It is testament to Brix and the Extricated’s work ethic that they have created their third album just a year since last year’s excellent Breaking State, but productivity certainly isn’t at the expense of quality.  Super Blood Wolf Moon delivers yet another 10 solid gold tracks demonstrating a growing confidence in an even greater range […]

With four former members of The Fall constituting four-fifths of Brix and the Extricated, comparisons with the post-punk band which spanned four decades until the death of frontman Mark E Smith this year, are inevitable. Their first album, Part 2, included some Fall songs, but Breaking State, the Extricated’s second, puts some clear water between […]

One of the best things about living in London is that this fabulous capital never ceases to surprise and delight. There is always something new to discover and this week I found endless delight in the art on display at the ARTHOUSE1 gallery in Bermondsey. Only distinguishable from the terrace of Georgian houses by a […]

At first glance you might wonder what the Bloomsbury artist Vanessa Bell and musician, writer and artist Patti Smith have in common, but an intimate exhibition alongside the first ever major retrospective of Bell’s work at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, helpfully shines a spotlight on the radical and uncompromising nature of Bell’s life and work. […]

For those of us of a certain age, the music of Prince probably forms at least part of the soundtrack of our lives. I remember seeing him on Top of the Pops performing When Doves Cry, dancing with my best – and now longest-standing mate – to You’ve Got the Look at art college, the […]