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Backstage at Dour
Get a load of our backstage polaroid adventures at Belgium's premiere field fiesta at the weekend: the legendary Dour, now in its 24th year.
BRNS at Les Ardentes
Four young Belgian lads who go by the name of BRNS are currently braving their very first summer festival season. We caught up with them at Les Ardentes at the weekend and pestered them with questions.
The weekend in Belgium 12.07
Your Belgian weekend's all music with Dour Festival and 10 Days Off for those of you who like it electronic. Brussels, meanwhile, is putting on a music flea market and a big night out in the Marolles with Manu Chao while Ghent hosts art by Sonic Youth legend Lee Ranaldo.
The weekend in London 12.07
Rich pickings in London's weekend lineup like John Currin and Whitechapel Gallery, with a soundtrack kindly provided by Adrian Sherwood and Hard Rock Calling.
Housse de Racket at Les Ardentes
There's talk of new albums, new apartments and hop-skipping round Europe on the summer festival circuit in our interview with Paris' finest Housse de Racket at last weekend's Les Ardentes.
Twin Shadow at Les Ardentes
We caught up with L.A.'s George Lewis Jr. a.k.a. Twin Shadow at this weekend's Les Ardentes and had a little chat about his new album 'Confess', the summer festival circuit and getting by with a little help from Pitchfork.
The weekend was all about Les Ardentes in Liège, one of the summer's heavyweight music festivals, and we were on location to give you a glimpse at this four-day much-loved music melee.
The weekend in Belgium 05.07
It's shaping up to be a saucy weekend in Belgium and here at the office we're particularly hyped about Ghent Jazz, Cactus festival, Les Ardentes and afterwork vintage shopping down at the Centre of Fashion and Design.
The weekend in London 05.07
If you only do four things this weekend... don't miss Irving Penn, an epic lineup at Bloc Weekend, Techno in My Fridge and Edvard Munch at the Tate.
Belgium's festival season is in full tilt and for the whole month of July, we’ll be covering our favourites, just for you, with interviews, photo galleries and more. We kick off our sunny festival special with Couleur Café.
We sat down with Belgian electro-pop four-piece Pale Grey to talk about their first EP, color-driven inspirations and being part of the JauneOrange Collective.
The weekend in Belgium 28.06
This weekend stars a hefty host of exhibitions in Belgium, including In Sight, H Urban and Ghent's Kask school end-of-year, as well as the summer-induced madness that is the start of the July sales, including a big one at everyone's favourite design shop, La Fabrika.
The weekend in London 28.06
Cherry-picked from London's busy weekend roster are Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Damon Albarn in another opera and a new genre-bending party called Staunch 003.
D E N A, Haleek Maul, Jack Colwell & The Owls
Surfing The Word's radio waves this week are D E N A, Germany's answer to M.I.A., Brooklyn's 15 year old whippersnapper-rapper Haleek Maul and Australian folksters Jack Colwell & The Owls.
The weekend in Belgium 21.06
With nine sumptuous exhibitions - from Sol LeWitt to Jeff Ladouceur - plus a concert by Californian five-piece Thee Oh Sees and the latest installment of Catclub, there'll be no time for gardening or DIY this weekend. You might as well face it.
The weekend in London 21.06
Jack White goes solo, Eva Rothschild gets involved with school boys, Stephen Willats continues to deconstruct the role of art and The Mutant Disco crew throws a party with Bill Patrick. This is your London weekend.
Brussels-based record label UNREzT deliver a dark and deadly exclusive mix of hip-hop-tilting electronica, a perfect travel companion for those late-night underground missions on the subway.
POP ETC, Stacks and Woodkid
POP ETC, Stacks and Woodkid have been plucked off the airwaves and served as starter, main course and dessert for this edition of New Kids on the Block, our showcase of new music that matters.
We sat down with William from Leuven-based Uphigh Collective to talk about their latest projects, the challenges of performing analogue and hip hop influences.
The weekend in Belgium 07.06
This weekend you'll find us knee-deep in fashion with both Brussels' La Cambre and Antwerp's famous fashion academy putting on their annual catwalk bash, plus expos and shows up and down the country.
The weekend in London 07.06
Far from worn out by last weekend's royal revelry, London's weekend features dates with the Serpentine Gallery Pavillion, Edgar Martins, a Krankbrother street bash and the London Green Fair.
