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Swift Corporation releases New Taylor replicant line, discontinues predecessor

The global A.I. firm Swiftco® this week added a new model to its popular Replicant line of autonomous androids, under release name “The New Taylor Swift.” Swift showed its gratitude immediately by producing  a collection of “songs” known by humans as…

Yer Da’s favourite band have still got it: Starsailor in Camden

“Hello, Mornington Crescent. It’s good to be at KOKO – we’ve never played this one before. Nice venue, friendly staff, a bit small. We’re normally down in Shepherd’s Bush, Hammersmith, Islington. Even played the O2 Brixton once, back in the…

A light that never goes out: The Smiths reissue The Queen Is Dead

I don’t think there’s anything quite like hearing The Smiths’ legendary third album, “The Queen Is Dead”, in full for the first time. Thirty-one years after its initial release, record label Warner Bros have released a remastered edition, expanded with…

On Dylan and Decay

A personal exploration on identity and Bob Dylan — It started with a feeling, a feeling I did not understand and could not articulate. All I knew was that I must understand the urgency of it, translate it into my…

Ibeyi: from Ash rises a louder voice

Two years after their first self-titled album, the twin sisters of Ibeyi came back with Ash, released this past September. Considering how brilliant the first album was, released when they were only 19, the release of Ash aroused high expectations.…

Their Mortal Remains: a journey through 50 years of Pink Floyd

The Victoria & Albert Museum takes us for a trip in the long story of Pink Floyd, chronologically ordered from the early days – their first album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was released in 1967 – to The…

The National’s Magical Misery Tour

Matt Berninger, an instrument-less poet of a lead singer in the mould of Morrissey, with baritone vocals as distinctive, stumbles about the stage with a mixer in hand.  It isn’t his first. The National, comprised of drummer Bryan Devendorf, his…

Music as Voice: Unifying Divided Peoples

The relationship between music and politics makes a distinctive pattern for analysis. Both continue to play a crucial role in influencing and shaping societal issues, yet they are largely perceived as two birds flying in separate, distant directions. Nonetheless, they…

The Problem with Grime

“The ting goes skrrrahh! Pap, pap, ka-ka-ka! Skidiki-pap-pap! And a pu-pu-drrrr-boom! Skya! Du-du-ku-ku-pun-pun! Poom, poom” – Roadman Shaq London is a grey place. There is clearly an abundance of colour in this city but I think when most people see…

Opera doesn’t need to be so unpopular

Here’s an opinion you don’t hear every day: I like opera. I’ll admit, it’s a niche art form. Most people on earth will live their lives without listening to anything remotely ‘operatic’. It’s an even more obscure passion than classical…