LISTEN: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals “The Lion The Beast The Beat”


The vivacious vocalist Grace Potter leads this American rock band originally formed in 2002. The Lion The Beast The Beat is the band’s fourth studio album released this year and is certainly their most slick, notably collaborating with The Black Key’s Dan Auerbach on much of the album. The band has a retro seventies quality and Potter’s vocal has the energy of Janis Joplin but the strong soulfulness of Stevie Nicks. So basically, she rocks!

I love the driving title track, the glam rock ‘Turntable’ and their new soundtrack-y single ‘Stars’.

The Lion The Beast The Beat is out now on iTunes


LISTEN: Patrick Stump “This City” ft. Lupe Fiasco

Apparently since 2009 Fall Out Boy have been on “indefinite hiatus” but have not broken up. Whatever that means I’m sure Pete Wentz’s ego has something to do with it. I’m pleased to have found out, albeit a little late, that lead singer Patrick Stump has released a solo album. Stump returns in a much sleeker, less ginger chops package and takes on a soulful electronic pop rock sound. So basically Fall Out Boy with less punk more synths! It’s not mind blowing but either way I’m glad he’s back in full swing because to be honest it’s really his voice that I missed.

LISTEN: Marina & The Diamonds “Radioactive”

Although much in the vain of the ‘Ibiza’ dance song bandwagon that EVERYONE is jumping on right now, I am loving this new tune from Marina & The Diamonds. Her last album was overshadowed by other female artists with pretend band names such as Florence + The Machine and Bat For Lashes, however if this new song is a reflection of her sophomore album I just might have to legally download it! Radioactive is out on 2nd October.

LISTEN: Remembering Amy Winehouse 1983-2011

Yesterday was a sad day. There was tragic news for peaceful Norway and tragic news for British Music.

I, like many, have witnessed live Amy’s train wreck performances of the last few years. I am still disgusted at her management for even allowing her to perform and tour in the state she was in. This is a clip from October 2006 of Amy on Later…With Jools Holland. This is how we should remember her.