When the legends look down from their thrones of rock & roll to applaud a relatively non-glossily-famous musician, you know you’ve either a) found a groupie/child star of the already famous or preferably, b) someone with a whole bunch of talent who acts as muse to the rock gods in question. Arise, Star Anna. “She … Continue reading Go To Hell! And Come Back: Listen To Anna
Barry says that it was his wife who pushed him. “I should try and just do this myself. I set myself up with some voice lessons, and started the horrifying journey of getting out in front of people and playing open mics.” “I would make demos of [these songs] on my four track, and play … Continue reading Barry Brusseau: From Pop Punk to Folk! But Always DIY
It’s true. Dad Rock pretty much became its own marketable genre in the 90s. So much so, that I imagine some lowly, desperate marketing “consultant” for a record label hungrily took the job of sourcing and promoting what Dad Rock is rather than having to give fellatio to the Chief Exec in exchange for a … Continue reading FORGET DAD ROCK. YOU’RE ALL LISTENING TO MUM ROCK.
Fugitive Empire is incredibly prolific. In just three years, That Hope Disappeared amounts to his sixth album. Of course I really wanted this album to be like Blown Right Out Of Sight – an incredibly strong album – but that would be way too easy. Instead, That Hope Disappeared traces the artist back to previous … Continue reading Fugitive Empire: That Hope Disappeared (music review)
[AS FEATURED BY CHIMP MAGAZINE AND FUTURE ARTISTS] EXPOSURE TO THE STREAM of doom-impending headlines would make it easy to believe that the death knell is nigh for HMV. With no official gauge of public reaction to the possible loss of the company, there has been an interesting lean towards keeping up shop – a … Continue reading His Master’s Voice: About To Choke?
A while ago, I was asked to write about my experience of the Manchester International Festival as a Project Volunteer in 2009 for the supercool, Tim-Burgess-approved Same Teens zine, XOX. (Manchester collective for young bright lovelies in Manchester under the ripe old age of 19.) Here’s how it went – and for everyone doing the … Continue reading Retrospective: Volunteering at the Manchester International Festival
Not too long ago, I posted an article written for a zine called ‘Polka’, which launched in 2006. A first foray into Zine publishing at the tender age of 16 along with writer Josie O, we handmade and edited one issue and then kinda… wilted. But we were growing up, and that was cool. It … Continue reading Zine Culture: Retrospective of Polka Zine, UK
Paloma Faith, In A Manner of Speaking JOURNALIST SALI HUGHES SAID – ACTUALLY, TWEETED IT, BEST: “Everyone going batshit mental over Paloma Faith: have you never said something on Twitter on a bad day, that made you sound a bit of a dick?” Exactly. The temptations are always there: to VENT AND TYPE FURIOUSLY … Continue reading Paloma Faith, In A Manner of Speaking