The Districts - 'A Flourish And A Spoil'

The Districts - 'A Flourish And A Spoil'

The worry with still-teenage bands who’ve crafted an awesome live reputation is they get too hyped too soon and spook like dogs hearing fireworks. They hit the studio only to emerge months later, blinking into the daylight, having lost the spark...

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The Gambler - Film Review

The Gambler - Film Review

In Rupert Wyatt's remake of 1974's James Caan-starring The Gambler , a leaner than usual Mark Wahlberg plays Jim Bennett, a literature professor whose gambling addiction results in a $260,000 debt to the owner of an underground gambling ring...

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Big Hero 6 - Film Review

Big Hero 6 - Film Review

As with 2014's Guardians Of The Galaxy , you'd have to be the most obsessive of Marvel completists to own the eight comics featuring Japanese superhero team Big Hero 6. And, just like with the Guardians film, that doesn’'t matter at all. This...

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The Charlatans - 'Modern Nature'

The Charlatans - 'Modern Nature'

For 27 years, tragedy has dogged and driven The Charlatans. When keyboardist Rob Collins died in a car crash in 1996, they created 1997’s comeback masterpiece ‘Tellin’ Stories’. Now, in the wake of drummer Jon Brookes' death in 2013, their...

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20 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (28/1/2015)

20 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (28/1/2015)

Drenge - We Can Do What We Want Their faces might still be fresher than most, but new single ‘We Can Do What We Want’ sees Eoin and Rory Loveless return sounding revved up. “Balaclava on my boyfriend’s head/Like he said, we’ve got...

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Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck - First Look Review

Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck - First Look Review

Kurt Cobain looms large in our cultural memory as a deity, a guttural growl defying earth and hell itself, a loner wearing his demons on his sleeves and the poster child of a blank generation. But 20-plus years of tributes, tabloid headlines and...

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Peace - 'Happy People'

Peace - 'Happy People'

Increasingly, there are two kinds of emerging British rock ’n’ roll band: those, like Sleaford Mods, Slaves or Fat White Family, who burn with incandescent rage and volume; and those, like Peace, Swim Deep or Temples, who seem committed to...

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Alt-J, The O2

Alt-J, The O2

My, how they’ve grown. Once Alt-J thought miniscule, making their elaborate future folk on a laptop in university halls, eschewing drums and bass so as not to annoy their fellow students. Now they’re advert mainstays and their skittering...

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Aphex Twin - ‘Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2’

Aphex Twin - ‘Computer Controlled Acoustic...

Among plentiful praise, one of the main criticisms hurled at Aphex Twin’s ‘Syro’ when it arrived last year was that it sounded a bit straightforward, a bit safe. As if Richard D James – lest we forget, a man who once DJed using not vinyl,...

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Björk - Vulnicura

Björk - Vulnicura

Björk’s last album, 2011’s ‘Biophilia’, was a multimedia project examining the connections between nature, sound and technology – or “the universe”, as she succinctly put it. It became known as an “app” album and it wasn’t a...

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