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Songs and Stories Remembering Our Earth

Australian native singer-songwriter Susanna Orr Holland joins the American musician KeLan on a freezing February night to bring the audience gathered in the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s auditorium tales of shrinking sea ice juxtaposed with creation myths. It’s an odd and often precarious combination that misses as often as it hits and produces in equal parts […]

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Culture Literature

Loud Poets: Life, Uh, Finds a Way

Loud Poets is an Edinburgh-based spoken word collective that takes a craft honed on open mic nights, agonised over in cherished notebooks, and puts it onstage to equal parts side-splitting, confrontational and poignant effect. A balance is struck between the performance and lyrical aspects of this art where the words themselves and their delivery are […]

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Live Music

Live review: Sunflower Bean

Sunflower Bean is formed of bassist and vocalist Julia Cumming, guitarist Nick Kivlen and drummer Jacob Faber. They create a classic rock sound indebted to Fleetwood Mac, Queen and T-Rex as well as participating in the neo-psychedelia movement championed by bands such as Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Julia is a besequinned emerald spreading […]

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albums Music

Sleaford Mods aggressively bite back

Still stoically minimal, Sleaford Mods return with a self-titled EP featuring more complex song structures and compelling storytelling. It begins with two tracks which both deal with the anonymity of trolling in the social media age and the desire to break past on-screen interaction, even if that then leads to physical confrontation. Alienation, as consistent […]

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Music Singles

Part Time tease new album with second sultry single

Part Time, contender for the world’s most unsearchable band name, is the musical project of David Speck and has been quietly releasing their unhinged take on the sultrier sounds of the 1980s across the best part of this decade. This single follows on from the collaboration with post-ironic pioneer Ariel Pink and is part of […]

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Features

Marking Marx’s legacy: squabbling over socialist’s statue

Trier, the German city of Karl Marx’s birth, has controversially decided to accept the Chinese government’s donation of a bronze statue of Marx to mark the bicentenary next year. The decision was not taken lightly. Citizens were engaged in a debate as to the appropriateness of the gesture, taking into consideration the human rights abuses […]

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Features

Could blockchain tech be used to combat corruption?

Blockchain is an anonymous, decentralised public database for all financial transactions via the virtual currency, Bitcoin. The information stored is distributed to ward against cyber-attacks to which data concentrated in a single location is more vulnerable. Once data is recorded it cannot be altered after the event, preventing potential cover-ups and making exchanges more verifiable. […]

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Society Spotlight: Edinburgh University Dance Music Society

Dance music is something we all experience in one form or another whether we are dedicated club enthusiasts or ironically enjoy a Hive night out occasionally, and the genre is becoming increasingly self-reflexive as it evolves and increases inclusivity. Features spoke to the university’s Dance Music Society’s president, Alex Steven to find out more about […]