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Is this the end of Tin Pan Alley?

In recent months there has been a lot of talk about the widening gap of London’s affluent dwellers and us ‘ordinary’ people, but none more has come as a shock to the Diabolical office than the news regarding one of London’s most eccentric and enterprising streets. Plans to develop the north side of Denmark Street as part of the Crossrail development are on the table. Home to the many rehearsal rooms and recording studies over the years that have seen albums recorded by Bowie, The Kinks, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Black Sabbath (to name only a few), while Elton John enjoyed coffee just down the road. Helter Skelter, Regent Sounds and many more independent music stores became the very reason to visit that end of town, along with The 12-Bar Club which opened its doors in 1994 in what was previously a set of stables (and is sadly relocating to Holloway Road at the end of this week). It will be a very sad day if Tin Pan Alley, which earned blue plaque status last year as home of British publishers and songwriters, is lost to luxury flats and retail outlets, but the redevelopment of some of London’s most historical areas seems to be a inevitability and a down right shame.

Is this the last ever AC/DC album?

The band’s last live show, their Black Ice tour in 2010, was the fourth biggest-grossing tour of all time making around £258m, but with Malcolm Young sadly retiring with dementia and drummer Phil Rudd experiencing a difficult year with the fuzz, it’s rumoured that this could be the bands last ever album and live tour. The rockers, who have been together for more than 40 years, are set to play three dates in Glasgow, Dublin and at London’s iconic Wembley Stadium, we’ll try to ignore the coincidence that this tour puts them in the UK at the same time as next year’s Glastonbury Festival, we’re sure it is just that, a coincidence.

Pom poms at the ready

He’s been likened to Frank Zappa and Ariel Pink’s latest album Pom Pom does little to dispel the comparison. The US singer is promoting his album on a worldwide tour right now and the team positioned his latest album poster on our popular backlit site at Bethnal Green, projecting Pom Pom across London.

Photo credits – Sal Maxuda

Pay attention

XL Recordings invited Diabolical to jin some fellow music heads and journos at the vault under Waterloo Station to announce some forthcoming releases from new artist FKA Twigs, as well as Jack White, Jamie XX and live sessions from Jungle, adding a few new names we’ll be keeping an eye on in 2014.

Introducing Nick Mulvey

Nick Mulvey’s no newcomer to the dizzy heights of the music world, havng been a member of Mercury Prize nominated Portico Quartet, but Diabolcal put him to new heights with billboards across London promoting his new (and brilliant) solo album.