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Kate Allen

Kate Allen is an editorial assistant at Rock's Backpages.

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Beyoncé: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Kate Allen, Classic Pop, June 2013

The Mrs Carter Show rolls into town, but does the queen of pop justify the hype? The answer is yes and no. ...

Bruno Mars: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Kate Allen, Classic Pop, January 2014

WITH BRUNO MARS having released two, noticeably short albums (both clock in at around 35 minutes each), I go into to tonight's gig worrying how ...

Drake: Nothing Was The Same

Review by Kate Allen, Planet Notion, September 2013

IN A post Kanye-West-interview-with-Zane-Lowe world, Drake is looking like an average Joe. He's a heavyweight big-name, big-bucks star, yet he registers nowhere on the insanity ...

Sky Ferreira: Ghost EP (Capitol)

Review by Kate Allen, Planet Notion, October 2012

IT FEELS LIKE Sky Ferreira has been around for, like, ever. ...

Florence and the Machine: Ceremonials

Review by Kate Allen, idolmag.co.uk, November 2011

BROKEN-HEARTED women have made the three biggest pop albums, of the 21st century: Back To Black, Lungs and 21. And so it falls to Florence ...

Florence and the Machine, Queens of Noize: Mairead Nash

Interview by Kate Allen, IDOL, February 2012

DJ, presenter, model and manager Mairead Nash is an unquestionable and enduring insider of the music industry. As we discuss the many facets of her ...

Michael Jackson: Xscape (Epic) ***

Review by Kate Allen, Classic Pop, August 2014

FIVE YEARS after his passing, Michael Jackson already has his name to posthumous album #2. ...

Justin Bieber and the Boy Wonder Tragedy

Comment by Kate Allen, Planet Notion, February 2014

THE TERM "tragedy" is so over and incorrectly used by red top tabloids that we may not be aware of the fact that we are ...

Kate Bush: Before The Dawn: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Kate Allen, Disorder, September 2014

THERE'S NO NEED to explain this phenomenon in detail. Kate Bush breaking her 35 years of being conspicuous by absence from the stage is a ...

Lady Gaga: Behind The Aura: The Risky Business of Lady Gaga

Comment by Kate Allen, Planet Notion, March 2014

WHY did the world come to a shuddering halt a couple of weeks ago to watch and condemn Lady Gaga having paint spit up on ...

Lady Gaga: ARTPOP (Interscope)

Review by Kate Allen, Rock's Backpages, November 2013

LIKE THE REST of the world, I too have an opinion on Lady Gaga and her latest album/app/manifesto — ARTPOP. ...

Lana Del Rey: Ultraviolence (Polydor)

Review by Kate Allen, Disorder, June 2014

THE TITLE of Lana Del Rey's debut album — 2012's Born To Die — was apt. ...

The Libertines: There Are No Innocent Bystanders

Film/DVD Review by Kate Allen, unpublished, May 2011

THE glittering embers of hope for a Libertines reunion were simultaneously stoked and dashed last week at the premier screening of The Libertines — There ...

The Libertines: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Kate Allen, Disorder, July 2014

Don't look back into the sun... ...

Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj: Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne: The Blueprint Group

Profile and Interview by Kate Allen, IDOL, September 2013

"The Blueprint Group makes brands out of rappers and turns their dreams of success into a reality." ...

Bruno Mars: Unorthodox Jukebox

Review by Kate Allen, Planet Notion, December 2012

JUST two worthwhile things have come out of the last two series of The X Factor. Last year, it was Bruno Mars performing 'Runaway Baby'. ...

Michael Jackson: When Michael Was Bad: Michael Jackson: Bad 25

Review by Kate Allen, Rock's Backpages, September 2012

MONDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER marked the 25th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson's Bad. ...

Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday – Roman Reloaded

Review by Kate Allen, idolmag.co.uk, April 2012

TENACIOUS, AMUSING AND, ABOVE ALL, "the best" – make no mistake, with Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Nicki Minaj is here to reaffirm her rap territory ...

Nicki Minaj: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Kate Allen, Fly, The, August 2012

THREE HOURS before Nicki Minaj is due onstage, there are miles of fans queuing outside the Apollo. Many have camped out overnight, sleeping in bin ...

Klaus Nomi

Retrospective by Kate Allen, Classic Pop, October 2013

Looking like a gothic kewpie doll and sounding like an operatic vocal virtuoso, Klaus Nomi was an unlikely New Wave icon. Thirty years after his ...

The Orwells

Interview by Kate Allen, Disorder, May 2014

YOU'VE HEARD AND SEEN The Orwells. You'll know their pop punk guitar riffs and confrontational, disillusioned lyrics from their unforgettable performance on The Late Show ...

Robbie Williams: Swings Both Ways (Island) ****

Review by Kate Allen, Classic Pop, January 2014

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, 2001's Swing When You're Winning is Robbie Williams' best-selling album to date. Who knew? So with actually quite a lot to ...

Royal Trux: Accelerator Re-issue (Domino)

Review by Kate Allen, idolmag.co.uk, November 2012

The next in a long line of re-issues from the back catalogue of Chicago grimy rock duo Royal Trux, 1998's Accelerator is back in print ...

The Thrills: 2002-2007 (EMI Catalogue)

Review by Kate Allen, Uncut, October 2011

Going back to Big Sur with Dublin's lost psych-poppers ...

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