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Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers review: Kendrick made us think about it, but he is not our saviour

After a five-year hiatus since the release of his Pulitzer-award winning album Damn, during which the world has witnessed the pandemic, Trump’s tenure and the intensification of the Black Lives Matter movement, Kendrick Lamar’s album could not have been more anticipated. Lamar’s stylistic redirection towards introspection results in a project that acts out the healing […]

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Tchaikovsky in Love: The Battle over the Composer’s Romantic Life

Originally submitted 8th February 2022 “I should like by my marriage to shut the mouths of various contemptible creatures whose opinion I do not value in the least but who can cause pain to people close to me”. Tchaikovsky With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it seems apposite to talk about one of the most famous […]

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Review: Pinegrove return with 11:11

Pinegrove goes political and keeps the tunes coming. New Jersey’s alt-country starlets Pinegrove are back with their fifth full-length release 11:11. Fans have been talking about 11:11 as a ‘back to basics album’ after Marigold’s refinement, but I don’t think that’s quite right: there is as much innovation as nostalgia on this record, creating an […]

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Review: Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You

On the opening track of Big Thief’s latest outing, ‘Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You’, singer-guitarist Adrianne Lenker poses a question: “Would you live forever, never die / while everything around you passes? Would you smile forever, never cry / while everything around you passes?” In whimsical tones, she users her listeners into […]

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Impact of Astroworld

In 1989, at an FA Cup match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, the Hillsborough disaster took the lives of 97 football fans. The cause was overcrowding, which led to a crush amongst spectators. More than three decades later, legal action continues, with the families of those affected still seeking acknowledgement, compensation, and crucially, justice. In […]

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Stag and Dagger Festival, Live Review

Loved dearly by those who know, Stag and Dagger Festival hosts some of the most exciting and groundbreaking upcoming talent the UK has to offer. Like all live music, Covid sent the typically annual affair into a two year hiatus, and those of us who bought tickets in the early months of 2020 were finally […]

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Palaye Royale is Saved by the B – sides

Punk rock trio Palaye Royale is a band dripping with nostalgia. Soundwise, they host the sort of heart-bleeding, shout-your-lungs-out-and-burst-the-eardrums style that many would attribute to the early 2000s emo scene. Aesthetically they exist somewhere closer to 80s glam rock. They are nicknamed “the vampire, the pirate, and the gentlemen”, on account of the individual styles […]

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The magical return of Laura Mvula

It is rare to discover a voice that stops you in your tracks. So when I first heard Laura Mvula’s ‘Green Garden’ when I was 13, I was taken aback by the sheer depth and power of her vocals. I had discovered neo-soul music and I was to fall deeply in love. In subsequent years […]