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Celebrate Record Store Day in Soho, London (OneTravel)

Fingering your way through crate after crate of vinyl discs in search of that one final piece of sonic perfection that’s been eluding your otherwise complete collection of cherished LPs is a lot like hunting for Easter eggs, just way … Continue reading

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Tops Sights and Sounds Around Muscle Shoals, Alabama (OneTravel)

Nestled along the banks of the Tennessee River, the area of Muscle Shoals in northwest Alabama is a nature lover’s dream. It’s a music lover’s dream too, where a small handful of recording studios have been responsible for some of … Continue reading

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London’s Best Record Stores (CheapOair)

Record stores: London’s got ‘em. Some of the best in Europe actually, and here’s a crème de la crème list of this city’s finest establishments dedicated to the needs of the finickiest vinyl junkies. Sound good? Then you better hurry up and … Continue reading

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Quality Carnaby Haircuts for Men at Pankhurst Barbershop

Last week started off with a bit man pampering for me with a highly recommendable visit to Pankhurst barbershop in the Carnaby area of Soho. I went in for a beard trim and enjoyed every aspect of my upscale yet down to earth experience. Continue reading

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Dixie Detours: Miami in a Minute

The final stop of our Dixie Detours visit to the US was Miami, where an overnight layover afforded Kemey and me the chance to check in on some friends who had recently moved there – big thanks to Tanya and Francesco for being such fantastic hosts and showing us around so much of your fine town – while soaking up some south Florida sunshine before heading back to Blighty. Continue reading

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Dixie Detours: Sweet Shoals Music

Before our visit to the Muscle Shoals area of Alabama, I never would have imagined the music of Aretha Franklin could resonate even more with me than it already did. Goosebumps on top of goosebumps – how’s that gonna happen? But there I was standing in Studio A of Fame Studios in humble little Florence, Alabama where the mighty diva recorded such classics as Do Right Woman, Do Right Man, and something clicked in a deep and soulful sort of way. In the few days since Kemey and I checked out the Shoals, listening to Aretha’s songs has been coupled with an even deeper and more satisfying feeling than before. Continue reading

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Dixie Detours: A Cajun Good Time in Lafayette

It’s a down home kind of place, Lafayette, where a koozie for your cold one is handy asset indeed. Continue reading

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Dixie Detours: Athens, Georgia

First stop on my Dixie Detours road trip was the quintessential college town of Athens, Georgia – the city which I had called home for most of the 90s during a rather scenic, circuitous and often hazy experience as an undergrad anthropology major at the University of Georgia. Much of the reason for my meandering approach to higher education and indeed life in general during my 20s was due to spending loads of time mingling with the musical set of this amazing little city famed for hosting more than its fair share of influential musicians and bands (REM, B52s, Vic Chestnut, Neutral Milk Hotel, Of Montreal, etc ad nauseam). Continue reading

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Atlanta: Strip City (Vice)

Until last year, twerking was the preserve of strip clubs and south London dancehall nights. Now, it’s a word that your great-aunt has probably said out loud, thanks to Miley Cyrus dry-humping that old man’s leg at the VMAs and … Continue reading

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La Giaconda Café Bar Restaurant on Denmark Street

Following a major refurbishment, Denmark Street’s landmark rock ‘n roll restaurant, La Giaconda Café Bar Restaurant brings together a quality caff experience and a fine dining options in the heart of Soho. Continue reading

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Egypt: How to Play a Gig in a Revolution (Noisy)

Noisey and Colonel Blimp are very excited to present ‘Egypt: How to Play a Gig in a Revolution’. Disillusioned with the gig circuit at home, London band I.R.O.K travelled to Cairo, Egypt, to witness the aftermath of the revolution and … Continue reading

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Black Cat Cabaret at a “Grand Scale and Secret Location”

Following sell out success at Cafe de Paris in 2013, Black Cat Cabaret has returned to the London stage for a string of sultry nights a la “the backstreets of vintage Montmartre.” I had a blast at the Black Cat’s 2014 premier this past Friday night. Held at a “grand scale and secret location – one of Central London’s hidden gems”, I was glad to see the show was as good as (or maybe just a little better than) when I caught it at Cafe de Paris last spring. Continue reading

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Heavy Metal Bowling vs Bompas & Parr’s Metal BBQ

Aw man, I’m going to be out of town and thus unable to attend this event but look: Heavy Metal Bowling – your chance to “finger holes, caress balls” while “crushing pins” to a soundtrack featuring Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard, Elder, The Sword, Slayer, Sleep, Metallica. Continue reading

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Corona Capital Music Festival 2013 in Mexico City (CheapOair)

The Corona Capital Music Festival 2013 descends on Mexico City mid October offering music fans one of the most amazing rosters of musicians out there today. Read my complete post at the CheapOair blog.

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London Daily Photo: Stanley Donwood at The Outsiders London

Stanley Donwood’s latest exhibition Far Away is Close at Hand in Images of Elsewhere is now open at The Outsiders London (Greek Street, Soho). Vibrant and eerie, the show’s well worth taking a look at. Many of you who might not immediately recognise the artist’s name might actually have some of his work in your homes. Donwood has been collaborating with Radiohead for cover artwork since the band put out The Bends almost a decade ago. Continue reading

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Happy (Early) Halloween from Houston (CheapOair)

Trick or treat, y’all? October’s just around the corner, and Houstonians are preparing for a frightfully fun Halloween. Here’s a selection of five events around Houston, whether you’re looking for family friendly activities for the little ones or something more mature for the witching hours. Continue reading

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Theatre Review: When Midnight Strikes, Upstairs at the Gatehouse

