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Hercules – Film Review

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is the demigod warrior Hercules in a swords and sandals action fest from director Brett Ratner (X Men: The Last Stand) that revels in ridiculousness. Bending…

Land Observations – ‘The Grand Tour’

In the 18th and 19th centuries, well-to-do young men would often embark on the Grand Tour, an educational, leisurely journey through Europe’s centres of art and culture. On ‘The Grand…

The Muffs – ‘Whoop Dee Doo’

Excepting the members of LA garage-punk trio The Muffs, whose last album was released in 2004, there are two types of people in the world: those who assumed them dead…

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens – ‘Cold World’

Brooklyn label Daptone specialises in recapturing the spirit of retro soul and funk records. It's latest release, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens' second album ‘Cold World’, could be mistaken…

Cats On Trees – ‘Cats On Trees’

Like a sleepier alternative to Niki & The Dove, Euro-pop duo Cats On Trees deliver dreamy chansons to match their whimsical name. Pianist/vocalist Nina Goern and beats man Yohan Hennequin…

Soft Walls – ‘No Time’

The fear that reaching adulthood might bring about the end of all your youthful dreams is part of the human condition. Dan Reeves is racing through his twenties, putting as…

Tiny Fingers – ‘Megafauna’

Their sound sprawls across post-rock, psychedelia, dub and electronica, but it's easier to describe Tiny Fingers as an instrumental prog-rock band, the kind of group you might expect Animal Collective…

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – ‘Hypnotic Eye’

For almost 40 years, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers have been channelling the red blood and blue collars of the USA into their radio rock. Yet Petty has rarely come…

Phoneys & The Freaks – ‘Phoneys & The Freaks EP’

Former Oasis guitarist Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs met Weston-Super-Mare singer-songwriter Alex Lipinski when he supported Bonehead’s other band, Parlour Flames. Impressed, he invited Lipinski to collaborate and this rather soulless EP…

Hooray For Earth – ‘Racy’

Hooray For Earth’s first full-length album, 2011’s 'True Loves’ – and more specifically its title track – earned them ample praise from people who mourned the loss of Late Of…

Jenny Lewis – ‘The Voyager’

Jenny Lewis’ third solo album changed course dramatically when Ryan Adams got his hands on it. Lewis had just finished singing on The Postal Service's 2013 reunion tour when she…

A.J. Ellis – ‘Bury The Devil’

New York indie outfit the Five O'Clock Heroes emerged in the mid-2000s, during that strange period when all you needed to claim your 15 minutes was proof that you paid…