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Maverick Sabre: Life, music and choosing the higher route, Arts

Maverick Sabre: Life, music and choosing the higher route

Maverick Sabre talks about finishing his latest album and the inspiration he drew for it

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 11 August 2014 at 9:00 am

Introducing: Waking Aida, Arts

Introducing: Waking Aida

New band Waking Aida are reviewed by Remfry Dedman, who finds an assured and powerful debut

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 8 August 2014 at 10:45 am

A moment with Carl Cox, Arts

A moment with Carl Cox

Carl Cox is one of the most popular and well-respected DJs on the international circuit. Marcus Barnes caught up with him in Ibiza a few weeks ago to talk about his work with Burn…

By | Arts, Music | Saturday, 2 August 2014 at 10:00 am

Friday Book Design Blog: Ukraine Diaries, by Andrey Kurkov, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Ukraine Diaries, by Andrey Kurkov

This appeared on my doormat this week, along with various other books, and I reached for it with a lurch of surprise and – not delight exactly – but expectation. If literature is, as Pound said, news that stay news, then it can be equally thrilling when literature turns its usually eternal, or at least [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 1 August 2014 at 1:54 pm

Introducing: ‘68, Arts

Introducing: ‘68

’68 are a duo from Atlanta, made up of vocalist/guitarist Josh Scogin (formerly of The Chariot and Norma Jean) and drummer Michael McClellan (formerly of Becoming the Archetype). Taking Garage rock as a blueprint, the duo warp and twist the genre into a vicious new beast that is a sound all of their own making.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 28 July 2014 at 3:25 pm

2000Trees Festival: Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow, Arts

2000Trees Festival: Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow

2000Trees’ reputation as the ultimate mid-sized festival in the UK is growing with each passing year. Winner of the Best Grass Roots Festival in 2010 and 2013, 2000Trees took over Upcote Farm in Cheltenham for the eighth year running, with the best and most explosive line up since it’s inception in 2007. Remfry Dedman went down to the farm, to soak up the sights, sounds and smells…

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 22 July 2014 at 4:02 pm

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

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