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Panda Bear – ‘Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper’

Noah Lennox is as expressive as ever on his fifth solo album - the second since the 36-year-old became a star of the global alternative scene via 2007's dreamy 'Person…

Unbroken

Directed by Angelina Jolie and based on a best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken tells the genuinely incredible true survival story of former Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini. After his fighter…

Smoke Fairies – ‘Wild Winter’

For Smoke Fairies, winter is a part of the year that “will always be bittersweet and wild”. ‘Wild Winter’ is a Christmas album, but one that reflects on loneliness. ‘Christmas…

Los Campesinos! – ‘A Los Campesinos! Christmas’

Nowadays, the one-off seasonal hit is a closed shop; indie bands after the kind of Christmas bonus Wizzard got in 1973 with ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ must…

Mark Kozelek – ‘Sings Christmas Carols’

And so this is Christmas, and what has Mark Kozelek done? If you’ve kept abreast of the 47-year old’s antics this year – he dismissed an audience in North Carolina…

D’Angelo And The Vanguard – ‘Black Messiah’

Since the turn of the century, when he reinvented soul music with his second album, 2000’s 'Voodoo', all we've heard from D'Angelo were rumours: drugs and drink, car crashes and…

Dumb and Dumber To – Film Review

"Did you have a C-section - or were you able to give birth au snatcherel?" That's actually one of the smartest jokes in this relentlessly crass comedy sequel, which reunites…

Nicki Minaj – ‘The Pinkprint’

What to make of Nicki Minaj. The 32-year-old banged on the door of hip-hop’s boys club with explosive second mixtape ‘Sucka Free’ in 2008. In 2010, she kicked it clean…

Enemy – Film Review

Adam Bell is stuck in a rut. The bearded history professor played by Jake Gyllenhaal in Enemy gives the same lecture about totalitarianism every day, at the University Of Greater…

Kid Astray – ‘Back To The Ordinary’ EP

In lead vocalist/pianist Benjamin Giørtz and singer/synth player Elizabeth Wu, Norwegian pop band Kid Astray count a junior golf champion and a prodigious young pianist among their number. But the…

She & Him – ‘Classics’

This is the fifth album from New Girl star Zooey Deschanel and Portland songwriter/guitarist M Ward. She & Him’s earlier records, ‘Volume 1’, ‘Volume 2’ and ‘Volume 3’, positioned original…

Trash Kit – ‘Confidence’

Trash Kit have taken over four years to release this follow-up to their self-titled debut album. That might be cause for alarm if they were at all concerned with exploiting…