The weekend in London 31.05
We're all juiced up for London's 4-day weekend of sound and vision with special thanks to expos by sculptor Henry Moore and Sarah Lucas, as well as parties by Inxec and Secretsundaze and of course, the Queen's jubilee jamboree.
Eddi Front, Romare and Alt-J
Brooklyn singer Eddi Front, Romare's African soundscapes and indie pop newcomers Alt-J make up this week's checklist of freshest musical finds.
Dalai Lama Renaissance
We sat down with Belgian three-piece Dalai Lama Renaissance to talk about their upcoming album, running their own label and remaining cryptic.
The weekend in Belgium 24.05
Lots of reasons to get hyped about this Belgian weekend, with a mega-list of must-haves that includes the Lizzies, White Denim, a photography exhibition at Hunting and Collecting and much much more.
We asked Brussels DJ duo, radio hosts and party promoters Onda Sonora to whip up a lip-smacking mix of Belgium and Holland's freshest musical meat. Another Word exclusive.
We spoke with Canadian-born sci-pop siren Claire Boucher (24), otherwise known as Grimes, about her latest record ‘Visions’, getting anointed by Pitchfork and being a girl in the music business.
The weekend in Belgium 17.05
We're all set for another long bank holiday weekend and this one's filled to the absolute max with exhibitions from Anne De Gelas, Wangechi Mutu, Frederik Heyman and others, plus concerts by skinny redhead King Krule and Bass Drums of Death.
Kuhrye-oo, Azealia Banks and The Neighbourhood
Kuhrye-oo, Azealia Banks and The Neighbourhood with a "u" have all been bouncing around the blogosphere of late, and here's why.
C2C and Ghostpoet
Tonight at Botanique: Turntableism veterans C2C and Ghostpoet, British hip hop newcomer and critics’ darling.
The weekend in Belgium 10.05
Coming soon to a weekend near you: a rare gig by legendary Belgian hip-hop group De Puta Madre and expos by Jean-Christophe Nourisson, iconic graffiti artist Kool Koor, Dutch painter Aaron Van Erp, Jan Yoors, Sharon Lockhart, German photographer Jessica Backhaus and more.
The weekend in Belgium 26.04
The weekend is set to be a good one for music lovers with the country's concert halls graced by the likes of The Lemonheads, The Beatnuts, Dandy Warhols and Wallace Vanborn. Plus there's an art book market in Ghent and exhibitions by Ian Wilson, Will Rogan, Stef Renodeyn and Lisa Carletta.
The weekend in London 26.04
London dwellers can treat themselves to a weekend of Weighted Words, an LA-band Big Sir gig and a party at the Nest. And Gillian Wearing's highly personal expo should also blip your radar.
In part three of our exclusive mix series, we asked Belgian buzzblog Disco Naïveté to create a compilation of songs topping his current playlist.
The weekend in Belgium 19.04
Here's our pick of somethings for your Belgian weekend, lovingly laid out with Art Brussels sitting pretty at the top of the pile with expos by Roe Ethridge and Felicia Atkinson, 40 murals by Invader, and some art fair side-shows.
Win tickets for Dark Dark Dark
We're bestowing five pairs of tickets for a show this Saturday of folk/pop five-piece Minneapolisers Dark Dark Dark at L'Ancienne Belgique. Get facebooking to be in to win.
Elliphant, Haim and Faws
Today we welcome relentless blogger Disco Naïveté to our pages for a new, twice-monthly column entitled 'New kids on the block' which will focus on the cream of the crop of independent talent emerging from the global music scene.
Brit band New Build partake in a bit of a Word-exclusive Q&A about constant references to Hot Chip (which they don't mind), their tour, and a brand new album.
The weekend in Belgium 12.04
Highlights of Belgium's packed agenda this weekend include an expo that guesses at 2040, AB's Kraftwerk fetish, as well as a show by Dean Treacy, fashion and photos in Antwerp and Democrazy's birthday do.
The second instalment in our series of Word-exclusive mixes comes from female DJ duo The Lizzies.
The best architectural renaissances in Antwerp
In the first part of our series on old spaces that have been granted new life, we turn our attention to Antwerp's Kammenstraat church, now a concert hall and a railway depot-turned-city park.
