5 Artists To Watch in 2016


Transviolet are a four-piece band from L.A., consisting of Sarah McTaggart, Judah McCarthy, Michael Panek, and Jon Garcia. The electropop four piece have been described as the “moody, brooding little sister of Lana Del Rey” by Teen Vogue. Their song ‘Girls Your Age’ was promoted in a fairly spectacular way, with Harry Styles tweeting the lyrics of the song to his 25.6 million followers and Katy Perry promoting the song to her 72.5 million followers. Since then, they have been on tour with the likes of Mikky Ekko and Twenty One Pilots, and their debut album is expected to be released in 2016.

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Should We Decriminalise Drugs?

There is no doubt, that the current hold on drugs is not greatly effective in reducing the number of drug users and drugs throughout the nation. With this is mind, could the decriminalization of drugs actually solve the problem of drug abuse and have a positive impact on future generations?

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Why do we procrastinate?

To tell you the truth, I may or may not be considered a procrastinator, but occasionally – usually when the big essay comes around – I submit to its power. I dread the days when a big homework is set over a long period of time, such as an English essay due in after the holidays, because this means that the rational thing to do is to sit down and do the essay at a reasonable pace, spreading out the work over the time set or even better doing it on the day it was set. Unfortunately, this rarely happens for me and I am often anywhere but at my desk and when I finally sit down, I get stuck in ‘research’.

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“The war on ISIS: could it be just?”

The jihadist group Islamic State (IS) burst onto the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq. It has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings. The group though has attracted support elsewhere in the Muslim world – and a US-led coalition has vowed to destroy it.

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The Demise of the Printed Press

Towards the end of March, The Independent will be the first national newspaper to cease all print editions. The 30-year-old newspaper heralded the move to an online-only format as visionary, but many have viewed the shift with growing melancholy, speculating that it represents the demise of the broadsheet newspaper, and of the printed press as a whole.

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Review: Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’

There are few artists in the music industry who can successfully merge together political activism and entertainment without sacrificing one for the other. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is one of those artists.

The day before her performance at the Superbowl, Beyoncé released a music video on streaming service Tidal and Youtube for her new song, titled ‘Formation’. The video features references to Southern Gothic elements featuring her home state of Texas in the deep south of America, police brutality, black political empowerment, the #BlackRightsMatter movement, and the ever-changing nature of America in the 21st Century.

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The ‘Glamorous’ Life of a Model

New York Fashion Week has concluded, and the likes of Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger and Tom Ford have embraced us with extravagant yet exquisite attire, with surreal silhouettes pacing in formation down the catwalk.

After each show and exhibition, one can glimpse into the glamorous lives of the world’s highest earning models such as Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss and Kate Moss. However, apart from their life of constant beautification, exercise and photographs, what else do these affluent women do? Continue reading “The ‘Glamorous’ Life of a Model”

The Role of Religion and Extremism

Recent news articles have expressed concern over the role of religion in today’s society. This may be in relation to schools, where worship has been a requirement in Britain since the 1940’s. For some, the timeline alone embodies the issues of old-fashioned practices which have been replaced by more secular tendencies. For the time being, it is down to the individual institution as to determine the role of ‘collective worship’ for the pupils. The continuation of assemblies with a religious tint, or church services within schools, have implied to some that society hopes to cling to religion by encouraging pupils to relate to their religious identity. But for how long, and to what extent, should this ‘encouragement’ last?

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