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Le Blow reviews Beacons Festival 2013 // Beacons be crazy

It takes a lot to get me to a festival that’s a) not on a sun-soaked beach and b) involves sleeping on the floor. Spending several days surrounded by thousands of other humans,…

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What a man // A love letter to Scott Disick

Come on, guys. I know most of you think Scott Disick is a ballbag of unbearable proportions but he’s going through a tough week, so lets just cut him some slack, k? While…

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What’s big in our box // Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege (vid ft. Lily Cole)

As if slapping a gospel choir on to their thumping comeback Sacrilege wasn’t enough, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have abandoned all sense of subtlety like the word got cut from the dictionary by…

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What’s big in our box // Disclosure x AlunaGeorge – White Noise

They may never have been out to a club they weren’t playing until last year, but that hasn’t stopped Disclosure churning out tunes like they’re readying up a Greatest Hits. In reality, we’ll…

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What’s big in our box // Azealia Banks Vs Angel Haze

Aahhh, there’s nothing to start off the new year quite like a juicy cut of Twitter beef is there? The time honoured tradition as deeply stemmed in hip-hop as booty hoe videos and…

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The End Of Days // Is Jeremy Kyle the new Piers Morgan?

Something funny’s been happening over the past couple of weeks. When I say ‘funny’, I mean like the nervous laughter born from being handed an eviction notice or looking down at your hand…

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Christmas gift guide // What to get for the girl who’s not yet a woman (I feel you Britney)

Christmas gift guide I’ve never really adhered to the maxim that ‘to give is better than receive’ but maybe that’s because I’m a selfish prick. Being an altruistic giver might unleash a emotional…

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What’s big in our box // We predict the next big music thangs for 2013 (ahead of the BBC)…

It’s that time of year again, where every music rag, blog and shitcake sandwich throws their two pence into the ring to stake claim on the fresh young meat soundtracking your 2013. Well…

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What’s big in our box // Charli XCX ft. Brooke Candy – Cloud Aura

We love a little pint-sized popstar. Like those ones you look at and think ‘yeah, I could fit her in a tube of Smarties and carry her around in my pocket all day,’…

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What’s big in our box // Benzel and Jessie Ware – If You Love Me

Currently the greatest thing to happen to smooth grooves since Sade, Jessie Ware may have lost out on the Mercury but the Brixton babe remains at the top of our playlist, and this collab…

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Is this the greatest thing on the internet? // MJ and Eddie Murphy want to know Whatzupwitu?

Now forgive me if I’m 20 years late to the party and you’ve all been dining out on this YouTube clip for years, but – is this video of Michael Jackson and Eddie…

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What’s big in our box // Dev Hynes – Neptune (Lemonade cover)

Spooky time of year this, eh? Bitter cold nights and all this talk of Halloween, it’s enough to make a girl cling to her boyfriend pillow for dear life. Failing either of those,…

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Jo Fuertes-Knight, we want your job // This Girl Eats Food (and writes about music)

Jo Fuertes-Knight // Vice’s Girl Eats Food presenter and editor of music site, Noisey. It’s that old adage uttered by galdem across the world (or rather laydays in US rom-coms): food is better…

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Mutya Keisha Siobhan // AKA Sugababes V.1.0

As reunions of pop trios go, the news of the original Sugababes line-up has (somewhat surprisingly) rated quite high on the hype scale. Would anyone care so much if Cleopatra were coming back…

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Call it a comeback? // JoJo’s still got it

If you constantly rubberneck and nostalgacise* on your formative tween years like I do then you’ll not only remember JoJo, you’ll have drunkenly sung Get Out (Leave) – you tell him sistah –…

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Girls rock. It says so on a T-Shirt // Putting the grrrr into girl bands: HAIM, Savages and 2:54

Wymmen eh? With their  nail polishes and Bodyform and inexplicable obsession with the Kardashians. HAHAHAHA wymmen. Such majestic creatures. Like unicorns. It’s kind of a wonder then – like a GLITTERY UNICORN –…

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London Fashion Week // What music were they walking to?

