Music video channels almost used to be a part of growing up – you’d flick through with your friends, make fun of their outfits and sing along to your favourite tunes back in the day. But the slow death of music outlets (MTV being the most obvious example) is a reflection of how we no longer care about the visual extravaganza.
Following the release of their first album since the departure of original guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge, long time punk rockers Blink-182 start their UK leg of their California tour with a night to remember.
So if you haven’t been living in a cave you’ll know that Katy Perry is back with a desperate need to become relevant again. Not confident that her music can carry itself, she thought it necessary to re-ignite a 5 year old tiff with Taylor Swift in order to boost record sales for her new album, Witness.
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?
I remember when I first heard TDCC (Two Door Cinema Club) on the radio. It was 2009, I was but a lowly 14 year old, Radio X was still XFM, and I fell in love with a little song called ‘I Can Talk’, which, unbeknownst to this Myspace band, would later come to be the encore for their sold-out comeback tour.
It’s that time of the year again, which means you’ll probably be listening to ‘Last Christmas’ about a dozen times this festive season. Here at Music Bloggery, we’ve picked a few alternative original Christmas songs and covers which have been left under the radar, and might provide your Christmas playlist with a bit of variation.
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.
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?!
After a rockin’ good time at Glasto, guest blogger Sarah Taylor warns us on what not to do if you don’t want to look like a loon this festival season.
Our lovely guest blogger Manuela Nkegbe looks back on a night with the one and only Queen Bey live at Wembley Stadium. How can I sum up my Beyoncé experience [ … ]