The year keeps getting more promising.
Mikal Cronin announced this week his 3rd full length, MCIII. The first single starts exactly where he left off. (more…)
In the 1990’s the world was reintroduced to Cuban music. This wasn’t any run of the mill Cuban music either, but the elite Boleros that had been lost in Cuba due mostly to the U.S. embargo. Now that relations between the U.S. and Cuba are being normalized after 50 years, we take a look back at one of the most interesting albums/films to come out of the 90’s. (more…)
Sia kicked off Saturday Night Live’s 40th season in 2015 with a performance for the ages. Kevin Hart announced Sia after a few sketches and what transpired over the next 4 minutes was absolutely mesmerizing. Sia stood sideways to the camera in a silver top with black pants while her “black bangs” or veil covered most of her face. Two female dancers then started to perform one of the most WTF dance routines ever performed on SNL. The music video for this song has generated some outrage but this performance was different. (more…)
by Mark McLaughlin
This week saw the discovery of Britain’s long-lost Beagle 2 space probe apparently intact on the Martian surface – and also the return of the excellent science’n’satire show The Infinite Monkey Cage (TIMC) on BBC Radio 4.
Both are perfect material for a music blog, I’m sure you’ll agree. (more…)
Special Contribution by Mark McLaughlin
Ocean Colour Scene don’t enjoy the mainstream success they did in the Britpop days – when their driving riffs soundtracked Guy Ritchie’s era-defining Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and indispensable British television show TFI Friday.
In spite of their fading presence – or perhaps because of it – singer Simon Fowler and occasional OCS bass player Dan Sealey have attracted a committed cult following for their side project Merrymouth. (more…)
This year marks two important anniversaries for Queen. 40 years ago A Night At The Opera was released, and 30 years ago they put on the greatest live performance ever, at Live Aid. A Night At The Opera is an insanely produced record for 1975. It also has some of Queen’s greatest hits, including Bohemian Rhapsody; a song that would remain a hit on and off for 30 plus years, thanks Wayne and Garth. (more…)
Our first SOTW for 2015 is an ode to ’90’s indie rock, which should be indicative of ’15 itself. With albums from The Wrens, Sleater Kinney, and Built to Spill, the year seems sure to be a throwback. Which is perfectly fine for us.
Twerps second full length and first on Merge, Range Anxiety, is set to hit this month. The second single off the record, “I Don’t Mind” is a well constructed tune. With a sweet guitar line, build ups and downs, the song is a fickle track, similar to Marty Frawley’s lethargic articulation of the lyrics. (more…)