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Amorphous Androgynous – ‘A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble (Exploding In Your Mind) – The Wizard Of Oz’

What if the greatest talents of the psychedelic era had ended up with careers in IT or 30-year stints as Hare Krishnas? This is the suggestion of Amorphous Androgynous’ latest…

6 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This Week

You know about the big releases each week, but what about those smaller albums which may have passed underneath your radar. Don't miss out on the smaller, lesser-known gems which…

Laura Marling – ‘Short Movie’

Laura Marling must wish that life made as much sense to her as songwriting does. She’s still only 25 years old, but the four albums she’s released thus far sound…

Dreamcatcher – Film Review

Dreamcatcher opens with shots of the glistening skyscrapers of central Chicago, but the film explores a harrowing aspect of the city's underbelly. Directed by British documentary maker Kim Longinotto, it…

Bjork – Archives

Released to coincide with her career-crowning exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Björk’s second official book presents itself as a very serious tome. Its sleek black slipcase and…

Kill The Messenger – Film Review

In this drama – based on a true story and directed by Homeland producer Michael Cuesta – Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) plays Californian newspaper journalist Gary Webb, who in 1996…

Hyena – Film Review

Gerard Johnson's gritty British thriller follows a corrupt, coke-snorting undercover policeman (the excellent Peter Ferdinando, who also starred in Johnson's previous film, 2009's Tony) as he becomes embroiled in a…

The Cribs – ‘For All My Sisters’

These are pivotal times in Cribsland. The Jarman brothers’ spell with long-time label Wichita and brief self-imposed hiatus have expired, and they return with promises of two new albums –…

Kanye West, KOKO, London

Proof that the self-anointed number one rock star on the planet is in town is snaking around the streets of Camden, past off-licences, fried chicken shops and pubs. At 12:30am,…

Appropriate Behaviour – Film Review

Desiree Akhavan's Appropriate Behaviour begins with a twenty-something woman chucking a strap-on dildo into a dustbin. It's a punchy opening to the actor-director-writer's much-hyped debut feature film, which after its…

Madonna – ‘Rebel Heart’

Three years after 2012’s EDM-driven ‘MDNA’ album, ‘Rebel Heart’ finds 56-year-old Madonna still trying to pass herself off as a teenager. It’s a disconnect that has become increasingly grating. …

Still Alice – Film Review

Based on Lisa Genova's 2007 novel, Still Alice is dominated by a magnificent, Oscar-winning performance from Julianne Moore. She plays Alice Howland, a linguistics professor and mother who is diagnosed…