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Marvel and Disney officially announced that they’ve teamed up Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird, a limited comic book series written by Witch Doctor and Hellraiser: The Dark Watch’s Brandon Seifert:
“Marvel & Disney are proud to present your first look at Disney Kingdoms: Seekers Of The Weird #1, the first comic series published under the all-new Disney Kingdoms banner! Created in close partnership with designers, producers, and creative directors from Walt Disney Imagineering, the Disney Kingdoms line promises new and exciting adventures expanding upon already beloved lands, attractions, characters, and worlds of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
This January, experience the first all-new adventure inspired by Disney’s legendary – but never constructed – Museum of the Weird! Dreamed up by famous Imagineer Rolly Crump in 1965, the Museum of the Weird was home to a collection of mystical curiosities said to have been unearthed from all corners of the globe. »
- Jonathan James
Irish band Bell X1 recently released their latest full length, Chop Chop, a strikingly scaled-back effort that focuses on the band’s basics, leaving additional instrumentals behind in favor of focusing on basics. “From the moment I heard demos, I knew this was a special batch of songs, nestled in the sweet spot between wistfulness and joy. The challenge was in making the songs rich and robust without losing the fragility and intimacy that made them so striking in the first place,” Thomas Barlett explains in a recent press release. In the latest video from the band, it’s obvious they’re maintaining »
Towards the end of the set, Conor O’Brien – who to all intents and purposes is Villagers – comments that the last time they played this very venue, it was only half-full. Tonight though, you can barely move. People are even stood shoulder to shoulder on the stairs flanking the rammed balcony overlooking the stage. Villagers are moving up in the world.
Villagers have toured with Neil Young, Tracy Chapman, Elbow, Bell X1, Grizzly Bear and Tindersticks. Is there an official term for the point at which a band graduates from opening-act to beloved headliner – capable of selling-out small-to-mid size venues across the country and encouraging people to travel to Birmingham from as far afield as Derby to see them? For me at least, Villagers have certainly breached said point, but special guests Stealing Sheep haven’t. That said, give it a year and you might find it quaint that such »
- Elliot Davies
3 items from 2013
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