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Eurosonic Noorderslag 2015

Hundreds of festival bookers descended on a sleepy, sodden Dutch town last week hoping to spot the bands with the potential to do great things in 2015. Everyone’s…

Mark Ronson – ‘Uptown Special’

It’s easy to be suspicious of Mark Ronson, a man with enough A-list connections to merit his own Six Degrees Of… drinking game. When it comes to this pop music…

7 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…

Testament of Youth – Film Review

This adaptation of Vera Brittain’s bestselling 1933 World War I memoir of the same name has plenty to recommend it. Emerging Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, who starred in Oscar-nominated Danish…

American Sniper – Film Review

A Texan with an indomitable sense of right and wrong, Chris Kyle joined the Navy Seals after terrorists bombed American embassies in the 1990s. Kyle killed over 160 people during four…

Wild – Film Review

Cheryl Strayed is a daily heroin user and possible sex addict whose spiral of self-destruction following her mother’s death ruins her marriage. Jobless, friendless and devastated by divorce, she embarks…

Enter Shikari – ‘The Mindsweep’

Over the course of 12 years and three albums, Enter Shikari have spewed heavily politicised, in-your-face rhetoric over an uncompromising blend of post-hardcore, metal and trance. It’s served them well.…

Marilyn Manson – ‘The Pale Emperor’

Once the sultan of shock, the Marilyn Manson that greets us in 2015 cuts a different figure. Late last year, the 45-year-old Brian Warner was forced to clarify that a…

Viet Cong – ‘Viet Cong’

At first, Viet Cong's debut appears to be coming from a dark place. “If we're lucky we'll get old and die” sings bassist Matt Flegel on 'Pointless Experience', but context…

Belle And Sebastian – ‘Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance’

Many a hard-rocking band has mellowed with age. It's all part of the smooth downhill jog to the day you ask for Werther's Originals on your rider. But for Belle…

Menace Beach – ‘Ratworld’

“The wheels have gone and fallen off,” announces Ryan Needham on the Nirvana-ish title-track of Leeds scrappers Menace Beach's debut album. It's a recurring theme on the gritty, low-slung ‘Ratworld’,…

Sleater-Kinney – ‘No Cities To Love’

In 2000, Sleater-Kinney were interviewed on a long-forgotten American teenage TV show called Trackers. As you can see for yourself on YouTube, the hapless host asks spectacularly mundane questions, but…