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Lydia Ainsworth – ‘Darling Of The Afterglow’ Review

As the clanging keyboard chords that open ‘The Road’ ring out like sinister church bells, it’s clear that Canadian composer and songwriter Lydia Ainsworth’s second album is going to be…

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‘Life’ – Film Review

It’s surely on page one of the Space Explorer Handbook that you don’t poke aliens. It’s just a bad way to ingratiate oneself. The crew in Life pay a high…

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The Shins – ‘Heartworms’ Review

‘Heartworms’ feels like a pretty accurate way to describe a collection of Shins songs: sweet, indie-folk numbers that burrow inside you, find their way to your vital organ and prod…

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Hurray For The Riff Raff – ‘The Navigator’ Review

Hurray For The Riff Raff are one of those bands who’ve gone about being quietly spectacular for the past decade or so, never quite troubling the mainstream but ploughing on…

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The Moonlandingz – ‘Interplanetary Class Classics’ Review

If The Moonlandingz sometimes seem so ludicrous it feels like they’ve stepped from of the pages of a particularly surreal story, it’s because they have. Starting life in the imagination…

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‘The Lost City Of Z’ – Film Review

Based on the 2009 book of the same name, The Lost City Of Z features Charlie Hunnam (from Sons Of Anarchy) as real historical figure Percy Fawcett, a British soldier…

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Formation – ‘Look At The Powerful People’ Review

“I don’t think we’re a political band, but if someone’s gonna start bringing bulls**t you’ve got to stand up for yourselves,” Will Ritson, frontman of south London dance-punk agitators Formation,…

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Creeper – ‘Eternity, In Your Arms’ Review

It’s not unfair to say that rock, as a genre, has been slightly uninspired for the last couple of years. Even its brightest stars – Bring Me The Horizon, Twin…

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‘Get Out’ Film Review

Get Out opens with a scene we’ve seen countless times in horror films: a lone young person walks nervously through an unfamiliar neighbourhood, eyes darting around for the attack they…

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Spoon – ‘Hot Thoughts’ Review

Austin, Texas, veterans Spoon operate in a strange world, enjoying non-stop critical acclaim while being a thousand miles from actual stardom. Metacritic’s most well-reviewed band of the ’00s (ahead of…

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Zara Larsson – ‘So Good’ Review

Zara Larsson matters because she’s a new pop star with an exciting voice, both literally and figuratively. When she sings, the 19-year-old Swede sounds youthful but not too pure –…

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‘Beauty and The Beast’ Film Review

Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty And The Beast doesn’t need to be dazzlingly original. As we’re told in the most famous song it borrows from the 1991 animated film, this…

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