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A shouting economic adviser, a Nobel Laureate and a rock star scientist on stage at the Jaipur lit fest, Arts

A shouting economic adviser, a Nobel Laureate and a rock star scientist on stage at the Jaipur lit fest

Arvind Panagaria one of India’s top economic advisers has a short fuse and shouts. Eighty-two year old Sir Vidiadhar Naipaul, the Nobel prize winning author has given what might turn out to be his last long interview, and Abdul Kalam, the 83-year old space and missile scientist who became India’s president, is greeted by young Indians [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Monday, 26 January 2015 at 1:46 pm

Jape’s Seance of Light, Music

Jape’s Seance of Light

Swedish band Jape called upon Dubliners Dave Rudden and Dave Tyan to give the video for their new track, Seance of Light, a psychedelic kick.

By | Music | Thursday, 22 January 2015 at 8:33 am

Toundra IV: Exclusive Album Stream, Music

Toundra IV: Exclusive Album Stream

Toundra, a four piece post-rock outfit from Madrid, are gearing up for the release of their fourth album, numerically and pleasingly titled IV. The album is available exclusively to stream below via The Independent.
IV tells the story of two foxes that need to escape from the forest where they live as a huge fire ravages [...]

By | Music | Monday, 19 January 2015 at 11:00 am

Bloc’s owners on the brand’s carefully conceived return, Music

Bloc’s owners on the brand’s carefully conceived return

Two and half years ago, Bloc, one of the UK’s best-known alternative electronic music events, suffered a massive blow when their very first London event encountered a disastrous turn of events that led to its cancellation and the company going bankrupt. Since then, the owners Alex Benson and George Hull have slowly but surely worked on reinstating the brand’s status, culminating in the return of their ‘weekender’ this March. I spoke to them about their comeback and that fateful night in July 2012…

By | Music | Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at 3:47 pm

Tonight Alive’s Jenna McDougall’s pick of the pop heroines, Music

Tonight Alive’s Jenna McDougall’s pick of the pop heroines

Tonight Alive frontwoman Jenna McDougall shares her favourite women rockers, and explains why what they stand for strikes a chord with her.

By | Music | Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at 3:36 pm

Children’s book blog – the last post!, Arts

Children’s book blog – the last post!

I’m sorry to report that today will be my last post on the children’s book blog. I’ve had an absolute blast writing it over the past couple of years, but it’s always been a labour of love and real-life work sadly has to take precedence.  But before I go, I’d like to leave you with [...]

By | Arts | Tuesday, 13 January 2015 at 2:44 pm

All Rapped Up: The best US hip-hop of 2014, Music

All Rapped Up: The best US hip-hop of 2014

A somewhat mixed year for US hip-hop, the past 12 months saw many of the genre’s major Stateside stars – Kanye West, Jay-Z, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nas – stay relatively quiet, while the inevitable smattering of disappointments (Rick Ross’s two rather flat albums; a remarkably dull LP from Kendrick affiliate Schoolboy Q) were offset by a stack of solid releases from the usual dependable veterans (Pharaohe Monch, Common and Cormega

By | Music | Monday, 5 January 2015 at 1:07 pm

Children’s books for December: Herman’s Letter, The Yeti Files, Greenglass House and Winter Damage, Arts

Children’s books for December: Herman’s Letter, The Yeti Files, Greenglass House and Winter Damage

Christmas is upon us, so here are four snowy stories for cosy fireside reading…

PICTURE BOOK OF THE MONTH: Herman’s Letter by Tom Percival
This heart-warming tale of long-distance friendship is perfect if you have a little one whose best friend is moving away. This is precisely what happens to Herman, the bear in [...]

By | Arts | Saturday, 27 December 2014 at 3:16 pm

Kim Ann Foxman on Maya, New York and her new label, Music

Kim Ann Foxman on Maya, New York and her new label

Kim Ann Foxman is one of those ladies who knows exactly how to rock a party. Her combination of old and new school grooves, New York attitude and a general positive outlook makes her one of those enchanting selectors who always gets a great response from the dance floor. She’s appearing at Maya Jane [...]

By | Music | Friday, 26 December 2014 at 12:57 pm

Premiesku: Romania’s finest on the progression of their country’s scene, Music

Premiesku: Romania’s finest on the progression of their country’s scene

Premiesku is a three-man outfit made up of Romanian duo Livio & Roby and their friend George G. As a trio they get together in the studio to produce house and techno music with a very distinct flavour, while also refining their live show, which works around three racks of modified equipment. They’ve had a [...]

By | Music | Tuesday, 23 December 2014 at 4:24 pm

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