If you’ve ever been in a room with more than one Manhattanite, you’ll recognise the tone of this musical and the acerbic banter bounced between its characters. Indeed, I was half surprised for there not to be a sea of yellow cabs swarming the streets of Highgate as I left the Gatehouse pub humming after Friday night’s stellar performance of When Midnight Strikes. Continue reading

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Review: Sincerely, Mr Toad at Greenwich Theatre

Last night I caught the London premiere of Sincerely, Mr Toad at the Greenwich Theatre. Having toured around the UK with a well received stint at this year’s Fringe, the new musical examines the life of The Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame, his icy relationship with wife Elspeth and the tragic early death of their son Alastair – and how these and other factors shaped Grahame’s imagination and writing. Continue reading

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Pink Pigeon and Yummy Choo Present Mauritian Style Pop-Up @ Bedford & Strand, Sunday 1 September

UPDATE: This event has been canceled and will be rescheduled. UPDATE: This event has been canceled and will be rescheduled. Supper club sensation Yummy Choo alongside Pink Pigeon Rum (both proud Mauritian exports) are teaming up for a one-off event … Continue reading

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Mariachi Doritos Jukebox @Yahoo! Wireless Festival London

You’ve come across Doritos’ Mariachi ad campaign, right? Hilarious and catchy stuff! It features a traditional Mexican Mariachi band performing classic rock ‘n’ roll and pop hits mostly from the 80s. Apparently the band even hit the stage at the recent Yahoo! Wireless Festival. Continue reading

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5 Hot Miami Blogs (OneTravel)

Whether you heading to Miami for the food, the culture or simply to bask in the sun, this city famously has something for everyone and is an excellent destination no matter what kind of vacation you have in mind. To help you make the most of your sizzling South Florida break, here’s a list of five Miami area blogs that are as fun to read as they are filled with useful tips.
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The South for France Comes to London for the Joie de Vivre Festival (CheapOair)

Britain or France for your summer vacation? Hmmm … it’s a tough choice. Or maybe you’ve already booked your London flights for this time round and you’re considering making France yoru next big destination?With the Sud de France Joie de … Continue reading

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Hot Concerts This August in Atlanta (CheapOair)

They don’t call it Hotlanta for nothing! And with a host of hit makers coming to the Georgia capital this August, the city is set to get even hotter. Continue reading

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Meet Mighty Mo and More at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre (OneTravel)

Historic and cherished … and still packing ‘em in, the “fabulous” Fox Theatre in Atlanta is a landmark of the Georgia capital and one of the state’s premiere venues for the best in cinema and live entertainment. Continue reading

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Good Stuff

Here’s a quick little list of good stuff I’ve recently come across and thought was worth sharing with you. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Theatre Sneak Preview: Sincerely, Mr Toad

Keith Jack (Any Dream Will Do Finalist, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) leads a 12 strong cast in Sincerely, Mr Toad, a brand new musical from Sell A Door Theatre Company in association with Greenwich Theatre. The show explores the life of Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind in the Willows, and looks at the tragic events that inspired the popular writer’s most famous work. Continue reading

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I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll – Mariachi Style

Doritos’ boys in green go rockabilly inside their very own jukebox and add a little Mexican fun to the 1981 Joan Jett classic – Sponsored

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Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait at the Jewish Museum in London (CheapOair)

The answer to her hit song Rehab may very well be “NO NO NO!” However, if fans of British superstar Amy Winehouse are wondering whether they should check out a new exhibition in London that looks beyond the tabloid news and fame to focus instead on her family life, the answer is without a doubt, “YES YES YES!” Continue reading

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Best of Italy’s Summer Music Festivals (OneTravel)

Summer vacation in Italy? That’s music to everbody’s ears – no matter what type of tunes you like to listen to. From sacred music to jive, from Puccini to Diana Krall, There’s a wonderful range of summer music festivals scheduled across Italy catering to all tastes and budgets. Here’s a look at just a few of the many. Continue reading

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Four of This Summer’s Best European Music Festivals (OneTravel)

Here comes summer (and not soon enough!). For the young and the youthful among European music fans that means it’s time to party. Heading to Europe this summer and hoping to add an extra dose of fun to your vacation? Check out this four unique music festivals. All four are great value for money too! Continue reading

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Plans Announced for the 2013 City of London Festival (CheapOair)

Every summer the City of London Festival brings to life unique buildings and outdoor spaces with an extensive artistic program of music, visual arts, film, walks and talks with much of it free to the public. Inaugurated in 1962 to revitalize the cultural life of “the City” – London’s square mile financial district – the festival is to considered to be one of the UK’s leading annual arts events. Continue reading

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Run to the Hills! Iron Maiden Announces Trooper Ale.

Trooper is a premium British beer inspired by Iron Maiden and handcrafted at Robinsons Brewery. Being a real ale enthusiast, vocalist Bruce Dickinson has developed a beer which has true depth of character. Malt flavours and citric notes from a unique blend of Bobec, Goldings and Cascade hops dominate this deep golden ale with a subtle hint of lemon. Continue reading

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David Bowie Exhibition at V&A London (OneTravel)

With unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive, London’s V&A museum will soon present the first international retrospective exhibition to highlight the extraordinary career of one of popular music’s most beloved and enduring stars. David Bowie is will open at … Continue reading

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Photos at Quaglino’s Restaurant in London (CheapOair)

Adding to the rock ‘n’ roll glamour of the show, a special range of cocktails has been created by Quaglino’s bar manager, Michal Zawerbny. Priced at £15 (about $23) for two, you can choose a Rock ‘n’ Roll or a Jimi’s Choice to enjoy while viewing the photography. Continue reading

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Black Metal Beyond the Darkness

Image of One Tail, One Head courtesy of Black Dog Publishing I never read about music these days. As a teen, I pretty much used to only read about music. But when I came across Black Metal: Beyond the Darkness … Continue reading

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