Thinkpieces And Shit


We're Not Saying These Artists Are as Bad as Donald Trump But…

… they could have used their platforms for more than satirising fake news.


Are HMLTD Queerness Tourists or Guitar Music’s Greatest Hope?

The complications of being an art project/band of straight guys where gender-fluid makeup and clothes define your look.


Sixty UK Festivals Taking a Stand Against Sexual Assault Is Only the Beginning

A recently announced Safer Spaces initiative is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ending sexual violence at music events.


Dear Ivor Novellos: You Can't Celebrate Diversity in Music Without Tackling Race

Last week the songwriting award nominations were heralded for including artists like Laura Mvula and Michael Kiwanuka – but it's not that simple


What Happens When Body Positivity Meets Capitalism?

Pop star Zara Larsson's announced a new clothing line for H&M with items that invoke feminist slogans – but is this a good thing?


Ariana Grande Isn’t Actually Your Little Plaything

Her mix of childlike cuteness, sex appeal and political engagement confuses the fuck out of people who are stuck in the past.


What the Hell Happened to Pop House?

Disclosure announced they're "taking some time out", so what's left of the genre they were pegged to pioneer?


Why is Jessie J’s Instagram So Extra?

Theory: the singer's extremely regular posts prove that if she doesn't sing daily acapella runs, she'll perish.


Can Buying a Pair of Trainers Make the World a Better Place?

Since 2014, Kendrick Lamar's deal with Reebok has aimed to address equality within society – but this isn't the first time a brand has aligned themselves with artistic "cool".


Why Not Even Taylor Swift Can Exist in a Political Vacuum

To stay silent, or just self-promote, is to be deafeningly noticeable at a time when global politics have turned upside-down.


Patti Smith’s ‘Horses’ is Still Teaching Me How to Be Free

On her iconic debut album, her refusal to fit into the cookie cutter version of womanhood legitimised my own sense of self.