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Beck’s last album ‘Modern Guilt’ (2008) received mixed reviews. Filter and Allmusic liked it, whereas The Guardian called it “a vanity project”. Since then, he has become a producer for artists including Thurston Moore, Stephen Malkmus and Charlotte Gainsbourg. He also wrote music for the 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and released the ‘Song Reader’ project in December 2012. The project was 20 songs presented solely as sheet music. ‘Morning Phase’ is Beck’s twelfth studio album and the first from his new label Capitol Records. It is a “companion piece” to ‘Sea Change’, his critically acclaimed album from…

An album called ‘Thirty Two’ could be reference to any number of the obscure things in life – and yet this is Reverend and The Makers – making the album name decidedly less cryptic. Constantly down to earth – Jon ‘The Reverend’ McClure even tells his fans to stop moshing at the band’s gigs – they decided to simply name the album after his age. Ironically, this is also the average age of a Radio 1 listener, although you won’t be hearing any of this album on that station (due to a long-standing feud over playlist selections). You may be…

Photo by What The Dickens?, Facebook Friday 28th February at The Menai was the scene of the biggest day in a student band’s career. What The Dickens? (nearly two year veterans of the Bangor music circuit) were releasing their first ever album, celebrated by a three-band gig. First on the bill were The Confessions. Acoustic guitar wielding frontman Geoff seemed to possess what can only be described as an unfair amount of talent, a vocal savant and a supremely nifty guitarist. Together the three-piece (with Andrew and Sam making up the rhythm section) rattled through a half hour set of…

Two of the 90s’ most infamous bands, but who was better? We let Sara, our Health and Beauty editor, and Nic, our Deputy Editor for content, put their cases forward… Spice Girls – Sara Williams ‘Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want’! In terms of song lyrics no one can deny that while they may not be profound in the 17 years since their release they have certainly become iconic. Between 1996 and 2000, the Spice Girls conquered the charts all over the world with their feel good songs and influenced fashion throughout the late…

Beyoncé surprised fans everywhere on 12th December last year when she released her album ‘Beyoncé’ on iTunes without any prior advertising. The album contains fourteen tracks and eighteen visual accompaniments, including bonus videos; ‘Ghost’, ‘Yonce’ and ‘Grown Woman’ as well as credits. Other artist featured include Jay-Z, Drake and Frank Ocean. “Perfection is a disease of a nation.” The message behind her new album is one that is incredibly relevant and hugely important. The songs on this new album are unlike most that she has produced before; presenting current issues of social poverty, equality and sexual discrimination, marriage and even…

You Me at Six achieved their first UK number one in the album charts this month with their brand new album, ‘Cavalier Youth’. Released on January 27th the band hit the top 40 charts with two singles off the album, ‘Lived a Lie’ and ‘Fresh Start Fever’. The band sticks with their genre of pop punk by the way of their catchy riffs, occasional gang vocals and inspiring lyrics sung by frontman Josh Franceschi. The Surrey-based band say that the album title means ‘carefree youth’ and is about the band’s growth into adulthood. They have a more mature outlook on life…

You were here last year playing in Bangor in PJ Hall. How do you enjoy being in Bangor, and what’s it like as a venue? It’s a big venue and it has it’s own characteristics soundwise because of that. It’s always interesting do a sound check but people come in and change the sound. It has such great character, with all that wood and it’s beautiful, and nice people run it. But more than that I’ve spent a lot of time in Bangor myself, having fun and I have friends living here, so I do love coming back to Bangor.…

During the 90s, we listened to them and loved them. Then, they faded into obscurity. Nowadays when you hear them, you probably wonder “Where are they now?” Well, here’s what happened to them… Steps Claire, Faye, Lisa, Lee and, of course, “H”. Steps’ first major hit was ‘5, 6, 7, 8’ in 1997, which has received some longevity. Do you remember your teachers at primary school getting up on stage and dancing to it wearing cowboy hats, wanting you all to join in? That only reached #14 in the charts. Record producer/songwriter Pete Waterman admitted he wanted to create a…

