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Mirrors Festival review: delights from across the indie spectrum from Phoebe Bridgers, Sheer Mag and Just Mustard

For a certain type of indie rock fan, the line-up at Mirrors Festival in London reads like a dream. Across five venues in Camden,...

Krept & Konan – ‘Revenge Is Sweet’ album review: taboo-busting brilliance from the UK rap polymaths

In the four years since their last studio album, 'The Long Way Home', south London duo Krept and Konan have released a slew of mixtapes, run...

Creeper live in London: The resurrection of Britain’s most exciting punk band

Exactly one year ago, Brit punks Creeper brought the curtain down on their headline show at London’s Koko with the ominous promise that, “Of...

‘American Son’ review: no-frills Broadway adaptation that should have stayed on stage

Netflix is releasing 10 original films in cinemas this autumn, including Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, in a bid to...

Little Simz live in London: a celebratory homecoming from a rapper riding out a career-high year

“They will never wanna admit I'm the best here / From the mere fact that I've got ovaries,” Little Simz raps on the red-hot,...

Earl Sweatshirt – ‘Feet Of Clay’ review: an emotional stream-of-conscious epilogue to ‘Some Rap Songs’

Death has stalked Earl Sweatshirt’s career. He dedicated his debut album, 2013's ‘Doris’, to his deceased grandmother and released last year's ‘Some Rap Songs’...

Cate Le Bon and Bradford Cox – ‘Myths 004’ review: tuneless self-indulgence and chaos from two indie heroes

Here it is: perhaps the most anticipated release of Mexican Summer’s ‘Myths’ collaborations series, whereby the indie label invited collaborators to put theirs heads...

Charli XCX live: the self-appointed “future of pop” kicks off a cacophonous party (and tackles douchegate)

Midway through her Manchester gig, Charli XCX addresses Douchegate. For those mercifully unaware of the spurious shit-storm, it involves LGBTQ fans requested she autograph increasingly...

‘Doctor Sleep’ review: trauma-fuelled sequel brings fresh scares to ‘The Shining’ story

The first thing you hear in Doctor Sleep is the chilling thrum of Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind's iconic synth-based score for The Shining. The motif has...

Weyes Blood live in Manchester: hushed reverence greets anthems for the Extinction Rebellion generation (and sheepish baby boomers)

Each night before introducing the post-truth anthem ‘Something To Believe’, Natalie Mering – aka Weyes Blood – conducts an audience straw poll: “Raise your...

BTS bring the ‘Love Yourself’ era to a close with powerful and moving homecoming show in Seoul

As the sun sets behind the curved edge of Seoul’s Olympic Stadium tonight (October 29), pastel hues of pink, blue, and purple brush against...

‘The Aeronauts’ review: Hawkings reunite in airborne biopic that soars above expectations

On first look, The Aeronauts seems quite tedious. It's the story of two Victorian scientists on a mission to go higher than anyone has ever floated...

‘Dolemite Is My Name’ review: Eddie Murphy makes firecracker return in entertaining but predictable biopic

The four opening twangs of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’ are unmistakable – but they’re only paving the way for the performance of...

Michael Kiwanuka – ‘KIWANUKA’ review: brave experimentation and hard-won self-knowledge

“Are you really giving up? Are you really going to stop right now?” Michael Kiwanuka asks on new track ‘Living in Denial’, the lyrics...

Gang Starr – ‘One of the Best Yet’ review: a celebration of life, love and legacy

When it comes to hip-hop duos, Gang Starr are arguably the most iconic. Sure, there’s EPMD, Outkast, UGK, Clipse, Mobb Deep and so many...

‘Jesus Is King’ film review: Kanye’s sublime but flawed visual journey stops short of enlightenment

The majestic Roden Crater seems almost too apt for the setting of Kanye West’s short film Jesus Is King, a companion piece to the...

Kanye West – ‘Jesus Is King’ review: an iconoclast sounds peaceful and fulfilled on this jubilant gospel collection

We’ve seen two Kanye Wests in the past year alone. The greatest rock star of the 21st century gives interviews only rarely, offering litmus...

‘Rattlesnake’ review: dreary, third-rate Netflix thriller has very little bite

Thrillers thrive on tension, the will-they-won’t-they knife-edge of survival. Much like the villains that inhabit these films lust after blood and death, they crave...

‘Satanic Panic’ review: gory pizza ‘n’ paganism comedy-horror is devilishly good fun

Horror-comedy. Two words which, in isolation, are perfectly enticing. Together, they can be truly terrifying in all the wrong ways, particularly if you’re one...

The 1975’s disorientating ‘Frail State Of Mind’ sounds like pranging out on the nightbus home

Back in 2011, in a wave of woozy post-dubstep emanating from South London and further afield, a handful of music journalists tried to make...
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