Win tickets for Michael Hurley
Folk legend Michael Hurley is playing at L'Ancienne Belgique in Brussels on Wednesday. And we have five pairs of tickets to give away to our lucky, lucky readers.
Pony Pony Run Run
Pony Pony Run Run went to art college and all they got was a healthy dose of self depreciation and a couple of hyper-cool, flowy albums.
The weekend in Belgium 29.03
This weekend, everyone's off to The Word's orange album release party. Oh, and there's also exhibitions of Charley Case, Joel Morrison, Andres Serrano, Lara Gasparotto and Ford Madox Brown, plus parties at Brussels' Catclub and a Helmet gig. It's going to be a busy one.
Robert Johnson tour at Catclub
Frankfurt's legendary Robert Johnson club makes a pit stop in Brussels' Catclub this Saturday, bringing two of its resident DJs to play at the city's Wild Gallery.
Decap organs have been a family business since 1902, even though they look more like something from Bladerunner. We found an Antwerp producer who's equipped this old-timer organ with a midi interface, bringing it to life again.
The Word's throwaway project whisks you backstage for a peek at Norway's Casiokids doing their thang on their latest tour.
Dalai Lama Renaissance
Tune in for this Word-exclusive mix by Brussels-based band Dalai Lama Renaissance, homegrown pop-electronica trio on the rise.
New name, new game
We're talking band re-baptisms as part of our series on new beginnings, with Belgian musos The Glimmers, MonkeyRobot, New Bleeders and BRNS on why they did it and how it changed things (or not).
M O N E Y
After their gig in Paris' Point Ephémère last month, M O N E Y, Mancunian band on their way up, strip down naked for our throwaway project. Literally.
The weekend in Belgium 22.03
From Jeffrey Clancy's metallica to Kubrick's lonely cities, and all the Gustavo Riegos, Kirsten Pieroths, Koen Vanmechelens in between, throw in an average temperature of 17° and some cold, fizzy Jupe and you're set for a killer weekend in Belgium.
New Build: Yesterday Was Lived and Lost
Despite being the brainchild of Hot Chip's core members and shape-shifting experts Al Doyle and Felix Martin, New Build aren't just a chip off the old block.
The orange album release party
Our next edition hits the streets on Friday 30th March with a release party in the heart of Brussels.
We sat down with Scottish producer Sei A AKA Andy Graham in London to talk about his music and how moving to the big smoke has affected it.
The weekend in Belgium 15.03
What does your future hold? A workspace-cum-gallery in St. Gilles, a darkly colourful show by Nicolas Van Kerckhove, plus expos at ALICE, Artiscope and Salvo and everything in between. Oh, and Madball play hard ball in Antwerp.
The weekend in London 15.03
Getty's east-enders and some Ordnance Surveying by Jo Syz provides your photography fix in facking Landan this weekend, while Needwant and Breakestra are there to tick all your house and funk boxes.
With their self-titled debut album, Django Django finally get around to acknowledging the 2009 super-buzz around their double A-side single.
Win tickets for the Absolut Blank party
Absolut Vodka are throwing a two-nighter this weekend to celebrate the launch of their latest campaign Absolut Blank. And we have 10 pairs of tickets to give away.
The weekend in Belgium 08.03
Another busy weekend for all you people out there: there's Liège's photography biennal, exhibitions by JessicaYatrofsky, Muller Van Severen, Ida Tursic and Wilfried Mille, plus a party thrown in your honour by Belgian label On-point and a concert in Magasin 4.
The weekend in London 08.03
Exhibitions by Rob O'Brien and Poland's Olek, gigs by upcoming bands Leika, The Isis and The White Lions and last but not least: a typical London-style warehouse party whose location is still top secret. All will be revealed.
We Have Band
With their album Ternion, We Have Band counter rumours that they're just another one-trick pony.
It’s a new day
Starting Friday 16th March, our website's editorial theme will be 'New beginnings'. Read on to find out how you can contribute...
The weekend in Belgium 01.03
After a week off and with 4 exhibitions, 3 concerts & a night at Brussels' museums, our selection of weekend happenings is back on track.
The weekend in London 01.03
Beginning his weekly column with a bang, our London correspondent Marcus Barnes takes his pick of happenings in the Big Smoke this weekend.
