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Ricky’s Favourite Concerts of the Year

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Photos by Stephen McGill Ahh 2020 – what a fuckin’ year. As per the norm, I always reflect on the year that was and normally I’d have these absurd internal arguments about what my favourite concerts of the year were. This year, it was super easy! BAT FOR LASHES, February 23rd, The Phoenix February 23rd – what a time to be alive. Sure, there was a crispness in the air as one would expect on any February night. As is …

Ricky’s Favourite Songs of the Year

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Here we go. This year I basically just listened to whatever my friends and Spotify told me to listen to. The days of digging through the crevices of the music underbelly to find the next big bands are over – I leave that to the kids. My time is now consumed weaving through corporate bureaucracy, stuck in an endless cycle of self pity while collecting a decent paycheque. Phoebe Bridgers – I Know the End Don’t we all want to …

Retro Music Video Review of the Day: Placebo – Running Up That Hill

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This is one of my favourite music videos because god damn, Placebo fans put in some effort here. Why don’t more bands crowdsource their videos more? There’s some major dramatic fan contributions here, let’s grade them because i’m bored. I think this guy thought he was submitting this to a 98 Degrees video – F Is this person cosplaying as Brian Molko? – A+ Does it get more early ’00s than this haircut? All he’s missing is a nose ring …

Song of the Day: Torres – Gracious Day

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“Gracious Day” is a simple, stripped down and beautiful song from Silver Tongues, the latest record from Torres. How good is it? It’s good enough for me to rise from the ashes to present you with a music post. Here’s a version of the song recorded last year. Check it out. It’s on Spotify and Google Music and RDIO and Pandora and Orbit and Myspace. Live In Berlin, a recording of Torres’ final show this year “before the world slowed …