Interview: Beans On Toast on what makes album number 10 special and how his music has changed over the years

Now ten albums and ten years into a career that has seen him firmly established as one of the most unique voices in UK music, Beans on Toast - aka Jay McAllister -  readily admits that new record 'Bird In The Hand' marks a momentous moment in his life - namely the birth of his [...]

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The (Barclaycard) Mercury Prize 2013 – Blake, Disclosure and Hopkins

We seem to do a lot of 'run downs' here at OnTheBeat. Obviously this is due to a near unquenchable desire to keep people updated on what's going on in the music world and not because we know we can get more legs out of separating things into different, more specific blogs. Honest. Anyway, these [...]

The (Barclaycard) Mercury Prize 2013 – Foals, Villagers and Arctic Monkeys.

The Mercury Prize is just around the corner, stick your neck out and you might even catch a glimpse of it in the distance. This of course means a few things: journalists will question the relevance of the prize; artists will question the relevance of the prize and the lay-folk will question the relevance of [...]

Album Review: Haim – Days Are Gone

If there is one band in the musical ether that stand for pure, unadulterated sisterhood it is the LA rockers Haim. The sibling trio Este, Danielle and Alana Haim have received much praise and critical acclaim as a result of their initial breakthrough into the industry with singles Forever, Don’t Save Me, Falling and The [...]

Kings of Leon – Mechanical Bull

Anyone remember Kings of Leon? Anybody hate the use of rhetorical questions at the start of articles? Anybody enjoy shoehorning in unnecessary sentences just to quench an eternal desire to adhere to the rule of three? Back on topic, Kings of Leon are back and new writer Jade Attwood is going to tell you all [...]

March Madness – March in Review

I'm going to avoid any disingenuous attempt at linking the Stateside March basketball spree and the music world's busy March period. Instead, let's dive straight into it. March really was a big month in  the musical calendar of 2013: featuring releases from anxiously awaited debuting bands; the return of a few old favourites and of [...]