I have to admit, despite working for a fashion company, surrounded by rails of clothes, air kisses and mood boards of ’90s era Kate Moss, my actual interest in fashion is relatively minimal….

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Music that’s BIG in Le Blow’s box for 2012 // Ones to watch. Er, listen to.

To clarify, these are best new acts to break from what we’ve seen so far. Obviously, you’ll still be mostly hearing the same old shit from the same old people who’ve been hanging…

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The MJ biopic… is a BAD idea.

So word on the street is they’re making a biopic about Michael Jackson – and by ‘they’ I mean Ivan Reitman, the guy behind Ghostbusters and Up In The Air. I could make…

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The Versace for H&M TV ad // it’s a bit bloody bonkers…

So, I’ve never been the biggest fan of Versace’s OTT attire. Mainly because it looks like the sort of thing a Colombian drug lord’s mistress might sport on an afternoon by the pool….

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Like penis and fart jokes? Good ‘cos Beavis and Butthead are back.

Oh, MTV. We’d all but given up on you. You once entertained us with hours of hyper-colour music videos and cruelly replaced with endless series of My Super Sweet 16 – where no…

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Bye Summer! We didn’t even like you anyway…

We’ve got your number weather, so give it up and stop teasing us with your bloody ‘sunshine in September’ antics. We’ve read The Mirror (what? It was an accident. We tripped and fell…

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BREAKING NEWS: Lady Gaga’s ‘You & I’ video is, like, weird.

It’s a given that any video release from Lady Gaga is going to elicit more hype than the Harry Potter kids snorting lines of coke off a stripper’s arse. ‘Telephone’ for example, has…

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Vic and Bob save the day…

Those riots were a bit of a hoot weren’t they? Well, maybe if you weren’t looting or setting fire to some poor family’s legacy, but if you were a.) a hooded adolescent with…

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Frankie and the Heartstrings are a band from Sunderland. That is in the North East of England.

Bryan Ferry. The Futureheads. Kenickie. No matter which way you look at it, Sunderland’s impressive track record for pedigree musical output cannot be denied (WHAT?). Anyway, this year the home of the gaw-juss…

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Warpaint’s Jenny Lee Lindberg rocks my world

Rock stars have a pretty fucking wild life. It’s all snorting coke off stripper’s boobies this, and biting bat’s heads off that. Well I for one am yawning my tits off with their…

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Friendly Fires are The Sex (and they’ve got a new album out)

The hottest thing to come out of St. Albans since S Club 7’s Paul Cattermole (BABE), Friendly Fires are releasing their second album, Pala, today which of course is reason to hyperventilate with…

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They are Leon, hear them roar

Pigeon shit magnets Kings of Leon have just released a trailer to their upcoming documentary, Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon. Chronicling the band’s entire hedonistic, model fucking, beard growing career,…

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The Weeknd (that ain’t a typo) is here and it’s brought ’90s R&B with it

Can I just take this opportunity to suggest that R&B is making a comeback? You know, the sort that was popular circa 1992-2002 and provoked England’s midriff bearing teens to get an ill-advised…

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One for the Francophiles. It’s James Franco.

It’s the Oscars on Sunday and to be honest, we couldn’t be more excited. Is it down to the gowns, blubbing or gratuitous close-ups of the losing parties’ strained smiles? No dummies. It’s…

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The Strokes are back and er, well, they’re back and that’s the important thing.

When The Strokes reunited to make the rounds on last year’s festival circuit, the world and its pooch seemed to cream its pants (TMI?). Anyway, after a three year hiatus that involved some…

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Elle Fanning. For. The. Win.

Sibling rivalry is a terrible thing. But in the case of celebrities it does mean that we get to sit back and judge who is better like the voyeuristic, cackling bastards we are….

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Four things we miss about the nineties

Like most of you, I remember the nineties vividly: baggy jumpers, greasy curtain cuts and Noel Edmonds. But of course, rose tinted specs mean the decade that taste forgot is undergoing a full-on…

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