This Woman's Work

Versatile, Spanish-based French musician Cécile Schott, aka Colleen, garnered legions of admirers and critical plaudits with a trio of post-millennial albums for the Leaf label which parlayed looped electronics, arcane instruments and minimalist chamber textures into an inimitably beguiling signature. After a hiatus of several years, Colleen is set to return with a new album,…

Louis Amore

Back in the distant days of camera film, it was experimenting with his sister’s Pentax and the school dark room that kick-started Louis Amore’s interest in photography. While he is now adjusted to a 35mm DSLR, he sees himself as a traditionalist at heart, and, a self confessed “sharpness freak”. Art & Music caught up…

Dara Scully

Much of the inspiration for Dara Scully’s photography comes from mixing her loves of nature, fantasy and folklore. Her models become goddesses in silent woodland settings, where they blend into their surroundings. your branches/my bones is taken from a series of the same name which features Scully as both muse and photographer. These are rich,…

Canal Knowledge

Decades of unauthorized creative activity alongside London’s waterways have created an ever-changing, al fresco ‘art gallery’ which is now as ineluctable a part of the city’s canals as the narrowboats which putter along them. This summer, The Canals Project, curated by Cedar Lewisohn, aims to shine a spotlight on this area with a series of new works…

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Girls on Film

A&M’s resident film critic, Peter Wix, abandons his usual review selection to ruminate on the most potent of female screen icons. She may be a friendship driven over a cliff , or Anita Ekberg parting the waters of the Fontana di Trevi, a wiggle, a smile, or a vengeful bandit queen. Just where is that…

A riot grrrl of my own

Riot grrrl began as an early ’90s, third-wave feminist/punk-rock movement in the USA’s Pacific Northwest, ostensibly styled after mixed-gender Olympia, Washington quartet Bikini Kill. Its British incarnation arrived soon after, most notably in the shape of ‘boy-girl revolutionary’ group, Huggy Bear. Here, Jamie Holman recalls the impact of riot grrrl’s British outriders on a scene…

Gimme the Loot (2012)

(Adam Leon)  “Do what you gotta do to make that s**t happen”, says Sofia (Tashiana Washington) to her friend and graffiti partner, Malcolm (Ty Hickson). Once again, they’ve just had their latest work ruined by their rivals – the Woodside King Crew, from Queens – and decide that they need to come up with a…

Photo: Rhiannon Parkinson

Yo La Tengo

Barbican Concert Hall 20 March My first thoughts on hearing ‘Ohm’, the opening track of this year’s Fade album, were somewhere along the lines of “Yo La Tengo have started channeling boy-band pop of the 1990s”. I could almost see Westlife rising from their stools during the final chorus. It took several listens to notice…

Sarah Baker: A Muse of Power

When I meet Sarah Baker at St Pancras train station, I am conscious that I keep looking at her face for longer than socially acceptable amounts of time; I apologise but keep doing it; she’s fine about it, which makes me think she must get that a lot. I could hear myself saying really stupid…