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Published October 10th, 2017

SparkSparkSpark is the work of Simon McMurdo. Outside of music, he enjoys running, drag queens and speaking in the third…

Track By Track Review: Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep

Published January 24th, 2015

The Appeal & The Mindsweep IThe appeal referenced is the perfect way to open an Enter Shikari record. It starts…

Ten Albums To Look Forward To In 2015

Published January 18th, 2015

1. Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep (19/1/15)Be on high alert – this drops TOMORROW! Enter Shikari look set to deliver…

Introducing: PVRIS

Published January 11th, 2015

Yeah, yeah, i’m a bit late to the party with this one, but once in a while there’s a band…

The Top 10 Songs Of 2014

Published December 25th, 2014

2014 condensed into ten songs comprising of pure brilliance from start to finish.  NB: Look, I’m sorry Directioners but ‘Night…

The Top 6 Moments Of Brilliance In Madonna’s ‘Living For Love’

Published December 20th, 2014

1. This is not a drill. There are gospel vibes at the end. I want to make a clever Like…

Top Five Moments Of Brilliance In Pythia’s ‘Shadows Of A Broken Past’

Published December 13th, 2014

If one thing has been clear from the off, it’s the fact that Pythia have the determination to succeed. Success…

Introducing: The Fall Of Eve

Published November 26th, 2014

Nightwish have a lot to answer for – every man and his dog now think they can replicate Tuomas and…

Track By Track Album Review: In This Moment – Black Widow

Published November 22nd, 2014

The Infection – Setting the tone. Getting you ready. ‘Blood’ proved that In This Moment are masters of a good…

Live Review: Lady Gaga’s artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball (Sheffield Arena)

Published November 21st, 2014

Keeping up with the public perception of any famous face is difficult, but with Lady Gaga it’s nearly impossible. From…

The Rankings: Top 4 Cheryl Albums

Published November 15th, 2014

As of this week, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has had exactly as many surnames as she has had albums. The Girls Aloud…

Top 3 Moments Of Beauty From Saint Saviour’s ‘In The Seams’

Published November 8th, 2014

Saint Saviour confessed during her debut album campaign that she had already set out her ambitions for her second effort….

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Excited For In This Moment’s ‘Black Widow’.

Published November 1st, 2014

1. Maria Brink hasn’t changed one bit. Love her or hate her, she is an engaging and charismatic vocalist that…

Top 3 Tracks From Nicole Scherzinger’s ‘Big Fat Lie’

Published October 25th, 2014

Nicole Scherzinger is a questionable one. She has the voice, the likeability and undeniably she has the looks – yet…

First Play: Three Moments Of Brilliance In Enter Shikari’s ‘The Last Garrison’

Published October 22nd, 2014

‘The Last Garrison’ is the definition of a gateway single. The infectious, addictive chorus can’t come around often enough thanks…

In Defence Of Jessie J: ‘Sweet Talker’ Review

Published October 19th, 2014

Context: Jessie J is an American diva trapped inside a British career.  She has the ability to, not only sing,…

7 Reasons That Ella Henderson’s ‘Chapter One’ Is An Outstanding Debut

Published October 18th, 2014

1. First things first – this album has the massive tune ‘Ghost’ on it. If that doesn’t make you download…

The Top 3 Highlights From Zola Jesus’ ‘Taiga’

Published October 12th, 2014

Nika Roza Danilova’s latest effort as Zola Jesus is released this week. ‘Taiga’ was concieved in an environment sought out…

The Top 7 Moments of Brilliance in ‘Froot’ by Marina and the Diamonds

Published October 10th, 2014

1. It has a Kylie vibe to it. This could never be a bad thing. Little Boots’ ‘Noturnes’ era also…

Top 7 Things To Consider Regarding Cheryl’s ‘I Don’t Care’

Published October 3rd, 2014

1. Relief! She isn’t trend-chasing. ‘I Don’t Care’ goes back to the Girls Aloud roots of pure feel-good pop. It’s…

The Top 7 Reasons to Listen To ‘Runaway’ by James Poole

Published October 1st, 2014

1. He used to be in Class A who were rather splendid in their short career. They said something about…

The Top Five Moments Of Brilliance In Donatan & Cleo’s ‘Ten Czas’

