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Introducing: Black Foxxes, Arts

Introducing: Black Foxxes

Exeter based three-piece Black Foxxes are gearing up to independently release their debut EP ‘Pines’, on 24th November. Its 5 tracks are remarkably accomplished, flitting effortlessly between delicate mournful angst and raw distressed rage, often within a single verse. That these transitions feel completely natural would be a stunning achievement even for a veteran act [...]

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 13 November 2014 at 11:00 am

Techno artist Roberto on his double life, Music

Techno artist Roberto on his double life

Roberto is a techno producer whose roots are in drum n bass. His lifestyle is of particular interest as he holds down a full-time job, a marriage and recently became a father for the first time, while juggling his production and DJ endeavours. We met sometime ago and finally got round to having a chat [...]

By | Music | Tuesday, 11 November 2014 at 3:36 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Nairn’s London, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Nairn’s London

All book design – like all craft, all art – is a shuttling negotiation between tradition and experiment, the way it was and the way it might be. As a result, it might sometimes seem as if this blog is fixated with the retro mode in design, with books that look more than a little [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 7 November 2014 at 11:18 am

Club 2 Club: Merging avant-garde electronica with pop, Music

Club 2 Club: Merging avant-garde electronica with pop

This week Club 2 Club returns to Turin in Italy, with a superb line-up made up of electronic and pop acts who push the boundaries of both genres. It’s a great concept that utilises the city’s many club spaces to give every artist a chance to shine, while offering visitors a glimpse at new [...]

By | Music | Tuesday, 4 November 2014 at 2:32 pm

Children’s Book Blog – Ask the author: Marcus Sedgwick, Arts

Children’s Book Blog – Ask the author: Marcus Sedgwick

Marcus Sedgwick is one of Britain’s most celebrated and prolific Young Adult authors. His debut novel, Floodland, won the Branford Boase Award in 2000 and he has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal five times.
His latest book, The Ghosts of Heaven, is made up of four short stories which span millennia, from prehistory to a [...]

By | Arts | Monday, 3 November 2014 at 3:07 pm

Blueneck King Nine Album Stream, Music

Blueneck King Nine Album Stream

West Country post rock veterans Blueneck are set to release their fifth album, King Nine via Denovali Records on 10th November. Utilising gentle guitar lines, forlorn vocals, muted horns, soothing piano and mournful strings, King Nine is an album that feels orchestrated rather than merely written. Whilst the music often builds to a crescendo, rarely [...]

By | Music | Monday, 3 November 2014 at 11:00 am

Introducing Axes: Exclusive Album Stream, Arts

Introducing Axes: Exclusive Album Stream

The four members of Axes have been brought together from the far flung corners of Denmark, Iran, Scotland and Essex, to form an almighty amalgamation of schizophrenic punk energy and math rock riffing. After the release of their self-titled debut mini album in 2013, the quartet are back with Glory released through Big Scary Monsters [...]

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 30 October 2014 at 11:05 am

Interview with Boy Better Know’s Grime MC Solo 45, Music

Interview with Boy Better Know’s Grime MC Solo 45

Grime MC Solo 45 is currently deep in preparation for his appearance alongside his crew Boy Better Know at this week’s Red Bull Culture Clash. The grime collective will be defending the title, which they won at last year’s event. They’ve got their work cut out with competition from Jamaica’s legendary Stone Love, the A$AP [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 30 October 2014 at 9:55 am

The Xcerts Exclusive Album Stream and Interview: “We definitely feel like it’s our time. We want to step out of the shadow of other bands.”, Arts

The Xcerts Exclusive Album Stream and Interview: “We definitely feel like it’s our time. We want to step out of the shadow of other bands.”

With the release of their third album, There Is Only You, The Xcerts have managed to marry raw emotional lyrics to some of the catchiest choruses of 2014. Available for streaming below, exclusively for The Independent, the album represents a turning point for the band and is quite possibly their strongest release to date. Remfry Dedman sat down with the three-piece to discuss contradictions, heart-break and career-defining records.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 27 October 2014 at 11:08 am

Friday Book Design Blog: Collier Books – great paperback design… and some of the worst Narnia covers I’ve seen

This in lieu of a full post, a favourite cover pulled at random from the shelves: This edition of Stendhal’s A Roman Journal, from Collier Books, published in 1961, the year, so the internet tells me, that the imprint was swallowed up into Macmillan.
Which is a shame, as it’s a charming paperback imprint – still [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 24 October 2014 at 12:18 pm

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