One of the few undisputed geniuses in popular music, and the main creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most influential composers of the last century.
Lana Del Rey's new album may superficially seem like more of the same. Certainly Del Rey has picked up where she left off on Born to Die. Her haunting, raspy vocals are still there, as are the depressing lyrics of a disillusioned woman looking for a life she craves on the wrong side of the tracks.
When Stuart Galbraith and Andy Copping first created Download Festival back in 2003 as the successor to the Monsters of Rock festivals that had graced Donington Park since 1980 the decision to name a festival after the evil 'D' word had people in the business shaking their heads.
McCartney invited his friend George Harrison to watch the group. The fourteen-year-old auditioned for Lennon on the upper deck of a bus, playing Raunchy by Bill Justis. Lennon thought Harrison was too young for the band, but after about a month of persistence he joined as lead guitarist.
Talking about feelings runs the risk of ridicule and rejection. The idea of finally plucking up the courage to talk to someone about what is emotionally going on lays ourselves open and bare to others opinions and in worst case scenario judgment and rejection. What is more excruciating than chastising oneself for harboring feelings that aren't seen as healthy? To share these feelings and be judged and rejected by a family member or partner of friend. Who would risk that?
It's becoming increasingly hard for young people like me to make the jump from education to the work place. Nowadays work experience is becoming vital to get that dream job, (or even just a job), but where do you start? Opportunities are incredibly hard to come by, especially ones that spark your imagination.
The problem is, despite the austerity narrative, public spending continues to rise and our debts continue to grow. There are currently a number of other issues thrown into the political mix such as; Scottish independence, immigration and Europe. Whilst these are of course important issues, they perhaps distract from the key fiscal debate.
Music festivals are often associated with images of mud, rain, and excess - not necessarily the first place you would think of taking your children. There are, however, some family friendly festivals where parents and children alike can embrace the music, drama and entertainment.
So if the expectation is that we pick up from where we left it and the answer to the referendum is a flat 'No' then I suspect Yes supporters will be able to do that. But what if the answer is 'Yes?' How will the 'No' people carry on from there?
This year, for me, has been the year of the radio show. I can't get enough of it. What a fantastic medium radio is.
I still remember how hard it is to get a baby to go to sleep when there is a distracting noise. Nevertheless, if I chose to move into a flat or a house which is situated near a music venue then surely I'm likely to know that there will be times when I will hear the music coming from the venue, and if I have young children or a predilection for insomnia to contend with then maybe I should consider moving somewhere else.
Track two, Constellations, is full of bold beats. This is more electro than its preceding track, sometimes the vocals are close, other times they are far off in the distance. The track really is a constellation, the only steady presence seems to be the rhythm, which battles on through the turns on top. Everything else is a varied and ever changing canopy of different moods.
"The magic of recording is that you don't quite know what you're going for until you're in the studio and working with the musicians and producers," says Pete Molinari. "That's a good thing. You have to let things unfold."
Now I'm not averse to a song with, shall we say, accessible lyrics. But I'm from the 90s-New-Order-John-Barnes school of World Cup songs. As a music therapist, I can't argue with John Barnes when he advises,"You've got to hold and give, but do it at the right time / You can be slow or fast but you must get to the line." It's like he's been observing my music therapy sessions.
I'm a British Asian female percussionist and I've been playing on the pop music scene for over twenty years. I've toured with the likes of Faithless, The Spice Girls, and Dido and have been lucky enough to play some really big gigs. These shows require a huge amount of energy to run and also a huge amount of energy to give out as a performer on stage.
This weekend the hallowed fields of Donington Park will welcome 120,000 metal heads to bang their heads, throw their horns and lose their minds to a who's who of metal, rock and alternative music.