Published September 13th, 2014

Donatan & Cleo must be the Polish equivalent of Beyoncé and Jay-Z or something (minus the baby and marriage) –…

The Top Six Moments Of Brilliance In Fall Out Boy’s ‘Centuries’

Published September 9th, 2014

This is a little like a very easy game of Where’s Wally. I say what is so brilliant about the…

Track By Track: OneGirlOneBoy – Beautiful Mess

Published September 7th, 2014

I mean, I don’t wanna brag or anything but I think that, excluding Natasha and Chris’ mothers, i’m probably the…

Introducing: Amber Run

Published August 31st, 2014

Photo: Jack Margerison Intimacy and enormity are difficult beasts to tame, let alone make coexist. Nottingham’s Amber Run, however, straddle…

Single Review: High Contrast & Clare Maguire – Who’s Loving You (Part 1)

Published August 23rd, 2014

There is an ethereal Kate Bush vibe to the verses of the new High Contract single ‘Who’s Loving You’ that…

Finest Selection: The Top 54 Songs By The Saturdays

Published August 10th, 2014

The Saturdays are releasing their ‘Finest Selection’ tomorrow. Sadly for Frankie, Mollie, UnaVanessaRochelle, it’s proven fact that they don’t know…

Album Review: La Roux – Trouble In Paradise

Published July 27th, 2014

Photo: Julian Broad The best thing about Ben leaving La Roux is that I don’t have to be the know-it-all…

The Top Five Moments Of Brilliance In Jessica Agombar’s ‘Bam Bam’.

Published July 20th, 2014

5. The fact that Jessica adds a little Caribbean flavour to the title lyric is a brilliant pop star decision…

The Top Ten Moments Of Brilliance in Indiana’s ‘Heart on Fire’

Published July 12th, 2014

10. Firstly, it has had two amazing titles. ‘The Fall’ which is good. And now ‘Heart On Fire’ which is…

Album Review: Sia – 1000 Forms Of Fear

Published July 6th, 2014

I don’t wanna ruin the end, but ‘1000 Forms Of Fear ‘ is pretty mindblowing. Sia has always been one…

Single Review: The Saturdays – What Are You Waiting For?

Published June 26th, 2014

Through their relative highs and plethora of lows, The Saturdays have become the underdog of the girlband, nay, the pop…

Single Review: Zola Jesus – Dangerous Days

Published June 24th, 2014

Photo: Julia Comita Zola Jesus is known for her dark pop. Her earlier records are enough to make Lana Del…

Album Review: Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence

Published June 19th, 2014

Remember when Alanis Morissette released ‘Jagged Little Pill’ and Tori Amos released ‘Little Earthquakes’? From the pits of despair, these…

Track By Track: Kyla La Grange – Cut Your Teeth

Published June 8th, 2014

Why am I not just doing a standard album review for this one? Some albums just lend themselves to a track…

Album Review: Second Hand Heart – Tides

Published June 3rd, 2014

The sparse and spine-tingling atmospherics vibes of London Grammar seeping through a rousing guitar riff – it sounds good doesn’t…

Album Review: Mariah Carey – Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse

Published May 31st, 2014

Photo: Thomas Whiteside ‘Me. I Am Mariah. The Elusive Chanteuse’. That is the only time i’m saying that title. Not…

Live Review: Kyla La Grange (Dot to Dot Festival – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham)

Published May 26th, 2014

Kyla La Grange is slowly unveiling her electro wings as she emerges from the introverted debut campaign ‘Ashes’. It was…

Album Review: Foxes – Glorious

Published May 17th, 2014

The good news for Foxes virgins is that half of this album has already been released in some form or…

Single Review: La Roux – Let Me Down Gently

Published May 13th, 2014

Everybody has an opinion on La Roux. In fact, everyone seems to have a passionate opinion on La Roux. Their…

Eurovision Song Contest 2014: Top 10

Published May 5th, 2014

Eurovision is actually a hotbed for incredible music. We all remember the Russian grannies, the gyrating sax players – it’s…

