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ALIKI CHRYSOCHOU

With her golden curls and sweet smile, Aliki has won the hearts of many with her angelic voice and inspirational story. Originally born in Greece, the young soprano made her way to London to pursue classical opera studies at university. However, her dreams of achieving a musical career were tragically shattered when she developed a rare neurological disease called Focal Encephalitis, causing her to lose all speech and motor skills. Despite these grim circumstances, Aliki persevered and now credits the incredible healing power of music to her recovery. From that point forward, Aliki's story unfolds like a modern fairytale. In…
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CAITLIN ROSE

Country-folk singer Caitlin Rose has had a pretty eventful few years in her career. In the last three years, she has had multiple songs featured prominently in two major television shows, shared the stage with the likes of Dawes, Jason Isbell, Leon Russell, and debuted at the Grand Ole Opry. Her most recent album, 2013's The Stand-In, became her first album to hit the charts, peaking at number 42 on the US Country chart and number 29 on the US Heatseekers chart. Caitlin Rose started her solo career in 2007 after the dissolution of her band, Save Macaulay. Since then,…
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WEEZER

There are many jaded music fans out there that would probably groan at the thought of another Weezer album hitting the shelves. After their last two critical flops, the band has had a lot to prove in order to stay relevant. Their latest release, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, is proof that even a band who has lost their way can re-find it and make an excellent album. In 1994, Weezer was on top with their 3rd wave 'emo' angst and rock guitars, even setting off style trends with singer Rivers Cuomo's horn-rimmed glasses and penchant for sweaters.…
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BANDITS

Bandits are a young band out of Belgium with a lot going for them right now. While the band's members are still in their teens, they have already been playing together for over seven years. Their debut album, Bandits,was released in 2011, debuting at number 23 on the Flemish Ultratop 200 album chart. In 2014, they became one of the youngest bands to compete for a spot in the Eurovision Song Contest. It's not hard to see why these guys have hordes of screaming fangirls lusting after them. They have the kind of good looks, perfectly quaffed haircuts, and sweet…
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DODGY

There are some drum roll intros to songs which are the most unspoken joys of rock. David Bowie’s “Starman” (the work of The Spiders from Mars’ Woody Woodmansey), “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nirvana’s Laughing Boy Dave Grohl, of course), and your jaw may drop when I mention even Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing”(Terry Williams)... But whatever you think of the artists or songs above, these intros put shivers up your spine and lets you know you’re in for some kind of a ride.   I’d add to that list the drum intro to “In A Room” by London/Midlands/no-fixed -abode trio…
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ZACHERY ALLAN STARKEY

Zachery Allan Starkey is a one-of-a-kind presence on the New York art-pop scene. A far cry from the Lady Gaga images that tag conjures, Starkey’s sound stems from an organic reading of the left-leaning alternative edge of the Eighties; fusing PiL, Soft Cell and Human League into a more groove-based root of LCD Soundsystem, and coming out the other end with an acerbic, goth-spiked slew all his own.   The songwriter’s obsession with the perfection of his craft has led to a certain hermetically-sealed package of a darkly-doomed past, digitally updated to our even more paranoid times. Starkey’s cute Robert…
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BLEACHERS

Jack Antonoff, the singer and mastermind behind indie-rock side project Bleachers, will inherently find it difficult to pull himself out from the shadows of his extremely popular main band, fun., for whom he plays lead guitar. But with Bleacher's debut album, Strange Desires, Antonoff has found himself a new and unique niche away from fun.'s minimal pop style. Other than a penchant for breaking normal pop music conventions, the two bands are so different that there is very little comparison between the two. I would say, however, that there is a slight hint of Antonoff's first band, the punk-leaning indie…
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SONIC SPECIES

 A punk from the very beginning, and having dabbled in various genres of music right from drum and bass to acid techno, Joe Markendale finally stumbled upon the world of psytrance and fell in love with it unconditionally. Following his first tryst with psytrance culture, Joe went on to be a part of Organized Kaos, a bunch of enthusiastic trance-heads who organized parties in the captivating forest of Kent. This led to the spawning of Sonic Species; a hardened name in the psytrance culture by now. Conceptualized in 2008, Sonic Species is a project led by Joe Markendale, hailing from…
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MADEON

