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3 hour 54 minute

Wolf Alice: 'Our album is like hummus'

Wolf Alice have won the 2018 Mercury Music Prize for their second album, Visions of a Life. Speaking to the BBC on its release in 2017, they discussed their eclectic sound, panic attacks and why Craig David should be prime minister."It's crazy, Los Angeles," says Wolf Alice's bassist, Theo Ellis. "It's like a fictitious city.""You can go skiing and then come back down to the ocean," adds singer Ellie Rowsell, "or go to the desert and then into town." The band spent the start of 2017 in the city, recording Visions of a Life - their follow-up to the Mercury-nominated...
4 hour 13 minute

Mercury Prize 2018: Wolf Alice win for Visions of a Life

Indie band Wolf Alice have picked up the 2018 Mercury Music Prize for their eclectic, enchanting second album, Visions of a Life.The London four-piece were almost lost for words as they took to the stage to accept the £25,000 prize."It means so much to pick this up with my three best friends," said singer Ellie Rowsell.The group beat the likes of Noel Gallagher, Arctic Monkeys and Lily Allen to lift the trophy. Visions of a Life was praised by judges as "an exuberant tapestry of swirling pop, grunge and indie guitar rock." The band put their appeal more idiosyncratically: "We're...
4 hour 56 minute

Of Dreams, Spaces the City of Joy

“If someone asks me what I would like to be if I am reborn, I would want to be a writer again,” said Usha Ananda Krishna without an iota of doubt in her mellow voice as she sipped her coffee. Sharing about her experience with writing she explains, “Writing is a lot like building a house; you have to have a plan. You might not have the physical places but you have the moral spaces around which you frame. Like you have characters which you begin layering just how you begin designing a house. There are many aspects to think...

4 hour 59 minute

Ex-rap mogul Marion ‘Suge’ Knight pleads no contest to voluntary manslaughter

Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to voluntary manslaughter and after he ran over two men, killing one, nearly four years ago. The Death Row Records co-founder entered the plea in Los Angeles Superior Court and has agreed to serve 28 years in prison. Knight was charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run after fleeing the scene of an altercation in January 2015 outside a Compton burger stand. Knight and Cle “Bone” Sloan, a consultant on the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” were involved in a fist fight that ended with Knight clipping the man with...
5 hour 1 minute

A Tale of Two Cities The Festival of Stories

Bengaluru and San Francisco have a good deal more in common than one might have thought. They're both the 'silicon' capitals of the world and growing hubs of innovation, entrepreneurship and technology. In 2008, they signed an agreement making them 'sister cities' (San Francisco has several, including Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, Amman, Assisi and Barcelona, to name a few). Bridges are made through collaborations, exchanges of information and knowledge and largely, public art. The eighth edition of Festival of Stories, by Art in Transit, will transform Cubbon Park into a canvas / performance arena, where history, art, innovation and technology come...
5 hour 9 minute

Mercury prize 2018: Wolf Alice win for Visions of a Life

Wolf Alice have won the 2018 Hyundai Mercury prize for their second album, 2017’s . On receiving the award, frontperson Ellie Rowsell said: “This means so much to pick this up with my three best friends”, while guitarist Theo Ellis recalled how the band were knocked back by a record label head for their image, for Rowsell wearing makeup, and for their genre-resistant take on indie rock and post-punk, adding: “But here we are, so fuck you!” Prior to the ceremony, Rowsell struggled to express how appreciative they were for the nomination: “We were so happy we got nominated. It’s...

5 hour 14 minute

An inside look at one of the last San Francisco neighborhoods to be taken over by big tech — and how change has come to the area anyway

Bayview is one of the last holdouts to the tech and housing boom. But it’s hard to stop the machine. It's no secret that San Francisco's housing crisis is in full swing. It's caused parts of the city to turn inside out in recent years to accommodate the influx of wealthy tech workers seeking housing in the Bay Area. The neighborhood of Bayview is one of the more recent parts to be ensnarled in the drastic shifts demanded by the region's real estate plight. Here's what the neighborhood is like and how it's changing. At San Francisco's southeast corner sits...
5 hour 18 minute

Amazon just debuted a ton of new Alexa devices, but one thing was mysteriously absent

Amazon announced a ton of new features and products at its Thursday media event. It didn't say a single thing about voice shopping, which was something of a marquee feature when Alexa was first developed. It's looking like the new phase of e-commerce that was promised for Alexa has not arrived.  Thursday was a big day for Amazon. The retailer and tech giant made a splashy show of trying to own the connected home, with new products like a voice-operated microwave and updates to its popular Alexa-enabled Echo Dot, just to name a few. Among the newly announced products are...
5 hour 25 minute

A new team-up between Microsoft and Amazon gives us a whole new reason to doubt Microsoft's voice assistant

A Microsoft Skype video call, made from an Amazon Echo Show smart speaker device. Microsoft on Thursday announced that Skype is now available for devices powered by Amazon's Alexa voice assistant. The deepening integration of Microsoft and Amazon's services puts Cortana, Microsoft's own personal assistant, in an awkward spot. If you have both assistants at your disposal, there are fewer reasons to talk to Cortana as Alexa becomes increasingly useful. Microsoft's Skype has waned in popularity over the years, as newfangled video chat tools like Apple's FaceTime and Facebook Messenger have stolen the spotlight. But Skype still has many fans...

6 hour 22 minute

Amazon has announced a staggering number of new Echo devices — here's everything you can pre-order right now

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Pictured: the all-new Echo Plus (top left), all-new Echo Show (top right), Echo Input (bottom right), and Echo Auto (bottom left). Amazon announced several new devices today during its September 2018 Devices event in Seattle. It's the largest number of devices and features that Amazon has ever launched in a day.  The device lineup includes upgraded versions of best sellers like the Echo Dot and Echo Plus speaker, along with all-new products that...
6 hour 23 minute

Uber could be getting ready to buy Deliveroo, a food-delivery startup valued at over $2 billion and one of its biggest international rivals

Uber is reportedly in early talks to buy Deliveroo, a hot London-based food delivery startup. Deliveroo is one of the biggest international rivals to Uber Eats, the ride-hailing giant's own food delivery app.  Deliveroo was most recently valued at $2 billion in a funding round last year. Uber is in early talks to buy Deliveroo, a fast-growing food delivery-startup based in London, according to a new report from Bloomberg.  Deliveroo is one of Europe's biggest startup success stories: Founded in 2013 by Americans Will Shu and Greg Orlowski, Deliveroo enlists contract employees as couriers, who deliver food from local restaurants...
6 hour 42 minute

Review: The House with a Clock in its Walls is an accessible anti-war allegory for all ages

The House with a Clock in Its Walls Directed by Eli Roth Written by Eric Kripke (based on the 1973 novel of the same name by John Bellairs) Starring Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Kyle MacLachlan Classification: PG 104 minutes rating ` As a child I believed in the power of Magic 8-Balls and chocolate chip cookies. I still do, and so does The House with a Clock in Its Walls, a fantastical adventure, dandy ode to weirdos, and accessible anti-war allegory for all ages, especially 10-year-old boys. The film’s pint-sized protagonist is one of those: Lewis Barnavelt is...