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Album Review: Holy Ghost by Modern Baseball

At 27 minutes, Modern Baseball’s Holy Ghost certainly wastes no time in establishing the Philadelphian band as being one of the most exciting groups on the scene. Despite its brevity, Holy Ghost opens many conversations for Modern Baseball including death, depression and isolation. A long way from songs about Instagram and Twitter handles – see 2012s Sports. Words by Tom ...

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Sing for the people – Finding out about Brexit at Glastonbury

I could hear the familiar dramatic voice of news person filtering into my dreams, it was 5:12am, what was the commotion? We’d left the EU, what the….? We’d voted to leave, the baddies had won. As I tried to explain to my seven year old, the death eaters had taken over Hogwarts and Harry had actually died. This news came ...

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In the know: Industry experts speak about getting signed to a record label

Let’s say you’ve just put together a fantastic album of catchy and intelligent pop songs, and you’ve got another 20 ready to record, and you’ve got a great set of musicians ready to help you do it. But you don’t know record-label people; you’re not connected. How do you get their attention? Are you supposed to find out the personal ...

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Girl Put Your Records On

I got a record player for my birthday, my 36th birthday, it was a pale blue record player disguised as a briefcase, blue like the sky and vintagey. It’s an all-round perfect package of goodness. So here I was with a beautiful record player and no records. Zilch vinyl. If only I’d kept my Belinda Carlisle album from 1980 something, ...

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10 Years On And Guitar Music Is Dead

It has been ten years since the Arctic Monkey’s exploded onto the radio with their forty-one minute debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I Am Not. Ten whole years. In those ten years we have seen four more Arctic Monkey’s albums, none of which have quite reached the level of excitement that their magnum opus achieved. The ...

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ACDC (with Axl Rose) live at the Etihad Stadium Manchester

ACDC. A legendary band who need no introduction. That is if you can still call them ACDC? After rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young was forced to retire in April 2014 due to ill health, things were not looking too good for the Australian rock band. This being said I went ahead and got tickets for their Rock or Bust show in ...

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The Great Escape 2016 Round Up

As ever, The Great Escape was a fantastic event, showcasing a wide variety of talent musicians from across the globe. Most of the city’s venues were open for business, as were a number of more extravagant locations, allowing visitors to get a feel for what Brighton has to offer. Only recognizing a couple of acts on this year’s line-up, TGE2016 ...

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Before Clementine

Benjamin Clementine has stolen my heart, just in time for a summer romance. Five special words spoke to me and turned my head, not “I Love You Maxine White,” but “Edmonton, Edmonton, will we change?” What a smooth talker. Like me you may have two associations with Edmonton, Sharon from Birds of a Feather had a flat there she occasionally ...

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KINESIS: Looking back at teenage obsession

One sure sign of getting older is being able to look back at the music you listened to a few years before and think “What the hell was I thinking?” I would imagine most people will have the odd band they there once adored but now find unlistenable. One Christmas, both me and my little brother received the same Sum ...

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The Rambling Roots on finally coming home and their new EP

Emma Morgan and Adam Wilkens, are a couple who have spent the last half a decade travelling the world together making music under the name The Rambling Roots. Their music is rooted somewhere between the folk scene of the 50s and 60s and the folk revival we saw around five years ago. With beautiful harmonies, enchanting melodies and songs that ...

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