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V Festival – Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Saturday August 22

Festival mega-sets are such a regular part of the Kasabian summer calendar, you'd forgive them for forgetting where they are. Tom Meighan yells "Chelmsford!" so often during this victory parade…

5 Albums That May Have Passed You By This Week

Scroll down for reviews of five albums that might just have slipped under your radar this week, from Autobahn's relentlessly dark debut to the versatile racket of Nottingham newcomers Kagoule. …

Willis Earl Beal – ‘Noctunes’

Singer-songwriter Willis Earl Beal had already moved to rural Washington state by the time his relationship with XL records – or more specifically, a US-based XL subsidiary called Hot Charity…

Sziget Festival – Obudai Island, Budapest, Hungary, Monday August 10 – Sunday August 17

A year ago, Kasabian were in the middle of their biggest summer yet, incorporating a Glastonbury headline slot, a huge hometown show in Leicester and enough novelty T-shirts to fill…

Beach House – ‘Depression Cherry’

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity." Not our words but those of jazz colossus Charles Mingus, which ring especially true in the…

Royal Headache – ‘High’

There’s a 2011 live video in which Royal Headache’s gangly, hawk-eyed frontman Shogun laments the fact he’s got to work in a call centre the next day. “Fuck, man,” he…

Straight Outta Compton – Film Review

Dr Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy-E's widow, Tomica Woods-Wright, are all listed as producers of the hugely anticipated Gary Gray-directed Straight Outta Compton, so make no mistake: it’s an authorised…

Pixels – Film Review

After a less-than-stellar debut in America (where it entered the box-office chart behind Ant-Man and was mauled by almost every reviewer), the prevailing narrative around Pixels has turned into a…

FKA Twigs – ‘M3LL155X’

Pop music is a medium concerned with the creation and projection of personas, and as a general rule, the more you know about the reality behind them, the more finite…

Trainwreck – Film Review

Subversive stand-up Amy Schumer is about to become a seriously big deal. Highlights from her sketch show keep going viral – if you haven't seen her One Direction parody 'Girl,…

Chance The Rapper & Lil B – ‘Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape)’

On the surface, Chance The Rapper and Lil B seem an unlikely pairing. Chance, from Chicago, is noted for his crisp arrangements and an eclectic ear best displayed on ‘Surf’,…

The Man From UNCLE – Film Review

Guy Ritchie's transition from maker of gritty British crime flicks like Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels to purveyor of slick Hollywood entertainment continues. The Man From UNCLE, the 46-year-old…