A Walk Among the Tombstones - Film Review

A Walk Among the Tombstones - Film Review

Based on one of the 17 detective novels by Lawrence Block, Liam Neeson is whisky-soaked cop turned private eye Matt Scudder. “Sometimes I do favours for people,” he says ominously. On the trail of a pair of evil kidnappers who chop up their...

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20,000 Days on Earth - Film Review

20,000 Days on Earth - Film Review

“I had to speed-read your biography!” says Kylie Minogue sheepishly, admitting to Nick Cave she had no idea who he was before their duet on ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’. "Ah, you read that?" he replies with a quizzical eyebrow. "But none of...

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Down By Law - Film Review

Down By Law - Film Review

1986’s Down By Law came at an interesting time for both director and star. Jim Jarmusch was following up his slow and weird 1984 indie classic Stranger Than Paradise . Tom Waits was in the middle of his ‘Swordfishtrombones’, ‘Rain...

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20 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (17/9/2014)

20 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (17/9/2014)

Deers - Castigadas En El Granero Fresh from a raucous UK tour, Spanish girl band Deers have dropped yet another ramshackle anthem in the form of ‘Castigadas En El Granero’ (‘Grounded In The Barn’). It’s the first track recorded by...

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Twin Peaks - 'Wild Onion'

Twin Peaks - 'Wild Onion'

Twin Peaks are more than just garage-rock party starters. The Chicago band's gnarly 2013 debut ‘Sunken’ mixed thrashers like ‘Stand In The Sand’ with ‘Irene’, a slower, moodier cut that proved it wasn’t always a race to the finish....

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My Brightest Diamond - 'This Is My Hand'

My Brightest Diamond - 'This Is My Hand'

Alongside her genre-shifting operatic My Brightest Diamond project, Arkansas musician Shara Worden has worked with Sufjan Stevens, The National and Bon Iver. 'This is My Hand', the fifth MBD album, begins with the orchestral sass of...

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Gnarwolves - 'Gnarwolves'

Gnarwolves - 'Gnarwolves'

Their music has been blaring from manky UK skateparks for the past couple of years, and now it's time for Gnarwolves to properly introduce themselves. This ratty debut speaks of nights spent wasted in parked cars, but alongside the breakneck power...

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Octave Minds - 'Octave Minds'

Octave Minds - 'Octave Minds'

In Octave Minds, his collaboration with German producer Boys Noize, Chilly Gonzales sounds more comfortable than ever in the same harmony-arranging role he did on Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories'. There’s not a smidgen of his hokey rap-style...

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Ryan Adams - 'Ryan Adams'

Ryan Adams - 'Ryan Adams'

At a 2002 concert, Ryan Adams famously (and understandably) reacted angrily upon hearing a request for ‘Summer Of ’69’. With this 14th album, he's asking for trouble – much of it sounds like something his Canadian near-namesake could have...

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Alt-J - 'This Is All Yours'

Alt-J - 'This Is All Yours'

Alt-J were born of the internet age; they also encapsulated it. Creeping out of their Leeds University accommodation in 2007 with their un-Googleable symbol name, they sang of maths and new dimensions. By initially obscuring their faces in every...

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