April, 2012

Jethro Fox

Liverpool multi-instrumentalist Jethro Foxhas a fondness for 60’s sunshine pop bands like The Hollies, and having just spent several years holed up in his bedroom he’s walked downstairs with some great songs under his arm.

Music Interview: Anison

They make a lot of noise, but scratch the surface of their songs and you will find well crafted compositions somewhere between a wiry Manic Street Preachers and a long haired Depeche Mode (without keyboards).

Ellen & The Escapades: All The Crooked Scenes

Back in 2009 I stumbled upon a 5 piece folk/pop band from Leeds band called Ellen & The Escapades, it was a cold windy day at Leeds Festival, and due to a large night out I found myself clinging onto the side of the BBC Introducing stage.

Win a Boogie Board Rip eWriter and portfolio case

The Boogie Board Rip eWriter is the perfect way to take notes during a class or at an office meeting. You can also draw pictures, make sketch design ideas, even analyse your football teams set play strategies.

Futureheads @Union Chapel, London

My ears wide open to every accented lyric, plucking out the sad drone of the cello over the twang of a banjo. Their melodies and harmonies were pitch perfect, like a vintage barbershop quartet or professional choir, but with wit, gusto and that enchanting Sunderland lilt.

A Whole Lotta Jerry Lee Lewis

If you are curious as to the origins of rock n’ roll as we now it now, Whole Lotta Love is a fantastic way to do your homework.

Game Review: Star Wars Kinect

When I was a small there were a few toys I craved after, a wind-up-and-go Evil Kenivel, Simple Simon (on old fashioned Bop it-Twist it), Buckaroo, but most of all a plastic battery operated Jedi Lightsaber.

Film Preview: Total Recall

The new version starring Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale looks like a slightly more serious take on the brilliant, original 1990 Paul Verhoeven Total Recall, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone.

Record Review: Orbital 'Wonky'

Like the rushing warm glow of meeting a dear friend whom you haven’t seen in many many years, coupled with the explosion of memories of the unforgettable amazing times once shared, Orbital (brothers Phil/Paul Hartnoll) are back.

Live Review: Sharks @King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

Theirs is a short set (under an hour), but it’s hookier than a fisherman’s toolbox and manages the neat trick – for a band with only that one full album – of leaving the audience already calling for a plethora of “forgotten favourites”.