Single Review: Lullacry – Hell On High Heels (feat. Tanya Kemppainen)

Published April 27th, 2014

It’s a goodbye, but there aren’t any tears on the new Lullacry single. Instead of playing it safe with a…

Live Review: Indiana (Rescue Rooms, Nottingham)

Published April 13th, 2014

Photo: Darren Reynolds The power of Radio One is a mighty force. It can make you or break you, but…

Album Review: Lacuna Coil – Broken Crown Halo

Published April 6th, 2014

Photo: Steve Prue The tour-de-force that is Lacuna Coil have spent the best part of a decade sitting pretty as…

Interview: Stream Of Passion

Published April 5th, 2014

When Marcela Bovio was plucked from obscurity by Arjen Lucassen, few would have predicted that the unassuming guest vocalist would…

Album Review: Anette Olzon – Shine

Published March 31st, 2014

Photo: Patric Ullaeus Revolver Everybody seems to have an opinion on Anette Olzon. The woman hasn’t had it easy since…

Single Review: The Agonist – Disconnect Me

Published March 30th, 2014

Photo: Von Wong Alissa White-Gluz is a name you’ve probably heard a lot of late. Filling in for Anette Olzon…

Live Review: Ella Eyre (Rescue Rooms, Nottingham)

Published March 29th, 2014

Photo: Mike Burnell (Iso400.com) Ella Eyre is one of those elite few that are born to be a star. Having…

Album Review: Shakira – Shakira.

Published March 24th, 2014

Warning – the acoustic guitar on the ‘Shakira.’ album cover is not a red herring. Calm your hips and put…

Album Review: Kylie Minogue – Kiss Me Once

Published March 23rd, 2014

Team Kylie had grown complacent. Release a decent album, one huge single, another massive tour and then repeat the process….

Album Review: Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time

Published March 22nd, 2014

Sky Ferreira is technically still a newcomer, can you believe that? Attaining the Guinness World Record for most inclusions on…

Single Review: Sia – Chandelier

Published March 17th, 2014

Sia has always been amazing, it’s just taken the regular folk a little longer to realise it. Granted, David Guetta brought…

Album Review: Paloma Faith – A Perfect Contradiction

Published March 16th, 2014

I really thought ‘Can’t Rely On You’ would grow on me. It has it’s redeeming features, namely Paloma taking the…

Live Review: Ellie Goulding (Nottingham Capital FM Arena)

Published March 9th, 2014

Watching Ellie Goulding’s rise has been interesting. She has had a handful of smashes now – from the ‘Starry Eyed’…

Live Review: Foxes (Stealth, Nottingham)

Published March 2nd, 2014

Foxes has some very good songs. She has had a steady run of singles for what seems like a decade…

Single Review: Shakira – Empire

Published March 1st, 2014

Photo: Jonas Akerlund ‘It’s just how I expected it would be’ my friend told me when I played her ‘Can’t Remember…

Live Review: Sonic Boom Six (Rock City Basement, Nottingham)

Published February 22nd, 2014

‘Thats the first time anyone has called one of our songs a classic’, Laila K responds to a complimentary audience…

Live Review: Tarja (Rock City, Nottingham)

Published February 15th, 2014

Photo: Darren Reynolds The reason that Tarja Turunen has remained a staple in the metal genre is her utter professionalism….

Interview: Beseech

Published February 14th, 2014

In the current musical and economic climate, reunions are too often all about the money. After all, having adoring fans…

Single Review: Lacuna Coil – Nothing Stands In Our Way

Published February 9th, 2014

That opening roar is almost frightening. Lacuna Coil have never been ones to delve into the whole beauty-and-the-beast vocal style…

Album Review: Within Temptation – Hydra

Published February 7th, 2014

Photo: Fanpop ‘Hydra’ is a fitting title for metal behemoths Within Temptation’s sixth studio album. Symphonic metal, it may be…

Album Review: Indica – Shine

Published February 2nd, 2014

Photo: Heilemania If you don’t know Indica, forget about this review and listen to ‘In Passing’ on Youtube right now….

