Song of the Day: cruush – As She Grows

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“As She Grows” is the latest single from Manchester’s cruush, out now via Heist or Hit. Check it out below.

Song of the Day: Ren, Money Game pt. 3

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“A Welsh rapper? Now I’ve seen everything.”

I did not study Historical Hip Hop Humanities at Oxford, but to me, Ren Gill‘s stuff recalls an earlier lyrical, musical, even spiritually philosophical stage of rap.

A new album, Sick Boi, with a staggering 18 tracks recently came out and I thought this track a genuine, if naïve, take on the struggles of the stereotypical Man. Sadly, regardless of how many times the contents have been repeated ad infinitum, many people will never get the lesson or worse, take only the parts that suit them to heart.

Concert Review: The Chats, Cosmic Psychos, Schizophonics, October 14, Phoenix Concert Theatre

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Australian punks The Chats played The Phoenix Concert Theatre last night, just a few days shy of the one year anniversary of the first time they played that same venue, this time bringing San Diego garage rockers The Schizophonics and their countrymen Cosmic Psychos along for the ride.

Following an excellent opening set by The Schizophonics, Cosmic Psychos took to the stage and demonstrated that have quite a bit in common with The Chats. Not only are both bands Australian, but they also share a similar ethos with their hard-hitting live shows and big, dumb punk songs about drinking and going to the pub. The Psychos have been at it a lot longer though, getting their start way back in 1982 and putting out 11 albums over the years, with the most recent being 2021’s Mountain of Piss.

Up next were The Chats, who proved that not much has changed since they were last in town a year ago – singer/bassist Eamon Sandwith is still rockin’ the mullet, the venue was similarly packed, and the band ran through a similar set of short, fast, and fun punk rock tunes. And you know what? That’s fine – it’s not like I was expecting the band to have shifted into their Spinal Tap Jazz Odyssey phase. And really, nobody wants that from The Chats. No, you go to a Chats show to see them run through 25 high energy songs in just under an hour and the band did just that, much to the delight of the crowd, with songs such as “Struck By Lightning”, “Better Than You” and “Smoko” inspiring many a crowdsurfer.

Song of the Day: Anoushka Shankar feat. Nils Frahm – Daydreaming

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Chapter I: Forever, For Now is the latest release from Anoushka Shankar and, as its title suggests, the Arooj Aftab produced “mini-album” is the first of a series of three such albums which she plans to write and release between tours.

“Daydreaming”, the lead track off the album, is a beautiful, meditative piece which sees Shankar collaborating with Nils Frahm. Give it a listen.