Category Music

Let’s Road Trip!

In the first of a series, Jennifer Billot gives her essential music choices for a quintessential American road trip. Blue skies, sun beating down, the wind whipping through your hair, expensive sunglasses on, and a full tank of gas; the recipe for a great American road trip! Nothing beats driving down Route 60, Highway 101, […]

Will.i.am and Britney Spears – Scream and Shout

by Francesca Peak Two reality singing shows collide as Britney and William join forces. Yes, William, because I refuse to use his poor grammatical skills. In the opening spoken section, Britney seems to be speaking with a robotic English accent, which is more hilarious than anything. Before too long we’re back to the ‘Britney bitch’ […]

How I Learnt to Stop Worrying and Love Lana del Rey

by Francesca Peak I first came across Lana in October 2011 with the release of Video Games which I liked, a bit. I didn’t want to listen to it more than a couple of times, but it was okay. There was no doubt her vocals were captivating, unique and unlike anything else that had come along in […]

The Weeknd – Canada’s Hottest Artist Right Now

by Francesca Peak I was first introduced to The Weeknd by my then-boyfriend, who made me listen to House of Balloons a few weeks after it was released in March 2011. It turned out to be possibly the best thing he ever did for me. I don’t even know how to describe the first time I heard High for […]

American Anthems

by Francesca Peak  The other night on TV (they all merge into one) I saw an advert for American Anthems, which is exactly what it says on the tin. Out of interest, I investigated the tracklist and was pleased with the array of American rock tunes – Journey, Huey Lewis and the News, Boston, Foreigner and […]

Don’t You Forget About Me – Mercury Prize 2012

by Francesca Peak Last Thursday, in what was an utterly predictable and, according to The Guardian, ‘subdued’ ceremony at the Camden Roundhouse, alt-J took home this year’s Mercury Prize for their debut album An Awesome Wave. They were everyone’s pick to win mainly because their album was different and yet accessible to all and mainstream enough […]

The Boss for Obama

by Roger Fagge After initially seeming to stay out of the 2012 Presidential campaign, last month New Jersey’s finest threw his weight behind Obama. Watch here. He explained his reasons for this, read them here.