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Kendal Calling : Festivals, Politics and Culture

Kendal Calling’s strength comes from its ability to tap into and play host to what has emerged since the digital revolution gave bands and artists the ability to promote themselves....

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Panic Room : Incarnate

This is an album by a band not afraid to try something slightly different, and there is much to like about it. ...

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Touchstone : Oceans of Time

There are still plenty of heavier passages where they show their metal side. But there is far more light and shade....

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Helen Knowles : GV ART [Exhibition Details]

Knowles selects footage that portrays the women’s euphoria and attempts to capture the intense emotion of childbirth ...

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Douglas Dare : Seven Hours [EP]

Devoid of histrionics, of 'emotional' treatments, and of cloying sentimentality. Dare's presentation of the songs is instead factual, crisp and resigned....

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Tarja : Colours in the Dark

It's all completely over the top, but then it's a Tarja record, and you wouldn't really expect anything else; it would be like expecting Meatloaf to make a lo-fi Americana album. ...

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The Icarus Line : Slave Vows

A dangerous high-powered oxyacetylene blowtorch aimed straight at the heads of all those preened plastic pretend pointy-shoed rock and rollers that have bred like maggots over the stages of the land...

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Soft Riot : Fiction Prediction

There are some interesting concepts and experiments here, but the moral of the story is that those who live uncritically by the 1980s creatively die by the 1980s...

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Matthew Herbert : The End of Silence

When you find the press release that accompanies an album more interesting than the music itself, then you know there’s something wrong....

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Joel Sarakula : The Golden Age

The nostalgic waft of times past may be enough to propel Sarakula into the playlists of the nation's barbeque evenings. ...

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Master Musicians of Bukkake : Far West

This is unashamedly music for musos... there are rapid and unpredictable chord changes, sudden transitions in tempo and then multipart drone...

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Chthonic – Bú-Tik

'symphonic black metal, with a leaning towards melodic death'. Chthonic's album Bu Tik ticks all the extremist boxes. Some of it's even in Taiwanese. ...

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Jaga Jazzist : Live with the Britten Sinfonia

A crazy band who make crazy music, then. And their latest album is suitably mental....

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Ian McCulloch : Holy Ghosts

Mac's voice has aged with the same sweet languid complexity as an oak-barelled Sauternes....

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Pombagira : Maleficia Lamiah

It goes nowhere despite having more effort in its two long tracks than most metal releases in the last month....

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Hank Ray and The Raymen : Sinister Funtime.

Sinister Funtime is twisted and wretched. The whole album is a crazed booze-fuelled sex-beat for delinquents everywhere. ...

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Fire in the Blood [Film]

A healthcare industry that is allowed to continue monopolising the world will see many more needless deaths, all in the name of indifference and bottom dollar...

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Salif Keita : Talé

Salif Keita 's voice is outside of time, although steeped in place(s). If you wish to call someone, he once stated, call them with music. In present-day Mali, that's got to be worth a try....

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Veronica Falls : Waiting For Something to Happen

Pulling the pace back from their 60s infused debut, the focus here is much more on the idiosyncrasies of British guitar music and they actually pull it off quite wonderfully....

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Holy Motors [Film]

The truth, and the beauty of the film is that it is wide open to interpretation. ...

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Tomahawk: Oddfellows

Is it a bad thing that we're given an album of the classic-era Patton that we've learned to revere? No way....

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Helloween; Straight Out of Hell

Helloween break an extended silence with the release of Straight Out Of Hell. New album due on January 18th...

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Life of Pi: Review

Ultimately, Life of Pi as film is a visual complement to Yann Martel's story as opposed to a fresh telling of its own. But what a visual complement it is....

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Creeping Ivies: Stay Wild

Becca has a strong, more booming voice than the punk singers, at times reminiscent of PJ Harvey or Empress of Fur. Perhaps a bit of gravel or drawl would have added to the tone, but generally it was...

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The Zolas: Ancient Mars

Piano/organ builds, picked guitar melodies, crunching riffs, and a lyrical approach that constructs vivid narratives using thematic language. It's funny, and fun, as well as being an almost perfect...

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The Raymen: Death’s Black Train EP

If you don’t buy it you will die, if you do buy it you will die. You may as well buy it and die happy....

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Can ‘Khan’ Oral – Angels of Disguise

As a jumping-off point for facetious gasbagging of just about any moral, political, religious or personal viewpoint, pornography is a gift to the commentator in love with the sound of his or her own...

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DELS: Black Salad [EP]

The 'puttin' a bitch on the corner from the time I wuz fourteen, chill wit' my niggas, emceed my way up from the gutters' narrative that still, incomprehensibly, provides mid-west cornfed WASPs with...

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Syd Arthur: Dorothy [Stream]

A scruffy bunch of Canterbury hair-farmers they may be, but Syd Arthur certainly nailed that awful hopelessness of pavement cafes and flimsy sundresses giving way to the slate-grey gloom of November....

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Lazarides: A Street Art Empire

“You either close up a shop and cry behind closed doors for the next five years or you have a go and see what you can do next.” Steve Lazarides refuses to be daunted by economic crisis....

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