Interview: LectroLips

Published February 1st, 2014

LectroLips make dancefloor tunes with a difference – the thinly veiled innuendos are stripped bare in their single ‘NSA’ and…

Live Review: Chlöe Howl (Nottingham Bodega)

Published January 26th, 2014

Photo: Simon McMurdo The ingredients for being poised as the next big thing are practically embodied by Chlöe Howl. A…

Single Review: Kylie Minogue – Into The Blue

Published January 19th, 2014

I’ve always wanted a little bit more from Kylie Minogue. It feels like, particularly in recent years, her material has…

Single Review: Paloma Faith – Can’t Rely On You

Published January 13th, 2014

I’ll never be one to tell Paloma Faith she can’t do something. Imagine being her record label though. ‘Fall To…

Single Review: Shakira – Can’t Remember To Forget You (feat. Rihanna)

Published January 13th, 2014

‘Can’t Remember To Forget You’ is great – hooray! I was a little sceptical, I have to admit. The title…

EP Review: Jessica Clemmons – What If

Published January 12th, 2014

Photo: Michael Duryea Jessica kept this whole Country thing quiet, didn’t she? She’d been pedalling the pop stuff until the…

Single Review: Kyla La Grange – Cut Your Teeth

Published January 7th, 2014

Kyla La Grange’s return to music is very welcome. You might not have been aware of her debut album ‘Ashes’,…

Introducing: Little Daylight

Published January 4th, 2014

Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel Fans of Scandinavian pop will find a lot to love in Little Daylight. They’re one of…

The Top 10 Songs of 2013

Published December 22nd, 2013

I am a big fan of lists and music so in an innovative turn, i’m going to combine the two…

Live Review: Jessica Clemmons (Nottingham Arena)

Published December 15th, 2013

Photo: Jeremy Williams Being a support act is hard. You never know how the audience is going to recieve you….

Album Review: Beyoncé – Beyoncé

Published December 14th, 2013

Photo: Dave Roemer / Beyonce.com.pl The ‘Beyoncé’ era is amazing. I can confidently state this before I listen to even one…

EP Review: The Afterdark Movement – Six Minds

Published December 12th, 2013

Photo: Facebook Landing the top prize at Future Sound of Notts 2012, The Afterdark Movement are not playing things by…

Album Review: Britney Spears – Britney Jean

Published December 8th, 2013

Photo:  Michelangelo Di Battista (Via WorldofBritney) Britney, Britney, Britney. The woman that practically defined what the modern popstar should be…

Introducing: Tiny Dancer

Published November 24th, 2013

Photo: Facebook ‘Who Am I’ is the perfect debut single for a singer like Tiny Dancer. Gwen Stefani, Kate Bush,…

Interview: Gala

Published November 24th, 2013

If you’re not quite sure why Gala sounds familiar, check out the mammoth hit ‘Freed From Desire’ – a song…

ARTPOP Review: The Album

Published November 17th, 2013

Photo: The-Fame.org Writing a blog a day meant I could talk at length about some of the more interesting moments…

ARTPOP Review: G.U.Y.

Published November 16th, 2013

Photo: The-Fame.net If the Greek Mythology in ‘Venus’ left you cold, you might be a little hostile towards the opening…

ARTPOP Review: Jewels N’ Drugs

Published November 15th, 2013

Photo: The-Fame.org It’s too easy to dismiss ‘Jewels N’ Drugs’ as the worst song on the record purely because of…

ARTPOP Review: Donatella

Published November 14th, 2013

Photo: The-Fame.org Some songs are seemingly penned to cater to a certain crowd and, one of the best kept secrets…

ARTPOP Review: Mary Jane Holland

Published November 13th, 2013

Photo: The Fame.org If I could travel back in time, I’d advise the me from two weeks ago not to…

ARTPOP Review: MANiCURE

Published November 12th, 2013

Photo: TheFame.org Gaga often speaks of her love for rock and metal music, but it’s presence in her music has arguably…

ARTPOP Review: Dope

Published November 11th, 2013

Photo: The-Fame.org Originally a Swinefest exclusive, ‘I Wanna Be With You’ instantly found it’s audience. The song was a fan…

Interview: Jake Sims

Published November 10th, 2013

I’ve followed Jake Sims for a while. Not in a stalkerish way, but in a Twittery way. His talent has…

