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Friday Book Design Blog: Meatspace, by Nikesh Shukla, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Meatspace, by Nikesh Shukla

It takes a moment for the cover art of Nikesh Shukla’s new novel, Meatspace, to make itself fully understood. It shows a simple one-two of aviator shades and red bow tie, on a white background, with title, author name and quote discretely set in a narrow Helvetica.

You’ll see straight away that the shades and tie [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 27 June 2014 at 11:39 am

Sonar’s co-directors on 21 years as Barcelona’s premier electronic music festival, Arts

Sonar’s co-directors on 21 years as Barcelona’s premier electronic music festival

Sonar festival’s co-directors Ricard Robles and Enric Palau speak to Marcus Barnes about the evolution of their project

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 23 June 2014 at 7:00 am

Friday Book Design Blog: Penguin Random House Design Award 2014 (What a Carve Up, by Jonathan Coe, and The Outsiders, By S.E. Hinton), Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Penguin Random House Design Award 2014 (What a Carve Up, by Jonathan Coe, and The Outsiders, By S.E. Hinton)

This is the second year I’ve covered the Penguin Design Awards (now, of course, the Penguin Random House Design Awards), in which design students are asked to come up with covers for one adult and/or one children’s book in the Penguin and Puffin ranges – in this case Jonathan Coe’s 1980s social satire, and SE [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 20 June 2014 at 11:57 am

An Illuminating chat with Pretty Lights in Ibiza, Arts

An Illuminating chat with Pretty Lights in Ibiza

Pretty Lights talks to Marcus Barnes about travelling with a modular synth, experimenting with his music and hinted about a brand new project

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 20 June 2014 at 7:00 am

Kate Simko at the National Gallery, Arts

Kate Simko at the National Gallery

Marcus Barnes listens to a different kind of beat as he travels to the National Gallery to hear classical muscian Kate Simko’s latest performance

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 19 June 2014 at 10:00 am

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the author – Alyssa Brugman on Alex As Well, Arts

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the author – Alyssa Brugman on Alex As Well

Author Alyssa Brugman talks about her new novel Alex As Well, exploring issues of gender identity in YA novels and tips for aspiring authors

By | Arts | Thursday, 19 June 2014 at 12:00 am

Interview with Anathema: It’s all states of consciousness, Arts

Interview with Anathema: It’s all states of consciousness

Since their inception in 1990, Anathema have been creating emotionally-charged music, all the while escaping the confines of genre. Distant Satellites, their 10th album, is one of their most uplifting and poignant records to date. Remfry Dedman sat down with principal songwriter/guitarist Daniel Cavanagh and vocalist Lee Douglas to talk about their latest release

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 16 June 2014 at 6:00 am

Introducing: Samoans, Arts

Introducing: Samoans

Formed in 2008, Cardiff-based four-piece Samoans have been steadily building a dedicated fan base and spreading their own sublime take on progressive rock in anticipation of the release of their debut album Rescue.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 13 June 2014 at 12:19 pm

Interview: Pete Tong on Ibiza and the progress of IMS, Arts

Interview: Pete Tong on Ibiza and the progress of IMS

Pete Tong is one of the team behind IMS, Ibiza’s annual electronic music conference which has just had its 7th edition. Of course, he is also the main man at Radio 1, a globe-trotting DJ, a producer, label owner and he’s even been handed an MBE by the Queen. Marcus Barnes caught up with him

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 12 June 2014 at 12:00 am

Interview: IMS founder Ben Turner sums up this year’s event, Arts

Interview: IMS founder Ben Turner sums up this year’s event

Ben Turner is another member of the team behind Ibiza’s International Music Summit, an electronic music conference that has grown in stature over the years to become one of the most important events of its kind. Marcus Barnes caught Ben at the end of the event to get his thoughts on how this year went…

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 11 June 2014 at 12:00 am

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