The punk scene in the 90s was dominated early on by Nirvana, but after the release and success of their second studio album ‘Kerplunk’ in 1992, record labels were starting to pay attention to Green Day. They eventually agreed to sign with Reprise Records after a good connection with representative Rob Cavallo. This led to their major record label debut – the internationally successful ‘Dookie’. The first single released, ‘Longview’, begins with a bass line from Mike Dirnt which is somewhat mesmerising. This continues throughout the song, which is interrupted by loud bursts from Billie Joe Armstrong. It concentrates on…

Photo by Storm FM Bangor, Facebook Date: 28th November 2013 Location: Bar Uno, Bangor On November 28th 2013, a battle was fought. A fierce, fierce battle. The prize? To play the Psych Societies Winter Ball on December 10th. There were five contestants; each of whom put up a brave fight. The Battle of The Bands was put on by Storm FM in association with Bangor University Stage Crew and hosted by Bar Uno. All five bands were given a 20 minute slot in which they showed their talent. The night started with a cool and mellow acoustic act – Sam…

So, has 2013 been a good year for music? We’d like to think so, as there have been some noteworthy album releases this year. Therefore, here’s our selection for Seren’s 10 favourite albums of this year (in no particular order). There are some notable absences which deserve an honourable mention, including ‘AM’ by Arctic Monkeys, ‘Rewind The Film’ by Manic Street Preachers, ‘Night Visions’ by Imagine Dragons and, of course, David Bowie’s ‘The Next Day’… Thomas Bickerdike – Dropkick Murphys: Signed and Sealed in Blood “The boys are back and they’re looking for trouble.” Appropriate words from everyone’s favourite…

Date: 1st December 2013 Location: Wembley Arena, London Having started their tour in October, Avenged Sevenfold’s ‘Hail to the King’ world tour finally arrived to the capital city – London. Wembley Arena has seen a lot of great bands play there to entertain its 12,500 capacity. Having just seen them on Sunday 1st December 2013, I have to say it was a great display of showmanship and the music was immense. I arrived at the sold-out show in time to see the support band, called Five Finger Death Punch. Having never heard of them before, I was pleasantly surprised when it…

Forget the snake, 2013 is the year of the two man rock band. From Wet Nuns to Drenge, DZ Deathrays to Crushing Blows, Bleeding Knees Club to Bass Drum of Death, it’s a scene saturated with talent, primed to explode. Dublin’s ‘Kid Karate’ are the newest sons of anarchy to be born, but debut EP ‘Lights Out’ proves that age is just a number. Don’t take them too lightly. Opener ‘Two Times’ is a tale of love-laced hate, with all the energy and vigour of early Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in a fist fight with Black Flag. Huge riffs and…

After about an eighteen month recording process and a near universally-acclaimed EP, Haim have finally released their debut studio album, ‘Days Are Gone’. Unlike their blues-oriented live shows, the studio version of the band sound more like Pat Benatar drenched in ‘90s pop/R&B harmonies and ‘80s synths. It’s a testament to these glossy touches to ‘Days Are Gone’, then, that post-production was the most painstaking wait for Alana, Este and Danielle. Picking holes in this record is difficult. Its production is slick (thanks to Arctic Monkeys’ right-hand man James Ford and Ludwig Göransson), and songwriting and melody take priority over…

27th October, we lost one of music’s greatest individuals, a man who helped shape rock music for nearly fifty years. He was one of the faces of the alternative rock scene in 1970s. Ladies and gentlemen – Lou Reed. Reed was born on March 2 1942 in Brooklyn, NY. He learned to play guitar by listening to the radio and developed an interest in rock and roll and rhythm and blues. He played guitar in numerous high school bands. After graduating from Syracuse University in 1964, he moved to New York City and worked as an in-house songwriter for Pickwick…

Photo by Lawson Official, Facebook Dates: 28th September/16th October Locations: Rhyl Pavilion Theatre/O2 Apollo, Manchester I am one of those annoying people that flicks through channels until finding something I like to watch on TV, particularly music channels. I’ll watch a music video that I like and when it’s finished I’ll channel flick until I find another song. It was purely by chance that I discovered Lawson’s song ‘Brokenhearted’, featuring B.o.B.. Liking what I heard I ended up channel surfing so I could watch it again. I spent hours watching their music videos on YouTube. This is what happens when…

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