Northern Lights

Northern Lights Podcast #1 – Oscar Nominations & Local Round-Up

Northern Lights Podcast #1 – Oscar Nominations & Local Round-Up

What do you get when you throw three culture-loving but communically-challenged young men into a recording studio? Potentially many things (including but not limited to the next boyband to have their 15 minutes of fame), but it turns out that if you combine said trio with an experienced guest presenter and a healthy topic of […]

 

Applications Now Open For Evolution Emerging 2014

Applications Now Open For Evolution Emerging 2014

The application process for Evolution Emerging 2014 is now open, and if you’re an unsigned band in the region, that sentence is up there with “it’s raining spare guitar leads” and “The Offspring have reformed”. Following on from yet another successful event in 2013, UK arts development agency Generator have opened the floor for another […]

 Josh Hollis

Peggy Sue To Open 2014 At Pop Recs LTD

Peggy Sue To Open 2014 At Pop Recs LTD

Sunderland’s favourite musical entrepreneurs Frankie & The Heartstrings have announced their first in-store show of 2014, as they continue their mission to bring culture, excitement and, above all, fantastic live music to Wearside. And Brighton four-piece Peggy Sue (formerly Peggy Sue and the Pirates) are set to be the first band to play Pop Recs […]

 Sam Griffiths

2013 – The Year Robin Thicke Made Me A Feminist

2013 – The Year Robin Thicke Made Me A Feminist

Sam Griffiths looks back at this years most controversial moment in music, and the impact it's had on the gender debate in the media

Whether Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ video is a joke, a true representation of a night out for him, or as Tricia Romano put it, “kind of rapey”, it worked. The biggest selling single of the year, and a Youtube viewership of over 293 million is generally classed as a success. Yet, as a society, should […]

 Richard Wilson

"We Had To Take A Stand" – We Meet Pop Recs LTD's Frankie Francis

"We Had To Take A Stand" – We Meet Pop Recs LTD's Frankie Francis

We find out how Sunderland's Frankie & The Heartstrings are taking their cultural hotspot into the New Year

It’s not the simplest of tasks turning your passion into a business idea that works and gets people interested, even if you are a nationally recognised band. Sunderland’s own Frankie and the Heartstrings set up a record shop in June as a two week project to try and promote their second album. Today is Tuesday December […]

 Josh Hollis

Tiny Lights (Nothing Like) Christmas Bash Comes To The Head Of Steam

Tiny Lights (Nothing Like) Christmas Bash Comes To The Head Of Steam

Tiny Lights ring in the festive season with Rivals, Piskie Sits and Retriever

Next Tuesday, Newcastle will rock out to the sound of Tiny Lights annual Christmas bash, complete with special guests Rivals, Piskie Sits and Retriever. The event, the third of its kind organised by everyone’s favourite Gateshead record label, will take place at the newly refurbished Head of Steam, and will also feature a DJ set […]

 Natasha Steel

Review: The Lake Poets @ INDEPENDENT

Review: The Lake Poets @ INDEPENDENT

An emotional home crowd greeted The Lake Poets and friends

Two years ago Martin Longstaff probably never thought he would play a sold out gig in INDEPENDENT. But since his first show there a little over two years ago (and across the road now, since it’s moved house) a lot has happened for The Lake Poets, and rightly so. Support came from This Little Bird, […]

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