Taylar Quinn

Taylar is a writer with a passion for music, film & TV. She also enjoys reading, art and gaming.

Over the past two years, the covid-19 pandemic has affected many industries and businesses, forcing many to adapt and change how they operate, or risk closing altogether – including the tattoo industry. Tattooing has been around for thousands of years at this point, but the tattoo industry as we know it didn’t come about until tattoos began to become more mainstream in the 1970s and 80s. The tattoo industry, a relatively young industry, like many suffered during the pandemic with many shops being forced to close permanently due to the financial strain caused by the lockdowns, but how exactly has…

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Never Let Me Go is the new studio album released by hit band, Placebo. Their first release since 2013, the highly anticipated Never Let Me Go was released on 25th March 2022. Most people have probably already heard of Placebo, even if you don’t listen to that sort of music. The British rock group were formed by lead vocalist-guitarist Brian Molko and bassist-guitarist Stefan Olsdal in 1994, at the time when Britpop began to take over from grunge. Placebo stood out amongst other bands at the time due to their androgynous appearance, music that openly discussed themes of sexuality, mental health and drug…

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We’ve all heard the phrase ‘punk-rock is dead’, right? Whether it is or not, the phrase can easily be applied to other subcultures and sub-genres of music, certainly for the emo/scene subcultures of the early 00s. While they were never mainstream or massively popular by any stretch of the imagination, emo and scene were thriving subcultures in the 00s – considered the last true subcultures by some. But by the late 00s and early 2010s, their popularity had majorly declined and had begun to break down, with many of the bands and artists central to the subcultures disbanding, going on…

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The next two months are a promising time for book lovers. With plenty of exciting and diverse books set to be released, there’s something for everyone. Here is a quick look at some of the main highlights for March and April: March The Way Spring Arrives Yu Chen & Regina Kanyu Wang – March 8th – The Way Spring Arrives is a collection of short stories written, edited, and translated by a female and nonbinary team. It features a collection of Chinese science fiction and fantasy stories that have never been published in English before and represents the past and…

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The Dream is the fourth studio album from British indie-rock band Alt-J. Formed in Leeds in 2007, the group’s debut album was released in 2012, going on to win a Mercury Prize. Since then, their success has continued with their second album going straight to no.1 in 2014 and their third album also being nominated for a Mercury Prize. Known for work that can get quite dark at times, the band often reference historic events or popular culture in their work, and this album is no different. The Dream does get dark and doesn’t shy away from difficult topics, from…

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One of the most popular indie-rock artists today, Mitski is known for her emotionally honest and vulnerable song writing, that speaks to the complex and deep nature of human experiences and that has inspired a large cult following of dedicated fans. Laurel Hell in this sense is no different: an album of transformation, the exhaustive feeling of creative-burnout but also coming back from that and hope. It’s hard to believe that this album almost never happened. After years of hard work, almost non-stop touring and releasing of albums, Mitski had reached her limit and made the decision to step back…

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Since it’s release 26 years ago, Scream has become iconic in the slasher genre. It’s a classic and one that any fan of slasher films has probably seen a million times. Its villain Ghostface has become infamous: it’s generated parodies, tv remakes and a huge fanbase, of which I count myself apart of. The success of the franchise is what made the 5th instalment so highly anticipated, but this success also came with pressure. Not does Scream (2022) have to contend with the love fans have of the original, but it is also the first in the series without Wes…

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The Gods We Can Touch is the new studio album by Norwegian sing-songwriter Aurora Aksnes. Known mononymously as AURORA, Aksnes first signed with Decca and Glassnotes Records in 2014 and gained popularity with her debut EP Running With Wolves. The Gods We Can Touch is her third studio album, heavily inspired by Greek mythology and religion. It’s about humanity’s relationship with the divine and ourselves. ‘I was very inspired by people and our relationship with power, with each other, with religion, with faith throughout history,’ Aksnes tells Apple Music, ‘A long time ago we seemed to feel like God was…

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Just two-and-a-bit years after the release of her last album, FKA Twigs returns with mixtape CAPRISONGS (a clever reference to the singer’s sun sign, Capricorn, rather than the pouch drink). FKA Twigs (Tahliah Debrett Barnett) was born in Gloucestershire but moved to London when she turned 17, where she attended the BRIT School and Croydon College and worked as a back-up dancer for several high-profile artists, including Jessie J and Kylie Minogue. Barnett eventually released her own music on Bandcamp, an EP aptly named EP1, before she was signed to Young Turks record label, and released her debut studio album…

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Revolutionised in recent years by the invention of eBooks, the publishing industry is completely different to what it was 10-15 years ago and is booming, despite the negative effect of the pandemic, the industry has a turnover of £6 billion. For writers, digital publishing and an increase in self-publishing services mean that there are more options than ever before for getting your work out there, and the increasing popularity of self-publishing (and writing communities on social media) means that getting published is much more accessible now. So what exactly is the difference? Traditional publishing refers to the long-standing method of…

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