IN RETROSPECT: Gwen Stefani – Love. Angel. Music. Baby.

The 2000s was an important time in popular music. There was so much quality and so much of it to choose from. Pop music could be anything, anything at all. And by anyone at all. Competition within the industry definitely existed, but overall, there was a lot more variety across the board, an abundance of artistic individuality, all combined with original, well-crafted compositions.

At that time, there was also ‘just a girl’ who exemplified the aforementioned characteristics. She also happened to be the lead singer of an already established ska/punk/rock band. If you know anything about me, you’ll know I was a huge fan while I was growing up. Yes, we’re talking about Gwen Stefani.

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DESTACADO: Kostis Grivakis – Artista

No sé si hacer el reciclaje se vuelve aburrido, o si alguna vez nos cansamos de nuestros pinturas y retratos favoritos de artistas renombrados, pero por si acaso, os presento a alguien que sabe matar dos pájaros de un tiro. (Metafóricamente hablando, claro, porque cuando se lo piensa, apedrear pájaros es bastante malo.)

Konstantinos “Kostis” Grivakis es un artista y profesor de arte griego que tiene madera para convertir cosas viejas de la casa de uso diario en… arte. ¡Y mucho! No es sólo un genio para el reciclaje, sino también para hacer collages de gente famosa con el traje regional y en escenarios de Omán, lo cual resulta o en algo bastante gracioso o en algo excepcionalmente impresionante (ver: el collage de Elizabeth Taylor). Grivakis también hace collages de obras de arte mundialmente conocido mezclado con lugares de interés en Omán.

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FEATURED: Kostis Grivakis – Artist

I don’t know if recycling ever gets boring, or if we ever fall out of love with our favourite paintings and portraits by renowned artists, but just in case, here’s someone who can kill two birds with one stone. (Metaphorically speaking of course, because when you think about it, stoning birds is quite mean.)

Konstantinos “Kostis” Grivakis is a Greek artist and art teacher who has a knack for turning everyday used household items into… art. And lots of it! Not only is he a recycling genius, but he also makes collages of famous figures in traditional Omani dress and settings, which results in something either quite amusing or exceptionally stunning (see: collage of Elizabeth Taylor). Grivakis also creates collages of world-famous works of art mixed with popular landmarks in Oman.

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Chris Brown lanza nuevo vídeo para “Hope You Do”

Cuando un artista lanza un álbum que cuenta con más de 40 pistas, puede que creyeras que puede estar satisfecho con su trabajo. Puede sacarse los zapatos que está todo acabado. No es así con Chris Brown.

Hace un par de días el cantante veterano de tan sólo 29 años de Virginia estrenó un séptimo (has leído bien, ¡séptimo!) videoclip de su último álbum Heartbreak on a Full Moon (2017). En la canción “Hope You Do” (“Espero que lo hagas”), producida por ISM y A1 (y que contiene letras explícitas), Brown habla de querer cambiar sus hábitos caprichosos y mujeriegos por una chica que realmente le gusta, ansiando su atención, mientras canta emotivamente sobre el instrumental de R&B suave y sensual.

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Chris Brown drops new music video for “Hope You Do”

When an artist releases an album with over 40 tracks, you might think that they would be satisfied with their work. They can put their feet up and stop there. Not Chris Brown.

Yesterday the veteran and 29-years-young singer from Virginia released his seventh (yes, seventh!) music video from his latest album Heartbreak on a Full Moon (2017). In the song “Hope You Do”, which was produced by ISM and A1 (and contains explicit lyrics), Brown talks of wanting to change his playful and wayward habits for a girl that he really likes, longing for her attention and engagement, while displaying a melodic and emotive vocal performance over the sultry, silky R&B/trap instrumental.

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REVIEW: Palomar Theatre – ‘Darlings’

I took a short trip to Bath with my dad and my brother yesterday to see a new theatre production about a seemingly in control young woman with an uncomfortable and unconfronted past.

Darlings tells the story of main protagonist Eve (Katie Anderson) and her casual relationship with boyfriend and “new addiction”, Gabe (Toby Robertshaw). A semi-drunken chat after a night out begins to reveal – through delicate puppetry and reverberating soundbites – a lot of previously uncovered history. All this intrigues Gabe at first, but brings out Eve’s defensive side and sets them up for an unavoidable yet necessary revelation.

