Alternative Music

Northern Soul's Second Coming

Yousif Nur | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Yousif Nur

Broadcaster Paul Mason put it best: the first law of sociology is that all youth subcultures eventually come back. First it was a post-punk revival in the mid-noughties, then nu-rave later in the decade and lately we've been reminiscing the nineties. Is it now Northern Soul's turn for a revival?

Gig Etiquette: How Not to Be a F**king A**hole at Live Events

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabrielle Leimon

You want to be at the front of the gig? Good. Get to the venue early and queue up like everyone else. Don't wait until the gig has started and then push your way through the crowd to the front - especially if you end up hurting people, knocking them over and splitting up people who want to be able to enjoy the gig together.

My On-off Affair With Northern Soul

Yousif Nur | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Yousif Nur

Northern Soul wasn't so much a scene to many, as much as it was a way of life. These tunes were the most obscure of the obscure, plucked from indie labels in the ghettos of Detroit and Chicago. Some songs were only ever intended as demos, and here in the UK they found a new lease of life.

The Best Albums of 2013 (That You Probably Haven't Already Heard)

Todd Cochran | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Todd Cochran

In my perfect world, every one of my top 50 would be in heavy rotation on every radio station in the planet. These bands would be filling massive stadiums and spreading the gospel of their brilliance. But alas, that isn't the case.

Sonic Sounds: Exclusive Interview With BIG DEAL

J.L. Sirisuk | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
J.L. Sirisuk

This month sees the release of June Gloom by American/British duo Big Deal (Kacey Underwood and Alice Costelloe) and the title of this album seems fitting. While there is beauty in the delicate riffs and slow build-up of certain tracks, there is also a melodic shift into darker territory of grunge infused rock and roll.

Why Were the Brit Awards So Boring?

Chris Cannon | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Chris Cannon

The Brit Awards 2013: a masterclass in politeness, pleasant behaviour, modesty, good old formulaic pop music and accomplished banjo strumming for anyone over 21. Their mother's would have been proud. But that's precisely the point, their mothers shouldn't be proud.

Fink... The Long-Weekend in India

Tim Thornton | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tim Thornton

This has been said before, in many different ways, languages and levels of exasperation, but I'll reiterate: Mumbai is fucking crazy. Twelve and a half million people living on an island less than half the size of London.

The Light That Never Goes Out - Remembering the Smiths' Legacy, 25 Years After 'Strangeways'

Jaime Gill | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jaime Gill

Far from a muted epilogue, Strangeways is The Smiths turned up to 11: more heartbroken, witty, lascivious and adventurous than ever before. The explicit politicking may be absent, but this was never as central to The Smiths as the sloganeering album titles suggested: Morrissey was always more preoccupied with romantic than political malaise.