Murray Through to Australian Open Semi-Final

January 23, 2013

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written by Rob Pollard for the Huffington Post Andy Murray is chasing history in Australia. No man in the Open era has managed to follow-up their first Grand Slam title by winning the next major tournament. It would be a huge achievement for Murray, and one which could signal what many observers have long-expected: a […]

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Morrissey: “I nearly voted for UKIP”

January 23, 2013

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written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman In an interview published in the latest edition of Loaded magazine, Morrissey has described David Cameron as “gratuitously violent,” and expressed his desire to see Yvette Cooper “thrown into the sea”. In the most politically charged interview of his career, Morrissey also said he felt it was difficult […]

Posted in: Music, Politics

New Releases in 2013

January 3, 2013

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I said in my last post, 10 Best Albums of 2012, that last year was a poor year for album releases. There seemed to be a dearth of great records, and the year, as a whole, failed to spark my musical imagination. However, this year looks set to be different, with a host of great bands […]

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10 Best Albums of 2012

December 31, 2012

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written by Rob Pollard 2012, for me, hasn’t been a great year for album releases. With Laura Marling, Anna Calvi, and various other favourites of mine set to release soon, 2013 looks set to be a more fertile year for quality records. Nevertheless, I have put together my top 10 albums for 2012. See what […]

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10 Best Gigs of 2012

December 30, 2012

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written by Rob Pollard Art in 2012 has been a mixed bag. Whilst film and recorded music has only sporadically captured my imagination, it has been a brilliant year for live music performance. As 2012 draws to a close and we reflect on the past 12 months, I decided to put a list of the […]

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Morrissey Interview – 3 News

December 13, 2012

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written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman In an interview with New Zealand’s 3 News, Morrissey has accused Kate Middleton of feeling ‘no shame’ about the suspected suicide of Jacintha Saldanha, and described the British monarchy as a dictatorship, encapsulated by a history of ‘murder mayhem and slaughter.’ In what was a wide-ranging interview that […]

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Yeasayer Interview

December 12, 2012

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written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman Rob Pollard interviews Yeasayer’s Chris Keating Earlier this year, Brooklyn band Yeasayer released their third studio album, and this week they finished their latest UK tour. They are a band that have consistently evolved their sound since their breakthrough in 2007. Their debut LP, All Hour Cymbals, was […]

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