To mark his collaboration with Fender on the launch of their new Highway Series, we caught up with singer-songwriter Hak Baker to discuss learning guitar in prison, the reception to his debut album World’s End FM, and his plans for a well-earned break in Colombia.Read more →
‘Our successes can’t be taken for granted’ | Examining the post-Brexit landscape for British musicians
Last month, UK Music released its annual report on the strength of the UK music industry. Whilst there are many healthy figures, these contravene other statistics that suggest a challenging landscape for British musicians post-Brexit. We examine the data and speak to UK Music Chief Executive Tom Kiehl to find out more.Read more →
His death was lamentably preventable, and a cautionary tale for understanding mental health issues.Read more →
Beabadoobee drops new ‘Live In LA’ album, hints at upcoming third record
Beabadoobee has just gifted us with a new live album, Live In LA, capturing the essence of her headline show at the iconic Greek Theatre in Los…
Bloc Party’s ‘Little Thoughts’ EP and rare tracks finally coming to streaming
They’re also gearing up for a monumental concert to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Silent Alarm.
Rising stars Big Special share new single ‘Trees’ and announce 2024 UK tour
From festival performances to charity gigs and supporting Sleaford Mods, they’ve been busy.
Ocean Alley announce headline return to UK for 2024
Aussie psych-rock six-piece, Ocean Alley, have just announced their much-awaited return to the UK. Fans can mark their calendars for September 2024 as…
Concert films | An easy way to make more money, or genuine works of art?
More and more artists are making films of their live performances, from Taylor Swift to Beyoncé. But are they meritable works of art or all-too-easy ways of squeezing out more money?
Afternoon Encore | Why matinee gigs are making a comeback
As matinee gigs see a resurgence across the UK, we take a look at the appeal of these daytime shows. With artists such as S Club 7, Royal Blood, Annie Mac and Rick Astley on board, could this be the dawn of a new live music era?
From S Club 7 to Blur | The psychology behind the reunion tour boom
Nostalgia sells, and reunion tours are cashing in. We examine the complex interplay between nostalgia, escapism, and the desire to recapture our past, all set to a familiar soundtrack.
‘Okay, I’ll admit it… I’m jealous of people with Spotify Wrapped’
Apple Music just isn’t the same…
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath | Why Ozzy Osbourne called it Black Sabbath’s ‘last truly great album’
Their fifth studio album is enduring in its influence, but the band never reached this creative zenith again. Why?
The Unforgettable Shane MacGowan | Punk poet and Irish rebel soul
“On a personal level, Shane’s work has given me countless hours of joy, of melancholy, and of course, history lessons.”
Why Sadiq Khan was correct to reject the ‘Stratford Sphere’
For once, a politician has put people over profit….
FKA Twigs leaks | When will people stop stealing new music?
FKA Twigs has announced she won’t officially release her new album after it leaks online. Should we think twice before streaming leaked music?
From Dartford Station to Hackney Diamonds | 12 defining moments of The Rolling Stones
With Hackney Diamonds just days away, we look back at some of the key moments that have shaped the greatest band in rock n’ roll history, The Rolling Stones.
When will bands stop having to change their names unfairly?
Famous philanthropists EasyGroup (the brand owners of EasyJet) are suing Easy Life over their name. Alexandra Haddow explores what this means for the battle over band names.