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The Freedom of the Nightclub: Art and Politics at DRAF’s Annual Evening of Performances

On 3 October 2019, Ministry of Sound played host to something well outside its usual fare. While the pulsating thrum of techno and grime could be heard down the street, the London superclub became a gallery, the site for this year’s Annual Evening of Performances, a performance art event by the David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF).

Thank you Ariana, for “thank u, next”

Ariana Grande’s rapid rise was unexpected; rarely does a Disney Channel or Nickelodeon child star shrug off their slapstick history and climb to such heights of popularity. With her high pony in tow, Grande released her fifth studio album and…

Daughters – Back with a Vengeance

You Won’t Get What You Want is the first album from the band Daughters since their self-titled record in 2010, shortly after they announced an indefinite hiatus. It picks up from where the previous one left off – showing a…

Odell’s Ode to London

Fans lined up by the dozens in the cold outside London’s iconic concert room Hammersmith Apollo, full of impatience and excitement.Their expectations were met, if not  exceeded, by Tom Odell’s exceptional performance on October 23rd. Stepping onto the stage with…

Music To My Ears – Reviewing The Latest Albums

Never Stop Never Stopping Tha Carter V – Lil Wayne Lil Wayne’s extensive and legendary career is represented by his vast library of music and continuous involvement in features. But some of his greatest work appears on the Tha Carter…

Ariana Grande said “Let there be light,” and there was light

We all need a bit of sweetener in our lives, but not necessarily this one. The world sucks right now and Ariana Grande knows it. This is why her new album, Sweetener, is one of optimism and charm. Sweetener details…

Gwenno review: ‘Le Kov’

Gwenno’s newest album, Le Kov, sounds like the place she describes. Rugged yet soft, with hints of traditional Cornish folk, but echoed in synthesisers, and layered with sound in a way that gives it an aura of simplicity. Through the…

The Beautiful Humanity of Ambience: Why Stars of the Lid Are My Favourite Band

I started listening to ambient music purely for its functionality. I realised during my revision last year that I struggled to concentrate on working when listening to music with anything more than the most minimal rhythm. Perhaps, as a drummer,…

‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’ – Why I can’t keep apologising for Morrissey’s racism

“I hate sexual situations that are forced on someone. But in many cases one looks at the circumstances and thinks that the person who is considered a victim is merely disappointed.” (Interview with Der Spiegel 18/11/17 – Discussing allegations of…

“Hello, Gorgeous” is a fitting celebration of Barbra Streisand

“Barbra: The Music, The Mem’ries, The Magic”, now streaming on Netflix, is a glamorous celebration of Barbra Streisand’s stunning musical career to date. As a member of the exclusive “EGOT” club (winners of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) and…

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