Single Review: Jake Sims – Sold Out

Published November 3rd, 2013

Photo: Facebook Unsigned artists have it tough. Without support from the Def Jams of this world, you’re struggling to afford…

Single Review: Lady Gaga – Venus

Published October 27th, 2013

Photo: The Fame.org The whole ARTPOP campaign so far has been tarnished with a general consensus that Gaga is a little…

Live Review: Jessie J (Nottingham Arena)

Published October 26th, 2013

Photo: Capital Fm Arena ‘Jessie J is not perfect’ the headliner announced during ‘Nobody’s Perfect’. She can say that again….

Album Review: Cher – Closer To The Truth

Published October 19th, 2013

Photo: Machado Cicala Morassut If Cher’s album is half as good as her tweets, then I’m ready to burst with excitement….

Album Review: The Saturdays – Living For The Weekend

Published October 13th, 2013

Photo: Fabulous Magazine Give them the benefit of the doubt, okay? I know ‘On Your Radar’ wasn’t the best pop…

Introducing: Lauriefish

Published October 5th, 2013

Photo: Mirjan Kuijpers Cast your minds back to the 90s when impassioned women were all the rage. Alanis, Tori and…

Interview: Margaret Berger

Published October 3rd, 2013

Photo: Pal Laukli We’ll forgive you if you hadn’t heard of Margaret Berger before May this year. Hidden away in…

Live Review: Paramore (Nottingham Arena)

Published September 29th, 2013

Photo: Darren Reynolds Being first act on is a double-sided coin – you’ve got a bunch of eager fans desperate…

Single Review: Within Temptation – Paradise (What About Us?) (feat. Tarja)

Published September 28th, 2013

Photo: Facebook Within Temptation, since ‘The Silent Force’ have chosen to hone and perfect their sound as opposed to develop…

Single Review: Bright Light Bright Light – An Open Heart

Published September 23rd, 2013

Photo: Facebook Bright Light Bright Light is criminally underrated. Thanks to blogs like Popjustice, he isn’t exactly a nobody, but…

Album Review: Diana Vickers – Music To Make Boys Cry

Published September 22nd, 2013

Photo: Leo Cackett It’s always astounding how much of a career an artist has in your mind’s eye before they even…

Album Review: V V Brown – Samson & Delilah

Published September 16th, 2013

Photo: Last.fm ‘Belly flop into a swimming pool of sound’ Vanessa Brown sings on ‘Faith’ – it’s the perfect lyric…

Single Review: Britney Spears – Work Bitch

Published September 15th, 2013

Photo: Elle Magazine / World Of Britney Every Britney single is going to be a comeback, isn’t it? Since her…

Album Review: London Grammar – If You Wait

Published September 14th, 2013

Photo: Last.fm Titling their album ‘If You Wait’ is a curious move for London Grammar. Initially, it doesn’t ring entirely…

Single Review: Clare Maguire – Little White Lies

Published September 10th, 2013

Photo: Jessie Lily Adams Clare Maguire! She’s the one who has soul running through her veins? She’s the next Florence…

Album Review: Tarja – Colours In The Dark

Published September 8th, 2013

Photo: Poras Chaudhary Imagine this – you’re thrust into the metal world and, as a classical singer, it’s pretty alien. But…

Single Review: The Saturdays – Disco Love

Published August 19th, 2013

Photo: Last.fm Dear Heavenly Father, please let this song be good. ’30 Days’ was a near-death experience for their career,…

Single Review: YADi – Creatures

Published August 18th, 2013

Photo: Josh Shinner Yadi is skirting on the peripheries of mainstream success. Radio one have given her a nod or…

Single Review: Charlotte Church – Water Tower

Published August 17th, 2013

Photo: Alxmls I don’t really want to retread the whole spiel about how Charlotte used to be one of the…

Single Review: V V Brown – The Apple

Published August 15th, 2013

Photo: Last.fm If you didn’t like ‘Samson’, don’t give up on V V yet. ‘The Apple’ is her next taster…

