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Current affairs

Is social media stock shifting?

Last week, Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve sought to dissuade investors from buying too heavily into social media [read more]

Tor attack may have stripped users of anonymity for five months

Hidden identity of Tor users may have been revealed after an attack hit the service over last five months. The attack [read more]

Guns N’ Roses star Slash admits having sex at 14 after drugging his girlfriend’s mom

Guns N’ Roses star Slash has confessed having sex with his girlfriend in her apartment at the age of 14 after having [read more]

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20 JUNE 2014


Live music

Laura Groves at St Pancras Old Church

Formerly known as Blue Roses and a member of the band Nautic, Yorkshire girl Laura Groves [read more]

FAMY at the Lexington

Random words are forming a delicate poem on the backdrop. White flowers adorn the stage [read more]

Jonah Tolchin at Rough Trade West

On a sweltering summer evening Jonah Tolchin provided such an authentic country [read more]

Ward Thomas at The Islington

Double act Ward Thomas are a bit of an oddity in the country music scene, not because [read more]

Boy Hits Car at Underworld Camden

Boy Hits Car are something of a relic; representing a bygone era of late 90s and early [read more]

To Rococo Rot at Rough Trade East

The Berlin-based trio To Rococo Rot enter Rough Trade East’s small scene built up in [read more]

Fashion & Lifestyle

Maria Francesca Pepe AW14: diamonds in the rough

As a designer, you know you have hit the big time when you have the likes of Kate Moss or [read more]

Top summer skincare tips

Now that it’s summer we all want that natural glow, the one that looks healthy and [read more]

So jealous of your jelly shoes

We all had a pair, normally with sparkles embedded in amongst the plastic. They were the [read more]

Blake Lively’s new website Preserve tells tales of not a lot

It’s tough to be overly critical of Lively’s new website, Preserve, simply because [read more]

Britney Spears to launch underwear collection

The princess of pop will be adding to her wildly successful thrall of products by [read more]

Max Azria for Hervé Leger A/W 2014

Tunisian born designer Max Azria unleashes a sultry autumn/winter 2014 collection for the [read more]

Art

London art for free

In the rush of the city, finding out what’s new and free can become a constant pursuit, especially when it comes to art. Exhibitions are ever changing, and with the [read more]

Off the Wall at Bankside Gallery

Bankside Gallery has recently opened its exhibition Off the Wall, a collection of work by artists from the Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. [read more]

Disobedient Objects at the V&A

Tools of political and social protest go way beyond the handheld banner or painted sign. Marchers and protesters often use considerable ingenuity, creativity and humour to [read more]

Theatre

Marry Me A Little at St James

Set in an apartment in New York, Marry Me A Little brings together Sondheim’s unpublished songs in a bittersweet play about love and loneliness, as two strangers in the [read more]

Fairytales & Fire at the Old Red Lion

In his debut full-length play Fairytales & Fire, writer and director Craig Henry of BackHere! Theatre Company explores the pitfalls of romance and the bewildering power [read more]

The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes at the Arcola

The Nightmare of Carlos Fuentes, by Rashid Razaq based on a short story by Hassan Blasim, is a show they call a black comedy, but the comedy is rather light-hearted with a [read more]

Food & drinks

Silk and Grain in Cornhill

33 Cornhill has undergone something of a transformation. Nestled amongst high-end fashion retailers and giants of the financial world, it’s a location that’s demands [read more]

The renaissance of Lambrusco

Lambrusco has never been a byword for sophisticated luxury – until now. It fell flat in the 70s and has spent the last 40 years self-consciously residing on the lowest [read more]

Zen Sai in Camden

Located in the heart of the achingly cool Camden, Zen Sai cuts an impressively sleek figure. The Oriental art on the walls mingles with solid wood furnishings and a bar so [read more]

Music

Reunions: five bands we want to reform and five we don’t

Nothing lasts forever. A sad truth that none of us want to accept, especially when it comes to the music we love. Music is arguably unlike any other art form, possessing [read more]

Ward Thomas: Country stars from Hampshire chat to The Upcoming

Catherine and Lizzy Ward-Thomas have been singing country music in the US and the UK for a few years now, but what’s most surprising about them is that the harmonious pair [read more]

Slow Club – Complete Surrender

Sheffield duo Slow Club have enjoyed a steadily growing appreciation for their emotive, compassionate music since their formation in 2006. The band has recently released [read more]

