The Week’s 5 Essential Releases Worth Listening To

Jordan Osborne, S&C online editor and founder/editor of online culture publication Vendor, rounds up the week’s biggest music releases. The new Kendrick Lamar album is the inevitable standout this week but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be furthering your musical horizons. This week’s collection of essential releases is one of the most eclectic of the year Read more

INSIDE: A Pompey Gamer’s Walkthrough

Portsmouth gamer Toxic Buddha takes on a thrilling new animated game, INSIDE, named “Best Independent Game” in the Game Critics Awards. INSIDE follows the journey of a small boy running from a series of mysterious strangers, worm-infested animals and zombie-like humans who appear to have been the victim of a horrific experiment. The game, developed Read more

Diving into the Wreck: ‘How Easy It Is To Slip Into Addiction’

Portsmouth writer and Star and Crescent regular Will Sutton reports on Diving into the Wreck, a moving performance on addiction and recovery by poet Maggie Sawkins and director Mark C. Hewitt, funded by the Big Lottery. “There’s a murderer in my head, and he wants me dead.” Within five minutes of Diving into the Wreck, Read more

Gig Review: The Cat Empire at Portsmouth Pyramids

By Claire Willcox For those not yet in the know, Melbourne’s The Cat Empire seamlessly blend a range of musical genres – reggae, turntablism, jazz, Latin American and ska – into an ear-pleasing, dance-inducing, mash-up. They deliver dazzling, uplifting live shows with a fiesta vibe, which last year over half a million people bought tickets to Read more

Review: Daughter at the Portsmouth Pyramids

By Mia McTigue-Rodriguez Picture this: a student night out that doesn’t involve sticky floors and anxiety pangs. Sound impossible? Think again. The tranquil electro sounds of Daughter are filling the Pyramids and it’s a world away from the bitter January cold and the rowdy streets of Portsmouth. The venue has great acoustics – perhaps something Read more

Portsmouth for Beginners: Part II

In the second part of her Beginners’ Guide to Portsmouth – originally published on her blog – Nica Tomasiello introduces newcomers to Portsmouth’s unique climate and cultural scene. #5: How do you find the general atmosphere of the city? How would you rate it personally? Is it more gloomy-rainy or is the weather fairly dry? Read more

Portsmouth for Beginners: Part 1

Nica Tomasiello is an Italian award-winning short story author, novelist, comic book and film writer, interactive fiction storyteller, and freelance translator, currently studying at the University of Portsmouth. In this article, originally published on her blog, Nica answers a series of questions from a potential Portsmouth student about her experiences of the city.  Lunablush is Read more

Breaking from the Bond

As Spectre is about to be released on DVD, Richard Warburton examines how Bond has changed over fifty years and what this latest incarnation owes to previous ones. His angle contrasts with another Spectre review from regular contributor, Daniel Malice, here.  Bond is back. Bond bleeds. Bond drinks beer. Bond shags a 51 year old. James Bond ballyhoo is Read more

Computer Game Review: Undertale

By Nick Cabuy When a new medium is born, it first has to embark on a long and arduous journey towards self-discovery. Its first steps are usually marked by imitation of existing art forms. The early motion pictures took to emulating the theatre, their point of view static and unchanging. Then filmmakers realised that movement Read more

Review: Hong Kong Charlie’s Vodka Bar

By Rebecca Slack Ernest Hemingway once said ‘I drink to make people interesting’. This, I believe, is something most people would find easy to relate to but I would offer an alternative version for students: ‘I drink to make coursework interesting’. This may seem an odd theory but when the pressure of a deadline looms Read more