New Music: Evening Hymns – My Drugs, My Dreams

Catering to musical tastes during these strange and turbulent times is a near-impossible task. For the day-to-day? Sure, something a little up-beat and fun helps focus the mind on the positives. To reflect on the human cost and the fragility of our existence? Well, Evening Hymns has been doing that for a long time now. [...]

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Review: NewsRevue at Udderbelly

Celebrating its 40th year, the NewsRevue has long been an Edinburgh Fringe staple, and proved this year that it can not only remain relevant, but in such a heated political and social climate, is more necessary than ever. A breakneck take-down of news and current affairs from the last 12 months, this four-person ensemble is [...]

05 Fuck Em Mixtape – Lil B (extremely rare and based review)

Welcome to 05, the second track on this mixtape, contains the line "I'm the Grinch that stole Christmas". Unlike his other claims that he is, for example, Miley Cyrus, Bill Clinton or Ellen Degeneres, you feel that there's actually some truth to Lil B's identification with the Grinch. In dropping a mammoth 101 track mixtape late [...]

The Year That Was – Part Two

2013, the year Kate and William validated our very existence as a species by popping out a right royal sprog. The year Robin Thicke proved that it's definitely possible to make people's skin crawl through YouTube. The year pop stars decided that a song under four minutes and a video that wasn’t considered a ‘short [...]

The Year That Was – Part One

As another year draws to a close we're resurrecting our 'The Year That Was' blog segment to allow us to cast a nostalgic eye over the previous twelve months. If you are struggling to view this blog, we have both audio and brail versions available that have been provided for us by a very reliable [...]

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 [...]