Both GTA and the Arctic Monkeys have cleverly grown with their fans, knowing that standing still is the biggest mistake you can make. Helen Lewis, deputy editor of the New Statesman quite rightly reminded us on the Today Programme that the average age of a gamer is now 30.
Undeniably a major contribution towards my open-mindedness is the fact that I was raised in England. But being an entertainer in Pakistan means acknowledging the limitations and working within strict boundaries, and with this video shoot I vowed to myself, to be as tame as physically possible.
We're on the King's Road and Marcella has just wrapped up the final gig of a short UK tour to promote her new album The Vehicle (Right Recordings, 2013).
"I don't get played on the radio anymore, and quite rightly so, because it's other people's turn. At my age I can do what I want." Elton's comment illustrates one of the admirable traits of this founder figure of popular music - his benevolence. He has always been generous with his support of new bands.
The Blueblack Hussar is a story of Adam Ant, but it's not the story of Adam Ant. Jack Bond's music documentary picks up the tale in early 2011 as the punk-turned-global pop sensation was embarking on his first new album and tour since the mid-'90s.
The UK music scene is moving in a new strong way. Artists didn't understand how to play the game in the past. Some didn't understand the importance of clean and dirty versions of their songs. Others wouldn't turn up on time for interviews. The game has changed; Krept and Konan are proof of that.
On 25 Sept 1980, John Bonham, drummer with Led Zeppelin, died aged 32 after a heavy drinking session. 'Bonzo' was found dead at guitarists Jimmy Page's house of what was described as asphyxiation, after inhaling his own vomit after excessive vodka consumption, (40 shots in four hours).
"Simon Cowell ruined Christmas". Not my words, but those of inaugural X Factor winner Steve Brookstein. He's got a point. For a good chunk of the 2000s, the nefarious influence of Cowell's brainchild has poisoned the once pure well of musical excellence. However, the tide is finally turning...
I awoke before dawn, still over excited from our Brixton Academy show. Last night was a late one, predictably. Strolling into Cardiff centre as the first signs of daylight appear, I realise I've only slept three hours. The lack of sleep adds a slightly surreal glaze to my early morning mooch as I set forth in search of coffee.
As the Mercury nomination proves, this is still a classic Arctic Monkeys album. No one can touch them for modern rock music - and even though some of the early sparkle has been lost, the fire is very much still raging - and they are a band we Brits should be very proud of.
I'm used to being surrounded by musicians, but it usually involves lots of floppy-haired guitarists and sticky-floored venues (none of which smell so good, pre or post smoking ban). So, Friday night was something out of the ordinary.
The Quietus, frankly, doesn't care about taking less celebrated stances. But this is no teenage rebellion: this magazine's writers don't go to war for the sake for it. The essays in this compilation, diverse though they are, are united by one principle: that music matters, even when it is ostensibly as shallow as can be.
US rap is in a great place at the moment and Kendrick did his upmost to make his mark on the UK and the thousands that watched the streamed gig from across the world.
The coming week's live listings are ready and waiting for you- so it's time you get yourselves organised. Get your diaries at the ready, because we've got a another round-up of unmissable shows for you to start looking forward to.
When combined together, food and music become all the more powerful, and could even have the potential to 'move the world'. A new campaign, the No Hunger Orchestra, is exploring how we can use food and music to inspire people to join the fight against hunger.
DEVolution is Pete Devereux & Tom Devos, (see what they did there?) a pair of bass bumpin', busy bodies who just can't seem to take a breather from making bangers. Regulars at the you've-made-it-as-a-DJ super club, FABRIC, we sat down to find out more about their latest E.P, Transition.