Books

Down But Not Out: The Nine Lives of Jack Lacy by Jack Lacy

Down But Not Out: The Nine Lives of Jack Lacy is a memoir of the first 40 years of Lacy’s life. The book is a difficult read due to the subject matter, which takes in [read more]

England and Other Stories by Graham Swift

England and Other Stories is accomplished, individual, and could even be called refreshing: it’s a written-to-purpose collection, not a cobbled-together book of stories [read more]

Cockleshells – A Book of People Poetry by Tricia Sturgeon

Tricia Sturgeon’s latest book of poetry, Cockleshells, is inspiring; it provokes readers into delving into their thoughts as she discusses an array of life events and [read more]

Beauty

Top summer skincare tips

Now that it’s summer we all want that natural glow, the one that looks healthy and other women envy. Every year we say that next summer we’ll prepare weeks in advance [read more]

Press day: Celebrating 25 years of Aspects Beauty

Aspects Beauty recently launched their latest fragrance collections at the Ice Tank, London to celebrate their 25th anniversary.  From working with well-known celebrities to [read more]

I heart nail art, you heart nail art

Do you hate your nails to look boring? Do you want them to look bold and out there for the summer? If you answered yes to these questions, you need to check out I Heart Nail [read more]

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New York City

Heathers: The Musical at New World Stages

The brand new New York musical Heathers, based on the cult 1989 dark comedy of the same name, manages to cover most of the important moments of the film – no details [read more]

Rocky: the Musical at the Winter Garden | Theater review

The iconic story of small-time South Philly boxer turned local hero, Rocky Balboa, is brought back to life in this dazzling, high-tech musical adaptation that packs a whole [read more]

Machinal at the American Airlines | Theater review

Last night actress Rebecca Hall and the Roundabout Theater Company previewed Sophie Treadwell’s 1928 play Machinal at New York City’s American Airlines Theater. [read more]

Cinema

A Dangerous Game

Anthony Baxter’s 2011 film You’ve Been Trumped supplied a mixture of anti-authoritarian film-making and quaint local charm, documenting the struggle of a group of people [read more]

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cast and director discuss Marvel’s latest

The Upcoming caught up with director James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and David Bautista to discuss the release of their new Marvel venture, Guardians of the [read more]

Guardians of the Galaxy preview and Q&A with Marvel head producer Kevin Fiege

Ahead of the much anticipated Marvel comic sci-fi romp Guardians of the Galaxy on 31st July, those in attendance at a special 3D IMAX preview in the Leicester Square Empire [read more]

Fashion news

Maria Francesca Pepe AW14: diamonds in the rough

As a designer, you know you have hit the big time when you have the likes of Kate Moss or Rihanna wearing one of your pieces, but when you can add both of those names to your [read more]

Blake Lively’s new website Preserve tells tales of not a lot

It’s tough to be overly critical of Lively’s new website, Preserve, simply because all the best intentions are clearly there. They promote the fine work of up-and-coming [read more]

Britney Spears to launch underwear collection

The princess of pop will be adding to her wildly successful thrall of products by creating a lingerie line. She has worked alongside Candie’s, Pepsi, Skechers and Hasbro as [read more]

Sport & Tech

Some sporting earthquakes to rival Brazil

Some sporting earthquakes to rival Brazil

Even if you have absolutely zero interest in the beautiful game, it cannot have escaped your attention that the most momentous event in the history of football happened the other night in Brazil. You don’t need reminding of this, but just in case you do – Brazil [read more]

How bookies are the big winners at the World Cup

How bookies are the big winners at the World Cup

Tournaments around the football world are notoriously hard to predict, meaning that usually the bookies are the biggest [read more]

Bingo… a different kind of game, and one that’s great for everyone

Bingo… a different kind of game, and one that’s great for everyone

Well, although we wouldn’t recommend gambling as a way to escape either debt or work, there’s a lot of fun to be had [read more]

World Cup betting offers chance to win

World Cup betting offers chance to win

There’s a strong case claim that beating the bookmakers during the World Cup is as tough as winning the famous [read more]

Feature of the week

    The consumer guide to buying a heat pump

    These days everyone is conscious about saving money on home heating. The escalation in fuel costs has been much publicised. Although the economic situation looks to be improving most of us are still counting the pennies, and are trying our best to eek out disposable […]