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Jake Bugg, CHVRCHES, Primal Scream and more for XFM Winter Wonderland gigs – ticket details

XFM have gone all out this year with the line-up for their Winter Wonderland shows in December. The radio station will be putting two events on in December at Manchester’s O2 Apollo (10 December) and the O2 Academy in Brixton (12 December). On the stage in Manchester will be Jake Bugg, Primal Scream, The 1975, […]

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The best albums out in November

Christmas is nearly upon us, which means November is the last chance for some good new albums before December brings us a shipping container full of festive albums, greatest hits, reissues and anything else that might make for a decent stocking filler. So naturally, there’s some pretty huge albums coming out in November – including […]

Slumville Sunrise

This Week’s New Single Releases (27th October 2013)

My round up of the new singles available for digital download this week. Aloe Blacc – ‘Wake Me Up’ Having appeared on the Avicii number one as an uncredited artist we now get his own take on it. It’s not a huge departure from the original, but forgoes the dance feel for a more straight-forward […]

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This Week’s New Single Releases (29th September 2013)

My round up of the new singles available for digital download this week. Austin Mahone – ‘What About Love’ You know when your media player of choice stutters and you get that awful stuck sound? Well here it is matched up with the sound of an angry wasp and a thumping bass, to back up […]

Shangri La Jake Bugg album

Jake Bugg announces new album ‘Shangri La’ and reveals new single ‘What Doesn’t Kill You’ – video

Nottingham singer-songwriter Jake Bugg has announced the follow-up to his 2012 debut album will be called Shangri La and will be released on 18 November. The album is named after Rick Rubin’s studio in Malibu where it was recorded, and is preceded by the rocking new single ‘What Doesn’t Kill You’ – the video for […]

Mercury Music Prize 2013 shortlist announced

The shortlist for this years Mercury Music Prize album of the year has just been announced, and it turns out my prediction from yesterday wasn’t too far out – I’m counting 7 out of 12 as a success anyway! Here’s the full shortlist: Arctic Monkeys – AM David Bowie – The Next Day Disclosure – Settle […]

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Mercury Music Prize 2013 – 12 albums that should be on the shortlist

Whatever your thoughts on the annual music industry love-in that is the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Album of the Year, you can’t deny it creates a bit of a talking point in the music world. The shortlist for this years Mercury Prize is announced tomorrow evening (5.30pm, 10 September), so prepare for a few weeks of […]

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My Glastonbury 2013 review…

Glastonbury is commonly regarded as the world’s biggest and best festival for lots of reasons, but the one reason that stands out for me is the freedom it offers festival-goers to enjoy the weekend however they choose to. Other festivals pack you into designated areas and have a limited amount of stages and options. At […]

Broken by Jake Bugg

This week’s new single releases (30th June 2013) Part 1

Part one of my round up of the new singles available for digital download this week. Andrea Begley – ‘My Immortal’ After Leah McFall hit the charts with some of her covers, it’s time for the winner to also arrive in the top 40. A slow-paced, stripped back beautiful cover of the Evanescence classic, it’s […]