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Is Fame & Money Counter-Intuitive To Grime?

For decades, grime has prided itself in being the fast-paced lyrical narrative of the black working class, with rappers like Hackney born and bred JME professing how ‘the music originated and will always remain in the streets’. But with the recent success of grime artists such as Stormzy resulting in a move from the urban hubbub of Croydon to the gold-lined streets of Chelsea, are rappers becoming disconnected from the streets they came from?

Gig Review: The Lukewarm Chili Peppers

Having grown up to the comforting sounds of Anthony Kiedis’ vocals, it is safe to say that anyone who knows me would say that I would have given up my life for these guys. Every time someone tells me that the Chilis have had their moment in the sun, or that they’re awful live, I’ve refuted as strongly as humanly possible. But after seeing them 10th December in Birmingham’s Genting Arena, I finally learned to admit the cold, hard, truth – my favourite band are dead.

Is Indie Rock Dead?

Having grown up listening to the likes of Razorlight, the Kooks, and just about every major indie band in the early noughties, I have developed a certain soft spot for that marriage of mellowed out guitars and angsty song writing. Hell, that’s why I started my own music blog in the first place. But now in the age of electronica and leanings to more digitally influenced sound, I can’t help but wondering if the age of guitar-based indie is dead, and it is in fact becoming (dare I say it) classic rock?!