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KCON LA 2017 @ The LA Convention Center

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Six Simple Dating Tips to Call in The One This Fall

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Logan Lucky; The Trip to Spain Reviews

by Mike Peros
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Free Monthly Horoscopes - September 2017

by Maya White
August 30, 2017

Wallpaper; is it right for me?

by Christopher Porikos
August 27, 2017

Making Independent Movies - The Women in Red

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
August 24, 2017

Overcoming Dance Anxiety

by Luckie
August 23, 2017

Give to Life

by Connor Coman
August 18, 2017

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by Nancy Bianconi
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New Frontiers, the Many Worlds of George Takei

by Raleigh Barrett

The new track ‘Holla’ is collaboration between UK artist Priscilla Angelique and US rapper Major D. The song is very unique in its own sense adding something new to the seemingly plastic and repetitive dubstep scene.

What makes the track so enjoyable is the fusion of different influences that make up the song; the dark and grimey bassline/dubstep beats blended with the fast paced West Coast Hip-Hop lyrics. They have taken two very different genres and made them flow surprisingly well. The use of synth sounds are also a nice addition to dress up the music. It isn’t just the sound of the music that makes it good, but the vocals themselves which are very fresh. Priscilla Angelique has that Ms. Dynamite ‘Fire’ feel about her and Major D has a distinct voice and sounds like the track was made for him. This song is perfect addition to your playlist on for a night out and would fill any dancefloor.

They say the sophomore slump is an uphill battle; these words have never been truer than with the release of Reading based band ‘Pete & the Pirates’ new album ‘A Thousand Pictures’. After the critical reception of their first album, great things were expected from the indie boys, but it seems that they have failed to deliver results.

Technically the album can’t be faulted; it contains everything that a good British indie album should have, depressing subject matter and the upbeat sound to go with it. For some reason however, it just has no spark. Perhaps it the way that the record feels like nothing new, just extra songs left off their old album. The band has seemed to have made literally no progression since their last album. Don’t get me wrong though, it is a good listen, but it lacks drive and gets boring and repetitive within a few songs.

Every now and then you come across a band that once you’ve heard once you are instantly a fan of their music. GSPT are definitely one of those bands. I had the pleasure of hearing this band live last New Year’s Eve, and since then I’ve been hooked on them.

GSPT have blended alternative & Hip-Hop very well to produce a completely unique sound and are able to collect many different types of fans. All that mix of different sounds have paid off because they have really created something special in their mixtape ‘A Band Apart’ and it’s hard to think why they aren’t internationally known.

Sunday, 15 May 2011 09:11

The King Blues - Punk & Poetry - London

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Artist: The King Blues            Album: Punk & Poetry            Location: London

The King Blues are one of the, if not the most, underrated bands of current time. With a unique blend of Punk, Ska, a set of raw vocals and some of the most thought provoking lyrics you are likely to find, they have all the ingredients to be a terrible band, but instead they have pulled it off and created some of the best music I have ever heard.  They are back with their third album ‘Punk  & Poetry’ and have comeback hard.  Tracks such as ‘We Are F****** Angry’ shows the society questioning, anarchist side of the band that fans have grown to love; whilst songs like ‘Headbutt’ show their lighter playful side.  The King Blues are one of the few bands that are continuing to evolve in their music and their lyrics, and deserve way more credit than they get. This album is a must for any music fan, anarchist or anyone who generally questions the government. Go out and by it now, you won’t be disappointed.

Artist: Chipmunk       Album: Transition    Location: London

Chipmunk, one of the king pins of Grime is back with his new album ‘Transition’; and what a transition it is indeed. Little Chip Diddy Chip has grown into an international, chart topping rap star, but is it a good change for his music? I think the answer is yes and no. He is with no question a very talented artist and has created another album of hits and catchy songs, such as the anthem ‘Champion’ featuring Chris Brown; but the switch to mainstream seems to have taken away some of the more grittier sounds and lyrics that made chipmunk great and unique. For new fans it is a change that will not be noticed or cared about, but for some of the older fans it is an obvious change and one that probably won’t be favoured, as he is just becoming like every other Urban artist out there. However, this is still a very good album with some prominent artists featuring on the tracks, and definitely worth a listen. I just hope Chipmunk doesn’t forget his roots and start to cater for a mainly American audience.

