Gig Review: Marilyn Manson, Hammersmith Apollo, 19/11/2015

Since the late 1980s Marilyn Manson (MM), both the man and the band, has produced art steeped in Weirdness at virtually every level. From their music, lyrics, Manson’s stage personas and life, conceptual narratives and general aesthetics, the intelligence and complexity of MM is frequently lost amidst the tide of controversy that inevitably follows in their […]

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Reassembling Reality: ‘The Amazing World of M.C. Escher’, Dulwich Picture Gallery, 5/11/2015

“Chaos is present everywhere,” Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972)  once stated, “whereas order remains an impossible ideal. We can always hope.” ‘The Amazing World of M.C. Escher’ – the first major exhibition of Escher’s work in the UK – is as well ordered as the artist in question’s thought-provoking and mind-bending  engravings and lithographs. Straightforwardly arranged in […]

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Gig Review: Lifelover, Hypothermia, Eye of Solitude, Kall – Nambucca, 26/09/2015

This was always going to be memorable. Not only does tonight’s show mark the tenth anniversary of the Swedish depressive black metal collective known as Lifelover, it’s only their second performance since the death of core member ‘B’ in 2011, and it follows an announcement that there will be no more recordings under the Lifelover […]

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