Intimate Strangers

Chris Parkinson and Jimmy McGee (lead singer of the Bobby McGee’s) first met in 2005 whilst heckling at poetry nights. Together they set up the world’s first Poetry Brothel, which caused a furore as part of the 2007 Brighton Festival and went on to beat Gordon Brown to a Best Literature Award. The Bobby McGee’s’…

Jim Lambie

Television, Sadie Coles HQ When you’ve hit your fourth solo show with your London gallery and have one of the most envied CVs in the art world, there is a giant spotlight on whatever you do next. But Jim Lambie seldom fails to impress, recycling ideas and materials to full effect. In fact along with…

David Byrne

Royal Festival Hall, London 13th April 2009 David Byrne is currently on something close to a world tour to promote the album Everything That Happens Will Happen Today – his collaboration with producer supremo (and sporter of the most fabulous hairdo of the ’70s) Brian Eno. New York art rock enfant excentrique, David Byrne first…

Neil Rumming

‘Dirty Transmission’, The Police Gym, London A series of six paintings, oil on canvas, warm the cold walls of the basement of a decommissioned Edwardian police station in the depths of London’s New Cross. Neil Rumming’s solo exhibition at The Police Gym is accompanied by a series of diary entries in place of a press…

Camera Obscura

My Maudlin Career (4AD) Tattooed in twee and unfairly compared to every Scottish group that went before them (most often fellow Glaswegians Belle & Sebastian), Camera Obscura once seemed destined never to find their own voice. With this, their fifth album, they appear to have finally shaken off the shackles of lazy comparisons that dogged…

Lost & Found

Billy Childish: A Short Study By Neal Brown (The Aquarium) It’s another Boston Arms, dirty water Billy Childish night; those same three chords, biting joy, twenty years of dancing to the hip-shaking bone crunch in thee church of Billy C. I’m wondering how you’d explain the whirlwind of rock‘n’roll force, this giggling demob prince, to…

Let's Wrestle

The drummer is a punk (in the old fashioned way: bondage strides, leather jacket and short Mohican). The bass player is a dandy with big shades and extravagant hand gestures. The singer/guitarist doesn’t really exist in the world at all until standing on a stage, where he becomes utterly compelling – this year’s unlikeliest pop…

Live Forever

Elizabeth Peyton’s intimate and romantic paintings, depicting an eclectic brew of rock stars, actors and historical figures as well as more recent images of her friends and fellow artists, are among the most familiar and acclaimed portraits of recent years. David Lock presents a personal portrait of the artist. Since the mid-’90s, American artist Elizabeth…