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Massive Attack: Ritual Spirit (EP)
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Massive Attack: Ritual Spirit (EP)

February 24th, 2016 | by NUSU
Although Trip Hop pioneers Massive Attack have sporadically played shows in recent years, they haven’t released new music independently since the 2010 album Heligoland. 6 years have passed, but their music is still as relevant...
Brit, Brat or Twat Awards?
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Brit, Brat or Twat Awards?

February 24th, 2016 | by NUSU
With the BRIT Awards on Wednesday (24th), we ask if the awards show actually holds any credibility or is it an exercise in satisfying music big cats and pop execs? In 2010, Lily Allen came out and said they were fixed. Yet, when...
Record Store: yay or nay?
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Record Store: yay or nay?

February 24th, 2016 | by NUSU
In a leaked list, a picture disc for Justin Bieber’s new album Purpose is to be among the in-store exclusive releases for Record Store Day 2016 (RSD). The organisers of RSD have described the list (which includes a Bowie...
Electronic Blanket: Week 12
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Electronic Blanket: Week 12

February 17th, 2016 | by NUSU
In a modern age where electronic music is become more and more prevalent, it’s unsurprising that new festivals dedicated to those genres alone are still being created. One example is Sunfall Festival which will make its debut...
Diiv: Is the Is Are
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Diiv: Is the Is Are

February 15th, 2016 | by NUSU
It’s been a rough few years for Diiv. It’s nearly four years since they released their quite excellent debut Oshin, and for a while it seemed like a follow-up was never going to happen at all. Exhaustion, infighting, failed...
Mystery Jets: Curve of the Earth
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Mystery Jets: Curve of the Earth

February 15th, 2016 | by NUSU
The upbeat, adolescent origins of the Mystery Jets seem cold and distant in their fifth studio album. Despite their grounding in the commercial success of boy-meets-girl, happy-go-lucky indie pop, Curve of the Earth sees the...
Electronic Blanket: Week 11
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Electronic Blanket: Week 11

February 15th, 2016 | by NUSU
In recent news, Grime fans around Newcastle were brutally disappointed by Wiley’s last minute cancellation of a scheduled set at World HQ last month. Also known as Eskiboy, the MC allegedly emailed the guys at Pirate Material...
Porches: Pool
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Porches: Pool

February 15th, 2016 | by Connor McDonnell
Aaron Maine used to make experimental songs on his Casio CA-110. In 2013, he released his debut Slow Dance in the Cosmos: a collection of shimmying, lo-fi arrangements. This year he has delivered Pool. The opening of the album is...
Burgers, Beth, and Bullshit
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Burgers, Beth, and Bullshit

February 15th, 2016 | by NUSU
Serena Bhardwaj reviews Beth Cosentino's recent essay slating sexism in the music industry....
LIVE: NME Awards Tour 2016 @ O2 Academy
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LIVE: NME Awards Tour 2016 @ O2 Academy

February 9th, 2016 | by Connor McDonnell
The NME Awards Tour is always exciting. It gives a collection of new acts with bigger names such as 2015’s line up consisting of Palma Violets headlining, with The Wytches, Slaves and Fat White Family also playing. Diverse...