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On My Mind: Thoughts on a Magazine?

So, if you have been an avid follower of this blog, you will know that I’ve been designing and making my own music magazine over the past couple months, and so this blog has taken somewhat of a backseat as I’ve been delving into this – a far more creative approach to music journalism.

What are your thoughts on getting your hands on this mag? It will feature fresh album reviews and industry stories in unique graphics and a fashionable approach to conveying the art of music in a fantastically fun way. I’ve always wanted to delve into this side of things, so I’m extremely excited to catapult this project into its final step this weekend – PUBLISHING IT!

If you would like to see the whole thing so far, just let me know, share your email and I can send it across if you like! I’d love to hear your pearls of wisdom and impressive thoughts on something like this. You guys have been supportive throughout this blogging work and I can only imagine that this will be ultimately doubled during the physical copy work of Man v Music

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John Mayer – “Sob Rock” Album Review

Piquing our interest as he retools and rebuilds his sound, Sob Rock is Mayer’s faithful return to the tail-end of tween soft rock and delightful pop. Known for his eloquent voice, soulful bops and jazz-inspired chords, he is best known for antiques of Your Body is a Wonderland, Slow Dancing in a Burning Room and now, New Light. The next tale in straight-edged music writing. In what others may seem as boring and easy to listen to, John Mayer’s songwriting is simplistic, elegant and perfectly suited to his approach to music. And funnily enough, we listen to easy music for easy listening. It is no wonder Mayer has racked up such a loved and compelling audience, what’s not to love?

Sultry enough for 2am elegance but chill enough for a casual night-in, John Mayer joins in on the fun and shares what he’s been getting up to during the pandemic lockdown. No doubt having your own recording studio helps.

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Let’s Talk: Do you listen to the radio anymore?

As our attention spans falter, and our music preferences irate, we’re finding new ways to divulge into our music via streaming services and sheer ease of access.

It seems that the radio’s playthrough preferences and inane adverts are being cut out of our music listening as we crave for the instant.

Now, whether we listen more to radio in the car, or in businesses where we have no choice, radio has and is a crucial part of the music industry and how we consume music – radio is a fantastic way of sharing with the creative communities and represents our love for music in a concept that is enjoyable and delectably consumable.

Despite everything, radio is a service we can’t really get with any other music consumption platform and is unique. Not just to its audience, but to its artists the stations play.

Whatever side you’re on, let me know! Radio or Radi-NO?

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WILLOW – ‘lately I feel EVERYTHING’ Album Review

As another day passes, another album project involves the punk icon of Travis Barker. It almost goes without saying that Barker will be involved in some punk cross-collaboration with any artist who seems to afford him. There is certainly clique of quality that resonates with him and I’m fairly confident that certain people may only listen to new punk decorum if Barker is on the throne.

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WILLOW’s ‘lately I feel everything‘ is no exception. Shedding away her bubble-gum pout, and flashbacking to her involvements with her mother’s nu-metal band Wicked Wisdom when she younger, she brings along a colossal tarnishing of pop-punk and emo of fistfuls as transparent soul, GROW and Lipstick awaken this punk beauty out from her childhood and into mature musicality and and an ever-growing stage presence.

It’s worth mentioning that the album is not all fast and blurry. don’t SAVE ME and 4ever bring tasteful breaks in the incessant album that add depth and further introspective thoughts to the world of Willow. The transcendent of pop-punk are ever-present too with the dark, drull tones from the likes of The Cranberries and Nirvana crawl through, which is even better for me.
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She also brings childhood heroes of Avril Lavigne and of course, Barker along for the ride.

Although somewhat cringey at times, that somewhat fall flat in places, its pop-punk. Through and through. There’s no disputing that and if you like a bit of pop-punk easy on the ears musically, then look no further.

And it’s another Travis Barker project to add to the roster. Score.

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What are your most looking forward to in music this year?

As we approach the half way mark on a year that has been rife with uncertainty, animosity and yet, great music from all walks of Earth, what are you most looking forward to in the coming summer, and approaching autumn? We have a lot of major albums and festival gossip coming up this year – and so what you looking forward to the most?

I’m excited to hear new Imagine Dragons this year. They have been fairly quiet throughout the lockdown period and I’m excited to hear some quality anthems from the group. It’s been too long! I have to say this because it’s the truth, but I’m also excited for new Coldplay. I was pleasantly surprised over the catchy rhythms of Higher Power, and the teasing trailer they have given us to gloss over seems to feature different elements of Coldplay through the years. To the more grounded tones of Rush of Blood to the Head and back to the eutrophic electronics of chart-dominant A Head Full of Dreams, hopefully we’ll hear some original sounds cropping up in their 11th studio album attempt.

What are you looking forward to? LET ME KNOW!