Just Listen: Francis – Rare/Ocean in Gold

Francis Rare/Ocean in Gold Elena Katrina I’ve often been found discussing with people “what happened to Frances?” Her debut album, Things I’ve Never Said, was sure, I thought, to see her off toward superstardom. It was 3 years between that release and any new material. Today I decided again to check if there was any … Continue reading

Just Listen: The Native – Lost On You

The Native Lost On You Words: Elena Katrina With a pounding driving force, The Native’s latest single Lost On You throws out some punches that make it impossible not to sit up and listen and, for me, impossible not to stick on repeat and join them on a passionate sing-along. There’s a hint to a … Continue reading

Just Watch: Tom Grennan – Little Bit Of Love

Tom Grennan Little Bit Of Love Words: Elena Katrina I did a lot of re-living and relistening during some time out from popped during the pandemic. One artist who always ended back in my ears was Tom Grennan. So it should come as little surprise that I’m back shouting out him – I’m firmly still … Continue reading

Just Listen: Island – Octopus

Island Octopus Words: Elena Katrina Hold the line…. I have a complaint… hear me out though before you go thinking popped has gone all miserable and now we are sharing stuff we don’t like… the complaint is that Island’s new single Octopus is too damn short. Please can I request an extended album version or … Continue reading

Just Listen: Sophie and the Giants – Right Now

Sophie and the Giants Right Now Words: Elena Katrina Sophie and the Giants are one of my fave bands of the last few years and a band I can’t wait to see them play live again and to listen to their new release Right Now, has made me even more excited for that day. There’s … Continue reading

Just Watch: Yonaka – Seize The Power

Yonaka Seize The Power Words: Elena Katrina If Harlequin, she of Joker girlfriend fame, sat down and penned a song, then something in the opening section of Seize The Power, tells me it would be this. I’m writing this review upon the first listen as it grabbed me at the first sound. I’ve not even … Continue reading

JUST LISTEN: TALKBOY – STUPID LUCK

Talkboy Stupid Luck Words by Gary Lambert Talkboy are big favourites at Popped Music, and unsurprisingly Stupid Luck has only worked to cement that feeling. Whilst the opening note of Stupid Luck made me think of If You Tolerate This… the rest of the track is pure Talkboy.  Laidback, sweet, crystal clear and so cool. … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: SHE DREW THE GUN

She Drew The Gun Future Yard, Birkenhead, 19 September 2020 Words and Photos by Gary Lambert The live music scene has been devastated by the response to COVID-19, venues are closing all over the country, and both doom and gloom are present like Red Stripe and Jack Daniels in the hearts and minds of music … Continue reading

Just Listen: The Cribs – Running Into You

The Cribs Running Into You Words by Jim Mumby  The triumphant return of Wakefield’s own rock-n-roll-royalty The Cribs, is heralded by the release of their latest single Running into You from their upcoming 8th studio album Night Network. Breaking free recently from the tangled web of management wranglings and redressing the doom-laden rumour mill murmurings … Continue reading

Album Review: Marsicans – Ursa Major

Marsicans Ursa Major Words by Amy Butcher Now I don’t know if it’s been made obvious to everyone yet, but here at Popped Music we’re MASSIVE fans of Marsicans and have been for a really long time. When the Leeds lads announced they’d be releasing their debut album, the first reaction from our hive brain was “FINALLY!” … Continue reading

Just Listen: Cassia – Don’t Make A Scene

Cassia Don’t Make A Scene Words by Gary Lambert Cassia, Macclesfield’s answer to Vampire Weekend, have a new release out, Don’t Make A Scene, and once again they’ve found a way to transport you from wherever you are and whatever you are doing to a car driving through the USA lit by a balmy sunset … Continue reading

Album Review: Willie J Healey – Twin Heavy

Wille J Healey Twin Heavy Words and Live Photography by Amy Butcher The last few weeks, like a lot of 2020, have been fantastic for new music and Willie J Healey’s sophomore album Twin Heavy is no exception! I’ve been a fan of the Oxford musician for a year or so now; there’s something about … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: THE LIBERTINES

The Libertines Virgin Money Unity Arena, Newcastle, 29 August 2020 Words and Photos by Gary Lambert Yes, we all know the socially-distant gigs at Newcastle’s makeshift arena at Gosforth Park  aren’t the most visceral of prospects, and it is very easy to offer criticism of them as corporate blandness masquerading as a music festival, but … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: FILTHY TRICKS

Filthy Tricks The Snig, Widnes, 22nd August 2020 Words and Photos by Gary Lambert It took a while, but after one hundred and sixty days I was finally at a gig once more.  I had spent a lot of time imagining my first gig back, but I don’t think that I expected it to be … Continue reading

Just Listen: Magick Mountain – Infinity x 2

Magick Mountain Infinity X2 Words by Nicholas Jacques Magick Mountain are back with another sharp slice of heavy psych rock which continues to conjure up satisfying tremors. This latest prime cut, Infinity X2, effortlessly blends melodic King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard tones with gargantuan solos that moan and flow in glorious fashion – there is plenty … Continue reading

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