iTunes Festival 2014

Kasabian, Robert Plant, Beck, Pharrell and more announced for iTunes Festival 2014

Kasabian’s stellar year will continue with a headline slot at this years iTunes Festival at London’s Roundhouse. The Leicester band, who have a number one album, a huge homecoming show, a Glastonbury headline slot and a sold-out UK tour to their name so far in 2014, will play the iTunes Festival on 5 September. Joining […]

Album stream: Beck – ‘Morning Phase’

Beck is back this month with his first album of recorded material in six years in the shape of Morning Phase – and he has made it available to stream in full online before its release next week.

The album follows Beck’s 2008 album Modern Guilt and his 2012 sheet music release Song Reader, but has been described as a companion piece to his powerful and emotionally charged 2002 album Sea Change. Read more about Album stream: Beck – ‘Morning Phase’

This Week’s New Single Releases (16th February 2014)

My A-Z round up of the new singles available for digital download this week.

A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera – ‘Say Something’
Here’s a slow-paced piano-led ballad that is programmed to pull at your heart-strings and certainly feels like the post-Valentines come down. ‘Say Something’ is a song that you really want to go somewhere but it doesn’t quite build on its initial concept; a huge chorus never really appears. The verse is touching and well balanced between the vocals of the main singer and guest artist Aguilera over some swelling strings and it finally brings a bit more power in the final third. It’ll fit nicely over the touching end of a television drama but not sure how strong it is on its own, but it’s a well meaning tear-jerker if you’re in the right frame of mind. (6.5/10)
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After The Disco

Albums out in February 2014

If January felt a bit slow in terms of big new albums, then February is when 2014 really gets going. There’s big albums out just about every week in February, starting off with the return of Bombay Bicycle Club and Broken Bells on 3 February. The following week sees dubstep-diva Katy B take centre-stage with her highly-anticipated new album Little Red, before Beck and Wild Beasts round off the month with three very different, but all equally promising-sounding, albums.

All of the albums to look out for in February are listed below – let us know what you’re most looking forward to in the comments at the bottom. Read more about Albums out in February 2014