Sparkling banjo arpeggios; freak-out saxophone; John Parish’s inventive production; a wealth of strong, beautifully-enunciated vocal melodies – tons has gone into the latest work from Kate Stables, aka This Is The Kit, and all of it is good. Even the album’s song titles pack music (Two Pence Piece; Riddled With Ticks), while Stables’s richly poetic lyrics can be fascinatingly esoteric (“cycles of three triangles are tricky”) or comfortingly colloquial (“What a proper pair of Charlies!”).
Sci-fi and fantasy writers aside, perhaps, one quality much-prized by novelists is believability; that verisimilitude of plot, dialogue and circumstance that can give characters real substance. Laura Barnett’s lengthy new novel about fictional English singer-songwriter Cass Wheeler rings wholly true – no mean feat considering the rather besmirched reputation of the "rock novel" genre.
Billed as "an unflinching commentary on the modern world in uncertain times", it is clear from Roger Waters’s first solo album in 25 years that he’s not a fan of the White House’s incumbent. It also teems with the rancour that has long been this co-founding member of Pink Floyd’s stock-in-trade. Many of the singer’s rock star contemporaries have become mellow, rather passive figures content to tread the golf course. But Waters, 73, is still incandescent with rage.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".