Single Review: Katy Perry – Roar

Published August 10th, 2013

Facebook As the title might suggest, Katy Perry has turned over a musical leaf. Gone are the days of the…

Single Review: Jessie J – It’s My Party

Published August 7th, 2013

Photo: David Roemer Whilst most popstars emerge with spunky, excitable tunes and then choose a more mature route on their…

Single Review: LectroLips – NSA

Published August 6th, 2013

Photo: Facebook LectroLips are one of the many acts that are proving a good, crisp sound is not achievable only…

Introducing: Indiana

Published August 4th, 2013

Photo and Clothing: Some Kind Of Nature Indiana is the real deal. That is all that needs to be said. I…

Introducing: The Break Out

Published July 28th, 2013

Photo: Facebook It’s all there in the opening riff of ‘You Wouldn’t Catch Han Solo In A Fucking Call Centre’….

Single Review: Clare Maguire – Paper Thin

Published July 25th, 2013

Photo: Jessie Lily Adams Okay, everybody calm down – this is going to be a good review. Clare Maguire is…

Album Review: Janet Devlin – Hide and Seek

Published July 14th, 2013

Photo: Rosie Hardy You would be forgiven for thinking that Janet Devlin might go down the Paramore route for her…

Interview: Jessica Clemmons

Published July 6th, 2013

Photo: Rob Cable Jessica Clemmons is quite honest, actually; I didn’t expect that. From new artists, you usually get the…

Single Review: Mutya Keisha Siobhan – Flatline

Published July 4th, 2013

Photo: Instagram There have been a silly amount of missed opportunities in the world of music. How brilliant would a Lady…

Live Review: OneGirlOneBoy EP Launch (Red Rooms, Nottingham)

Published June 26th, 2013

Photo: Facebook Celebrating the release of OneGirlOneBoy’s debut EP, tonight’s venue Red Rooms shelters a generous crowd about to witness…

Single Review: Jake Sims – Fix Me (Stay)

Published June 19th, 2013

Video Still: James Poole It’s always a pleasure to be there from the start. As Nicki Minaj once sang, some…

Album Review: Stooshe – London With The Lights On

Published June 2nd, 2013

Photo: Last.fm Somehow, the filthiest and rudest girlband on the block (they even put Girlicious to shame), have managed to…

Single Review: Tarja – Never Enough

Published June 1st, 2013

Photo: Paul Harries I don’t think many people saw Tarja Turunen taking this musical path when she left Nightwish. The…

Interview: Lemon

Published May 19th, 2013

Photo: Chris Clor Incase you haven’t read it yet – check out my thoughts on Lemon’s new single. In our…

Single Review: Lemon – Pussydrop

Published May 12th, 2013

Photo: John Oakley Yes, I know, the title is a little in your face. It got your attention though, didn’t…

Single Review: The Saturdays – Gentleman

Published May 9th, 2013

Photo: Facebook Perhaps The Sats noticed the weather forecast when pondering when to release their second single from the as-yet-untitled-but-it-isn’t-called-colonial-masses new album…

Single Review: Just James – Limitless

Published May 5th, 2013

Photo: Facebook Whenever things get stale in the music world, things start to get innovative. There is this invisible wall…

Introducing: Paper Crows

Published April 21st, 2013

Photo: Charlotte Rutherford Paper Crows are cool. They sound so effortless, but passionate. They are unique but sound familiar –…

Album Review: Charli XCX – True Romance

Published April 20th, 2013

Photo: Dan Curwin You may be struggling to comprehend this but Charli XCX has actually finally put out her debut…

Single Review: Lissie – Shameless

Published April 13th, 2013

Photo: Facebook A friend of mine once came with me at a festival to watch Lissie perform. She wasn’t really…

Interview: Class A

Published March 29th, 2013

Class A are quite something. Check them out on Twitter and Youtube and see the mass of support they’ve built…

Live Review: Girls Aloud (Nottingham Arena)

Published March 24th, 2013

Photo: Simon McMurdo Opening with ‘Sound Of The Underground’, Girls Aloud emerge from the heights of Nottingham Arena on a…

Album Review: Bastille – Bad Blood

Published March 10th, 2013

So it’s an act from London who have had a few low-key EP and single releases who sound like they’re…

