Celtic designs

Oisín Kealy sees what is on offer at this year’s Celtic Connections festival The Swell Season – Glasgow City Halls – 16/01/2010 Marketa Irglova, looking very Celtic in a green dress more Riverdance than rock and roll, kneels down…

Pirates of the Andes

Robin Perkins Coming back from South America was never going to be easy. After a year spent studying in the sprawl of Buenos Aires and a few months winding through the Andes on rusty buses in the rainy season,…

Easy as pie – Sausage & lentil stew

Claire Strickett Who says students have to live on pot noodles and beans on toast? Not us! Each week our Lifestyle Editor shares a recipe that will keep your finances and your body in good shape. Ingredients (makes 2…

What we want to see in 2010…

Leon Weber The noughties have come to an end and we have every reason to be happy. Most importantly, there’s no need to use that non-word ever again, but also, a whole new decade of exciting cinema visits lies…

Listless journalism

Nick Biggs Over Christmas and New Year it was nearly impossible to pick up any music publication and not encounter an end of year list. Journalists everywhere were overwhelmingly generous in their endeavors to share with us what they…

Four Tet – There is Love in You – Domino

Lauren Martin Kieran Hebden, under the moniker of Four Tet, has moulded a creative persona that for over a decade, has continued to surprise his loyal audiences and re-define expectations of imaginative and intelligent electronica. Arriving soon after recent…

Spoon – Transference – ANTI

Nick Biggs Many bands feel the need to constantly reinvent themselves — not Spoon. The Texan indie outfit’s seventh record picks up where they left off. The band’s sense of humour remains salient, but in a more mature form.…

Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM – Because Music

Oisin Kealy As with her acting, Charlotte Gainsbourg’s music tends towards emotional minimalism. Her last album made for pleasant listening but carried little weight; certainly not enough to put any strain on the legs of a coffee table. IRM…

An optimistic discontent: Vince Cable and recession blues

Lucia Hodgson discusses the prospects of an economic revival with the Liberal Democrat’s deputy leader and Treasury spokesperson Official figures released this week show that the UK started to clamber its way out of a tiresome, messy recession at…

Unrepentant polemicist

James Maxwell talks to Johann Hari, The Independent’s award-winning columnist, about life on the front-line of political journalism In six years as a political commentator and columnist at The Independent, Johann Hari has assembled a list of enemies the…