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Eminem – Shady XV Review

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‘Rap God’ Eminem has released a compilation album, ‘Shady XV’, celebrating 15 years since the creation of Shady Records. It features a disc of old hit songs and a disc of new material, and although it provides some of the most lyric-bashing music of the year, the final result is much more flawed and inconsistent than it should be. Shady Records has been responsible for putting out the works of…

Review: Fat White Family

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Seeing the Brixton-based sextet live expect frontman Lias Saoudi to be naked, waving his wedding tackle about in an unseemly fashion. The band will be pilled up with little sense of give-a-shit or respect for common decency, but you’re unlikely to care. Scratchy sideburns, impromptu props, and squashed hair from sleeping in a pub – the band are a glorious mess of anger, wit, grime, and a talent for odd…

My Summer – Somersault Festival

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What did I do this summer? Seems a little like the 13 weeks between my last exam and writing this article has gone in a blur, and for once, that’s not because of a mass consumption of alcohol. It’s been a great summer, but picking one thing to write about is difficult…But obviously not impossible. One event (OK there were more than that but I’m only allowed to pick one)…

BOWIE: A BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE

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By Anuradha Santhanam Last year (2013 is ‘last year’ now!), this genius released his latest album. Musician. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, saxophonist, a brilliant, brilliant actor, sex object, teen-and-adult idol and Goblin King extraordinaire, David Bowie, is 67 today. Fifty years since the man has been making music and it only gets better. Although most non-Bowie listeners will know him by ‘Ground Control to Major Tom‘ (which is actually Space Oddity,…

Dan Flint, You Me At Six – interview

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By PANIZ GEDERI British rock band You Me At Six have returned to the UK with their new single, Lived A Lie, receiving widespread acclaim and hitting number 11 on the UK Singles Chart. We had a chat with drummer Dan Flint ahead of them setting off on tour around Europe with 30 Seconds To Mars. Time for us to reflect on what the band has achieved in the past…

Josh Kumra – live review

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By CAMILLA NASCHERT Only a stone’s throw from Camden Town station, blue neon lights illuminate the entrance of The Jazz Café, a venue that until recently ran along the lines of Ronnie Scott’s with live Jazz sessions every day of the week. Tonight, London-based singer-songwriter Josh Kumra will be playing his first headline show here, together with support acts Billy Lockett and Matt Fryer. The atmosphere is relaxed and chatty,…

The Portrait of the Trequartista as a Young Man

The Portrait of the Trequartista as a Young Man

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Has pop music appropriated football? GABRIEL EVERINGTON investigates Welsh indie band Los Campesinos!’ descent into athletic madness There is perhaps no better distillation of British humour than the chants of our football terraces. Every weekend, grounds across the country are filled with hilarious song, as hapless opposing players, managers and fans are berated in an endless feast of puns, innuendo and half-rhyme. Yet any time the worlds of football and…

Twenty One Pilots – interview

Twenty One Pilots – interview

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By PANIZ GEDERI The Beaver was given the chance to catch up with Twenty One Pilots, the duo responsible for causing a stir in the live music scene for their energetic live sets. Frontman Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun sit down with us ahead of their show at the Camden Underworld to talk songwriting, festivals, and being forced to deal with the British dialect. How are you guys liking…