Murasaki Baby Hands-on Preview and Interview With Sony XDev

Mark Varley | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Varley

Murasaki Baby made quite an impression on me when I first saw its debut trailer at last year's Gamescon. It looked stunning thanks to an art style that many will compare to the visual majesty of Tim Burton's works, most notably Toxic Boy and Stain Boy.

Ten Publishing Trends: An Indie Author's Take

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
Laxmi Hariharan

The most interesting part of a publishing conference is normally the wrap-up session. By then, you have worked out that all the authors are in the same boat: i.e. hoping to be mainstream published, but meanwhile contemplating going Indie.

The Best Albums of 2013 (That You Probably Haven't Already Heard)

Todd Cochran | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Todd Cochran

In my perfect world, every one of my top 50 would be in heavy rotation on every radio station in the planet. These bands would be filling massive stadiums and spreading the gospel of their brilliance. But alas, that isn't the case.

Why Bands Aren't as Good as They Used to Be

Jacob Brookman | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jacob Brookman

Despite the quality of song writing (for the first three albums, at least) being fairly consistent, Keane have struggled to appear relevant, and are forced to release a Best Of already.

Arctic Monkeys Open UK Tour As Most Successful Indie Band Of All Time

Freya Bromley | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Freya Bromley

While the band's appearance on Later With Jools Holland was being televised, The Arctic Monkeys were delighting their fans in the North East with a career-spanning 20-song set. There can be little doubt that the 2012/13 season has proved to be their best yet in a career which has been meteoric to say the least.

AIM Independent Music Awards 2013: And The Nominees Are...

Lara Baker | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lara Baker

It's now less than four weeks until the third annual AIM Independent Music Awards takes place, and last night we were finally able to reveal this year's nominees. And what a fine bunch they are! Our judges have done a terrific job this year of shining a spotlight on the wealth and diversity of talent supported by the UK's thriving independent labels.

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A Quick Guide To Drenge, A Suddenly Very Famous Band | Jessica Elgot | Posted 04.07.2013 | UK

It might be the first time a rock band has been referenced in a resignation letter. And it's certainly the first time a two-hander from the Peak D...

How To Avoid The Rain At This Weekend's Isle Of Wight Festival

Ronnie Joice | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ronnie Joice

This weekend for me sees the start of the British festival season - three months of mayhem is round the corner as I spend every possible weekend coming up in a field, soaked through to the bone, praying for sun. I'll be lucky.

The Courteeners: One Direction For Those Without Direction

Raj Bains | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Raj Bains

The Courteeners aren't the biggest band in the world, and nor are they the best. However, for a generation of Northern lads, they've helped soundtrack years of adolescence, myself included.

Indie Boys Don't Like Jam: Part 1

Morgana Edwards | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Morgana Edwards

Like many other girls of my generation, I have long had a penchant for the indie boy. As a 16-year-old I spent many hours lamenting the fact that the bassist of 'insert name of NME's top-tip' was not, and probably never would, my husband.

Indie Band Bastille: The Rising Battle

Paige Hiley | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Paige Hiley

Currently touring with their debut album 'Bad Blood' the four-piece band played to a sold out crowd at Southampton's Mo'club on the 7 March 2013). The big fan I am, I jumped at the chance to go see them and have been waiting ever since I purchased the tickets last year

You Need To Hear This: Featuring Emerging Icons Noush Skaugen, Elissa Franceschi, Dirty Fair, Orestea and Rushil

Kat Jackman | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kat Jackman

As you make your way around Emerging Icons you'll see that there's all kinds of new music to discover- but each week we like to give you a bit of help and put a few suggestions your way. These are some of the best acts and the hottest tunes we've found on Emerging Icons in the past few days and we really want you to hear them. You NEED to.

How Sync Saved Indie Music

Yousif Nur | Posted 30.03.2013 | Home
Yousif Nur

n the past couple of weeks you may or may not have seen the new Ikea ad featuring an emerging underground act with one of their songs plucked from near obscurity into the popular stratosphere known as Prime Time.

