The Smiling Knife trio from London and Brighton, with their own brand of 'indie-folk-pop-noir' have just released second album Bloom in the Dark, with a launch event at Merton Abbey Mills on December 14.Read more
My last live music event of 2014 was a gem of a show of two acts that we have had the joy to get to know during the last year or so.Read more
"Come What Mae"
In her Slumber Party Show, fresh from Edinburgh, Mae Martin takes us on a comedic coming of age exploration of life (from being dumped via speaker phone to Christmas dinner at Wetherspoons).
After a traumatic event that has left her in deep need of healing, Ella Goodman returns to her hometown in Oregon. While staying at her family’s cabin, she finds an unexpected friend in level-headed owner Kay Brody. The healing process is confrontational and difficult though, and she is soon forced to realise that people like Kay only come along once in a lifetime.Read more
The Ani DiFranco Canon pt I and II are some of the most played tracks on my iPod and I have been a fan of DiFranco since being introduced to her by my second girlfriend in 1998, who wouldn't be with such masterpiece albums as Living in Clipin the back catalogue?Read more
It's all very theatrical in a pleasing triumphant vision. Narrated by David Cardy to guide the audience through the story (highlighting the elements cut out, and delving into Nancy's (played by Sally Messham) psyche) and pitching the meta-get up early on, the audience is invited to take on a voyueristic observation of charismatic Nancy 'Nan' King's journey through the dizzied sights of Victorian England's gender bending music hall, sapphic society and socialist liberation.Read more
We caught up on the latest with Brighton local and Brighton Pride Q Alternative Stage performer Lucy Spraggan backstage...Read more
We were very lucky to catch up with Saffron Sprackling, lead singer of legendary band Republica, and Mel Sanson, Q Alternative Stage organiser and front person, as well as lead singer for Brighton rock band Kenelis right before they rocked the stage at Brighton Pride.Read more
Mixing genre (from fantasy to comedy) and even style such as film noir juxtaposed against documentary, Albelo offers us a sometimessurreal,sometimes meta, often funny, sometimes very dark (imagine peeling off Guinevere Turner's face and sticking it over your own...) vision for a character who goes on a mid-life journey of self discovery after reaching rock bottom.Read more
Three deeply moving and believable performances come together in this film, bringing a rare combination of three strong female leads with no male interference, alongside the stunning back drop of Toronto in the snow. Will Alice impart her "carpe diem" life motto to Tru and Suzanne before it's too late?Read more
The hazy days of my off-beat indie early twenties were relived at the glorious Chick Habit
event as I sipped my WKD blue.