Linkin Park’s ‘Heavy’ – Harmless Experimentation or Gross Commercialism?

About a week ago former nu-metal godheads Linkin Park released a new song. It’s called ‘Heavy’ and it is not what people would expect from Linkin Park. If you have yet to hear it, please take a moment to give it a listen. It is quite clear that this is not the ‘One Step Closer’ Linkin Park of old.…
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The Good Place: One Of The Smartest Comedies Of The Season

Despite an inherently challenging premise, The Good Place somehow managed to become one of this season’s biggest and most welcome surprises, absurd, hilarious and genius at the same time. (Mild spoilers to follow) The Good Place is set where the title suggests and features Kristen Bell’s Eleanor Shellstrop discovering that she has died and ended up on the right side of the afterlife.…
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The Expanse‘s Second Season Comes Back As Strong As Ever

Last year’s adaptation of The Expanse book series from James. S. A. Corey was easily one of the strongest science fiction shows of 2016. Returning as a two-part opener, the Season 2 premiere feels like a solid movie as much as an episode of a series and it’s still one of the best shows that not enough people are watching.…
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Interview: LOUISE DISTRAS

Louise Distras is making quite a name for herself. While initially having released her brilliantly raw debut, Dreams From The Factory Floor, in 2013, Distras has spent the time in between building her fanbase, impressing punk legends and scoring wider recognition for her political voice having being vocal in the campaign to release Russian punks Pussy Riot.…
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WARNING: This article contains warnings.

A weird thing happened to me recently while I was listening to the excellent Alice Isn’t Dead podcast. The show is a mystery that unfolds week by week, we follow a trucker as she travels across the US searching for… well here is where I stop, for what I cannot stand on the internet is spoilers and I would hate to spoil a single second of this excellent series.…
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Live: THE WONDER YEARS at O2 Institute, Birmingham

A cold rainy night in Birmingham and The Wonder Years have assembled a jam-packed four-band bill. Sadly missing screamo/math rock unit Tiny Moving Parts, it’s up to St Albans’ TRASH BOAT to get things started. A shout of “when the chorus hits, I want everyone on their feet” seems to imply that they regularly play to crowds whose disinterest leads them to remain sitting throughout.…
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Live: THE HOTELIER at Mama Roux’s, Birmingham

You can boil down gigs to two main types. There’s the raucous, energy-filled explosion of an evening, supplied by bands that caffeinate a crowd with their movement-minded tunes. From The Beatles, T. Rex to pretty much every metal and punk band ever provide this form of show – essentially it is “extroverted” music.…
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Exploring the Many Cover Versions of “My Way”

With its highly relatable lyrics and catchy tune, “My Way” has become a song ingrained in our culture. Originally popularised by Frank Sinatra it is a song that has been covered by literally hundreds of famous artists from Robbie Williams to Celine Dion. In this list, you can listen to some of the most popular (and more obscure) versions of the song and see how various artists took a song and did it their own way.…
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