Album Review: Pixx – The Age of Anxiety

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The opening track of Pixx’s debut album begins with 21-year old Hannah Rodger telling us that “To put a name on it / Would be to nail the age of anxiety.” An over-produced song, with harsh, repetitive vocals and a hard-to-follow collusion of authentic delivery and electronic, muzzled sound. Not the most attractive introduction to an album, but fortunately after two songs this puzzling attitude disappears and Rodger’s beautiful and peculiar voice comes to the forefront – strong and emotive, shifting easily between lower ranges and high notes.

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Art, For My Sake: the Cons of Tattoos

As I watched the colour draining from my mum’s face when I told her I had booked my first tattoo appointment, I was more than prepared for her to joke about disowning me. A few weeks later, when she was the one helping me rinse the blood off my new open wound for art’s sake, I was surprised to get her seal of approval. However, not everyone is so understanding. Although society appears to have reached the mainstream acceptance of tattoos, there’s still some challenges to being tattooed in 2017.

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Dragons, Sharks and Tardises: The Pros of Tattoos

My mother, father, step-father, sister, and elder brothers all have tattoos. It’s something that has been consistent throughout my entire life, and growing up I knew I would eventually come to have tattoos of my own, after seeing the love given to them by my family. My sister’s Welsh dragon, my brother’s calf shrine to the Nightmare Before Christmas, my mother’s reminder of family – all show personal journeys that are present and available to view on skin.

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Music Review: The Thurston Moore Group

Saint Luke’s, 12/06

In a 1995 interview about the Sonic Youth album Washing Machine, Thurston Moore stated: “We all have different aesthetics as to how songs should work. I generally push for a lot of abandon while some people in the group are more interested in truncating things. If I was the leader as much as people say I am, every song would be 20 minutes long.”

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Arts Review: The Crucible

Dir. Douglas Rintoul, Theatre Royal, 12th – 17th June

It’s common knowledge that Arthur Miller’s The Crucible was intended to draw obvious parallels between the mania of the 1692 Salem witch hunt featured in the play and the paranoia of McCarthy-era America. Hunting for fictional witches and hunting for would-be Communists amounts to pretty much the same thing: displaced terror and unnecessary disruption. But politicised theatre has a habit of remaining relevant for long after its envisioned lifespan, and as director Douglas Rintoul states, ‘there’s a palpable sense that this 1950s play is for now’. It’s clear that in their recent performance of The Crucible, Selladoor Productions are intent on creating another analogy: between the terrified, socially anxious, misogynistic society of colonial America and today’s skewed political climate. Reassuring, eh?

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Film Review – Enactone

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As cringey as a “lesbian vampire erotic film” might sound like, Enactone is more than what its (possibly one of a kind) genre suggests. Film director Sky Deep Dietrich plays main character Marie Scott, former US slave turned into a vampire who now seeks vengeance against mankind through the acquiring of “orgasmic blood” from women (yes, you read it right).

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