Rob Lynch + Allison Weiss @ The Joiners – Southampton

Allison Weiss

Charming and witty as ever, Allison Weiss hit The Joiners to belt out her innermost feelings. There’s an endearing vulnerability about her stage presence, simultaneously opening up ridiculous amounts in her songs but deflecting any kind of criticism with light-hearted self-deprecation and sarcasm. “If it’s too loud maybe you should just go home,” Weiss remarked awkwardly halfway through her set, laughing as she admitted how she never knows what to say on stage.

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Tom DeLonge allegedly quits blink-182

Today news has broken that Tom DeLonge has allegedly parted ways with blink-182, one week before they were meant to begin the recording of their seventh studio album.

The news follows an announcement confirming that the band will headline the Sunday evening of 2015’s Musink Tattoo Convention and Music Festival in California.

In a statement released by the band’s publicist, it was confirmed that the band will continue with all planned blink-182 appearances, with Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba joining Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker for their Musink set.

The full statement can be read below:

We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason. A week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio we got an email from his manager explaining that he didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors.

“No hard feelings,” they add, “but the show must go on for our fans.” ”

Barker and Hoppus plan to honor all blink-182 commitments including the Musink Festival and are excited to have singer/guitarist Matt Skiba join them for this project.

Additionally, Skiba will continue to make new music and tour with Alkaline Trio.

UPDATE (9:01pm): DeLonge has posted on Facebook contradicting the news, but not clearing up what is actually happening with the band:

To all the fans, I never quit the band. I actually was on a phone call about a blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in… Apparently those releases were ‘sanctioned’ from the band. Are we dysfunctional- yes. But, Christ….

Words by Paige Lambie

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Meghan Trainor – Title

Meghan Trainor

At only 21, many thought that Meghan Trainor had come out of nowhere, but in actual fact Title is not her debut. The singer-songwriter had self-released three albums previously, but this is her first since signing to Epic Records. Not just a singer, but an incredible song-writer, Trainor has penned a track for Fifth Harmony (‘Sledgehammer’), and her whole album is packed full of hits. Whether it’s the charmingly twee ‘Dear Future Husband’ or the in-your-face ‘Title’, almost every track on offer here has something new to bring. Hell, even the 25 second intro shows Trainor’s incredible ear for harmonies and her flawless execution of them.

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Lost Atlanta

LOST ATLANTAThere’s a new post-hardcore band on the scene and they are known as Lost Atlanta.

Lost Atlanta is a quintet from Manchester, founded in 2013. The band consists of vocalist James Drake, guitarists Elliot Robertson and Sam Lomax, bassist Rob Bashford, and drummer Sam Rees. Their main musical influences include Architects, Northlane and Emarosa. “As a band we have quite an eclectic taste of music,” Lomax stated. (more…)

Gerard Way @ O2 Guildhall – Southampton

Gerard Way

For his show at O2 Guildhall Southampton Gerard Way had somewhat shed his signature bowie-esque appearance. Instead of his usual blue-suit red-hair pairing, Way donned platinum hair, a deep wine coloured suit, and a bright red tie paired with red eyeshadow – he appeared a distant throwback to the era of demolition lovers, waltzing onstage to the strung-out intro of ‘Bureau’. There is no doubt that Way has toned things down since his days in My Chemical Romance, who split in early 2013. Some members of the audience stood with hope in their eyes – the idea the Way will be clinging to the beloved memories of his old band – but they were left perpetually disappointed. The man onstage was nothing like the one deemed an emo cult leader. Although his child-like persona was still prominent, Way spent less time prancing around the stage and more time performing. And perform he did.

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Visigoth – The Revenant King

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Heavy metal today is in a very different place than a few decades ago. A complex web of niche sub-genres means that there is more metal than ever. This is of course not something to complain about, but it’s fair to say some of the traditional metal spirit has been lost. There are those, however, that still fly the flag for a more traditional style of metal, and despite artwork that looks more fitting for a black, thrash, or folk metal band, American metallers Visigoth are the newest of this bunch.

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