• Why Pop Music Matters

    Pop music is often disregarded as repetitive and low-effort. Being one of the most formulaic genres and one with the greatest reach, these criticisms apply to a lot of ´artists´, who follow a pattern to produce hit upon hit. However, whether we like it or not, the genre´s popularity...
  • Interview – Bad Sounds

    Brothers Ewan and Callum of Bad Sounds released their captivating debut album Get Better this summer, demonstrating that a lifetime of making music both together and apart certainly pays off. The exploratory work of the five-piece group belies the blending of Callum’s pop background with Ewan’s work in hip-hop,...
  • CHILDCARE @ Rescue Rooms

    I’d never been to the Red Room part of Rescue Rooms before, but it’s a perfect intimate-sized gig venue, perhaps like Bodega in size. A totally-filled lil’ space with nothing but good music and good energy – what could go amiss? “Picture Ava as having the vocal quality of...
  • Interview – Pale Waves

    Originally formed in Manchester in 2014, Pale Waves are an indie pop four-piece band now made up of lead singer and guitarist Heather Baron-Gracie, drummer Ciara Doran, guitarist Hugo Silvani and bassist Charlie Wood. Since releasing their debut single ‘There’s a Honey’, they have moved from strength to strength,...
  • Album Review: Maroon 5- Red Pill Blues

    Following the release of their seminal breakthrough record Songs About Jane, Maroon 5’s career has been a mixed bag. For every major hit (‘Moves Like Jagger’), there’d be forgettable filler (‘Daylight’), and some of their best songs (‘Payphone’) have been marred by unnecessary rap sections. And as the band...
  • New Ed, same result: the return of Ed Sheeran

    June will mark 3 years since the release of Ed Sheeran’s latest album, X. Being the fastest-selling album of 2014, with rave reviews to match, Sheeran always had a lot to live up to. After a year of social media silence and an underwhelming announcement to the new album,...
  • Interview: HANA

    Los Angeles electro-pop singer HANA is braced for success. She’s toured Shamir, Lana Del Rey and Purity Ring, and is self-proclaimed bessie-mates with Grimes. Last Friday she finally released her much anticipated debut HANA EP. In the wake of this release, we caught up with HANA before she’s makes...