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Mississippi Grind – Film Review

There’s a repeated line in Mississippi Grind that “the journey’s the destination”. This is both true for the characters and the film. If you’ve come for plot, you may find…

Brand: A Second Coming – Film Review

Whatever you think of Russell Brand – vital political revolutionary, confusing egotist with ready access to a thesaurus, or somewhere in between – there is usually something at the centre…

5 Seconds Of Summer – ‘Sounds Good Feels Good’

5 Seconds of Summer - 5SOS for short - landed a record deal in 2012 after racking up millions of YouTube views with covers of pop hits by Ed Sheeran,…

Crimson Peak – Film Review

Wailing ghosts. Big dark creaky house. A woman wandering through shadows carrying a candelabrum. You'd be forgiven for thinking you're in for a nice traditional horror movie. But you're not.…

Vangoffey – ‘Take Off Your Jacket & Get Into It’

If Gaz Coombes has taken the melodic impetus of Supergrass into more mature, considered territories on his two solo albums, at least ‘Grass drummer Danny Goffey, under the guise of…

Joanna Newsom – ‘Divers’

Since her enduringly lovely third album, 2010’s ‘Have One On Me’, Joanna Newsom has turned her oddball cult into an empire. Between fancy fashion shoots, starring as Sortilège, the earthy…

The Lobster – Film Review

Lord knows what occurred to make this law, but in some alternate present/bizarre future it has been decreed that everyone must find themselves a permanent love. Nobody is allowed to…

Here We Go Magic – ‘Be Small’

From Dirty Projectors to Grizzly Bear, Brooklyn bands have a deserved reputation for indie smartness, a milieu of baroque rock, dissonant chords and daring time signatures. Here We Go Magic…

Pan – Film Review

J.M. Barrie's classic Peter Pan tale has already spawned a Hollywood sequel, Steven Spielberg's 1991 blockbuster Hook, but now comes a wholly unnecessary prequel from Atonement director Joe Wright. …

!!! – ‘As If’

Nic Offer and his Californian punk funk crew !!! have been digging their groove for almost 20 years now and while the rubbery sextet’s dancefloor workouts are deliciously bass heavy,…

‘Suffragette’ – Film Review

On June 4 1913, militant activist and suffragette Emily Wilding Davison threw herself to her death in front of King George V’s horse at the Epsom derby. The incident is…

Demi Lovato – ‘Confident’

When Demi Lovato sings "you've had me underrated" on this album's opening song, it's not hard to work out where she's coming from. Though 'Confident' is the fifth album she's…