Live Review: The Lumineers // O2 Academy, Brixton 24.04.16

After a short set by support act Andy Shauf, the venue had become steadily busier and the buzz in the crowd was unmistakeable as excitement built in anticipation of the much-loved, Colorado based folk-rock band. The lights dimmed and The Lumineers bounded onto the stage wearing their signature get-up; front-man Wesley Schultz in his simple […]Read More

Track Review: Ain’t Got Nothing // Same Streets

‘Ain’t Got Nothing’ is the most recent single from up and coming Nottingham based three-piece, Same Streets. The track bursts into the jerky guitar riff and steady beat which is apparent throughout, and is shortly followed by lead singer James Gooch’s raw, original vocals. The track features well-crafted mini guitar solos that bloom at the […]Read More

Single Review: Ophelia // The Lumineers

‘Ophelia’ is the lead single from indie-rock band, The Lumineers’ second studio album, Cleopatra, which is set to be released in April 2016. The Colorado based five-piece had a lot to live up to following the big success of their self-titled debut album, which brought us first-rate tracks such as ‘Ho Hey’ and ‘Stubborn Love’. Nevertheless, […]Read More

My Life In Songs: Sarah Turner

Waterloo Sunset // The Kinks The earliest memories of music I have are thanks to my dad. I can remember being tiny enough to sit, curled up in his acoustic guitar case, and I would watch and listen contentedly whilst he played countless renditions of The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones hits. A […]Read More

Track Review: Glitter and Gold // Barns Courtney

‘Glitter and Gold’ is a distinctive new track by the remarkably talented singer/songwriter, Barns Courtney. As the song launches into its opening lyrics; ‘I am flesh and I am bone// Rise up, ting ting, like glitter and gold’, and the heavy beat is introduced, it is clear that this is going to be a first-rate track. Barns […]Read More

Song of the Week: Arsonist’s Lullabye // Hozier

‘Arsonist’s Lullabye’ is a bonus track featured on the special edition version of Hozier’s much acclaimed self-titled debut album, released last November. The track starts with layered, harmonised humming before the introduction of the powerful beat and guitar riff, which radiate Arctic Monkey-esque vibes. As always, Hozier boasts rich, soulful vocals throughout the song which are […]Read More

Throwback Thursday: Same Jeans // The View

‘Same Jeans’ is one of those rare songs that can transform even the grumpiest of people into a chilled out, foot tapping, head bobbing state within the first minute. From the album Hats Off to the Buskers, ‘Same Jeans’ was released in 2007 – making it a baffling eight years old – and is Dundonian […]Read More

Track Review: Heart Don’t Want // Lewis & Leigh

Half Welsh, half Mississippian two-piece Lewis and Leigh consists of former solo artists Al Lewis and Alva Leigh. The two met through a mutual friend and joined forces, and their once casual song writing led to the duo releasing two EPs; Night Drives and Hidden Years. Their third EP entitled Hidden Truths – on which […]Read More

Track Review: Go // Ealswitha

Up and coming alternative-pop four piece Ealswitha have recently released their brand-new, upbeat track, ‘Go’. The band (who are originally from Farnborough but are now London-based) consists of three siblings; lead vocalist Francesca Ward, guitarist William Ward and keyboardist Byron Ward. The family members were later joined by their good friend, violinist Alex Tiffany, whom […]Read More

Throwback Thursday: Are You Gonna Be My Girl // Jet

Australian rock band, Jet’s most well-known tune, ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’, is from their debut album Get Born and was released in August 2003, making it almost twelve years old. The track starts with a jingling tambourine beat that is apparent right the way through the song, giving it a 60s Motown-style sound. The introduction […]Read More

The Top 10 Oasis Lyrics

“I live my life for the stars that shine / People say it’s just a waste of time” – Rock ‘n’ Roll Star When Noel Gallagher wrote this opening track to Oasis’ career making debut album Definitely Maybe in 1994, the Gallaghers were not quite actual Rock ‘n’ Roll stars yet. Like many of Oasis’ […]Read More

Throwback Thursday: I Believe In a Thing Called Love //

‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’ by English glam-rock four-piece The Darkness was released in September 2003 and reached Number 2 in UK Singles Chart. Despite the song being almost 12 years old, it is an immensely catchy piece that seems to never become outdated. The extremely uplifting, feel-good melody coupled with Justin Hawkins’ […]Read More

Book Review: Elizabeth is Missing // Emma Healey

Elizabeth is Missing is the debut novel of British writer Emma Healey. The main character and narrator of the book is an 82-year-old lady called Maud, who is described in the synopsis as being ‘forgetful’. Before long, however, the reader will realise that ‘forgetful’ is massive understatement. Much like Christopher from Mark Haddon’s novel The […]Read More

TV Review: The Casual Vacancy

In 2012, JK Rowling released her first novel for adults which, following its huge success, was adapted into a TV miniseries which premiered on the 15th February on BBC1 and captured the attention of 6.6 million viewers. Even though JK Rowling herself praised the series, it spurred mixed reviews from critics and viewers alike. Moving […]Read More

Song of the Week (16th February): Hold Back the River

‘Hold Back the River’ is the second single from James Bay’s debut album Chaos And The Calm which is set to be released on the 23rd March. With British music being an amazing place due to the flock of male singer/songwriters, Bay unquestionably makes his presence felt alongside the likes of Tom Odell, Hozier, George […]Read More