 

Friday, 22 April 2011 18:56

Katy B - On a Mission - London

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Atrist: Katy B                        Album: On A Mission                        Location: London

I like to think I have a wide music taste and I’ll admit Katy B’s singles before the release of her debut album ‘On A Mission’ were pretty good. She mixed powerful female vocals and dubstep beats perfectly. When I downloaded her CD, I was expecting something new and upbeat but when I listened to it I felt that she is a bit of a one trick pony. Her track ‘Broken Record’ sums up her album very well, it is just blends into the same noise, which becomes very repetitive and boring quickly.  I’m not saying she doesn’t have talent, her wide range of vocal chords and soulful voice shouldn’t go unnoticed but it’s as if she got praise of her singles, and stuck to that sound with no variation. I would defiantly give this album two thumbs down, and wouldn’t recommend purchasing it, unless you are a DJ and looking for some good beats to play. Besides that though you are just wasting money.

 

 

 

Thursday, 07 April 2011 10:55

White Lies - Ritual

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White Lies are one of those rare bands that sound like no one else out there and never leave you bored. Naturally when I first heard they were releasing a new album I was extremely excited. On my first listen of ‘Ritual’ however it was a different story. It seemed that the band had simply produced a new album that sounded more or less exactly the same as their last one and hadn’t evolved as artists. When I gave it a second listen though it grew on me quite a bit. White Lies have kept their original sound, which is what make them great. They have dug deeper into their emotions than before and pulled out something much more lyrically sound than their debut album. ‘Ritual’ is another prime example of how truly talented the British music scene really is, and the unique vocals of Harry McVeigh will leave you playing their music over and over.

 

 

When Bobby Long released his debut album ‘A Winter Tale’ I don’t think many people expected it to be this good. The 24 year old from West England will remind his listeners of an early Bob Dylan. Bobby generated popularity after writing the song ‘Let It Sign’ for friend and actor Rob Pattison to perform in the twilight film. Long has continued to produce musical gold and has captured the true essence of folk perfectly on his first album. He is one of the few artists that don’t get the recognition that they deserve.

Sunday, 13 March 2011 17:50

Jessie J

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Artist: Jessie J    Album: Who Are You    Location: London

Jessie J exceeds expectations with her debut album ‘Who You Are’. Mixing a blend of pop, urban and soul into one album obviously paid off as it earned her the number two spot on the UK album charts on its release. She shows that she is not just another pop singer, but a talented singer capable of a wide range of vocals.

Tuesday, 01 March 2011 09:56

Skepta - Doin' It Again

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Artist: Skepta Album: Doin' It Again Location: London

Skepta, who is arguably one of the most influential MC’s on the grime scene, has come back hard with his third studio album “Doin’ It Again’.

The CD was released on Boy Better Know Records, which Skepta is a co-founder of along side grime artist and brother JME. Before its official release four singles from the album were available, all of which made there way into the UK top 40.

Thursday, 17 February 2011 10:44

Brit Awards 2011 - Surprises? Not really.

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London's 02 Arena was packed with celebrities and fans alike (although the tickets were a hefty price of around $140), for the Brit Awards, 2011.  Host, James Corden, was at times a bumbling presenter who seemed to be out of his depth on this occasion, often appearing nervous and his timing left a lot to be desired.

Cee Lo Green was on form when he performed Forget You but let's not forget the part where he nearly went head first into the audience after he tripped on (and actually ripped) the dress of Paloma Faith.  But all in all it was an entertaining evening with no great surprises, other than that one.

Saturday, 12 February 2011 12:02

UK Artist: Jose Vanders Album: Blue Notes

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Artist: Jose Vanders Album: Blue Notes Location: Bristol

Jose Vanders is one of those rare gems that seems to release only brilliant music and her fourth EP ‘Blue Notes’ is no exception.  Going from strength to strength with every track the four beautifully composed tracks, my personal favourite being ‘Me Without A You’, leaves your ears wanting more from Vanders. I have been listening to her for a while and I can’t understand why she isn’t a superstar, she really doesn’t get the attention she deserves, but I can see big things for her in the future. 
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 14:58

Chase & Status- No More Idols

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Drum & Bass icons Chase & Status return with their long awaited second studio album ‘No More Idols’.  The duo has definitely evolved their sounds creating a more mature and fuller album; featuring an army of big talent in the UK music scene, from new artists such as ‘Clare Maguire’ to established acts such as ‘Plan B’ and also international star ‘Cee Lo Green’. 

