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Review of Alt J – An Awesome Wave

November 14, 2012

If you like songs about cigarettes and alcohol then Alt-J probably aren’t the band for you. The alternative indie pop four-piece from Cambridge are almost anti-Oasis in their musical approach, with songs about war photographers

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Review: Calvin Harris – 18 Months

November 14, 2012

Calvin Harris is back with album 18 Months following his 3 year departure. When I say back, I stray slightly from reality; he’s been blasting through nightclub speakers and radios alike for the past two

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Review of Kylie Minogue – The Abbey Road Sessions

November 14, 2012

With The Abbey Road Sessions, pop diva Kylie Minogue has hung up her trademark gold hot-pants in favour of a more sophisticated sound The album has been released to mark the Australian singer’s twenty-fifth year

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Valerie talks to Ham Sandwich

November 14, 2012

Ham Sandwich: that band with the silly name. Still, it’s definitely not forgettable. Formed in 2003, the band have worked considerably hard since then to ensure the name Ham Sandwich stays in our heads. Their

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Girls Aloud: Back for good, or for good money?

October 31, 2012

So Girls Aloud are back together then? Sorry, correction, they never actually split up in the first place, did they? They were just “taking a break to focus on solo projects”. Cheryl Cole had her

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9 Crow Street

October 31, 2012

9 Crow Street is Emma Fraser, Dean Ryan McDaid and Melissa McDermott. Started in December 2010, perched on the corner of their namesake, 9 Crow Street quickly developed a reputation for its deadly vintage clothes,

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Review: Jake Bugg

October 31, 2012

Hype is a funny thing. It can make heroes of some, but for others it can be a fatal shot against their hopes of a sustainable career. However in the case of Jake Bugg, it

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Review: Red by Taylor Swift

October 31, 2012

If there’s one thing that Halloween is incomplete without, it’s a good rip-roaring monsterfest. Today’s modern horror films tend to lean more towards the psychological and the symbolic and at worst lean towards the bare

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Review: Glassheart by Leona Lewis

October 31, 2012

In a niche heavily occupied by the likes of Adele and Alicia Keys, Leona Lewis’ highly-anticipated album Glassheart needed to make its mark. With a mixture of sounds, ranging from typical powerful ballads to sharper,

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Review: The 2nd Law by Muse

October 17, 2012

Three years on from The Resistance, the Devon stadium rockers return with their sixth album and a degree of scepticism from their devoted fanbase. Frontman Matt Bellamy has talked up the album as “something radically

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Review: Halcyon by Ellie Goulding

October 17, 2012

After a wait that seems a lot longer than it really was, Ellie Goulding has returned with her second studio album, Halcyon. Halcyon is a follow up to Goulding’s 2010 album Lights which reached number

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Review: Come of Age by The Vaccines

October 17, 2012

A thundering guitar followed by the noticeably deeper voice of The Vaccines front man Justin Young opens the band’s second instalment, Come of Age. A confident title suggesting change, the band may have fallen short

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Here We Go – Flux speak to Roisin O

October 3, 2012

It’s all go for Róisín O. In the past couple of weeks she has performed on The Late Late Show, had Ian Dempsey name her track “Here We Go” Song of the Week on his TodayFM

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Review: Battle Born by The Killers

October 3, 2012

After an extended sabbatical The Killers are back with their highly anticipated fourth studio album, Battle Born. Following the Las Vegas quartet’s highly criticized ‘misstep’ that was 2008’s Day & Age, Flowers et al work hard to recapture

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Review: The Truth About Love by Pink

October 3, 2012

Fresh from a break from the music business, which saw her reunite with gorgeous motorcross racer husband Corey Hart and give birth to their first child, Pink is back with her new album, The Truth

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Review: #3 by The Script

October 3, 2012

The Dub boys done good are back with (in case you didn’t already get it) their third studio release “#3”. Since the release of their last album, “Science and Faith” in 2010, the band have

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Ones to Watch – Superhanz

March 30, 2012

Sinead Brennan talks to three quarters of Superhanz about their latest EP and plans for the future When you hear the word Superhanz you might think of the cocaine addicted musician Super Hans from Peep

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The Beatles – the band that changed the world forever.

March 30, 2012

Not only were they musicians, they were global trendsetters and cultural icons. They are the best selling band in history, with an estimated one billion records sold, and were each individually named in Time Magazine’s

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Review: Roses – The Cranberries

March 13, 2012

Love and longing: Two things Dolores O’Riordan did very well before The Cranberries imploded over 10 years ago. Originally rising on a tide of alternative melancholy-ridden songs, the band soon morphed into a wannabe, stadium

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Review: Fun – Some Nights

March 13, 2012

Fun are a band that fuse lots of different genres together, coming up with a sound that is familiar, but not so much that it has bred contempt. Tribal rhythms in the title track, ‘Some