Posts By: Andrea Kurland

The fight to save Hong Kong’s underground music scene

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In the southeast corner of Hong Kong’s Kowloon district, a dimmed warehouse sits on the second floor of a 25-storey building overlooking the deep waters of Victoria Harbour. From the outside, this subcultural space is rendered almost invisible to passersby – and it’s probably best to keep it that way. Upstairs, I meet the owner,… Read more »

Offbeat street scenes of vintage New York City

Boy with gun in playground

Steven Edson was just eight years old when he was blinded in one eye by a pebble thrown by another child. While recovering, his neighbour, who was also an eye doctor, gave him a camera and he began to shoot. He quickly fell in love with photography – a passion he shared with his father,… Read more »

The collectives taking on Poland’s right-wing uprising

Four of the eight members of Flauta in front of the Przychodnia squat. From left to right: Zofia Kofta, Julia Niewiada, Tosia Ulatowska, Marek Tarnowski.

“It sometimes feels like the medieval ages here,” admits Ignacy Hryniewicz, who co-founded Synergia, a Warsaw-based collective that promotes social engagement, with his girlfriend Katarzyna Korytowska. His statement echoes a sense of frustration that a lot of Polish citizens have been feeling over the last few years. Since the Law and Justice right-wing party won… Read more »

Revisiting Cynthia Nixon’s contentious views on sexuality


On Monday, Cynthia Nixon announced her candidacy for New York State Governor. The 24 hours that followed were a giddy deluge of Miranda jokes, and reiterating that it’s Sex AND the City, not Sex IN the City. Sadly, the fun of actually enjoying a political candidate couldn’t last. While there are plenty of people who… Read more »

How an old London bus is tackling the city’s gang culture


Last September, I was given the opportunity to take part in the new United Borders project – a youth programme based in North West London. Its aim? To help young people from two rival areas in Harlesden (Stonebridge and Church Road) come together through music. Justin Finlayson, the founder of United Borders, is a well-known… Read more »

Viewing sexual subcultures through a sociological lens

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Buttholes, drag icons and phallic sculptures: just a few things to expect from Phile’s second issue, the biannual journal investigating sexual subcultures, trends and communities. The brainchild of Co Editor-in-Chief Erin Reznick and Mike Feswick, Phile – also billed as the ‘International Journal of Desire and Curiosity’ – is a reflection of the duo’s long-held interest… Read more »

Frankie Cosmos share their guide to New York City


Frankie Cosmos began in 2014 as the musical alter-ego of Greta Kline. Since then, the moniker has morphed from representing a solo persona to a fully-fledged four-piece. The associated sound has changed too – once a wagon for Kline’s lo-fi bedroom pop, Frankie Cosmos is now polished up, becoming more sophisticated and spirited with each… Read more »

Documenting Chicago club culture in the ’70s

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A new exhibition at London’s MMX Gallery will celebrate the work of late American photographer Michael Abramson. The show, which opens on Wednesday (March 21), will focus specifically on his shots of Chicago nightlife in the ’70s – a collection which saw him capture the city’s underground funk, blues and early disco scene. Most of… Read more »

The myth and mystery of the American South

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“The past is never dead. It’s not even past,” American writer William Faulkner wrote in the 1951 novel, Requiem for a Nun, recognising the long shadows that hang over us. A Mississippi native and Nobel Prize laureate, Faulkner’s words speak a profound truth about the American South, a land shrouded in myth and mystery, where illusion… Read more »

Post-punk funk: Crack Cloud share their world of sound


Crack Cloud first burst onto Calgary’s post-punk scene in May 2016, releasing a self-titled EP that masterfully mixed genres, sounds and twisted visual aesthetics. In 2017, that was joined by Anchoring Point – a punchy, lurching second outing that had critics and fans urging for a full-length follow-up. The group – who are officially known as a “multimedia… Read more »

Ed Templeton explores the evolution of the Mohawk


In his new book, Hairdos of Defiance, cult photographer Ed Templeton pays tribute to the Mohawk. The publication, which is packed full of images and an accompanying essay, examines the history of the iconic punk hairstyle – from its indigenous origins to its emergence as a punk symbol, to its eventual co-option by the mainstream…. Read more »

#NoCapitulation: Why the UK’s campus revolts will continue


I was cooking dinner on Monday night when my phone buzzed. And buzzed. Many times. News was coming through that UCU union negotiators had reached a terrible deal with university employers that would end the strikes taking place in 64 institutions over devastating cuts to our pensions. The union committee with the power to call… Read more »