Thursday, 20 January 2011 11:03

Ed Sheeran

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Ed Sheeran is the UK’s newest talent and at just nineteen years old he has five independent EP’s and one DVD under his belt. His latest work, No.5 Collaborations Project, which was also released independently with no publicity and very little radio play, has thrown him into the limelight. It also briefly knocked Rihanna’s album ‘Loud’ off the top spot of the UK iTunes album chart in just two days.
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 09:44

Olly Murs

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When X-Factor finalist, Olly Murs, released his debuted self titled album I really didn’t know what to expect. I mean, I was backing him on the X-Factor (sadly he came 2nd) and I loved his number one hit ‘Please Don’t Let Me Go’. However, we all know that many TV singing competition finalists often have a tendency to release a few good songs and then disappear into talent show limbo. Despite these doubts I got the album and I love it.
Monday, 10 January 2011 09:40

JLS

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Artist: JLS Album: Outta This World Location: London

The JLS boys are back to reclaim their place of top UK boy band with their new album ‘Outta This World’. The album entered the UK album charts at number 2 and has claimed two top spots in the singles charts. 
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 12:06

Cheryl Cole

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Artist: Cheryl Cole           Album: Messy Little Raindrops Location: Newcastle

Cheryl Cole is one of those celebrities who always seem to be in the limelight, whether it’s for being one of Britain’s most annoying talent show judges, going through a very long divorce or releasing her new album. When I got her album I genuinely didn’t know how good or bad it was going to be and I really did listen to it with an open mind.

Wednesday, 05 January 2011 09:36

The Overtones

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Artist: The Overtones Album: Good Ol’ Fashioned Love Location: London

The Overtones defiantly have to be the UK’s most unique band of 2010. The five piece doo-wop boy band were discovered by a scout whilst they were working as decorators in a shop in London and were heard singing on their tea break. 
 
Their debut album is titled ‘Good Ol’ Fashioned Love’ and it brings something original to the music scene; perhaps it may even revive the doo-wop genre. I found the album quite enjoyable to listen to and a good overall effort for a first album. It was by no means the best thing I heard this year, but it was nice to hear something different and if you’re bored of the same music or just want to hear something new then I would try this band out. The album is full of catchy tunes that I’m sure you will find yourself singing along with.
 


Sunday, 12 December 2010 19:46

T.I- No Mercy

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The King of the South T.I. returns with his long awaited seventh studio album ‘No Mercy’. There has been so much anticipation lingering around the release. When the first promotional single ‘I’m Back’ was released earlier this year in March, fans were eagerly expecting something big, especially as it was the first album out since T.I's release from prison earlier this year.

Monday, 06 December 2010 13:30

Ellie Goulding

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Artist: Ellie Goulding Album: Bright Lights Location: London
 
Ellie Goulding’s new re-release of her debut album ‘Lights’ includes an additional seven tracks including a hypnotic cover of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’; and also features a new album name ‘Bright Lights’. 
Friday, 03 December 2010 20:49

The Wanted

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Band: The Wanted Album: The Wanted Location: London

Newest boy band in the UK music scene The Wanted have released their self titled debut album. Their number 1 hit ‘All Time Low’ was exceptionally catchy and surprisingly unique for a manufactured boy band, and after hearing it I had high hopes for this band.

Monday, 29 November 2010 12:49

Tinchy Stryder - Third Strike

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Tinchy Styrder’s highly anticipated third studio album, Third Strike, hit shelves Monday and has been open to great reception, rapidly climbing into the Top 10 album downloads. Having the chart single ‘In My System’ already, there are sure to be many to follow from this album, with anthems such as ‘Game Over’ and ‘Stereo Love’. 

Monday, 29 November 2010 12:41

The Script - Science & Faith

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Irish Boys, The Script, released their sophomore album Science & Faith recently, with one smash hit and a number 1 album already, the follow up CD hasn’t done too bad so far. In the second album we see The Script take a deeper and personal direction; however, they have still kept the same unique sound we heard on the first album. 

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