Following medical operations, time to think and talking with their fellow peers who are hailed as legends, Queens of the Stone Age are stronger than ever. More »
“Send me into space, take me from this place and then smack me in the face.”
Bursting with catchy melodies paired with a chorus that is undeniably easy to sing-along to, The Cornerstones are definitely a new act to keep your eye on. The guitars are very intermittent, but what’s apparent about this song is The Cornerstones are definitely aware of their own direction.
With a very live sound, Smack Me In The Face is a song that feels honest, passionate and most importantly listenable.
It might seem a foreign concept now to have romantic films that don’t star Katherine Heigl, that don’t use the concept of Friends with Benefits and that don’t follow twentysomethings trying to “have it all”. Alas, it does happen, and there have been little gems of rom-coms in the past decade or so (I’m looking at you 500 Days of Summer) but very few relationships have seemed so effortless since the magnificent Jesse and Celine played be Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Richard Linklater’s masterpiece Before Sunrise, following two travellers who meet on a train, and make an undeniable connection. Almost a decade later, the two encountered one another in Before Sunset. The two the pinnacle of the ‘love conquers all’ scenario. Which is perhaps why everyone was so immersed in their previous two outings. Yet, what makes Before Midnight even still more magical is that it’s realistic; relationships do have a honeymoon period and sometimes reality sets in. But does that mean you’re in love any less?
What’s really admirable about this Queens of the Stone Age record is just how focused it is. There’s no time spent on flashing guest stars names around over and over (mind you, there are some names worth mentioning such as Arctic Monkey’s frontman Alex Turner as well as Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor and many others) and there’s nothing too gimmicky about any of it. The album doesn’t shout loudly about any differences it has. Much like that bold red artwork, it’s simple, bold and powerful enough to stand on its own.
Shakespearean comedy is certainly something hard to manage today. Undeniably, its humour is much of its time, and consequently can often seem rather cheap and overdone when presented to modern audiences. But although many think it odd for Joss Whedon, the man who has established a cult status for his portrayal of comic book heroes, and of course his hugely successful vampire series (before vampires were seemingly everywhere and incredibly irritating) Buffy, to head-up a Shakespearean project, leaving every ounce of fantasy and superpowers behind. Yet Whedon proves that he is the perfect fit for the bill.
Well this is very cool if you ask me.
Actress and model Breana McDow dressed her dog up in an “A Cultured Lad” t-shirt!
This Brighton trio’s sounds are psychadelica but all painted dark. It’s as if all the zaniness and hallucination was brought right back down to Earth and injected with punk, blues and copious quantities of energy. They are aptly signed to a label called Hate Hate Hate.
Kristian Bell’s vocals are brilliant with regards to delivering a certain cynicism to the song with the rest of the band pounding and crashing away behind. It’s dark, twisted but incredibly interesting.
Strutting his stuff on the cover of the NME last week, it’s clear that Miles Kane has definitely made a name for himself. The magazine poses the question on the cover asking if Kane is ‘the hero for the new beat generation?’ to which the answer has to be a resounding yes. Having worked with every hero in the rock and roll business from Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and his brother-like best friend Alex Turner, it’s clear that Kane is no newbie to the business.
Kassidy are most known by their fans for their tender, uplifting and melodious sounds making incredibly atmospheric songs. And to those who haven’t given their music a listen, you’ll be able to remember them by their long hair! Oh and they’re Scottish which means the accent is always memorable. Hamish spoke to me about magic Swedish prawns, the Lana Del Rey tour, Keith Haring and more. Take a look!
I guess it can be easy to feel semi-cheated by this one. Monsters Inc was undoubtedly one of Pixar’s greatest triumph, and to follow it up with a prequel might disappoint many. But as soon as you watch the new trailer I somehow find it hard to believe that you won’t want to rush out to see this one.
The story follows the same loveable “Monsters” but when they were at university, studying the art of scaring, and the two main characters in Monsters Inc (a film I hold unashamedly close to my chest) were not necessarily the best of friends.
OK, maybe this film might frustrate you because a sequel would’ve been way better. But frankly, that just wouldn’t have worked. Plus, am I really going to give up a chance to see Mike and Sulley on the big screen again? It should also be interesting to see how Pixar decide to portray the whole uni/college experience. Pixar are notorious for shaping these worlds up from the ground-up with insurmountable amounts of wit.
At least it looks a whole lot better than Planes…
Coming from Manchester, The Nankeens play the kind of proud, anthemic, boisterous rock that is commonly attributed to this part of England. Whilst managing to maintain the sort of early progressive punk-rock, catchy chords that form the basis of any good indie rock, but there’s something undeniably contemporary and “now” about the band’s songwriting.