Music Reviews and Artist Interviews

Menace Beach - Tennis Court Single Review

Menace Beach - Tennis Court Single Review

Having been seriously thrilling their respective fans with a series of EPs since they got together in 2012, Leeds rock supergroup Menace Beach are finally on their way with a debut album. With members including Ryan Needham of Komakino, Liza...

D/R/UG/S ft. Leo Duncan - Overcome Single Review

D/R/UG/S ft. Leo Duncan - Overcome Single Review

There's been a resonant buzz around the talents of a new artist called Callum Wright - AKA D/R/U/G/S - on the UK electronic scene, with his debut single 'You Are Everywhere' featuring Rebecca Rivers attracting much attention. Now the Manchester...

Raleigh Ritchie - Stronger Than Ever Single Review

Raleigh Ritchie - Stronger Than Ever Single Review

Jacob Anderson is most recognisable for his TV and film work - among which include British drama 'Adulthood', crime series 'Broadchurch' and even, more recently, 'Game Of Thrones' - but now he's taking his creativity elsewhere. Under the new moniker...

Sia - Big Girls Cry Single Review

Sia - Big Girls Cry Single Review

In truth, there aren't many pop artists who could be described as like a fine wine, i.e. improving with age, but Sia Furler is definitely an exception. Having been making music for a good 30 years, Sia has always been...

The Madden Brothers - We Are Done Single Review

The Madden Brothers - We Are Done Single Review

Good Charlotte were among the most memorable pop punk bands of the early 2000s, and now twin co-members Benji and Joel Madden (frontman and guitarist) have broken off to form aptly named side project The Madden Brothers. With GC in...

Mr. Scruff - Friendly Bacteria Album Review

Mr. Scruff - Friendly Bacteria Album Review

Super, mega-blaster, cliché review spoiler alert and blatant factoid: five years is a long time in anything let alone music, the art form that has all the memory span of... 'Friendly Bacteria'. Perhaps Stockport based artist/producer Andy Carthy was wary...

Cold Specks - Abisisto Single Review

Cold Specks - Abisisto Single Review

London-based Cold Specks is the brainchild of Canadian singer-songwriter Al Spx, who earned the group their 'doom soul' tag following their 2012 debut 'I Predict a Graceful Expulsion'. Now, they're back with their second offering, 'Neuroplasticity', for which they have...

Tired Pony - Interview

Tired Pony - Interview

Walking into a surreal conversation about American spy channels and the Illuminati, Contact Musicspoke to Gary Lightbody and Peter Buck of Tired Pony before their afternoon set at Bushmills Live.

Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence Album Review

Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence Album Review

Having exploded with 2012's 'Born To Die' giving mainstream pop a more alternative figure, Lana Del Ray is back with her third album 'Ultraviolence'. Given the mass success of its predecessor which was loved by commercial pop fans just as...

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Lily Allen - URL Badman Single Review

Lily Allen - URL Badman Single Review

Lily Allen's return to music has been eventful to say the least. She managed to garner plenty of negative attention online for her allegedly racist video for her Platinum single 'Hard Out Here', but she's out to boldly show she...

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - Problem Single Review

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - Problem Single Review

Former Nickelodeon actress Ariana Grande has landed her very first number one alongside Iggy Azalea with her collaborative new tune 'Problem'. And not only that, she's even made history by becoming the first chart topper to also succeed in having...

Alt-J - Hunger Of The Pine Single Review

Alt-J - Hunger Of The Pine Single Review

After bursting onto the scene in 2012 with the stunning Mercury Award winning 'An Awesome Wave', Alt-J faced the ever possible 'second album syndrome' with their next release. While their debut brought a both intimate and overt arrangement of folk,...

Dolly Parton - Live Review

Dolly Parton - Live Review

There are showgirls and then there's Dolly Parton; a larger-than-life, joyful megastar who is still concerned with impressing her fans and making sure every one of them feels included. As a sea of pink, fluffy cowboy hats and rhinestone-embellished denim...

Ed Sheeran - Sing Single Review

Ed Sheeran - Sing Single Review

Known for his diverse musical delivery having employed various elements of R&B, hip hop, folk and even a little country throughout his debut album '+', Ed Sheeran makes a spectacular return with his rapidly selling second release 'X'. With his...

Cerebral Ballzy - Jaded & Faded Album Review

Cerebral Ballzy - Jaded & Faded Album Review

Brooklyn punks Cerebral Ballzy are back with their second full-length album 'Jaded & Faded', released via Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas' Cult Records. 'Jaded & Faded' follows 2011's self-titled debut, which established Cerebral Ballzy as a solid, throwback to 80s, hardcore...