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Wakolda – Film Review

An adaptation of her award-winning book, Lucía Puenzo’s Wakolda (also known as The German Doctor) is the fictional story of an Argentine family who encounter real-life Nazi physician Josef Mengele…

Guardians Of The Galaxy – Film Review

It's immediately clear that Guardians Of The Galaxy isn't a typical Marvel superhero story. The film opens with an alien abduction set to the brilliantly unlikely strains of 10cc’s 'I’m…

Peter Escott – ‘The Long O’

Isolated by geography, underground musician Peter Escott has found acclaim outside of his native Tasmania with rumbling post-punk duo The Native Cats. Here, underpinned by his strong Aussie accent, solo…

A Sunny Day In Glasgow – ‘Sea When Absent’

With their fourth album, A Sunny Day In Glasgow are mounting a fierce campaign to propel their sparkling shoegaze into a poppier stratosphere. ‘Sea When Absent’ has the same beautifully…

Sinead O’Connor – ‘I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss’

For much of her 10th album, it appears that Sinéad O’Connor has reinvented herself as Shania Twain. A far cry from the open-wounded pop of her early career, ‘Dense Water…

Twin Atlantic – ‘The Great Divide’

There’s something charming about a band unafraid to aim high, and few bands sound as brazenly ambitious as Glasgow’s Twin Atlantic. On their second album they seek to distil their…

The Raveonettes – ‘Pe’ahi’

Times got tough on The Raveonettes' chain gang of love. 2012’s ‘Observator’ was inspired by a three-day drug bender that guitarist Sune Rose Wagner threw himself into to battle depression…

The Hip Priests – ‘Black Denim Blitz’

Nottingham four-piece The Hip Priests lace their latest album of metallic garage punk with imagery that runs the gamut from boorish to potty-mouthed to sexist. This need not, in itself,…

Engineers – ‘Always Returning’

Led by Mark Peters, shoegaze misfits Engineers have been making brilliant records for nearly 10 years now, yet the limelight afforded to similar-sounding bands such as The Horrors has always…

Holy Family – ‘Can’t Dance, Won’t Steal, Need Some Sleep’

Holy Family moved from Gothenburg to Montreal while making ‘Can’t Dance, Won’t Steal, Need Some Help’, so you have to wonder how the upheaval will have had on it. At…

FaltyDL – ‘In The Wild’

The fourth album from New York beatsmith FaltyDL (aka Andrew Lustman), is certainly well named: the record stumbles between pastoral ambience and feral beats in what is a discomfiting but…

Jaakko Eino Kalevi – ‘Yin Yang Theatre EP’

Before recording his new EP, lo-fi disco explorer Jaakko Eino Kalevi invented a party game. “Pass the cat to your left side”, the Helsinki musician sings on 'Pass The Cat',…