On first listen it's easy to compare Douglas Dare's melodic piano stylings to the likes of Blake or even the less sophisticated Tom Odell. But a closer inspection reveals the influence of artists as diverse as Nick Cave, Jon Hopkins (in the tasteful beats that accompany his playing) or even the late Elliot Smith.
On this day in 1989, Janet Jackson started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Rhythm Nation 1814, only one of three albums to produce seven top ten US singles (the other two being Thriller by Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen's Born In The USA).
She placed herself firmly in the media spotlight earlier this year with her 'twerking' episode at the MTV Awards with Robin Thicke. And now, in another misguided effort, she has declared that all her controversial hammer licking and semi-naked frolicking has actually made her empowering to women.
The Hang-Up team met with British creator, writer and Radiohead's in-house artist Stanley Donwood to chat about his upcoming exhibition and retrospective of rare works, his first impressions of Thom Yorke and being David Hockney's number one fan.
When I was a teenager the only Lou Reed song I heard on the radio was Walk on the Wild Side. Even pirate stations, which I would listen to in the early hours of the morning, only seemed to play that song - which is odd when you consider the fact that not all Lou Reed songs mention blow jobs and amphetamine abuse.
Lou Reed's death is personally sad because he was singularly responsible for me seriously thinking about non-conventional music, and that after two decades of false starts I finally interviewed in person one of my true idols.
I caught up with Rob from Abandoman after what has been their coming of age year. From big support slots to a well received Edinburgh Fringe show, Moonrock Boombox. They are at the stage of major breakthrough that must get them excited as every new day starts and opportunities arise.
I am a fan of Katy Perry. I have a ten year old daughter who adores her and a teenage son who wants nothing more than to...um...kiss Katy Perry. I've listened to her songs, sung along and enjoyed a glimpse behind the mask in her documentary, also being moved by her genuine distress at the dissolution of her marriage to Russel Brand.
Leicester. This town instantly makes me think of two things. The first is a patented dance manoeuvre, known only within limited circles as The Leicester Lurch©. Invented onstage during a Babyshambles gig in Leicester circa 2006.
Taking place at THE OTHER CLUB -a pop up members club in Kingly Court, the night was titled; Do Women Rule the Music Industry Or...? Attending for the panel were singers Katie Melua and VV Brown, DJ Goldierocks, music artist manager Cassandra Gracey from Turn First Artists, and the panel chair- Krissi Murison - a British music journalist and former editor of the NME.
We look back at ten years ago, when we were in our teens, and see the mainstream success of Franz Ferdinand, The Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs and Razorlight amongst others and wonder where their contemporary equivalents are hiding.
This is a book with a difference, one that ensures all previous rock tomes will gather dust on high, cob-webbed shelves. It's a work of careful research that turns the legend of The Beatles into a woven history that reads like a work of fiction.
Having performed alongside fellow slow jam hit makers Joe, 112 and Jagged Edge for the sold out London date, I caught up with the power vocalist and talked about his inspiration, his un-conventional R&B name and how he is always working to out-do his own success
While the band's appearance on Later With Jools Holland was being televised, The Arctic Monkeys were delighting their fans in the North East with a career-spanning 20-song set. There can be little doubt that the 2012/13 season has proved to be their best yet in a career which has been meteoric to say the least.
It is very easy to be righteously disgusted by his behaviour, and feel ashamed that we didn't take notice of his victims, however, the death of Jimmy Saville two years ago and the revelations which followed, still leave many unanswered questions about our relationship to fame, and particularly how men react to such power.
It's a strong week for live music in the last few days of October- that's for sure. It's always a good sign when you're scrolling through listings and...