AWOLNATION’s momentous debut album launched them from nowhere to international stardom. With epics like ‘Sail’ and ‘Kill Your Heroes’, the lengthy ‘Megalithic Symphony’ felt like a slightly premature magnum opus. The challenge of course for these Californians is to follow such a beast with strong new offerings.
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It seems few bands can resist opening a set at a major venue these days without at least 3 enormous drums at their disposal. But few of late have arrived to quite such a roar and squeal as Las Vegas’ Imagine Dragons. London seems to have offered these Silver State boys a second home for the foreseeable future.
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It’s been over 2 years since Jared Leto and 30 Seconds to Mars set Reading & Leeds alight with a masterclass in anthemic rock. Nearly 5 months into their Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams tour, they’re back in the UK. A final date at the O2 confirmed that 30 Seconds to Mars do epic as well as anyone.
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Venue: St. James’ Church, Sussex Gardens. Orchestra: Oberon Symphony Orchestra. Soloist: Rohan de Saram.
Lyrical and tender, broad and expansive, Antonin Dvorák’s Cello Concerto in B minor deservedly takes its place alongside some of the best known and loved works of the Romantic period. Steeped in Bohemian folk traditions, personal tragedy and written with a devilish virtuosity, it demands an extraordinary soloist. Continue reading “Rohan de Saram plays Dvorak ‘Cello Concerto in B minor”
There is no musician more exposed than the solo singer-songwriter. Stood with nothing but a guitar over the shoulder and a microphone in front, there’s nowhere to hide. But it’s this exposure that makes genuine talent all the more satisfying. Marie Naffah is one such singer-songwriter, London born and raised. Continue reading “Marie Naffah: An Interview”
Knock2bag East is a brilliant, award-winning comedy club in Shoreditch. They attract some of the biggest names in comedy, as well as some brilliant upcoming comics. Head down for a lot of laughs and a great night out. Here are 3 of our favourite acts from one of their famous shows:
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Few bands have had to work quite so hard to fight preconceptions about their music as The Feeling. After reaching #2 and #1 in the charts with first two records, their third studio album was a relative flop, both critically and commercially. But 2 years on and newly signed to BMG Chrysalis, The Feeling are back with a new album, ‘Boy Cried Wolf.’
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Following the release of Glass Figure’s ‘I Need You’ featuring Stella Le Page, Tim Higgins caught up with the Paris-based songstress ahead of her debut solo album, produced by Glass Figure and Chateau Marmont’s Julien Galner.
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Hunstanton has never been referred to as the Nashville of the East Midlands, but it’s responsible for breeding one of the most exciting bands around. Having met at College in King’s Lynn, Deaf Havana’s early work owed more to the post-punk and hardcore movements than their recent tracks suggest. Continue reading “Deaf Havana: An Interview”
Having recently signed to Xtra Mile Recordings, things are looking up for To Kill a King. After 4 years of hard graft, the Leeds folk-rock quintet now regularly draws comparisons with the likes of Mumford & Sons, The National and Frightened Rabbit. They venture into the realms arena rock but they retain their folk sensibilities throughout. Continue reading “To Kill A King: An Interview”