KARINE Polwart is sitting at my kitchen table, cradling a cup of tea, while the wind burls the leaves in the garden. Her granny used to live round the corner, and the writer, performer and singer-songwriter is shooting the breeze about family and forebears. She's also reflecting on birds, bogs and childbirth; resistance, community, politics and witchy realms – and the prescient careers advice she was bequeathed at Denny High.
INDIE-pop dramatist Stephin Merritt is one of music's master-craftsmen, and he can fairly helm a stage bedecked like a time-travelling kitsch haven, too. Merritt's band the Magnetic Fields have ploughed a droll baroque-pop furrow since 1989, upturning assumptions about art and sexuality, and toying with ideas of what makes an album – not least on 2004's alphabetical LP, i (in which every song title began with that letter), and 1999's self-explanatory magnum opus, 69 Love Songs.
SHEFFIELD'S pop poet laureate Jarvis Cocker has always had a way with a couplet. But one of his latest – “Everything was harmonious, everything was melodic / Now you're a lonely widow and your daughter's alcoholic” – is not an 80s Yorkshire kitchen-sink chronicle, but rather an ode to Mark Twain's daughter, Clara. She's one of many stars and ghosts who've passed through the doors of Hollywood's Chateau Marmont, now immortalised in song thanks to Room 29.
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".