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Simple As Hell: new music by Eaten By Bears

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By Steven Quinn in New Music on Thursday 2 May 2013

The Eaten by Bears track ‘Simple As Hell’ is ridiculously catchy and what song isn’t made better by bongos? They also have a great name. Fortunately, they haven’t yet been eaten. By bears. Catchy tunes with a math rock edge. You can stream their first album free on their bandcamp. For fans of Foals.

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The New Life: new music by Irish band Girls Names

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By Steven Quinn in New Music on Friday 26 April 2013

I have liked Girls Names for some time now. They were great at the recent London show and the venue was pretty packed. The have a black and white sound with hints of colour, a metronomic beat with a touch of Hank Marvin that should leave you starvin’ for more. If you’re a fan of […]

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Conor Harrington paints distorted figures in clothes from the 1800s

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By Steven Quinn in New Art on Thursday 25 April 2013

Conor Harrington brings a touch of class to the mire of the over-populated homogenised world of street art. Harrington usually paints distorted inky figures in clothes from the 1800s, which I think he bases on photographs he has set up in a studio. What I am also impressed by is the scale of his public […]

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Whitebate: new music by Joyland

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By Steven Quinn in New Music on Friday 5 April 2013

Joyland’s track Whitebait is pretty sweet. Haunting, hypnotic and atmospheric, with a vocal reminiscent of Frank Black. There’s a nice video to go along with it, too, directed by Tom Skipp.

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Japanese Knotweed: retro-styled music by Sea Pinks

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By Steven Quinn in New Music on Tuesday 2 April 2013

This is a retro homemade sound. If you’re suffering from an overdose of X-Factor radio, I advise two helpings of Sea Pinks to relieve symptoms of cover songs and auto-tune. These two tracks, Japanese Knotweed (above) and Fountain Tessarae (below), got me into Sea Pinks, but the man behind the magic, Neil Brogan, is a […]

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Jeff Leopard: cool music video from Gallops

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By Steven Quinn in New Music on Tuesday 22 January 2013

Jeff Leopard is my new song for the week, but I’m loving the whole album. I’ve been waiting on it since I heard them a few months back. The video by Jonny Sanders is also great. If you like Holy Fuck, Battles, and LITE, you should like Gallops.

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Steven Quinn mixes 1950s iconography with space travel

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By Steven Quinn in New Art on Monday 21 January 2013

Most podcasts, documentaries, books, films, and images I’m interested these days tend to focus on space travel: leaving our Earth to populate other planets or the end of our world as we know it. It’s fun to remix the innocent 1950s ideals of family and the home with such disasters – man-made or not.

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Good Vibrations: a film about Belfast’s punk godfather

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By Steven Quinn in New Film on Saturday 19 January 2013

Directed by Lisa Barros D’as and Glenn Leyburn.Good Vibrations is a film based in Belfast at the height of the troubles. You could call it a kind of a love story between Terri Hooley, ex-hippie and record store owner, and music itself, Specifically punk. It’s one of the few films, if not the first I […]

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Hand-drawn illustrations by Peter Strain

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By Steven Quinn in New Art on Friday 18 January 2013

I’m not sure which I like more: Strain’s hand-drawn type or the illustrations, but together it’s a tasty mix. If you like the classic characters of cinema done with style, and by hand, you should appreciate these.

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New music by The Intergalactic Republic Of Kongo

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By Steven Quinn in New Music on Friday 11 January 2013

I saw these guys a few weeks ago in Dalston, even though I’d never heard of them before. And there they were, with the crowd going absolutely mental, like they were at an old skool rave. I’m now a fan. All my Children is a great track: a little bit Prodigy; a little bit Animal […]

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Humorous installation pieces by Max Mattler

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By Steven Quinn in Video on Friday 11 January 2013

The best way I can describe Max Hattler is as a multi-media artist and motion design artist. Generally he focuses on rhythm, sounds and geometry and it’s usually funny for some reason. The installation pieces are hypnotically impressive.

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Jeff Leopard: new music by Gallops

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By Steven Quinn in New Music on Thursday 10 January 2013

Jeff Leopard is my new song for the week, but I’m loving the whole album. I’ve been waiting on it since I heard them a few months back. The video by Jonny Sanders is also great. If you like Holy Fuck, Battles, LITE, you should love Gallops.

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