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From the sublime to the ridiculous: can we measure the value of the arts?, Arts

From the sublime to the ridiculous: can we measure the value of the arts?

In a world that is increasingly quantified, compared and assessed, it is perhaps only fair that a framework for measuring the value of the arts is put in place. But where would we begin?
Assessing economic value can, on one level, be fairly straightforward: for example, balancing out the cost of a concert against box office [...]

By | Arts, Battle of Ideas | Friday, 28 October 2011 at 6:00 am

Is music ever enough?, Arts

Is music ever enough?

In 1999, Shawn and Josh Fanning pioneered something that would change the music industry – Napster. In May 2000, another P2P file-sharing site was coined – LimeWire, and in 2003, Pirate Bay set sail. All 3 sites birthed the ideological and ever-so-simple downfall of the music industry as we know it today. Every internet user could share and download music for free, destroying profits for artists and bands alike worldwide. Both popularity and dependable fanbases counted for little after the spawn of this bittersweet triumvirate.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 27 October 2011 at 3:00 pm

The Top 100 DJs Poll: Controversy, surprises and the plus points, Arts

The Top 100 DJs Poll: Controversy, surprises and the plus points

Last week, at Amsterdam’s huge ADE event, producer-turned-popstar David Guetta was crowned the world’s number one DJ at the DJ Top 100 Awards. In the previous four years trance superstar Armin Van Burren took the title but this year marked a change in the results.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 27 October 2011 at 12:21 pm

Review of The Fades Episode 6, Arts

Review of The Fades Episode 6

Never was the term “slow-burn” more appropriate than here. ‘The Fades’ has been progressing episode by episode, building up towards a grand finale which is certainly what viewers got.

By | Arts | Wednesday, 26 October 2011 at 10:49 pm

A rapper no longer low-key, Arts

A rapper no longer low-key

Last Friday I went along to The Garage in Highbury, where UK rapper Lowkey was celebrating the launch of his new album. “Soundtrack to the Struggle”, released without major label support, has seen phenomenal success: on the day of its release it surged into the top 10 of the UK iTunes charts, and made similar waves in a host of other countries, including the US, Canada and Australia. “Too Much”, which has emerged as something of a lead single from this album, has also been played by Greg James and Zane Lowe of BBC Radio 1.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 26 October 2011 at 3:32 pm

Cabaret: The grown-up way to celebrate Hallowe’en, Arts

Cabaret: The grown-up way to celebrate Hallowe’en

“You don’t really celebrate Hallowe’en here, do you?” asks Merrill Grant, my angel-voiced cabaret counterpart in Terror 2011 at Soho Theatre. I look up from the knife that I am idly grinding in order to eviscerate the plump pumpkin on the table before me, a dark glint in my eye. “Oh, we do…” I whisper, “We just take it a little more seriously than you do over there.”

By | Arts | Wednesday, 26 October 2011 at 10:00 am

Rizzle Kicks: Dream collaborations, Brighton’s music scene and The OC, Arts

Rizzle Kicks: Dream collaborations, Brighton’s music scene and The OC

Brighton Hip Hop duo Rizzle Kicks have been tearing up the airwaves of late, with hit single Down With The Trumpets. With the release of their debut album Stereo Typical, Ryan Bassil sat down with Jordan from Rizzle Kicks to chat about The OC, dream collaborations and the Brighton music scene.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 26 October 2011 at 5:00 am

Martin Dawson talks about his influences, collaborations and his horror movie phobia, Arts

Martin Dawson talks about his influences, collaborations and his horror movie phobia

Martin Dawson produces sublime house music of the highest order. Releasing his long-player Sunday Smoking to a great response earlier this year, he’s a very busy man – performing live shows and DJing, as well as a consistent output of new music both on his own and in collaboration with his music making friends (including British producer Glimpse). This week Martin is in the UK to continue an on-going project with Glimpse, and to play at a Halloween party put on by London promoters Potty Mouth. Before that though, he had to spare a few minutes for a chat with me…

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 25 October 2011 at 4:30 pm

Treme: The most musical TV series ever?, Arts

Treme: The most musical TV series ever?

As a drama, Treme has been described as meandering. And it has to be said, compared with predecessor The Wire, David Simon’s newer HBO series moves at a glacial pace.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 25 October 2011 at 1:01 pm

“Apostate” and “liar”… The Church of Scientology confronts a critic, Arts

“Apostate” and “liar”… The Church of Scientology confronts a critic

No less than 40 minutes after today’s newspaper went to print, the Church of Scientology’s public relations department got in touch. They wished to respond to the request I had lodged earlier – seeking comment on reports that its employees had attempted to dig up dirt on the South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 25 October 2011 at 2:32 am

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