Liam Fray on the Release of The Courteeners' New Album Anna

Lydia Hughes | Posted 30.03.2013 | Home
Lydia Hughes

The Courteeners are getting ready to release their new, dark-yet-hopeful studio album Anna . Coming nearly three years after Falcon, Liam Fray talks of its arrival, the band's journey back from 'the wilderness,' and about who Anna actually is.

A Taste of Montreal

Akeela Bhattay | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Akeela Bhattay

As you might expect, Mile End presents a far more interesting and eclectic shopping experience than Montreal's central shopping area in Downtown. L'Arterie on Bernard W. houses vintage apparel, shoes and accessories as well as creations from local designers in this neat little shop.

Requiem for a Scene: I Miss Landfill Indie

Django Wylie | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Django Wylie

Landfill indie was the music of the boom years, our very own Roaring Twenties. The worst of songs were hysterically praised by the NME, whose circulation was closer to 100,000 than it probably ever will be again.

Do You Have to be a Celebrity to Get a Book Deal?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 15.12.2012 | Home
Laxmi Hariharan

Girls creator Lena Dunham signs book deal worth more than $3.5m. The headlines screamed, going onto elaborate how this 26-year-old filmmaker will deliver an advice book on essays about sex, mortality and food for Random House.

The Libertines - 'Up the Bracket' 10 Years On

Stephanie Chase | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Stephanie Chase

This week, 10 years ago, The Libertines released their debut album Up the Bracket and gave the British indie scene back to the youth it belonged to. This wasn't just a great collection of songs, it was a musical manifesto set out by Peter Doherty and Carl Barat that would inspire a generation and beyond.

The Light That Never Goes Out - Remembering the Smiths' Legacy, 25 Years After 'Strangeways'

Jaime Gill | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jaime Gill

Far from a muted epilogue, Strangeways is The Smiths turned up to 11: more heartbroken, witty, lascivious and adventurous than ever before. The explicit politicking may be absent, but this was never as central to The Smiths as the sloganeering album titles suggested: Morrissey was always more preoccupied with romantic than political malaise.

AIM Independent Music Awards Nominees Announced

Lara Baker | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK Entertainment
Lara Baker

Since starting to work on the AIM Independent Music Awards a couple of years ago, it hasn't escaped my attention that every time a list of music award nominees is published, a large-scale debate and healthy amount of criticism and cynicism inevitably follows. I suspect this is because of the subjective nature of music; the concept of judging it is arguably flawed.

Does it Take a Controversy to Create a Bestseller?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 07.11.2012 | Home
Laxmi Hariharan

Does it take a controversy for an Indie novel to become a bestseller in today's crowded electronic era? Of course if your novel is provocative enough, and both the above are extremely so, it will rub many the wrong way, sufficiently enough to generate that much-needed word-of-mouth buzz, which any marketer worth his/her salt will tell you is invaluable.

Authors: Promoting Your Free Book Promo

Reno Charlton | Posted 28.07.2012 | Home
Reno Charlton

Whilst the big publishing houses have all the resources they need to publicise the authors they have on their books, indie authors have to do all this by themselves, drawing on various tools and resources to help them along the way.

A Camden Crawler's Guide to Festival Management: Week 2

Lisa Paulon | Posted 06.04.2012 | UK Entertainment
Lisa Paulon

It might seem like running a festival by committee is like taking up herding cats as a hobby, but in some ways it makes things much easier. Our committee is made up of grizzled veterans of the grassroots music scene, and they know what they like - so the element of democracy this approach brings can also cause a few headaches.

A Camden Crawler's Guide to Festival Management: Week 1

Lisa Paulon | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK Entertainment
Lisa Paulon

I'm approaching 20 years of involvement in the Camden Crawl, the metropolitan music and arts festival in London I helped set up in the mid-Nineties... The environment of live music has changed beyond recognition since those days.

Indie Hip-Hop Tour Essentials

MC Lars | Posted 18.02.2012 | UK Entertainment
MC Lars

The past five months of my life have been spent living in a tour bus, van and hotel rooms across the world. Touring is an essential part of the business model for today's indie artists. Here are some tips and tricks I've picked up what to have with you on your journey.