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The Xcerts: ‘Shaking in the Water’ video stream, Arts

The Xcerts: ‘Shaking in the Water’ video stream

The Xcerts, a 3-piece band from Aberdeen/Exeter, are finally gearing up to release material from their much anticipated third studio album due to be released later this year.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 21 July 2014 at 3:41 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Series special – Amos Tutuola and Jane Austen, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Series special – Amos Tutuola and Jane Austen

Series redesigns are the bread and butter of the publishing world – the decent, honourable job of keeping a backlist visible and afloat. Link an author’s books together in their visual style and, you hope, you will fix their ‘brand’ in the reading public’s mind. Make them beautiful – ‘collectable’, that marvellously meaningless word – [...]

By | Arts | Monday, 21 July 2014 at 11:01 am

Interview with Jamie Lenman: “This time, I was 5 years heavier and 5 years more banjo!”, Arts

Interview with Jamie Lenman: “This time, I was 5 years heavier and 5 years more banjo!”

Jamie Lenman is a shining beacon of light for intelligent, truthful underground rock music in the 21st century. Ex-frontman of the much-loved and much-missed Reuben, Jamie has now released Muscle Memory, a double album showcasing his heaviest material to date on disc 1, whilst demonstrating his love for jazz, swing and folk on disc 2. Speaking just hours before an absolutely crushing performance at 2000Trees festival, Jamie spoke to Remfry Dedman about myths, industry and expectation.

By | Arts, Music | Saturday, 19 July 2014 at 3:00 pm

Children’s Book Blog – books for July: Eric, the Boy Who Lost His Gravity, The Moomins and Tape, Arts

Children’s Book Blog – books for July: Eric, the Boy Who Lost His Gravity, The Moomins and Tape

Once a month, Rebecca Davies picks out three of the best children’s books she’s read recently. Her recommendations for July are Eric, the Boy Who Lost His Gravity by Jenni Desmond, The Moomins by Tove Jansson and Tape by Steven Camden.

By | Arts | Monday, 14 July 2014 at 5:36 pm

How a teddy bear haunted my trip to Open’er, Music

How a teddy bear haunted my trip to Open’er

The nineties revival was in full swing at Poland’s Open’er Festival last weekend thanks to Pearl Jam, Faith No More and The Afghan Whigs.

By | Music | Thursday, 10 July 2014 at 1:09 pm

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

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