Single Review: Amelia Lily – Party Over

Published February 28th, 2013

Photo: Facebook I have high hopes and a slight niggling fear as I listen to ‘Party Over’ for the first…

Single Review: Class A – MOC

Published February 10th, 2013

Photo: Facebook If you cast your mind back to 2003, there once lived a pop band so brilliant that they…

Live Review: Bitter Ruin (Bodega, Nottingham)

Published February 10th, 2013

Photo: Elektra Anderson Having spoken to Georgia last month, the upcoming January tour was apparently going to be embellished with…

Interview: Mary Epworth

Published February 3rd, 2013

Video Still: Matthew-Robert Hughes Classifying Mary Epworth into a genre is hard. One listen to her record ‘Dream Life’ is…

Single Review: Nicole Scherzinger – Boomerang

Published January 27th, 2013

Photo: Christie Goodwin Nicole Scherzinger is just like her surname – she takes some getting used to. In The Pussycat…

Single Review: Alpines – Lights

Published January 18th, 2013

Photo: Facebook This is the fifth time I’ve written about Alpines. By now, you should have some clue that I…

Interview: Bitter Ruin

Published January 16th, 2013

Photo: Joseph Shepherd Bitter Ruin are a pretty special band. Fuelled by a mass of both talent and creativity, they’re…

Single Review: Destiny’s Child – Nuclear

Published January 12th, 2013

Photo: Facebook When Destiny’s Child announced, out of nowhere, that they were releasing a new record in a few weeks,…

Single Review: Bastille – Pompeii

Published January 9th, 2013

Photo: Official Site Bastille have been bubbling under like crazy. The fact that they aren’t everybody’s new favourite band at…

Introducing: The Sneaky Mister

Published January 3rd, 2013

Photo: Facebook At the risk of overdosing you with too much new music, if you haven’t heard of Pretty Balanced…

Introducing: Rainbow Down

Published January 2nd, 2013

Photo: Facebook Another day, another immense talent emerges from the Nottingham scene. One artist you might want to check out…

Year In Review: Pop in 2012

Published December 23rd, 2012

With the Queen’s jubilee and a well-publicised Olympic games, music may have felt a little left out in the UK…

Introducing: OneGirlOneBoy

Published December 4th, 2012

I’m not sure what he did, but as Jake Bugg broke through onto the mainstream, all the talented folk of…

Album Review: Christina Aguilera – Lotus

Published November 18th, 2012

Photo: Enrique Badulescu Christina, even at her worst, has always been a trailblazer. One of the first ‘big’ artists to…

Introducing: Saint Raymond

Published November 18th, 2012

Photo: Spencer Burrows I first encountered Saint Raymond playing a a support act gig in our hometown of Nottingham. He…

Live Review: Saint Saviour (Nottingham Bodega)

Published November 11th, 2012

Photo: Simon McMurdo Saint Saviour’s previous visit to Nottingham saw her supporting her EP ‘Suukei’ with a Fopp in-store acoustic…

Single Review: Amelia Lily – Shut Up (And Give Me Whatever You Got)

Published November 4th, 2012

Photo: Facebook Branded as an X Factor rock chick, a UK Kelly Clarkson if you will, she made her way…

Album Review: Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man

Published October 18th, 2012

Photo: Facebook I have a genuine belief that more people have heard the name Bat For Lashes more than have…

EP Review: Bim – Lifelines

Published October 14th, 2012

Photo: Facebook Bim are one of the most special of pop bands. They are the kind of pop band that…

Album Review: Tori Amos – Gold Dust

Published September 30th, 2012

Photo: Robert Maxwell Re-recorded with the Metropole orchestra, ‘Gold Dust’ celebrates 20 years since Tori Amos broke onto the scene…

Single Review: Ke$ha – Die Young

Published September 25th, 2012

Photo: Facebook Is there ever an artist out there that says ‘actually, this record is quite like last five’? It…

Album Review: Carly Rae Jepsen – Kiss

Published September 21st, 2012

Photo: Vanessa Heins Ryan Murphy has a lot to be credited for. Single-handedly making it cool to start a ‘glee’…