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Askern Music Festival – Review

We’re not in Kansas any more Toto…

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Album of the Week: The Decemberists – Castaways and Cutouts

Released: 21st May, 2002

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Maximo Park @ Sheffield Leadmill

‘Write a review, how objective can I be?’

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An Interview With… Maximo Park

Ahead of their long awaited return to the Sheffield Leadmill on Wednesday 10th May, Maximo Park drummer Tom English was kind enough to answer a few questions…

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Track of the Week: Los Campesinos – I Broke Up In Amarante

Released 10th November 2016

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Album of the Week: The Crookes – Dreams of Another Day

Released October 2010

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Album of the Week: Rilo Kiley – Take Offs and Landings

Released July 31st, 2001

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Frank Turner @ The Doncaster Dome

To quote Frank Turner, ‘Let’s begin at the beginning’. What is the point of music? What is its purpose? You might want to make yourself comfortable for this one…

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Photo courtesy of Mark Loraine

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RANKED: Bright Eyes

Music  can be all things to all people. A shoulder to cry on, an old friend, or simply something to dance to. But can it also be a devil on your shoulder? There are certain artists who are so intertwined with teen angst that they feel like a rite of passage, part and parcel of coming of age.

How many teenagers believe they have found a kindred spirit in Morrissey or Kurt Cobain? For the most part we grow out of these obsessions as we emerge on the other side of adolescence. With Conor Oberst however, and more specifically his main musical project Bright Eyes, I still find myself plummeting down the rabbit hole of his music even now. When the old familiar darkness does hover at my  door, it sometimes feels that I have a devil on each shoulder, Oberst and Tom Waits, with the angel seemingly missing in action.

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RANKED: Frank Turner

Music is universal. There are, however, nuances and details that attract different people to different aspects of the art of song. Some people are drawn to the music themselves whilst others are infatuated by lyrical proficiency. Some like minimal sonic soundscapes whereas others just want to dance. I’d like to think that all those elements have influenced my musical tastes over the years. All of this pales into insignificance when compared to the most fundamental reason for enjoying music however. Do they fucking mean it?

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