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Was it poor marketing by Pontio or the apathy of students that caused the R1 night to be cancelled? So, this article was intended to be a review of the Nick Grimshaw night that was to be hosted by the highly controversial, vastly criticised and all-round success that is Pontio (sarcasm warning). However, due to what those in charge called an unexpected lack of interest, the night was unfortunately cancelled and handed over to the apparently more capable hands of Northampton University. But were the students really to blame or did the fault lie with Pontio’s marketing? Let’s discuss –…

Admittedly it’s February, but Seren is here to bring you a selection of the bands and artists to look our for this year! Obviously, you’d have had to be living under a rock not to have heard of Lana Del Rey so far this year, but seeing as her album’s just come out, she’s definitely one to watch. Her smoky voice is proving a massive hit with record buyers across the country already after the internet-phenomenon ‘Video Games’. Azealia Banks is another female artist making waves, her foul mouthed brand of electro-rap sure to worm its way into your consciousness…

You will never forget the first time you see a live band as brilliant and unique as The Destroyers, for me it was in a small, wet tent at Glastonbury festival, but for many Bangor residents last week it was in the University’s very own Powis Hall. The 15-piece jazz/gypsy/folk ensemble, in association with Racubah, electrified the hall on 3rd Feb with their huge selection of instruments, ranging from fiddles to trumpets to a hurdy gurdy. Usually host to exams and seminars, Powis made for a surprisingly lively venue, though this group of characters would have that effect on you…

It’s no secret amongst the Seren team that I love Madonna. I wish I could tell you why but I can’t; I just love her. So when Joey, our Music Editor, asked me to write a little about her I couldn’t possibly say no. This year Madonna is back! Her upcoming album, aptly named MDNA, is currently number one on the iTunes pre-order chart which, for someone her age, is pretty impressive. Madonna recently released the first single from her album. ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’ (don’t even get me started on the spelling) is a tackfest from the off;…

There aren’t many better ways to start your long awaited third album than with a terrifying metaphor about how capitalism is about to crash around us. Enter Shikari don’t pull a single punch on this album, and in a time when many music fans are crying out for a mainstream band to go political, nor should they. ‘Gandhi Mate, Gandhi’ is contains a spectacular rant from the lead singer Rou, and is possibly one of the most incisive political commentaries you’ll see from a band all year. The band take aim at many subjects, from the Israelis dropping phosphorous bombs…

1: The King Blues- Punk and Poetry There’s nothing that can be said about this album that you won’t pick up just by listening to it. There’s been more creative albums this year, and perhaps there’s even been more well formed albums this year. But this is a slice of gritty, raw, REAL music. It wears it’s heart on it’s sleeve, and screams “if you’re not with us, you’re against us”. The brilliant songs and wonderful poetry help of course, but just for being the most true-to-itself album made this year, it gets the top spot. Best tracks: Set the…

Following an unexpected year out, a year that the band refers to as Matthew’s ‘trip to Disneyland’, Madina Lake are back on the road promoting their third studio album. ‘World War III’ has been a long time coming after bassist Matthew Leone was critically injured trying to stop a woman being beaten by her husband on the streets of Chicago.  Matthew took some time out of his busy schedule and sat down to speak to LJ Taylor at their recent Sheffield gig.  So what made you guys want to get into the music industry? Music is just sort of…

I was lucky enough to come across Within Temptation, a symphonic metal band from Holland, about five years ago. It was when I was going through my ‘goth’ stage, one I thankfully left behind (well, mostly) and my friend introduced me to them. This was the same friend that had introduced me to Nightwish, arguably Within Temptation’s Finnish counterparts, a year or so earlier. At first I admit, I was only into a few songs; namely ‘Stand My Ground’ and ‘Angels’ – the ones that Kerrang TV played most often. The first time she went to see them live I declined…

1: The Vaccines – Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra) 2: Hard-Fi – Good For Nothing 3: Marina and the Diamonds – Radioactive 4: The View – Grace 5: Arctic Monkeys – Don’t Sit Down… 6: The King Blues – Set The World On Fire 7: Manic Street Preachers – This Is The Day 8: My Chemical Romance – Planetary (GO!) 9: Panic At The Disco – The Ballad of Mona Lisa 10: The Subways – We Don’t Need Money… 11: Noel Gallagher – AKA… What A Life! 12: Azealia Banks – 212 13: Viva Brother – New Year’s Day 14:…

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