Dragons - Believe Video

Imagine Dragons are back with the video for their first single of the year 'Believe'; the first track from their forthcoming third studio album - details of which are yet to be announced - and the very same song from...

Posted 09 March 2017

Imagine Dragons

Ed Sheeran - Starving [Live] Video

Displaying not only his impressive vocal ability but also the extent of his instrumental talent is Ed Sheeran with a live session for Capital FM. He does a cover of a song he's been really loving at the moment; Hailee...

Posted 08 March 2017

Ed Sheeran

Coldplay - Hypnotised [Lyric] Video

An appropriately 'kaleidoscopic' lyric video follows Coldplay's new song 'Hypnotised' which dropped in time for Chris Martin's 39th birthday. Currently on their 'A Head Full of Dreams Tour', the band also launch a new EP entitled 'Kaleidoscope', which is due...

Posted 08 March 2017

Coldplay

Bruno Mars - That's What I Like Video

Bruno Mars turns moves into mimes in the semi-animated video for his new single 'That's What I Like', co-directed by the singer and Jonathan Lia. The song is from his third studio album '24K Magic' which came out in November...

Posted 08 March 2017

Bruno Mars

Minor Victories - Minor Victories Album Review

Minor Victories is a newly formed supergroup and with it comes very major expectations. Consisting of Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai, Justin Lockey from Editors and Slowdive's Rachel Goswell, the talented trio have now launched their first album through Fat Possum.'Minor...

By Mark Moore on 06 March 2017

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Rihanna To Be Honoured By Parsons School Of Design

Rihanna To Be Honoured By Parsons School Of Design

The Umbrella hitmaker will be feted for her career and philanthropic efforts alongside fashion designer Eileen Fisher and...

Lil Wayne Launches New Radio Show

Lil Wayne Launches New Radio Show

The Lollipop hitmaker took to social media on Monday (27Mar17) to reveal his latest project, named after his...

Troye Sivan To Make History At Glaad Media Awards

Troye Sivan To Make History At Glaad Media Awards

The Youth singer, 21, will be saluted at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday (01Apr17) for making...

Drake Struck Down With Food Poisoning - Report

Drake Struck Down With Food Poisoning - Report

The Jumpman hitmaker had been due to perform for fans in Amsterdam on Monday night, but the show,...

Shemar Moore Had Top Secret Date Night With 'Stunning' Rita Ora

Shemar Moore Had Top Secret Date Night With 'Stunning' Rita Ora

The Bounce Back star revealed he had a crush on the British singer when he appeared on Access...

Chance The Rapper Looking For An Intern

Chance The Rapper Looking For An Intern

The No Problem hitmaker took to Twitter on Monday (27Mar17) to place his job advertisement, urging those who...

Harry Styles To Make His Solo Debut On Saturday Night Live

Harry Styles To Make His Solo Debut On Saturday Night Live

The One Direction star will be the sketch show's musical guest when comedian Jimmy Fallon returns to host...

America's Got Talent Judges Have Mel B's Back As She Battles Divorce

America's Got Talent Judges Have Mel B's Back As She Battles Divorce

The singer-turned-TV personality went public with her split from her husband of 10 years, Stephen Belafonte, earlier this...

**Spoiler Alert** Rihanna Serves Up A Psycho Twist In Bates Motel Tv Series

**Spoiler Alert** Rihanna Serves Up A Psycho Twist In Bates Motel Tv Series

In Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 adaptation of Robert Bloch's thriller, twisted Norman Bates kills the object of his affection,...

Aerosmith Postpone U.s. Tour To Work On Final Album

Aerosmith Postpone U.s. Tour To Work On Final Album

Joe Perry made the announcement during a recent chat with AZ Central, published on Tuesday (28Mar17), revealing the...

Paul Mccartney Worried About 'Flavour Of The Month' Accusations With New Collaboration

Paul McCartney Worried About 'Flavour Of The Month' Accusations With New Collaboration

Four years after the release of his last solo studio album 'New', Paul McCartney is returning with another record, this...

Zayn Malik's Young Cousin Passes Away Following Brain Tumour Battle

Zayn Malik's Young Cousin Passes Away Following Brain Tumour Battle

Arshiya’s mother Zileh Malik broke the tragic news, taking to Instagram to share a photo of her smiling daughter with...

Katy Perry Pays Tribute To Teenage Superfan Who Died In Car Crash

Katy Perry Pays Tribute To Teenage Superfan Who Died In Car Crash

Katie Bell from Benton, Louisiana died in a car accident aged 18 on Saturday (25Mar17) after she lost control of...

