A London weekend festival, Lovebox has been described as "an annual love letter to the Capital" and I couldn't agree more. As usual it took part in Victoria Park, delivering its eclectic mix of musical genres. This year's headliners included Hercules and Love Affair, Nas, Maverick Sabre, Banks, MIA and Bonobo.
Since their formation in 2005 the band who have taken the pop-punk formula and really ran with it are the Wonder Years, six college graduates from Philadelphia who have become the standard bearers for suburban youth from every country.
Just like the sun, Scorcher returns from his hiatus to bless the UK with some heat! The North London grime veteran dropped his new single Work Get It, produced by Tobi Shy Boy, in preparation for a full onslaught of fresh material from his forthcoming EP 1 Of 1. We caught the low down on his what he's been up.
This is the first in a series of New Breed blogs introducing some of my favourite breaking bands that have passed by my radar in 2014. Every summer ha...
Blow me away, but there is not band. No Attractions, no Imposters, no touring band. Just Elvis Costello, 6 guitars, and a keyboard.
Neil Young chose mostly songs of love and conciliation at his first-ever concert this week in Istanbul. Like the rare July rain that fell, the sentiment was a relief from the violence that smoulders throughout the region.
"It was something of a shock when The Specials became famous," Horace Panter tells me. "We started off doing things at our own pace, and then, after playing in pubs and clubs, we got a recording contract and started making music at the much faster pace of the record companies."
Credited with creating the first celebrity chefs, rescuing Teddy Pendergrass from the "gangsterism" of club promoters and instrumental in forging Alice Cooper's horror-show persona, Shep is the subject of a rollicking and sweetly touching documentary by Mike Myers.
What the move to the US (and the delays in work permits!) did mean is that I've had tons of time to think about the industry that I've spent my whole professional life in. And I've come to realize and affirm to myself something that I think I've known for a long time. That I love music people. But I think for the first time ever I can truly explain why.
There are numerous traditional events and competitions held during the course of the year in Scotland which celebrate the country's long and colourful...
Music festivals have become a huge part of summer; festival fashion and designer wellies have become big business as hoards of music fans flock to the...
It feels like a very womanly age, I feel more secure in myself as I get older and I like this number a lot... I wrote letters to my sisters and the girlfriends back home that I couldn't spend the day with which in turn inspired a song. It's called She Rules.
Lyxzén formed the massively influential hardcore punk, Refused, in Umea, Sweden in the early 90's. The band brought a game changing mix of post-hardcore, metal, jazz time signatures and left-wing politics to a scene that was slowly stagnating and changed the face of Punk music forever.
You must be familiar with Babymetal. They are the most absurd fairy tale to hit recorded music in recent memory; a smashing together of two mutually exclusive musical genres. A cartoon with 35million Youtube hits. And I am about to sit down with them, if I'm being brutally honest, to see if they actually exist.
On this day 11th July 1992, a range of eight ties, designed by Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, went on sale in the US President Bill Clinton bought a set. So did lots of former hippies who were now caught in the 9-5 trap and a daily humdrum life.
There were crowd crushes, there were flares, there were naked guys climbing up towers and there were bloody noses. But aside from all the ominous scenes and injured gig goers that have dogged the headlines since Saturday, The Libertines at Hyde Park was a much needed injection of much-missed rock and roll.