Summer of Solidarity – Music without borders

“How far have you guys travelled?” The answers shouted back at the band on stage, that night at the New Cross Inn in London, came thick and fast: “Germany!” “Belgium!” “Czech Republic!”

Getting the train to South East London, I didn’t know what to expect. Finding myself in the middle of a crowd, listening to a band I’d never heard of and sharing drinks with people from all over Europe, it hit me: this was something special.

Imperica Magazine – Cultural appropriation is cancelled: killing the concept that would not die

A small portion of the population gets offended at everything they don’t like and hide behind a concept that should never have been taken from its social studies context. The mainstream appropriation of “cultural appropriation” transformed a sociology concept steeped in the study of power struggles between oppressed cultures and oppressors and applied it to every supposed misappropriation of cultural signs and symbols by people who, according to the uninformed masses, have no rights to it.

IDOL Magazine – Mr. Brainwash Interview

Mr. Brainwash achieved worldwide recognition through Banksy’s Oscar nominated film, Exit Through The Gift Shop. But the man who refuses to accept that he has a “career” – instead explaining that he’s always been an artist and that “art” is something inside of you – has been an active member of the art community for what seems like forever.

IDOL Magazine – Luke Edward Hall Interview

There isn’t much Luke Edward Hall isn’t good at, from fashion design to fanzines, styling to photography, this go-getter has dabbled in it all. His actuality reflects his love of all things creative, from his graduate collection at Central Saint Martins, designing for Patrick Wolf and Fox and Flyte, a shop of “curious objects for the home and person.”

IDOL Magazine – KITSCH Feature

Kitsch! Tacky! Vulgar! No, this is not the exclamation I made when entering my old spinster aunt’s house in the countryside, it is the definition of the current art market.

UMG – Album Review: Ty Segall – Ty Segall

Ty is without a doubt one of modern rock’s foremost genius, very rarely disappointing. He doesn’t have anything to prove anymore, which allows him to end his second self-titled album – the other one being his debut – with a “song,” ‘Untitled,’ that is nothing more than a burst of guitar leading nowhere.

UMG – Name your Indie band in 3 easy steps

We remember a time when every band name might have been – kind of – the same, and it was a GOOD thing. Seriously: we KNEW how to spot the indie kids! We could make a beeline for the T at the record shop – when those still existed – and be happy to look through thousands of THE something something’s albums.

UMG – Making Lemonade with the Queen

Lemonade has just dropped and everyone is talking about it, obviously. One question most watchers/listeners will ask themselves is: has Bey lost her mind? The answer? She sure did! And we’re incredibly grateful for it too.