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Jamie T – ‘Trick’ Review

It’s strange to think that Jamie T, south London’s wayward punk prince, a British Beastie Boy with a dog-eared copy of Betjeman’s collected works in his backpack, is now 30…

Glass Animals – ‘How To Be A Human Being’ Review

Glass Animals’ 2014 debut album ‘Zaba’ was like a blissed-out voyage through the Amazon basin. Its trippy tics earned them comparisons to Alt-J and Wild Beasts, and it shifted a…

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Crystal Castles – ‘Amnesty (I)’ Review

The war started on October 8 2014. Posting on Facebook, Alice Glass announced she was leaving Crystal Castles, dissolving the headachey electronic duo she joined as a 16-year-old punk in…

‘Julieta’ – Film Review

Pedro Almodóvar’s 20th film arrives at a time when the Spanish director’s work is more revered than ever in the UK. Earlier this year, Oxford University awarded him an honorary…

Cass McCombs – ‘Mangy Love’ Album Review

Cass McCombs is walking down an alleyway and he finds a dead girl naked inside an icebox. He walks on, through black clouds of exhaust, past a dry cleaners and…

‘Sausage Party’ Movie Review

There are several things in Sausage Party, the deeply weird and very funny new animation from the twisted minds of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Jonah Hill, that can almost…

‘Tickled’ – Film Review

In the vein of Catfish or The Imposter, Tickled is a documentary that repeatedly yanks the rug from under you. Every time you think you think you’re starting to make…

Factory Floor – ’25 25′ Album Review

In this era of flatulent and flabby EDM, it’s refreshing to hear a record like ‘25 25’. One that’s tight and challenging and knows its dance music history. One that…

Thom Sonny Green – ‘High Anxiety’ Album Review

Let’s get straight to the point. This is a 66-minute long, almost entirely instrumental, largely ambient electronic solo album by the drummer from Alt-J. If you’re still reading, thanks for…

‘David Brent: Life On The Road’ – Film Review

There’s reason to feel cautious about Ricky Gervais resurrecting David Brent. The mortifying boss from The Office, who made the vaguely familiar funnyman an overnight comedy hero in 2001, is…

Thee Oh Sees – ‘A Weird Exits’ Review

Why rock’n’roll is better than politics, part 94: when politicians go back on their pledges, it leaves the country teetering on the brink of ungovernable chaos. When musicians (specifically, Thee…

‘Nerve’ – Film Review

This film from Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman couldn’t be arriving at a better time. Based on Jeanne Ryan’s young adult novel of the same name, Nerve centres…