Little Trouble Kids
With their debut album Adventureland, Boston Tea Party have reinvented themselves as Little Trouble Kids. They've been busy living up to their shiny new name.
M O N E Y
For his first contribution to our pages, Damien Aresta takes a deeper look at his most recent discovery: the mystery-machine Mancunian four-piece M O N E Y.
Ross Clements and Geert Sermon
With just a few days before their first night at Brussels' Beursschouwburg, we speak to kindred spirits Ross Clements and Geert Sermon about their joint promoting effort.
Still ridiculously loved up, we bring you Brussels-based DJ Sagat's excellent Valentines's Day mix, inspired by tacky, crappy E-Cards. It's a good one.
The Big Pink
Last month, English twosome The Big Pink released a second album called 'Future This'. We spoke to them about their new record, skateboarding and being a couple (but not in that way).
Here comes Valentine's mix number five, and this time it's Brussels' DJ Jazz Neversleeps, signed to the renowned On-point label. With 'Hard On Your Love' he proves once more that there's nothing wrong with genre-hopping.
The weekend 16.02
The weekend kicks off tonight with Michel Mazzoni's book launch, a vernissage for Betty Tompkins' iconic Fuck Paintings and the arrival in the capital of quirky band Beatallica.
With 'Oh! Oui!", music producer and radio host Dandy Teru delivers part four of our series of Valentine's Day-inspired mix tapes. This one is all suggestive moves down memory lane.
Part three of our Valentines mix has Brussels-based Jealov turning knobs and turning heads. "A slippery slow mix to keep the pace", as they succinctly put it.
Miss Hot Tracks’
We continue our series of Valentine's Day-inspired mixes with Brussels-based DJ Miss Hot Tracks mix entitled 'Desires'.
Leuven-based all-rounders Uphigh Collective kick off our series of Valentine's Day-inspired exclusive mixes.
The Valentine’s Day gift guide
Every day of the week we'll be hand-picking one gift that is guaranteed to get you in your loved ones' good books. And we ain't talking heart-shaped boxes...
The weekend 09.02
Exhibitions of Cy Twombly, Chantal Akerman and Naoto Kawahara, Azari & III and Jedi Mind Tricks in concert, plus a London getaway special revealing the must-sees on the island this weekend.
Photographer Kelly De Block
In our continued bid to shine a light on rising Belgian talent, we speak with recently-graduated fashion photographer Kelly De Block about collages, contrasts and connecting with people.
Felicia Atkinson and Bartolomé Sanson
In the fourth part of our series on illuminating couple-collaborators, we introduce multi-talents Felicia and Bartholomé whose pooled resources include books and records.
Onda Sonora’s Bart and Yoeri
More superstar soulmates. DJs Yoeri Bellemans and Bart Sibiel make up two halves of Onda Sonora Soundsystem. They traffic their soulful sound at their own trademarked shindigs but also through a cool weekly slot on FM Brussel.
The weekend 03.02
It's a balmy minus 8° out there, but these weekend shindigs should warm you up: ProPulse Festival, Catclub and a Pierre Besson expo in Brussels, vintage shopping and a metal gig in Antwerp, and electronic music in Ghent. Have an outrageous weekend.
The weekend 26.01
This weekend has exhibitions of Don Brown, Wouter Feyaerts and Daan van Golden in store. Plus: Get your hands on a contemporary art piece without getting your wallet out at Bozar and take in your dose of music at Transardentes or the Gym Class Heroes concert.
London three-piece Is Tropical takes you backstage with our disposable camera project.
We talk to the quirky Norwegian outfit Casiokids about their new record ‘Aabenbaringen over Aaskammen’, getting sponsored by a-ha and playing gigs in lighthouses.
The weekend 19.01
Christopher Coppers' exhibition opening in Brussels tonight, the incomparable Chilly Gonzales on Sunday night and a couple of design (Tomas Alonso at Victor Hunt), photography (Ben Murphy at Stieglitz 19 and Swedish photography at Zebrastraat) and art (Nikolay Oleynikov at Komplot) shows in between.
The weekend 12.01
With exhibitions by American artist Shirley Jaffe, Belgian Fauvist Ferdinand Schirren and fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh, as well as shows on the Brazilian design scene and the best album artworks of 2011, the start of the year sure is high on culture.
