EVENT OK, let’s get the jokes out of the way first. Yes, it’s highly appropriate that the Vogue Ball is being held at Camp and Furnace. It’s hot, and it’s not a little bit flamboyant. It’s also the best fun ever and, this year’s theme – Twisted Fairytales – promises to be the most opulent and outrageous yet. Not for the shy and retiring. More information →
ALBUM Sublime folk-tinged pop from New Pornographers’ mainman AC Newman on his third solo outing, Shut Down The Streets. Infectious, grown up and downright gorgeous, there’s more than a whiff of AM rock about this collection (in a good way), and he’s joined by fellow Pornographer, the ace Neko Case. Listen to ‘I’m Not Talking’, above.
EVENT Our Liverpool Landscape is part environmental art show, part al fresco astrophysics lesson. And promises to be (weather permitting) a strange and beautiful intervention in the spruced-up Everton Brow. Solar physicist, Dr Lucie Green along with Liverpudlian astronomer, John Moran talk sunsets as you watch one – from the best vantage point in the city. A Tate Liverpool event, 5.30pm. More information →
MUSIC Next spring’s cross-city music and tech extravaganza is set to be the biggest and best Sound City yet. And the festival’s now accepting entries from bands and artists who want to play, thanks to easy-to-use new tech startup BandApp. Reckon you deserve a place at next year’s fest? Submit your application now.
The festival’s also put its early bird delegate tickets on sale, which get you into the gigs as well as taking part in the festival’s numerous conferences, roundtables, networking sessions, panels and talks. Phew. Snap ‘em up for just 80 quid now, saving you £120 on its normal price. More information →
BOOK Witty, bitchy, camp, indiscreet and intelligent (no, not a meeting of Liverpool blog editors), Rupert Everett’s first volume of memoirs, Red Carpets, recounted the 80s we all wished we lived. You get the feeling he’s not one to cross, but would be terrifically good value on a night out. His nights out – and his yearning for times past – are brilliantly retold here. And he hates Piers Morgan. That’s good enough for us. More information →
PHOTOGRAPHY There are an estimated 10,000 empty houses in Detroit. During the summer months many of these transform from rickety, unloved buildings to become huge, weirdly beautiful structures, consumed by foliage and fauna. Photographer James Griffoen’s on a mission to document the most eye-catching and interesting. More information →
ALBUM The sound of your soul exploding into a million pieces, Los Angeles hip-hop punks Death Grips got so fed up with their major label deal at Sony that they’ve just leaked their new record on Twitter. Good on ‘em. It’s a complete barrage: the heaviest, angriest, most relentless rap you’ve ever heard. Sonic warfare in your headphones. Streaming on Soundcloud →
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