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Down with the Backing Tracks!

By Richard McNeil I recently attended a music festival in Nova Scotia called Evolve that last year won the “Best music festival in Canada” award–I know what you’re thinking and yes, that award really exists. Amongst the sea of drunkards and topless women I staggered my way to a stage and saw some music. I … Continue reading

Live Review: Blur (Live at Plymouth Pavilions, 07.08.12)

For the first time in over two decades, Britpop superstars Blur took to the stage in Devon. The concert held at Plymouth Pavilions was one of four “intimate” shows prior to the band playing the Olympic closing ceremony, and intimate was certainly the feeling throughout the experience. Opening with the tongue-twisting track Girls & Boys, … Continue reading

Encounters at the End of the World (2008) Review

By Daniel Good As Werner Herzog informs us in his opening sequence, this is no ordinary film about Antarctica. Whilst this film seeks to show us the beauty of the continent alongside the incredible research that is undertaken there, Herzog’s focus lies firmly within his human subjects. It becomes apparent that although people move to … Continue reading

Film Review: The Dark Knight Rises

By Daniel Good The phenomenal success (both critically and commercially) of The Dark Knight was always going to be something of a burden for its follow up. The former set a benchmark in the superhero genre and as the most anticipated film of 2012 there was an awful lot of expectation, the stakes were higher … Continue reading

Jordan Ivey: A Graphic Communicator

“If you give a good designer a sharp pencil he can achieve anything,” says 20-year-old graphic designer Jordan Ivey. Ivey started practising in graphic design at the age of 15, designing identities for local bands. This was a task that required motivation and networking,  a demonstration of his ability to follow-up his interests from a young age. … Continue reading

Music review: Krank (Stoner rock)

Based in Cornwall this self-dubbed stoner rock project ‘Krank’ consists of Emlyn Foley (Vocals/Keyboard) and Tony Toller (Guitar). The genre title of stoner rock may not entirely do this duo justice as it is bound to alienate a certain demographic. However, the pair (Who have been part of other award-winning musical projects such as Eribus) … Continue reading

Live Review: The Red Hot Chili Peppers (Live at Knebworth House, England, 23.06.2012)

Knebworth House, a venue that has been used by many greats including Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, has played host to another world-class band – The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Chili Peppers came on to an eager crowd, opening with ‘Monarchy of Roses’ after fans had waited for numerous hours. It’s clear that the band … Continue reading

Live Review: Jay-Z and Kanye West – Watch the Throne (Live at the LG Arena, Birmingham. 22.06.2012)

Opening with the epic song ‘H*A*M’ the night began. There couldn’t have been a more fitting song as the opera-like backing track filled the room with a powerful and almost empire-like vibe, playing on the title of the hit album ‘Watch the Throne’. Jay-Z appeared as a giant cube rose from a smaller stage behind … Continue reading

The real first man over Niagara falls

News that may shock many is that Niagara Falls has now been crossed on a tightrope. According to ITN, Nik Wallenda has become the “First man to tightrope walk across Niagara Falls”. A great achievement no-doubt, but is this strictly true? The news of this daring feat has brought a shade of deception to over-shadow … Continue reading

EP Review: New Street Adventure – Say It Like You Mean It (Unmasked Recordings)

Soul band New Street Adventure are most definitely something new to the ears. It’s not often that a genre such as soul is not only revived but also brought up to date. This is exactly what the EP ‘Say It Like You Mean It’ does. Only formed in 2010, Nick Corbin (Lead singer) has transformed … Continue reading