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Dairy products are not essential to the human diet

When it comes to diet, it is easy to dutifully follow recommendations by the government, media, and scientific research. But a closer look reveals the misinformation, ignorance and even corruption which drives these publications. We need to face facts: animal products are not an essential part of the human diet, and their production is both […]

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Interview: Free gigs and Thai Kings with Reverend and the Makers

Jon McClure of Sheffield rockers Reverend and the Makers chats train come-downs, the ‘lad’ curse, and the state of a music industry with Chris & Kem at the top of the charts. Death of a King has been described as “a modern classic”, “brave”, and “risk-taking”. What can you say about the process of writing and […]

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Policies must tackle the crisis in young women’s mental health

Theresa May claims that “in tough times, everyone has to take their share of the pain.” Yet, as has sadly become the norm, those taking more than their share are the most vulnerable in society: the poor, the young, minorities, and women. Young people are facing increasing financial insecurities, not helped in the least by […]

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A show of versatility and country-folk sensibility from Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit

Monday 27th March It has been almost a decade since Johnny Flynn emerged on the nu-folk scene with his band the Sussex Wit. Over four studio albums, their sound has changed little over time – while other artists of the genre (Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons) ventured to new realms and honed their sound, Johnny […]

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‘3ww’ – alt-J

Fans can certainly forgive alt-J for their year of silence. Their unusual, mesmerising sound and thoughtfully crafted lyrics can only be the product of time immersed in writing, thinking and playing. The new single was worth the wait. After a minute and a half of gentle and steady instrumental build-up, the vocals finally cut through […]

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Reversal of the Muse: ‘An exploration of femininity in creativity’

Laura Marling wisely sang “A woman alone is not a woman undone”. Indeed, her music has been laced with explorations of feminism since she broke into the industry at the tender age of 16. Thoughtful and learned beyond her years, Marling exudes a quiet feminine power rivalling that of her most important inspiration, the great […]

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Regina Spektor – Remember Us to Life

Raised in the former Soviet Union, and the Bronx, New York City, Regina Spektor has always found creative and powerful ways to incorporate the eccentricity of her cultural roots into her music. She has combined her distinctive New York accent with verses sung in Russian, interludes inspired by the Hava Nagila, and literary allusions from […]

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Local Natives – Sunlit Youth

Everything about the build up to the release – the album art, the title, even the timing – suggests that Sunlit Youth is an album designed for summer. Upbeat themes, shimmering riffs, and repetitive choruses characterise an album that represents a bold evolution from Local Natives’ expressive and often melancholic earlier ventures. Sunlit Youth conveys […]