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Boots – ‘Aquaria’

A mysterious producer with A-list connections, Boots is secretive about his past. The rumour mill has been his primary marketing tool so far and if the ‘mysterious producer’ trope seems…

Yak – ‘No’ EP

Reptition has been Yak's mantra since they started. On January’s debut single 'Hungry Heart', frontman Oli Burslem barked "again, again, again" over and over, while bassist Andy Jones and drummer…

Green Day’s Heart Like A Hand Grenade – Film Review

Is ‘American Idiot’, Green Day’s 15-million-selling 2004 concept album, an all-time great album or an overhyped slice of pop-punk fodder? Your answer will probably influence your enjoyment of //Heart Like…

Brooklyn – Film Review

Anyone of a sensitive disposition may wish to bring several boxes of tissues when they see Brooklyn, and possibly a friendly shoulder to snot all over. If you don’t cry…

The Brian Jonestown Massacre – ‘Mini Album Thingy Wingy’

Now operating prolifically from 48-year-old leader Anton Newcombe’s Berlin base, this year has already brought two substantial releases from Californian psych torchbearers The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Following April’s French movie…

Kurt Cobain – ‘Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings’

Genius is a messy, mystifying, wholly subjective thing. Were you to play ‘Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings’ to someone who had no idea who Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was,…

Tangerine – Film Review

The words “shot on iPhone 5s” are enough to make your heart sink into your shoes and your wallet crawl back into your pocket. If we’re going to pay the…

Grimes – ‘Art Angels’

Thus far, the story of Claire Boucher's long-awaited fourth Grimes album has been that of an artist determined to assert control over her own narrative. Often, this is as much…

Burnt – Film Review

You could pun yourself daft describing the unrelenting, soggy-bottomed awfulness of Burnt, the odd story of an arrogant chef (Bradley Cooper) trying to regain lost glory. Its combination of subject…

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two – Film Review

What do you want from the final chapter of The Hunger Games? Do you want a faithful recreation of the book, which is largely a major bummer and widely considered…

Jamie Woon – ‘Making Time’

Back in 2010 Jamie Woon was, critics said, going to be one of dubstep’s first crossover stars. His breakthrough song ‘Night Air’, produced by Burial, was a stunning marriage of…

The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution – Film Review

There is a temptation to laud Stanley Nelson's thorough, absorbing and patient documentary as timely. With almost every month bringing extensive media coverage of communities in chaos as another unarmed…