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Posh Pop And A Decade of Keane’s ‘Hopes and Fears’

On May 10th this year, it will be exactly ten years since Keane’s Hopes and Fears charted in 19 countries worldwide. An emotionally charged, soft melodic rock record that would start the careers of four Sussex lads who to date have released four studio albums and charted worldwide with gentle anthems like “Crystal Ball”, “Somewhere

We Talk Punk in 2014 with Louise Distras

Louise Distras is a Punk who varies slightly from the standard recipe. While like her fellow hellraisers and revolutionaries she has a pretty big bone to pick, hers it seems, is with Punk itself. “I’m no authority but I have noticed that the audiences in Europe and Canada are much younger than in the UK.

Will the Beastie Boys Ever Tour Again?

Pretty much everyone in the world has heard the Beastie Boys at some point. Whether you had that one friend who was into hip-hop and would insist upon putting them on every time you turned your back on the music at a party or you’re a hardcore fan of your own accord, they’re a legitimate

In Conversation With Little Matador’s Nathan Connolley

Little Matador are the latest rock clique out of Ireland to give a brash nod to classic raucous rock formulas. With a July support slot for Biffy Clyro in the bag (even before their debut album is out later this month) and an already impressive CV behind its’ members, we grafted in their frontman and

Why Carrie Underwood’s Stand For Gay Marriage Is Good for Country Music

Carrie is from a different neck of the woods than her Country associates, having her career’s genesis rooted in American Idol her political opinions are predictably a tad more ‘showbiz’ and ‘twenty-first century’ when sized up next to her more conservative colleagues like Toby Keith and George Strait. But the fact that her big break wasn’t

Why Some Musicians Make It While Others Remain in the Shadows

It was the beginning of the new millennium. I had just exited graduate school and saw my engagement unexpectedly collapse only to discover this mythical thing called time on my hands. Me and a handful of friends dove into the Atlanta music scene head first, especially the singer-songwriters coming out of Decatur’s Eddie’s Attic. John

Is Streaming Killing the Music Industry?

Apple has recently announced it has plans to launch a streaming service to tackle the threat posed by services like Spotify, Youtube, Soundcloud, Deezer and other corporate music efforts in the form of Google Play and Microsoft’s Xbox Music. The news comes after recent double-digit falls in iTunes sales. A scare for those who had

Concert Review: Band of Skulls at Warsaw in Brooklyn

Yesterday was a big day for Band of Skulls, as the alternative rock band played their new single “Asleep at the Wheel” on Late Night with Seth Meyers, rocked a sold out show in Brooklyn, and announced their headlining spot at the 2000trees Festival this summer.  There’s nothing slowing down the Southampton, England natives as

Ten Best Concept Albums Ever Made

Concept albums are very nearly a dirty word in modern music. Written off as either overtly pretentious tripe with some not-so-hidden agenda or self-indulgent prance through the authors psyche, there’s little room for them on most CD shelves (or, more realistically, iPod playlists). But what of the forgotten gems? That is to say, what of

How Neil Young Affected the Sound of the Grunge Movement

Neil Young’s illustrious discography can be daunting for even longtime fans. With 35 full-lengths and dozens of live and tribute albums, it’s impossible to concisely classify his sound. Folk, country, and rock dominate much of his material, but Young’s sheer willingness to stretch out his stylistic boundaries – throughout every decade of his career –