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The resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez

February 20, 2019

The oppression he faced as a Mexican immigrant heavily influenced his song writing. His soft melodies and thought-provoking lyrics should have made him a star in the US, however, both his albums received underwhelming attention and Rodriguez was dropped.

The Hype

Let me listen to Take That in peace

February 6, 2019

person’s taste in music varies depending on many factors ranging from the type of music they were exposed to from an early age, their personal preference and their life experience.

The Hype

How Chris Brown remains popular

February 6, 2019

Back then, one could go into a local nightclub without hearing one of his hits blaring through speakers like Kiss Kiss and With You.  He became an icon known for his use of autotune and style meshing Hip Hop, RnB and dance.

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The unpredictability of Ms Lauryn Hill

December 12, 2018

Hill is not one to shy away from a bit of preaching. She closed the show with a reminder to “spread that vibration with love,” a sentiment echoed various times throughout. “We can resonate the frequency of love,” she said earlier in the performance.

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Best album of the year: No Shame by Lily Allen

December 12, 2018

Allen lures her listeners in even more with the soft childlike tone she uses throughout the album which juxtaposes the strong adult topics she is singing about and the subtle electronic dance sound in the background, making her latest collection of music truly unique.

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U2 make a powerful return to home ground

November 28, 2018

The setlist accompanied by politically charged imagery made the entire concert feel like a campaign for Bono 2027. The massive production was incredible to say the least and there is no doubt that the band are better than ever. But with Bono full of dad jokes and more humbler than ever, he was cascading, stripped down.

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Thank u Ariana Grande, next

November 28, 2018

The words, “thank you, next” in relation to past relationships sounds cold and unfeeling, but the song is the complete opposite of that. Grande is genuinely thanking her exes for helping her grow and prosper into the person she is today, there’s no negativity or bitterness within the song despite its subject matter.

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Spice up your life and support up and coming artists

November 28, 2018

From a business point of view, you can see the logic if you’re an older band that hasn’t been active in a long time. There’s a lot of safe money to be made in reunion tours or making a movie that’s either a sequel or a remake.

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Make this “American Boy” great again

November 14, 2018

Sinatra was unable to shake rumours of mafia links and as Kennedy wished to keep his public persona clean, the president went with the option of staying at Bing Crosby’s. When Sinatra heard the news, he flew into a violent rage, reportedly bashing the heliport with a sledgehammer.

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The Academic talk Croke Park, touring and guilty pleasures

November 14, 2018

Although don’t brace yourselves for any new releases in 2018, when asked if there was anything planned, Fitzgerald responded; “We’re currently writing music, and doing a lot of crappy demo’s. We have songs that we’re currently, kind of, testing a little bit but we haven’t sat down to play anything yet.”

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Sleigh bells rings, are you listening?

November 14, 2018

A lot of Christmas music is joyous, repetitive, and so so catchy. It’s one of the many things that makes it beautiful. Nobody can really, ever outgrow Christmas music because most traditional Christmas songs have been remade at one point or another, and in more ways than one, so that every age can enjoy a version sung by their favorite artist.

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Hobo Johnson and The Lovemakers – cringe or cute?

November 14, 2018

The strange inflections he has in his voice, and his odd rhythms, mean he is quite polarising. One writer called him a cross between Michael Cera and a hyena, with a nervously neurotic voice, which ungracefully changes octaves.

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DCU to introduce MA in Choral Studies

November 14, 2018

“Ireland is absolutely buzzing with choirs at the moment, and we hope to provide a great course for conductors and composers to upskill and get all the expertise and background knowledge to give them confidence in their art,” said Blunnie.

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The big bucks in big fights

October 31, 2018

The publicity that accompanies the drama of a feud increases the public’s and media’s interest in artists.

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“iridescence” marks a new era for BROCKHAMPTON

October 31, 2018

BROCKHAMPTON is known for jaunting instrumentals and whiplash musically, which can be seen with the song right after WHERE THE CASH AT. Although WEIGHT is completely different to its predecessor, beginning with a slow violin pervading the entire track, it transitions seamlessly.

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Superorganism headline show at the Academy

October 31, 2018

The entire gig was painted with flashes of dazzling colour, with band-members emerging from backstage in shiny, sequined cloaks. The background projector lit up with intense visuals, splattered with animations of various animals and objects.

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Tom Odell at the Olympia Theatre

October 31, 2018

In a world where artists seem to constantly compete with each other for the most show stopping concerts, sometimes it’s nice to strip it back to the basics. Sunday October 14th saw Tom Odell, closely

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“We’ll Go to a Hidden Place” – A Bjӧrk Retrospective

October 17, 2018

It’s follow-up Post, released in 1995, built upon the sound of Debut, embellishing the dance-pop production with harsher electronics and beats, and bringing to listeners a more angry, passionate, and more powerful Bjӧrk, one that would further flourish as her career continued.

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Lil Wayne returns with Tha Carter V

October 17, 2018

The redemption from this is undeniable though as Wayne drops Uproar, a diss track fuelled with a fiery passion. Sampling the beat from ‘Special Delivery’ by G-Dep, Wayne tells his enemies to beware of him. Many are speculating that the biggest enemy in question is Birdman, CEO of Cash Money records with whom Wayne had the legal battle.

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A look into Hozier’s latest EP, Nina Cried Power

October 3, 2018

The grammy nominee isn’t one to shy away from sharing his political and cultural views, especially in his recent EP. In the song “Nina Cried Power”, the track draws on protest music from the American civil rights movement.