• Partying at the Pictures: Black Honey’s Izzy B. Phillips on new record ‘Written and Directed’

    Black Honey’s Izzy B. Phillips never intended to become a mouthpiece for women in rock music, but it’s a gig she’s come to love almost as much as fronting one of the most magnetic bands in the scene. Riding the high of sophomore stonker Written and Directed, Phillips talked gothic...
  • Dear Agony Aunt: I’m broke and still need to buy Christmas presents…

    Dear Auntie Carol, Any cheap Christmas present ideas for family? I’m strapped for cash and need some inspo. Dear reader… You know, Channel 4 originally asked ME to do their Christmas special. Yes, that’s right – Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas was originally meant to be Carol’s Handmade Christmas! But I...
  • Dear Agony Aunt: I’m losing self-confidence…

    Dear Auntie Carol… What do you think is a good way to boost self-confidence? Auntie Carol says… You might be surprised to hear this but Auntie Carol wasn’t always this confident! Once I was a very quiet, very SHY girl. I was! My main problem was overthinking – I’d...
  • Album Review: Madonna – Rebel Heart

    The question of whether Madonna, thirty-two years into her career, can remain relevant to today’s music scene is a question that comes up repeatedly when listening to Rebel Heart, her thirteenth studio album. Following 2012’s MDNA, which was considered a disappointment by both the critics and the general public,...