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Amour Fou – Film Review

Amour Fou follows the story of 18th-century German poet Heinrich von Kleist's quest to find a woman with whom to enter into a suicide pact. Obsessed with the idea of…

A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘Transfixiation’

Over the course of three albums, APTBS have tried varying levels of bludgeoning sound, but frontman Oliver Ackermann has never seemed content with the noise his band can make. The…

La Roux, Koko, London

There’s a moment during tonight’s final song – ‘Bulletproof’, the Number one single from La Roux’s self-titled debut album – when the house lights come up temporarily and the band…

Bob Dylan – ‘Shadows In The Night’

On the release of his 1970 covers album 'Self Portrait', Bob Dylan was crucified. "What is this shit?" sneered Rolling Stone. Now, though, he's earned the right to do what…

Shaun The Sheep Movie – Film Review

It's been 20 years since he first appeared alongside Wallace and Gromit in A Close Shave, but Shaun The Sheep hasn't aged a bit. In this typically charming, gently satirical…

Selma – Film Review

Californian director Ava DuVernay's latest film is already engulfed in controversy. Selma tells the story of the 1965 voting rights marches between Alabama cities Selma and Montgomery that were spearheaded…

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Dome, Tufnell Park

Do not be alarmed,” says Noel Gallagher to a tiny warm-up-gig crowd of barely 400 that includes a glut of 1990s music industry heads, a small battalion of ballot winners…

Father John Misty – ‘I Love You, Honeybear’

Josh Tillman might look like a hipster Jesus, but he’s more very naughty boy than Messiah. Resurrecting himself, so to speak, as Father John Misty in 2012, the solo songwriter…

Charli XCX – ‘Sucker’

This year’s first great pop record bowls in with a rapturous celebration of the genre's rebellious, trashy potential (and a bottle of champagne and a pocketful of pills to boot).…

Carl Barat & The Jackals

Some rock’n’roll dogs were born to hunt in packs. Lifelong devotees to the last gang in town, they’re tied to their brothers with a frayed guitar string, a shared uniform…

No Manifesto – Film Review

One of the best things about this new Manic Street Preachers documentary from director Elizabeth Marcus and producer Kurt Engfehr is that it dispenses with the usual cast of journalists…

Kingsman: The Secret Service – Film Review

This adaptation of Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons' 2012 comic book series The Secret Service takes on the spy genre with its tongue lodged in its cheek. Colin Firth plays…