The weekend 22.12
A film festival, two exhibitions, Chilly Gonzales and the James Taylor Quartet in Brussels as well two Christmas eve parties. What to do over the holiday weekend...
Our Christmas wish list
Starting today and up until Christmas eve, we’ll be putting forward two present proposals a day meant to make your end-of-year gift search that little bit easier. Today: A knitted cardigan from Henrik Vibskov and scarf by SPRB.
We sit down with Ghent-based DJ Nosedrip to ask him what's missing in his life and what songs he'd play on a first date. Scroll down to the bottom of the interview for a free mix.
From teapots to toothpaste, these are the items that inspired us for our white album.
The weekend 15.12
Three exhibitions, a Black Lips concert and a DJ set in Brussels, photography in Antwerp, painting in Ghent, popular culture in Leuven and, last but not least, a quick-shot selection of leftfield Christmas markets to catch this weekend.
Brussels nightlife queen and Word-columnist Lady Jane on white labels and the luxury of having record store clerks keep little gems behind their counters for their trusted customers.
The weekend 09.12
Weekend's about to kick off and we have just what you need in terms of culture-fix: Three exhibitions and a party in Brussels, three shows in Antwerp and one in Ghent.
The interview: White Russia
Having just released the debut LP O Jerusalem singer/songwriter Maria Elderton from London two-piece White Russia speaks to us about apathetic bands and wanting to be Axl Rose.
The interview: White Car
We speak to Elon Katz from upcoming Chicago two-piece White Car about his slew of side projects, Chinese underground music and painting a house white.
The interview: Girls
We speak with Girls frontman Christopher Owens about white sneaker fetishes, running a business and singing “Stille nacht” to sailors at Christmas time in Antwerp’s docks.
The weekend 01.12
Lineart Art Fair and Hercules and Love Affair's Andy Butler in Ghent, Belgian photography and discount designer shopping in Antwerp, Jasper Johns in the countryside and, last but not least, Robert Devriendt and a temporary design store in Brussels.
The interview: Mario & Vidis
Following the release of their double album Changed, we speak with Lithuanian production prodigies Mario & Vidis about their top three records of 2011, their hometown and who they'd book for their last ever party.
The white album release party photographs
A giant blank canvas, magazines dangling from the ceiling and a 100 piece strong collection of snow globes: Photographs of last Friday's release party.
The interview: Is Tropical
Having just released their debut album 'Native To' earlier this year, the face-shy London three-piece was in Brussels to perform at Botanique. We caught up with them minutes before the show to talk getting bashed by Pitchfork, hating England and throwing illegal parties in toilet showrooms.
The weekend 25.11
Suuns tonight. Then our white album release party and The Herbaliser at Bozar tomorrow night. A couple of shows (Harry Gruyaert, Boris Tellegen and Valerie Snobeck) and a party (the Catclub) on Saturday. Then, energy-levels permitting, a pop-up sale at Bozarshop (Martin Margiela). Phew.
The weekend 18.11
Design exhibitions, photography fairs, fashion sales, vintage markets, live shows and DJ nights. People take note, your weekend's about to kick off and it's going to be big.
The white album release party
Join us on Friday 25th November in Brussels to celebrate the release of our last edition of 2011, the white album.
The weekend 11.11
A camera phone photography exhibition in Ghent, a Paul Smith exhibition in Antwerp, a fashion show of second-hand creations, a gay-cinema festival, I Love Techno in Ghent and a rap concert in Brussels.
The notebook: Dirty Beaches
A quick-fire, handmade interview with Dirty Beaches frontman Alex Zhang that talks to us about being on the road, his mom and eating good food.
The weekend 04.11
An exhibition of Belgian designer Walter van Beirendonck, Is Tropical and Gablé in concert, a night packed with music and art at Plastic, Walter Salles' award-winning movies and last but not least a jazz evening to bring a busy weekend to an end. A mouth full.
The Experimental Tropic Blues Band
Back from having recorded their latest album with blues-rock legend Jon Spencer in New York, we sit down with The Experimental Tropic Blues Band two days before their embark on a European tour to discuss making real rock music, taking the subway in New York and getting famous music journalists to go naked on stage.
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