Writer and photographer Jason Lent has been covering music his entire life. Raised on MTV, he remains convinced that Duran Duran and Thompson Twins will be forever underrated. He has written for Hard Rock Cafe, Drunken Werewolf, and Daily Duranie. Former interview guests include Imagine Dragons, Dandy Warhols, and The Regrettes. In 2010, he toured North America with Cowboy Junkies documenting the experience and was interviewed by the New York Times. He has also played in bands that weren't very good.

The Week In Review – 2020 Week 3 featuring Depeche Mode, Humanist, Ministry, House Of Love, Boomtown Rats

Velvet Rebel recaps This Week In Music as covered by Strangeways Radio and Slicing Up Eyeballs. He recaps what’s this years Hall Of Fame inductees including Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails, along with his views on the Kraftwerk omission. Plus, reviews of the latest singles from Humanist w/ Dave Gahan and The Boomtown Rats. Concert news from Ministry and The House Of Love is covered. And finally, he looks back at the anniversaries of classic albums from The Sundays and David Bowie and leaves us with a track from an up and coming band – Moaning

OMD – Sugar Tax revisited

When Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark returned in 2010 with History of Modern, the band reignited a career that has remained strangely under appreciated by mainstream fans of 80s synth-pop. The band’s balance of art and commerce has occasionally danced too far in one direction (Dazzle Ships) or the other (Crush) but the albums that strike the right balance, such as 1981’s Architecture & Morality, are essential to the genre. Their last two albums, English Electric (2013) and The Punishment of Luxury (2017), are stunning works of pop from the packaging to the songs. In fact, they might be the band’s two strongest albums from start to finish. And then there is 1991’s Sugar Tax. Somewhat lost between their imperial phase of 80s hit singles and their glorious return, Sugar Tax has faded from memory.

Concert Review: The Joy Formidable Celebrate A Decade of Music

After ten hard-fought years in the music industry, The Joy Formidable are fearless. Stripping back to an unplugged trio for their current tour, the band turned down the cacophonous wave of soaring guitar riffs and sledgehammer drumming that has made them a favourite of Dave Grohl and treated a lucky few to a master class in songwriting and stage banter. Pulling songs from all four studio albums, the band displayed finesse and humor throughout the evening.