When Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson announced that he would be joining 'The Voice', he divided opinions and fans of his band went scuttling in various directions, with few supporting the move. But now that the band's latest album 'Education, Education, Education And War' is sat firmly at number one, it's pretty clear who the real winner of the talent show is.
The fact of the matter is that since Linkin Park and Slipknot, no other viable festival headliners have emerged. Muse are too big a deal and they aren't "metal enough" for such events and the jury is currently out on Avenged Sevenfold. There is little to add to the 'there won't ever be another Metallica' argument...
Courtney Love has told the NME it's "very likely" that her late husband's story and music will be adapted for the Broadway stage. At last, Nirvana fans will have the chance to pay more than £50 a ticket to watch some jobbing hoofers projectile defecate over Kurt Cobain's legacy.
Those epic BOOMS you hear in blockbuster trailers, those suspenseful drones, those laser guns from Star Wars... what are they? The sounds have to come from somewhere, right? Yes, and they're usually derived from ridiculous and unexpected sources... well they are in my case anyway.
Last night I decided to listen to Education, Education, Education & War, the new album by Kaiser Chiefs... I haven't done that in ages, just listened to an album all the way through, without doing anything else at the same time. No texting, no cooking, no reading, just listening.
As a fan, I am more familiar with the trajectory of Alfie Boe's use of social media and so have used this as an example; in the early years of his recording career, Alfie Boe and his team relied on social media to get the message out and promote record sales.
It seems an impossible feat to capture with mere words a performance as stellar as that of The Cure last Saturday (and I can imagine, that of the first gig on Friday), so strong and pronounced was its identity and drive.
Footsie, one half of the Newham Generals and a music veteran with his name firmly etched in the Grime hall of fame, released his latest EP King Original 3. We grabbed an interview with the artist slash producer to see how far his beloved genre has come and speak on new fans he hopes to win with his latest offering...
Today, the Inspirals have neither a manager, a tour manager nor an agent and they travel light when touring. It's a formula that works. "In the beginning we started off in Oldham and began gigging in Manchester. We were this contemporary indie band with a 14-year-old drummer," he says.
In his beautiful memoir of his late father Blake Morrison asks the question, 'and when did you last see your father?'... Similarly I ask myself when was it I stopped believing I was British? Because believe me it's been a while since I felt that way.
We all need to do our bit to look after it. It's not always easy being green but there's loads of things we can all do to do our bit. To show my support for the planet this Saturday I'll be heading down to London's Southbank Centre to take part in WWF's annual event Earth Hour.
"How would you like to pay?" Bash in credit card details and notice that the booking fee for each ticket is £7.50. Postage is £2.50. Starting to experience rising anger. Don't get sidetracked.
It's not often that I get excited about a classical music concert. Too often they're staid and aloof. But it's all so different when James Rhodes is playing and this week sees him kicking off a packed schedule with a string of shows at Soho Theatre.
Paul Weller cuts a lithe figure in a black crew neck sweater and dove grey slacks that ride a couple of inches off the ground. His round-toed calfskin Chelsea boots gleam under the lights. A flashgun snaps at his every move as his gimlet eye rakes the clothes rack that lines the far wall of the West End showroom.
I have very few "happy" family memories. The ones I do revolve around music and road trips with us all singing along to the likes of James Taylor. So when my dad passed away in 2012, I decided to make fantasy a reality and work with the same consummate players who played on those records.
Let's start by clarifying something. EDM and dance music, as many of us know them, are two different beasts. There are parallels between them, but for the most part they are separate worlds.