A Celebration of Virginia Woolf’s ‘Orlando,’ Via con_cetta and MonoLogue

In less than a month it will be the 73rd anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s death. On March 28, 1941, the famous writer committed suicide by drowning herself in River Ouse near her home Sussex, in the west of England. She’d filled the pockets of her overcoat with stones to counteract any possibility of her floating […]

Spring Offensive Prepares for Debut Album, Tours Europe

Having spent, by their own admission, quite some time putting together their debut album, the band members of Spring Offensive played their first of two album-preview shows in the packed Cellar in the heart of Oxford, England. They’re releasing Young Animal Hearts in March, but fans received an advance copy of the album at the concert, as […]

The Road Less Traveled with Alex Highton

“City life was really kicking us in the balls,” says Alex Highton, as he sips a cup of tea. I wince and nearly choke on my toast. I’m sitting at the singer-songwriter’s kitchen table in the tiny village of Wooditon near Cambridge, and he’s telling me how he left the grime of north London for […]

Tindersticks, Live in London

  The last time I saw Tindersticks, on their small tour promoting their collected soundtracks (they have composed six original scores) for French auteur Claire Denis, a bout of laryngitis resulted in frontman Stuart A. Staples cutting the night short halfway through the show. What should have been an amazing evening was merely pretty good. So […]

Put The Purist On Your Radar, Ambitious Up-And-Coming Hip-Hop Production

Little-known, ambitious British boards master, The Purist, has been an avid workaholic lately, never resting, steadily collaborating with an eclectic group of MC’s—from newbies like Danny Brown to veterans like Havoc—in a rising and promising effort to get his sound heard. He comes from the U.K., yet offers an estranged style with a boom bass […]

A Guitarist Who Can Really Rock, Chantel McGregor

Chantel McGregor is a young British blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter from Bradford, West Yorkshire, in Northern England. At seven years of age she started taking guitar lessons. At the grand old age of eight she became the youngest person in the U.K. to pass a “Rock school” grade exam. In her teens, McGregor was told by […]

New Band TOY emerges in London with Release of Self-titled Album

London singer/guitarist Tom Dougall (younger brother of Rose Elinor Dougall of The Pipettes) formed the band TOY in 2010 with Dominic O’Dair (guitar), Maxim “Panda” Barron (bass), Charlie Salvidge (drums), and Spanish keyboard player Alejandra Diez. Dougall, Barron and O’Dair had previously played together in Joe Lean & the Jing Jang Jong. The band’s first live […]

Uncovering the Anonymity of England’s Burial

What I’ve noticed in the last half-decade is a capitalistic ideal that strips some fantastic movements or projects of their luster, especially within modern American art. Take for example, the film industry, with stalwarts who love the idea of “series reboots.” Some work, like Chris Nolans’ “Batman” indeed reset well while others do not, like […]

Brighton’s Lost Toys Settled in A Beautiful Countryside Park

For Londoners, a cherished day off has always been a trip to Brighton. England’s favorite day-tripping resort offers tourists a pebble beach, glittering arcades, seedy bars and lively “Lanes” packed with curiosity shops and bric-a-brac stalls. Brighton is also known as “the gay capital of Britain” and has a rich LGBT community. Brighton is home […]

Close Encounters with T.E. Morris

When I first saw T.E. Morris live, I was at a venue called Beatpol in Dresden, Germany. I was expecting Her Name is Calla, his band, as the opening act, and when an unassuming man with only an acoustic guitar for company walked on stage, I was surprised. And I’ll be honest, I also set myself up for […]