EJ Plays: Blues Run the Game

You may be aware it’s January again: congratulations on making it back and welcome to the year 2018. There are so many reasons why people don’t like January: it’s dark, it’s cold, and after the excessive festivities of December, January seems rather dull. These complaints and various others are symptomatic of the dreaded “January blues”,…

2018: A Year of Music

2018 has barely begun and it’s already looking like a bumper year for music, boasting an impressive range of new albums from musical veterans and breakthrough artists alike. Here are just a few of the exciting releases coming our way in the new year. Vance Joy Nation of Two Release date February (exact date tbc)  It’s…

EJ Plays: You Don’t Own Me

If you’ve grown sick with disappointment, disillusionment, and anger created by the deluge of unacceptable behaviour from the political and (pseudo-)talented elite, then I might have just the remedy for you… Although intended to be used for short-term relief, full playlist intake is recommended at height of: Indignation, Inertia, Inferiority, General bewilderment, All of the…

Our Favourite Christmas Songs

Love it or hate it, from the second the last firework pops on 5th November, Christmas music is inescapable. It’s on the radio, it’s on your television, it’s in every single bustling high street shop. But Christmas music doesn’t have to mean the same 10 songs you hear year after year on the same naff…

Review: BSO ‘An Artist’s Reply’ @ The Great Hall

There can be few experiences quite so exquisite as being in the front row while a world-class orchestra blasts Prokofiev’s ‘Dance of the Knights’. From the moment the hellish conflict of wind and brass gave way to the menacing, soft stirring of the violins, a smile was painted on my face that refused to shift…

Review: Ciaran Austin & Cantaloupe Island @ Cavern

Think of Bon Iver, Kanye, Frank Ocean and 70s disco, all different genres, but imagine them in one song. In this budding age of music, it is hard to find anything original and unique. However, I discovered a new mix of authenticity when I went to see Ciaran Austin & Cantaloupe Island in Cavern. This…

Review: The Correspondents & Krafty Kuts @ Exeter Phoenix

I rushed into the venue 10 minutes late and found myself on an empty dance floor. In the shadows was a lone DJ, not mentioned in the program, who I had never before heard of. As someone who was expecting Krafty Kuts, or even The Correspondents straight out of the gate, being taken to one…

Preview: BSO ‘An Artist’s Reply’ @ The Great Hall

Featuring arguably the three greatest Russian composers in history, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have set themselves the ambitious task of bringing the music of all three together in one concert, tonight. These are a suite from Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s fifth symphony. This…

Preview: Beans on Toast and Skinny Lister @ Exeter Phoenix

Beans on Toast and Skinny Lister – modern English Folk music artists – are headlining the Exeter Phoenix on the Friday 8th December. The two bands have come together after realising that teaming up on this ‘Double Trouble Tour’ would allow them to play at bigger venues, and expand their audience capabilities. So, if you…

Review: Deaf Havana @ The Lemon Grove

Norfolk rock band, Deaf Havana, played the last of their thirteen UK tour dates in our very own The Lemon Grove on Saturday 25th November, before jetting off to spend the next few weeks touring Germany. With recently reworked versions of songs taken from their fourth album, All These Countless Nights, which was released in…

Preview: The Correspondents & Krafty Kuts Concert @ Exeter Phoenix

I listened to The Correspondents’ first album Puppet Loosely Strung again recently so I could try describe what they sound like. It is something like a flamboyant Broadway actor bemoaning a failed love affair in an empty portion of the London Underground. The songs start out like retro swing only to twist out into snare-heavy…