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Saga and Henrik are back one last time for ‘The Bridge IIII’

There are so many TV shows to choose from these days, and while I think that’s great, I also wouldn’t be the first to say that the ratio of stellar TV dramas to subpar white noise-fillers has been quite underwhelming in recent years. Thankfully, I’ve got just the thing to make you a believer again.

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DESTACADO: Melvzxlife – Fotógrafo

¿Sabes cuando te salta algo en el feed que NO es un meme, ni un video gracioso, ni alguien nuevo de que te puedas enamorar, y sueltas un “joer”? Pues, casi nunca, cierto. Bueno, eso es lo que a mí me pasó esta semana cuando vi esto:

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DESTACADO: Aiden Harmitt-Williams – Fotógrafo

Es generalmente aceptado que la fotografía se trata de capturar momentos específicos. Para los artistas, es bastante difícil lograr presentar reflexiones fotográficas de la realidad, por no hablar de superar ese concepto de una manera tan concienzuda, pero imperceptible.

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I Wish I Didn’t Quit: Music Lessons – Nathan Holder

Many of us learned instruments as children, whether it was the recorder in class, or private piano or guitar lessons after school, and a lot of us are familiar with that excitement of learning a new extra-curricular skill… But then a lot of us are also all too familiar with a particular thought as we grow up: I wish I didn’t quit.

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Leaks, Covers & Mixtapes: Una Breve Guía de las Canciones No Oficiales de JoJo

Apenas terminada su gira con Armed Forces Entertainment en Japón y Okinawa, Joanna “JoJo” Levesque recientemente anunció que está lista para volver de gira de forma bastante distinta. Agárraos las pelucas…

Los que conocen bien el trayecto de la cantante de R&B/pop, sabrán que después de irrumpir en la escena con su canción más conocida “Leave (Get Out) -con tan solo 13 años- y posteriormente haber lanzado dos álbumes exitosos JoJo (2004) y The High Road (2006) con Blackground Records, Levesque se encontró con un “problema pasajero” digamos, a causa de su sello discográfico, lo cual le impidió que lanzase un tercer álbum de estudio. Durante esa época, después de haber trabajado implacablemente para montar varias versiones de un LP completo, con aspiraciones de empezar la nueva etapa en su carrera musical, se mantenía productiva y sacó unos mixtapes para sacarles de apuro a sus fans leales, cantó varios covers… y, desafortunadamente, se filtraba una gran cantidad del material en el que estaba trabajando.

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NEW MUSIC: Ellis Aaron – “Me & You (Remix)”

Ellis Aaron is a singer, songwriter and musician from Bristol who is slowly making a name for himself on both the Bristol and worldwide music scenes. Having had his music played on local and international radio stations and received a lot of positive feedback from his fans and peers alike for his soulful and high-calibre productions, Aaron has released a new follow-up remix to his most recent single.

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FEATURED: Aiden Harmitt-Williams – Photographer

Photography is generally understood to be about capturing specific moments in time. As an artist, it’s tough enough to grasp the ability to present photographic reflections of reality, let alone go above and beyond that concept in such a conscientious yet imperceptible manner.

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Hare in the Chair – Upholstery shop and service

When shopping for furniture, most people’s first port of call is one of the usual big brands, or whichever of them recently put out a new tantalizing ad campaign. But if you live in or near Bristol and are looking for bespoke, high-quality and contemporary chairs, footstools and cushions – even for existing ones to be reupholstered – I’d encourage you to shop locally, and more specifically with a store that is extremely passionate about the furniture that they produce.

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Leaks, Covers & Mixtapes: A Brief Guide to JoJo’s Unofficial Releases

Fresh from touring in Japan and Okinawa with Armed Forces Entertainment, Joanna “JoJo” Levesque recently announced that she is ready to get back on the road for a new tour with a distinct twist. Hold on to your wigs…

Those well-accustomed to the R&B/pop singer’s journey will know that after crashing onto the scene at the age of 13 in 2004 with arguably her most popular song “Leave (Get Out)” and subsequently releasing two successful albums JoJo (2004) and The High Road (2006) on Blackground Records, Levesque hit what we shall now call a blip in the form of label troubles, which for seven years prevented her from releasing a third studio album. During that time, having tired relentlessly to put together several versions of a full LP with hopes of starting the next phase in her music career, she stayed proactive and released mixtapes to tide her loyal fans over, performed various covers… and unfortunately had a lot of the material that she was working on leaked.

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