Coming all the way from Nantes, France, Hugo Leclercq has made a name for himself in the EDM genre. If you’re not sure of who Hugo is, you might recognize his stage name, Madeon. Only twenty years old, Madeon has gotten praise from big name DJ’s such as Porter Robinson, Zedd, deadmau5, Skrillex, and so on. At sixteen, his remix of Pendulum's “The Island” gained him popularity online. From there, he’s remixed deadmau5’s “Raise Your Weapon” and created his own masterpiece, which just hit twenty-five million views on YouTube, “Pop Culture.” This song is a mash up featuring thirty-nine pop songs…
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MUSE

Selling over 15 million albums worldwide is just one of the many amazing accomplishments made by the group Muse. Muse is an English band who formed in Teignmouth, Devon in 1994 and is especially known for their outrageous and outstanding live performances. The band is comprised of Matthew Bellamy (lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, keytar), Christopher Wolstenholme (vocals, bass, keyboards), and Dominic Howard (drums, percussion, synthesizers). The three childhood friends were destined to become a household name in the music industry. Developing their musical talents over time and experimenting with different genres is what made Muse the successful band that…
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JAMES COOK

Adventures in Ausland James Cook is a focussed, determined, acerbic character. Adventures in Ausland is very much a ‘head’ album (as opposed to ‘heart’), full of canny modern life, wryly observed, intelligent vignettes...deeply couched, thankfully, in tunes. Cook comes across in his full on, luridly careful presentation as some bastard hybrid of Benedict Cumberbatch and Joe Strummer – but, crucially, with his heart firmly in the right place. The violin introducing the sublime “Lilly (A Lover’s Dream)” is genuinely moving, sweeping the urban Casanova along in its blurry, “For Tomorrow” wake, and making him question his blue steel approach to…
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JENNY LEWIS

Lewis’ newest album, The Voyager (Warner Bros.), is her third and was released at the end of July. Since its debut, the album has traveled to far dimensions within the entertainment and music industry. The Voyager has tracks containing subliminal notes of Lewis’ major influencers in her musical composition, instrumentality and vocal talents – Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton – while simultaneously and creatively expressing a nonchalant uniqueness inspired from notes of Joni Mitchell, Joan Didion, the Byrds, the Go-Go’s, and touched with a hint of Randy Newman humor. Jenny Lewis made her debut in the music industry…
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MARTIN CARR

Throughout the 1990s, Martin Carr was songwriter and guitarist with British indie rock pioneers of sound, The Boo Radleys. Hitting the capital from their Wirral roots, The Boos were shoehorned early on into the shoegazing genre, with Carr’s My Bloody Valentine/Sonic Youth inspired overdriven-psyche-guitar washes and egg-headed, besuited vocalist Sice’s plaintive croon frequently justifying the tag. In 1993 the band surpassed themselves, with Carr penning essentially album of the year in Giant Steps. This was a tour-de-force, melding anthemic horns, Spiritualised-style extended freakouts (before anyone had even heard of Jason Pierce), with elements of Bitches Brew style avant-jazz and splashes…
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ROBERT PLANT

One of the greatest singers of all time, Robert Plant, needs no introduction. But just in case you have been fast asleep for several years, we’ll go back to the beginning of the English musicians’ career. Robert Plant is best known for being the lead singer of the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin. In 1968, Jimmy Page (guitarist), John Paul Jones (bassist and keyboardist), John Bonham (drummer), and Robert Plant formed in London to create what would later become one of the most influential and successful rock groups in history. Plant is also known for his other musical endeavors such…
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GEOGRAPHER

It's getting harder and harder to talk about rock. A few decades ago, bands identified under one genre and it was pretty simple to call them out. Blues. Psychedelic. Heavy metal. Grunge. Punk. Musicians spent their entire careers designing and crafting the meaning of these genres. Now that we're closing in on fifteen years into the new millennium, it's difficult to define where rock is going because every band wants to be their own sub-genre. Every man is looking to find his own sound. It's official. Alternative is the new mainstream rock. A new band that defines post-millennium rock is…
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