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The art of the cover song

When we think of cover songs, there is usually a foreboding sense of cringe-inducing disappointment. Think of dodgy Live Lounge covers: The Arctic Monkeys...

Songs with Soul – Channel Orange

The lyrical genius that is Frank Ocean has never been one to shy away from confronting world issues. In his debut studio album, Channel...

Comeback Queens: Kesha

Kesha may not be your first thought when it comes to comeback artists, especially among the announcements of both the Spice Girls and Backstreet...

No Role Modelz: Crime and Hip-Hop

Back in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, rockstars were known for their outlandish behaviour almost as much as they were known for their music....

Enter the Wu Tang Clan (36 Chambers): 25 years on

As America rolled into 1993, East Coast hip-hop was coughing and spluttering like a flu patient. Dr Dre’s G-Funk had led a takeover of...

Kanye West’s 808s and Heartbreak: A Retrospective

It’s easy to overstate the impact of an album as singular as Kanye West’s 808s and Heartbreak, so let’s begin with the caveats. Scarface reckoned...

Keep the Noise Down: The Sound of Silence

Music is undoubtedly getting louder. From the moment the dial was turned up to 11 in This Is Spinal Tap, musicians and producers have, on the whole, been...
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The Glorification of XXXTentacion

I know you're somewhere, somewhere/I've been trapped in my mind, girl, just holdin' on". When I first came across Jocelyn Flores I was on...

A Eulogy for Warped Tour

Warped Tour, the travelling rock festival that’s been bringing rock music to fans across the United States and beyond since 1995, is holding its...

Lady Gaga: LGBTQ+ Icon

The label ‘gay icon’ is thrown around a lot these days, whether it’s describing a woman embracing and flaunting her sexuality or a straight...