The Anti-Establishment Kings: Parquet Courts

It’s awards season. The creative industries, most notably music and film, love to end winter with an elaborate and expensive knees-up in the name of celebrating talent. The shows are meant to be a celebration of achievements from the last 12 months. However, more often than not, they are just an excuse for the failings of an industry to be highlighted by the press, and for stars to fight with each other. 

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Protest Music: Beyonce and Social Justice

Beyoncé is back. “Formation,” her new single (and tour), is a serious statement. The track is laced with political and social commentaries. Bey is making an incredibly bold point. Bringing the deepening racial divides in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to the public’s attention, whilst also marking her support for the Black Lives Matter charity and campaign.

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The Age of the Playlist: The Top 10 Albums of 2015

With many labelling the current musical climate as “The age of the playlist”, the albums of 2015 certainly reminded us that the LP is still the pinnacle of an artist's creation. Even more importantly, we were reminded how much the format means to music consumers

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