Justin Bieber To Be Hit With Charges Over Graffiti Crime In Brazil

Justin Bieber To Be Hit With Charges Over Graffiti Crime In Brazil

The 23-year-old singer was charged with a ‘crime against the city order and cultural heritage’ after vandalising The Hotel Nacional...

Wiz Khalifa 'Didn't Mean To Offend Anyone' With Pablo Escobar Tribute

Wiz Khalifa 'Didn't Mean To Offend Anyone' With Pablo Escobar Tribute

The 29-year-old performed in Colombia's capital Bogota on Friday (24Mar17) and then travelled to Medellin, where he placed flowers...

Michael Jackson's Business Partners Lose Bid For Share In Estate

Michael Jackson's Business Partners Lose Bid For Share In Estate

The singer's former publicist Raymone Bain and Qadree el-Amin, his former general manager, and two other plaintiffs claimed...

M.i.a. Introduces A Diverse Line-up For Meltdown Festival 2017

M.I.A. Introduces A Diverse Line-Up For Meltdown Festival 2017

M.I.A. is launching this year's Meltdown Festival, for which twelve new names have been added to the line-up. Over a...

Chas Hodges Will Be 'Fit' For British Summer Time Hyde Park

Chas Hodges will be 'fit' for British Summer Time Hyde Park

Chas and Dave singer Chas Hodges has been told he will be ''fit'' in time for their show at British...

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Kings Of Leon's Bst Hyde Park Support Acts

Kings of Leon's BST Hyde Park support acts

Kings of Leon will be joined by Deaf Havana, Tom Grennan and more at British Summer Time Hyde Park.The American...

Mike Stock Begged Kylie Minogue To Continue With Saw

Mike Stock begged Kylie Minogue to continue with SAW

Mike Stock of Stock, Aitken and Waterman (SAW) ''crawled on [his] knees'' to get Kylie Minogue to record with them...

Drake Fans In Amsterdam Are Not Happy After Gig Is Postponed For The Third Time

Drake Fans In Amsterdam Are Not Happy After Gig Is Postponed For The Third Time

Fans of Drake in Amsterdam on Monday night were left furious after the rapper postponed his show for the third...

Cheryl Considering A New Direction Post-baby - Report

Cheryl Considering A New Direction Post-baby - Report

The former Girls Aloud singer's musical career has quietened considerably in recent years, and according to editors at The Sun...

George Michael Painting Sells For Nearly $600,000 At Charity Auction

George Michael Painting Sells For Nearly $600,000 At Charity Auction

The British artist created his piece titled Beautiful Beautiful George Michael Love Painting, featuring a black sketch of the late...

Zac Brown Buys Prize Steer At Auction

Zac Brown Buys Prize Steer At Auction

The singer/songwriter bought the Reserve Champion at the 2017 RodeoHouston auction on Saturday (25Mar17). Brown and his...

Jackie Evancho Chasing President Donald Trump For Transgender Summit

Jackie Evancho Chasing President Donald Trump For Transgender Summit

The former America's Got Talent singer, who performed at the controversial Republican's inauguration in January (17), was among...

Burt Bacharach Sued By Dog Sitter

Burt Bacharach Sued By Dog Sitter

Joel Gayner, 73, claims he volunteered to take care of the 88-year-old's Portuguese Water Dog Alfie and on...

Lorde Impersonator Dupes Dance Party Guests

Lorde Impersonator Dupes Dance Party Guests

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Mariah Carey Celebrates Birthday In Mexico With Bryan Tanaka

Mariah Carey Celebrates Birthday In Mexico With Bryan Tanaka

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Olly Murs Declares He's Single At Teenage Cancer Trust Gig

Olly Murs declares he's single at Teenage Cancer Trust gig

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How Would You Like To Work For Chance The Rapper?

How Would You Like To Work For Chance The Rapper?

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Glen Matlock Teases New Single And Album

Glen Matlock teases new single and album

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Calvin Harris Goes Funk On New Songs

Calvin Harris goes funk on new songs

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Drake Postpones Amsterdam Show Again On Doctor's Orders

Drake postpones Amsterdam show again on doctor's orders

Drake was forced to postpone his Amsterdam concert for a third time on Monday night (27.03.17) on ''doctor's orders''.The 'One...

Sia Shows Her Face On Sesame Street

Sia Shows Her Face On Sesame Street

The Australian singer is famous for hiding behind wigs when she performs, but she opted for a black...

John Lydon: 'Donald Trump Is A Political Sex Pistol'

John Lydon: 'Donald Trump Is A Political Sex Pistol'

The Sex Pistols singer, aka Johnny Rotten, defended President Donald Trump against the "left-wing media" during a blistering...

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