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Hip-hop tributes, Arts

Hip-hop tributes

In contrast with genres like rock and jazz, hip-hop can sometimes feel like a youngster’s game, with even the most celebrated rappers and producers often finding themselves unfairly cast out into the box marked ‘irrelevant’ once they hit the wrong side of 30, as listeners stay keen to latch onto the next big sub-genre, new regional scene or latest fad in rap.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 10 October 2011 at 3:14 pm

Do we need to understand films to appreciate them?, Film

Do we need to understand films to appreciate them?

Recently, I finally rose to the challenge of watching David Lynch’s labyrinthine Inland Empire.

By | Film | Sunday, 9 October 2011 at 11:39 am

Decades: Burlesque through the ages, Arts

Decades: Burlesque through the ages

This quirky idea for an evening’s entertainment takes the audience on a tour of burlesque from the 1920’s until present.

By | Arts | Friday, 7 October 2011 at 3:30 pm

Song of the Day: Crushed Beaks – Sun Dogs, Arts

Song of the Day: Crushed Beaks – Sun Dogs

Scuzzy pop punk drenched in genuine church hall echo.
Sun Dogs by Crushed Beaks

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 7 October 2011 at 2:55 pm

The secret of Morgan Freeman’s voice, Film

The secret of Morgan Freeman’s voice

The voice of God himself, Morgan Freeman, shows us how to talk like him, while Harry Connick Jr fails to do a decent impression of the great man.

By | Film | Friday, 7 October 2011 at 1:34 pm

Camo & Krooked: ‘Our intention was to create something diverse and special’, Arts

Camo & Krooked: ‘Our intention was to create something diverse and special’

Austria’s biggest bass music exports are back with their debut album on Hospital Records. Cross The Line is a fourteen-track offering from Camo & Krooked and sees the duo fuse elements of d&b, dubstep and electro-house to cement their reputation as reputed bass music producers.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 7 October 2011 at 10:00 am

Songs that changed history, Arts

Songs that changed history

‘The right song at the right time can change history’ said American folk singer, Pete Seeger’. And while Pete himself would admit he’s been wrong about some things – such as whether or not Stalin was a decent sort of fellow – on this point I’m inclined to agree with him. Think of all the occasions which have been affected or instigated by a popular song.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 6 October 2011 at 3:21 pm

The Help: Exclusive UK Premiere, Film

The Help: Exclusive UK Premiere

The Help is a provocative and inspiring look at what happens when a southern town’s unspoken code of rules and behaviour is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship.

By | Film | Thursday, 6 October 2011 at 3:12 pm

Sex selection in India: Kishwar Desai’s ‘Witness the Night’, Arts

Sex selection in India: Kishwar Desai’s ‘Witness the Night’

When Amartya Sen, Indian economist and Nobel Prize winner, first raised the issue of the missing 100 million women some 20 years ago, I must admit I found it all rather hard to comprehend.  I paid it little regard until last year when I found myself at the UNFPA offices in India, mesmerized by sex-selection [...]

By | Arts | Thursday, 6 October 2011 at 2:01 pm

Song of the Day: Trash Talk – Burn Alive, Arts

Song of the Day: Trash Talk – Burn Alive

Led by the likes of Danish teens Ice Age, 80s and 90s-style hardcore punk appears to be having a major resurgence at the moment. The revival isn’t limited to Europe however, with bands such as Sacramento’s Trash Talk releasing as stream brutal tracks such as the one featured here. ‘Burn Alive’ clocks in at less [...]

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 6 October 2011 at 11:36 am

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