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“You’re Not Like Other Girls” Is Not A Compliment

When a girl drinks beer, enjoys sport or is vaguely kooky, it’s not uncommon to hear those dreaded words from their male love interests: “you’re not like other girls.” This is not a compliment. It’s offensive. The male-dominated film industry is full of outdated attitudes that, in their efforts to creative unique love interests, actually […]Read More

Biology 101: Anatomy Of A Gay Anthem

Morning class, settle down please. I assume you’ve done the assigned reading, or assigned watching I should say: episodes 1-3 of It’s A Sin. I definitely see plenty of red-rimmed eyes. Alicia, did you watch it? We’re going to continue with our topic of gay anthems and today’s lesson also includes a dissection. No Dean, […]Read More

Throwback Thursday: Baba O’Riley // The Who

When Pete Townshend – guitarist and co-founder of The Who – gazed out upon a field of rubbish in 1969, it’s hard to imagine how even he could’ve foreseen just how ubiquitous the song it inspired would become. According to Townshend, it was the sight of the deserted, litter-strewn landscape at the end of The […]Read More

Introducing: Elle Músa

Introducing: Elle Músa Hometown: Brisbane Listen to: ‘Mango Pops’, ‘Bibi’s Bay’, ‘Lime Green’  We may be slowly approaching spring, but the temperature is still floating around the 0°c mark—for those of us in the UK, something that feels like summer wouldn’t go amiss right now. Enter Elle Músa: an Australian musician with cotton-soft vocals, giving us […]Read More

Song of the Week: Aengus’ Fool // Sleep Walking Animals

Despite how bad 2020 may have been, there’s been a consistent output of great new music. The newly-released debut single ‘Aengus’ Fool’ by folk/rock band Sleep Walking Animals is no exception to this trend. For the past year, the five-piece Manchester/London-based band have released behind-the-scenes footage from the recording process for their album in the legendary Abbey […]Read More

Throwback Thursday: Paranoid // Black Sabbath

Anyone watching Liverpool’s recent 7-2 drubbing minus the irksome canned crowd noise would’ve heard the unforgettable opening salvo of ‘Paranoid’ across the Villa Park PA no fewer than seven times that evening; a reminder of enduring ties between four of Birmingham’s favourite sons and their beloved Villa, playing just a stone’s throw from where Ozzy […]Read More

Song of the Week: Before // Graywave

Richard Morgan should start betting on the gee gees. As the head honcho behind management company Indie Midlands, every artist he has signed has turned out to be unique, engaging and electifying. Graywave is one of Morgan’s most recent signings, and upon the evidence of new song ‘Before’, he’s backed another winner. We’re backing this […]Read More

Taylor Swift: Discography Ranked

Taylor Swift graced the lockdowns of the tumultuous 2020 with two surprise albums in folklore and evermore. Both are worthy of being crowned the greatest release of her nine-album, fifteen-year-long career.  After the fall-out from Swift’s acrimonious departure from Big Machine Records and the subsequent sale of her masters, Swift has stated she will re-record […]Read More

Song of the Week: Foolish Parley // The Lathums

In the last year, The Lathums have established themselves as one of the most promising and exciting bands to come from the Greater Manchester area. The Wigan based outfit have been wowing audiences across the nation with their array of classic British indie music since their formation in 2019. ‘Foolish Parley’ first featured on the band’s […]Read More

The 20 Best Albums of 2020

Year end lists are always divisive, but perhaps no more so than in 2020: a year that has seen us cling to our favourite records like Rose clings to that bit of wood in Titanic. We’ve all had different experiences this year; many have lost loved ones or seen relationships break down under the strain […]Read More

What Place Does Classical Music Have in the 21st Century?

Last week saw the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the greatest classical composers of all time. Having composed over 700 works of music, several of which were written after he became deaf, Beethoven was a prolific, unstoppable force rivalled by few. His most popular compositions, such as ‘Moonlight Sonata’ and ‘Symphony No. […]Read More

An Evening with Pete Burgis: Foley Artist Extraordinaire Reveals All

Foley: a mysterious art known to few and mastered by even fewer. Many, perhaps most, have never heard of it, and those that have seldom understand its arcane intricacies. In simple terms, Foley practitioners recreate on-screen sounds that are difficult or impossible to record in real time for television, videogames and films by using props […]Read More