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Taylor Swift: Taylor Swift
Tay Sway’s recent residency at the O2 in London was officially the best arena pop show Music Matters has ever seen (and we’ve seen a few).
The Big Music Project Launches Nationwide!
Music Matters is coming to a city near you this year. Stay tuned for more details.
Nina Nesbitt: Peroxide
If some current pop stars seem desperate – in every sense of the word – to present a stylised, highly unrealistic version of youth, you can rely on Nina Nesbitt to tell it to you straight.
Elbow: The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
If the makers of stealth technology ever find themselves running low on ideas, they could do a lot worse than give Guy Garvey a call.
Katy Perry: Prism
2013 was one heck of a year for pop superstars.
The Marshall Mathers LP 2
In the movie world, sequels are the lifeblood of the business, an all-but guaranteed short cut to blockbusting box office.
The Velvet Underground: White Light/White Heat (45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
The recent sad death of Lou Reed marked the passing of a true rock maverick.
Five Thirty: Bed
Five Thirty are the greatest indie rock band that never made it.
The Killers: Direct Hits
It just isn’t Christmas without a Greatest Hits compilation from a major alternative rock band and this year’s finest example comes from The Killers.
Kelly Clarkson: Wrapped In Red
The return of the big name Christmas album as An Official Thing has long been a cause for celebration chez Music Matters.
Franz Ferdinand: Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
“Don’t play pop music,” Alex Kapranos croons on Goodbye Lovers & Friends, the closing track of Franz Ferdinand’s fourth album, “You know I hate pop music.”
The Clash: 5 Studio Album CD Set
Back in ’77, the idea of The Clash having their own pop-up shop would no doubt have blown a few punk rock minds. But when the store/exhibition briefly appeared in Soho last month, there was a near-con
Deaf Havana: Old Souls
Up until now, North Norfolk may have been an area more closely associated with Alan Partridge than Bruce Springsteen. But Deaf Havana’s brilliant latest album could change all that.
James Blake: Overgrown
In a world where many pop stars seem to think making the most noise possible is the only way to get noticed, James Blake remains a reassuringly understated figure.
Jon Hopkins: Immunity
Electronic music is big on this year’s Mercury shortlist. But, if some of its nominated exponents specialise in taking underground sounds and breaking them down into easily digestible, bite-sized piec
Villagers: {Awayland}
No Irish act has ever won the Mercury Prize. Nor has any folk act. Which might have relegated Villagers – also nominated for their debut album Becoming A Jackal in 2010 – to the level of rank outsider
Savages: Silence Yourself
If the Mercury Prize had been around in 1980, Savages – almost alone from this year’s shortlist, though it seems fair to assume David Bowie would probably have got a look-in – would definitely have be
Laura Mvula: Sing To The Moon
Somewhat unfeasibly, Laura Mvula used to be a supply teacher.
Laura Marling: Once I Was An Eagle
Laura Marling is to the Mercury Prize what Andy Murray is to the Sports Personality Of The Year award: always there or there abouts, but somehow never actually the winner. Yet.
Disclosure: Settle
Generally, albums that rely on guest vocalists are judged by the celebrity wattage of their star turns. But while electronic duo Disclosure’s debut album tracklist is dominated by the word “featuring…
Rudimental: Home
Rudimental are to drum’n’bass what Disclosure are to house/garage: authentic exponents of the art who also know how to render it accessible for a more mainstream audience.
Jake Bugg: Jake Bugg
Short of becoming the new Doctor Who assistant, it’s hard to imagine how Jake Bugg could have combined the past with the bang-up-to-date quite as well as he does on this, his self-titled debut album.
Foals: Holy Fire
2013 has been quite the year for Oxford-based indie rockers Foals.
The Primitives: Lovely
Back in 1988, acid house was gripping the underground, Stock Aitken Waterman owned the charts and, post-The Smiths’ split, alternative guitar bands just didn’t have hits.
Arctic Monkeys: AM
Arctic Monkeys are nothing if not consistent.
Manic Street Preachers: Rewind the Film
If your average TV talent show artist goes on “a journey”, then what does that make the Manic Street Preachers’ 27-year, 11-album career?
Longpigs: The Sun Is Often Out
Nowadays, if most people know Longpigs at all, it’s probably through a Wikipedia mention as Richard Hawley’s old band.

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