The Kooks: Inside In/Inside Out

Named after the David Bowie song, The Kooks bear more of a resemblance to Kings of Leon—still young with great indie hair, and dynamite live. But instead of coming from the Deep South, they're from England's South coast. While the Arctic Monkeys are stealing all the headlines at the moment, this four-piece group from the other end of the country tightly wrap up their impeccable …

Tool for Armchair Activists

Troika, the U.K. design firm that brought us the Tool for Armchair Activists. Where the projector displayed the text of an SMS message on a distant surface, the Tool for Armchair Activists will shout it out loud. The rig can be strapped to a lamp post and thanks to an embedded mobile phone, can vocalize messages from anywhere. The Tool for Armchair Activists is currently …

Blag

Neatly solving a toss-up between putting hip-hop balladeer Common (pictured left) or Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd on the cover, British magazine Blag chose both, placing the former on the front and the latter on the back. That kind of casual innovation is the norm for this arts-and-culture tome, founded over a decade ago and produced by twins Sarah and Sally Edwards. The most recent issue …