Composer Alan Hawkshaw Dies at 84

Alan Hawkshaw, a musician and composer who wrote some of the most well-known TV themes in the UK and was copied widely in hip-hop, has died at the age of 84. He was taken to the hospital last week with pneumonia and died early on Saturday. Hawkshaw composed the loping, almost reggae-like tune to Grange […]

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Adele’s 30th Album a “Huge Global Event”

The remaining months of 2021 have being rushed to be defined. It’ll be a discontented winter, with supply chain disruptions and maybe blackouts; a post-lockdown return to dressing up and going out. Adele will surely be the star of the season. The best-selling female album artist of the twenty-first century announced her comeback this week, […]

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Madame X Review — Tour Doc Bows to Pop Queen

The film begins with a montage showcasing Madonna’s various conflicts throughout the course of her career, as well as a quote from James Baldwin about artists being here to disturb the peace. The quaint outrage she sparked during the Like a Virgin era; the Like a Prayer video with its flaming crosses, stigmata, and snogging […]

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Reaction to How to Be a Rock Star by Shaun Ryder

The “rock star” is essentially extinct. With the TV-out-the-window lifestyle that dominated pop culture between the 1970s and 2000s out of favor, the term – and all the recklessness and charisma it implies – is more likely to be ascribed to a chef or a tech-bro than a musician. However, some people still suit the […]

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Bring Me the Horizon Review – The UK’s Best Rock Band Now

Oli Sykes yells, “I haven’t seen a mosh pit in 18 fucking months, so you better make it good.” Bring Me the Horizon’s latest UK stadium tour has begun, and the band’s vocalist seems to be overjoyed to be back in the heart of things. The Sheffield quintet’s concert in Hull tonight, the first of […]

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Duran Duran Review – Still Wild Boys at 40

Simon Le Bon shouts, “Number two in Birmingham!” as he kicks off a second sold-out home town performance at the 1,500-capacity Institute. The far more intimate setting than Duran’s usual stadiums provides a sense of what it must have been like to see them when they were the resident band at the Rum Runner club […]

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