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Simon & Schuster are emboldening the alt-right by publishing Milo Yiannopoulos. What can we do?

Conservatives in the US have latched onto the idea that “PC culture” is “dangerous” and “intolerant.” Accompanying this reactionary wave are pundits who believe conservatives in government value acultural free market principles above a white, Western hegemony. The cultural dissonance has spawned the alt-right, an ironically PC term for nazi-fetishizers who want a safe space […]

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Nadja at Bannermans

Ever since Bannerman’s bar sold its soul to Jagermeister in exchange for orange captain’s chairs, I’ve been skeptical of the authenticity of the place. Isn’t metal supposed to be anti-authority, anti-establishment? Fortunately, none of the pine sap-flavored libation invaded the concert space, a cramped vault where the stones above your head rattled along with the […]

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Overground Presents Mall Grab at the Mash House

I heard plenty of stories from the last time Mall Grab came to Edinburgh. It was the Scottish debut for a fast-rising DJ who combined the whimsical sensibilities of disco, hip-hop, and a Simpsonsian sense of irony with the introspective seriousness of lo-fi tech house. People laughed, people cried. Some jotted down every single track […]

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Fractal Club: starting something

22nd Oct @ The Mash House Loft, Edinburgh Clubbing in Edinburgh can be a notoriously fickle affair. Many of the variables that give Edinburgh its signature charm conspire against a decent club night: a small city full with many old, inadequately soundproofed, yet historically protected buildings; middle class residents who want peace and quiet yet refuse […]

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Preview: Upcoming Gigs in Week Five

This upcoming week is a good one for those with eclectic taste, the highlight is John Carpenter’s career retrospective. Known for directing a series of slasher flicks that defined campy 80s horror, Carpenter has experienced a renaissance as a composer of eerie synth music. His ‘night of terror’ will take place at Usher Hall on […]

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Versatile and victorious, Bon Iver surprises with 22, A Million

When music is 4G, streamable, and transient, songs requiring sincere attention are “maudlin.” One of the most common criticisms of Justin Vernon is that his artisanal approach to song craft leaves irony out of the recipe. Postmodern cynicism makes existential crooning an easy target for ridicule. Especially when you consider the audience: middle class whites […]

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Take Note Artist Spotlight – Anohni

Although it is a title the singer has been using in private for years, Anohni is the publically new spirit name of Antony Hogarty, the lead singer of Antony and the Johnsons and the composer and co-producer behind her debut solo album, Hopelessness. She collaborated with Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never to create the […]

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Bringing Gender Equality To The Dance-floor With MISS WORLD

MISS WORLD is a new monthly club night exclusively featuring the talents of female DJs. However, it also sets its sights higher with its underlying aspirations for social change and commitment to advancing gender equality. We spoke with Katherine, Ailie, and Emily, three of the DJs behind MISS WORLD to learn more about why a […]