Arctic Monkeys – Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?

The Mic/ October 4, 2013

 ‘AM’, the latest release by the Arctic Monkeys, caused quite a stir upon its September release. Nominated for the Mercury Prize despite the shortlist only being revealed two days after its official release, the album marks not only a change in style for the band, but also a departure from the ‘four lads in a room’ approach to their previous

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CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe

The Mic/ October 3, 2013

The Bones of What You Believe is the premiere studio album from Scottish synthpop band CHVRCHES which moved into the top 10 of the UK album charts this week to cap a fantastic breakthrough year for the trio. Comprising of lead singer Lauren Mayberry, back-up vocalist and guitarist Martin Doherty and guitarist Iain Cook, CHVRCHES have had a magnificent year,

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Kings of Leon – Mechanical Bull

The Mic/ October 3, 2013

After remaining relatively quiet for a few years, Kings of Leon have finally made their return with their long awaited sixth album, Mechanical Bull. I have to admit that although at first I placed the album into the ‘easy listening’ category and thought it was even a tad plain by the usual standards of Kings of Leon, after a few

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Sun Rai – Pocket Music

Jack Greenard/ October 2, 2013

Sun Rai (aka Rai Thistlethwayte), lead singer of Australian band Thirsty Merc,  delivers his debut solo EP Pocket Music, full of summertime mellowness and funk, perfect for those, like me, who want the summer sunshine to last just that little longer. Each of the four songs on this EP has a unique but equally groovy drum beat which you can’t

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London Grammar’s Debut Album

Luke Gallimore/ September 21, 2013

Ever since first hearing Hannah Reid’s vocals on Disclosure’s ‘Settle’ released at the tired end of May this year, I’ve been waiting for London Grammar’s debut album. Their first release was late 2012, and it seems incredible that the Nottingham grads have turned around ‘If You Wait’ in such a short time, released on Columbia records. Often when you hype

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Goldfrapp – Tales of Us

Kamiah Overaa/ August 23, 2013

The upcoming album Tales of Us from the hugely successful electronic duo Goldfrapp is something  you might not expect, particularly  if most of your experience with the band lies with some of their chart-topping hits. Tales of Us is a gorgeous album of soft ambient songs, but it’s miles from the electronic disco anthems such as Ride A White Horse

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Alex Chilton – Electricity by Candlelight

Kamiah Overaa/ August 23, 2013

There’s something quite special in the pipeline, coming to us from Bar None Recordings. This release from Alex Chilton was born from a power failure at his solo gig at The Knitting Factory NYC back in February 1997. With a borrowed acoustic guitar from a member of the crowd and only the diehard fans staying put, Electricity by Candlelight is

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Tribes ‘Wish to Scream’ Album

The Mic/ June 11, 2013

There are many contested things in this turbulent day and age: Palestine, Britain and the Euro, the efficacy of the 4-4-2 system, to name but a few.   The intrinsic worth of the new ‘Tribes’ album ‘Wish to Scream’ (release date 20/05/13) is another such issue. Widely panned as a ‘disappointment’, the general consensus is that ‘Wish to Scream’ lacks

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Charm of Achilles: Debut EP release

The Mic/ March 31, 2013

Charm of Achilles is a band that has been growing in reputation and musical individuality in Nottingham since bassist Luke enrolled at UoN last September. Their live presence in the city has become infamous thanks to the distinct vocals of Alex and the Duo’s powerful song writing style. We’ve even had them play at the two Mic gigs we love

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Jeff Buckley ‘Grace’ Album Review

The Mic/ March 7, 2013

One thing that Matt Corby said during our interview stuck with me- his claim that Jeff Buckley will remain ‘unrivalled’. Due to his tragic death at the age of just 30 and the legacy that he managed to inspire from such a short career, I suspect there are a great amount of people who agree with this postulation; there is

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