iC1s and That London Thing

Jason Holmes | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

A band like iC1s, who sit calmly within the vanguard of the London scene and are rated by the likes of Carl Barat and Alan McGee, possess a lot of the old, natural swagger.

Musings on Kim Fowley and Edgar Froese

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Michael Nirenberg

These two artists couldn't be any more different, yet each had enormously prolific outputs that have influenced culture directly and indirectly. These two careers that cannot be summed up adequately in short order.

Bleach Blood: Against All Odds

Clara Cullen | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

What Bleach Blood is exactly is difficult to define. Dance punk? Electro-rock? Forget genres, they often make things unnecessarily confined, and Bleach Blood were never going to fit neatly into a box anyway.

This Ain't Nashville

Daniel Cadwallader | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Cadwallader

Vancouver's Billy The Kid (real name Billy Pettinger) lies somewhere between the street tough song writing of Loretta Lynn and the raw Grrl power of Kathleen Hanna, and her latest effort, Horseshoes & Hand grenades, is the perfect synthesis of American roots and punk scene spirit.

Deadly Denim - The Darker Side of Firetrap

Mik Scarlet | Posted 03.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

A story on fashion is not my usual Huffington fair, but I actually started my writing career working for an alternative fashion magazine called Sinzine and studied fashion at college back in my New Romantic youth.

Give Us Back Our Heroes: How the Digital Era Brought Us Too Close to Our Stars

Matthew Phillips | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Phillips

In an age when social media reigns supreme and our celebrities are subjected to having their nude, private photographs gleefully circulated online without their permission, it is important to be reminded that, once upon a time, some public figures were beyond the public's grasp. This separation allowed space for stories to emerge and idols to be born.

Exclusive Stream: Great Cynics-Lost & Found

Clara Cullen | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

Greats Cynics, purveyors of life affirming punk, are about to head out on tour with Joyce Manor and Cheap Girls. To celebrate this trip across the UK and Europe, they're releasing a tour tape with two new tracks. Released on Jen Long's label Kissability, you can listen to an exclusive stream of their track 'Lost & Found' below.

The Versatile Hugh Cornwell: 'Always Give People What You Want for Yourself'

Jason Holmes | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Of his new novel Arnold Drive, Hugh Cornwell says "it's like Being There meets Forrest Gump meets Father Ted. It's a Dickensian tale, a black comedy."

Is Blending in the New Black?

Julie Hurst | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Hurst

"To be irreplaceable, one must always be different", said Coco Chanel. But with the current vogue for 'reality dressing' being played out on the streets and down the catwalks, it seems that it's 'indifference' which is the order of the day.

Back in the Street

Daniel Cadwallader | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Cadwallader

I speak to Barry Johnson from gutsy punk rockers Joyce Manor on the band's inspirations and aspirations.

Introducing: Seán McGowan

Clara Cullen | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

Things are on the up for singer-songwriter Seán McGowan. He will shortly be signing a record deal and his new single Come Unstuck features Frank Turner on backing vocals. Things have never been better for the Southampton local.

A Little List: Rare Book Trade Thoughts in Gilbert-and-Sullivan Mode

Johan Kugelberg | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Johan Kugelberg

I am getting ready to travel to Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. As a faculty member I teach a summer course there each year. Preparing for this course I end up pondering rare books, antiquarian book dealing, and how libraries deal with the history and artifacts of the second half of the 20th century.

Here: My Futile Desire to Summarize and Introduce the Situationists

Johan Kugelberg | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Johan Kugelberg

What Malcolm and Vivienne (and maybe Bernie) did was utilize the strengths and methods of the situationists to flog their sublime clobber. By mistake or osmosis, that resulted in the get up and get on with it cultural espresso of seventies punk continuing to trickle down, to inspire to wake some up and make some dream.

Introducing: The Smith Street Band

Clara Cullen | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

I met lead singer Wil Wagner and drummer Chris Cowburn before their set outside The Fighting Cocks in Kingston. It's a mainstay on the punk circuit, a dingy pub and basement live room that's taken its fair share of beatings.

Straight Outta Scranton

Daniel Cadwallader | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Cadwallader

When, Pensylvania punk quartet, The Menzingers get called a bar band you don't find yourself questioning it. There anthemic and rootsy on classic punk rockis the perfect accompaniment to a Saturday with your friends and several hundred pints.

Being Jean Paul Gaultier

Iain R Webb | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Iain R Webb

At the opening reception for the The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaulter: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the designer related how he and his team had been working on the exhibition for over a year. It shows.

Punk Rocker Undergoes Virtually Unrecognisable Transformation

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Snog, Marry, Avoid - the BBC3 TV show that pretty much throws a make-up wipe and a brush at people who dress to extremes have outdone themselves. ...

R.I.P Front Magazine

Tom Ward | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Ward

I first read Front Magazine in 2007. I was on a train coming back from Paris after a holiday with my girlfriend's family. I spent the entire journey covering my mouth in case my girlfriend's mum heard me laughing and asked what I was reading.

Are Ninjabis the New Punk-Rockers?

Jonathan A.J. Wilson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan A.J. Wilson

t's interesting to see the rise in male and female journalists indulging in burka cosplay as part of investigative journalism, which brings a new meaning to the term undercover journalism. At the risk of being accused of paralipsis, I don't want to enter the currently framed niqab debates fully - one key reason being that I believe males should tread carefully when commenting on female issues. But I do want to use the niqab to open up discussions that consider a wider phenomenon, which is driving the quest for cultural authenticity.

Fashion Isn't Rubbish: The New London Scene That Is Going Green

Paul Drury | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Drury

There's a new trend in London's fashion scene, and it's going green. Has re-using, re-cycling and customising clothes ever been cooler?

Elvis Costello: Making the First-Ever Documentary Portrait

Mark Kidel | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mark Kidel

Less Than Zero was written and performed by an unknown with the unlikely name of Elvis Costello. That someone should have the chutzpah to steal the name of the King of rock'n'roll seemed preposterous: Elvis Presley was still alive at the time. This, I told myself, had better be good! And it was just that.

The Spirit of Lou Reed is Very Much Alive

Will Black | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Will Black

When I was a teenager the only Lou Reed song I heard on the radio was Walk on the Wild Side. Even pirate stations, which I would listen to in the early hours of the morning, only seemed to play that song - which is odd when you consider the fact that not all Lou Reed songs mention blow jobs and amphetamine abuse.

Jessica Elgot

INTERVIEW: Pussy Riot's Katya Samutsevich

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK

Freedom is only the first battle for Pussy Riot’s Yekaterina Samutsevich. The Russian punk pioneer, radical artist and gay rights campaigner is t...

ON... Never Mind the Bo***cks - We Were Punks.

Martin Treanor | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Martin Treanor

Hundreds of bands, doing their own thing on small, backstreet labels, because the big record executives wouldn't give them the time of day... well not yet anyway, not until the quids started rolling in.

Pussy Riot: Not Sponsored by Nike or Coca-Cola

Neil Durkin | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Neil Durkin

I was at a gig in south London last week when, so to speak, my day job popped up. One minute I was "chillaxing" (as I believe the kids and the prime minister like to say) to some genial indie rock, the next ... I'm listening to a longish poem about Russian authoritarianism.