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Krill - Lucky Leaves Album Review

Krill - Lucky Leaves Album Review

For every 100 albums of bland synthpop or boring ballads, there will be one mind-alteringly weird release that harpoons through the banal sludge like an ice breaker making light work of the Pacific garbage patch....

Review posted on 11th February 2015

Squrl - Ep#3 EP Review

Squrl - Ep#3 EP Review

Cut Jim Jarmusch and he'd bleed a strangely evasive blue-black sludge that emits a low, magnetic hum. Somehow the moody, brooding director has managed to bottle this bodily emanation, team up with drummer Carter Logan...

Review posted on 10th December 2014

Devo - Miracle Witness Hour Album Review

Devo - Miracle Witness Hour Album Review

Long before Devo taught the world how to 'whip it real good' and spawned the niche trend for sporting energy domes - and Mark Mothersbaugh's own line of eyewear - the electro-rock experimentalists were mere...

Review posted on 10th November 2014

Primus - Primus & the Chocolate Factory (with the Fungi Ensemble) Album Review

Primus - Primus & the Chocolate Factory (with the Fungi Ensemble) Album Review

Reviewing a Primus album is always a daunting task. Like a child's artwork, it seems that any music designed to inflict such joy should be immune from the critic's gaze. Let's not dwell on the...

Review posted on 23rd October 2014

The Pierces - Creation Album Review

The Pierces - Creation Album Review

The Pierces' 'Creation' is the least druggy drug album possibly ever recorded. Sisters Catherine and Allison set to work on their follow-up to 2011's 'You & I' soon after their breakthrough's release by experimenting with...

Review posted on 1st October 2014

Philip Selway - Weatherhouse Album Review

Philip Selway - Weatherhouse Album Review

As the least recognisable member of Radiohead, Phil Selway has managed to avoid the spotlight for a lot longer than his more prominent bandmates. Hidden away behind a drumkit, the serious sticksman was the heard,...

Review posted on 26th September 2014

Tom Bryant - The True Lives of My Chemical Romance Book Review

Tom Bryant - The True Lives of My Chemical Romance Book Review

It seems to be a necessary yet tiresome evil that band biography writers never miss a chance to emphasise how many times they were granted unique and "unparalleled access" to the rock stars' inner circle....

Review posted on 8th September 2014

Childhood - Lacuna Album Review

Childhood - Lacuna Album Review

Following a string of carefully released singles, Childhood have truly stepped into the indie fold with their debut, 'Lacuna'. The South London quartet, whose most prominent billing to date has been supporting Temples in 2014,...

Review posted on 19th August 2014

'Pudsey The Dog: The Movie': BGT Dog Has His Day In Cheery Summer Holiday Family Comedy

'Pudsey The Dog: The Movie': BGT Dog Has His Day In Cheery Summer Holiday Family Comedy

Looking forward to the end of the school term? Scratching your head for a way to celebrate the start of the summer holidays with the whole family? A cinema trip to see Pudsey the Dog:...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 16th July 2014

Jason Mraz Announces 5-Borough New York Tour To Celebrate 'YES!'

Jason Mraz Announces 5-Borough New York Tour To Celebrate 'YES!'

Jason Mraz has announced plans for a tour of New York, playing one show in each of the five boroughs. The Grammy-winning pop star announced today (16th July) that he will tour the boroughs in...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 16th July 2014

Hammered Charlie Sheen Caught On Camera In Bizarre Taco Bell Interaction

Hammered Charlie Sheen Caught On Camera In Bizarre Taco Bell Interaction

Charlie Sheen has been caught on camera interacting with people at a Taco Bell drive-thru. The actor, who is no stranger to occasionally unhinged and bizarre behaviour is seen walking over to drunkenly greet two...

News posted in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 16th July 2014

'Life With Archie' To End In Death In Heroic Comic Book Conclusion

'Life With Archie' To End In Death In Heroic Comic Book Conclusion

Archie Andrews will be killed off in a dramatic plotline to conclude the 75 year-old series. The red-headed comic book character will feature in his last storyline on Wednesday where he'll be seen taking a...

News posted in Books / Authors on 16th July 2014

Jenny McCarthy Couldn’t Be Her "Full Self" On 'The View'

Jenny McCarthy Couldn’t Be Her "Full Self" On 'The View'

Jenny McCarthy has opened up on her departure from The View, explaining that she began to feel like she didn't fit in with the ABC talkshow's way of working. Speaking to Howard Stern this week,...

News posted in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 16th July 2014

Deborah Cox To Sing Whitney Houston’s Hits As Lifetime Biopic Takes Shape

Deborah Cox To Sing Whitney Houston’s Hits As Lifetime Biopic Takes Shape

Production is well underway on Lifetime's upcoming Whitney Houston biopic, which will feature some of the late singing legend's music. However, the songs will be retakes of Houston's hit tracks with Deborah Cox providing the...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 16th July 2014

'20,000 Days On Earth': Trailer Released For Intriguing Nick Cave Docu-Drama

'20,000 Days On Earth': Trailer Released For Intriguing Nick Cave Docu-Drama

20,000 Days On Earth: no it's not a gun-totin' new action movie about an alien invasion, it's a drama about a day in the life of Nick Cave. The pseudo-documentary supposedly charts the rocker's 20,000th...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 15th July 2014

Marvel Unveils Fierce New Thor Incarnation…And She’s A Lady

Marvel Unveils Fierce New Thor Incarnation…And She’s A Lady

Marvel has caused waves within the comic book communities after revealing their dynamic new incarnation of Thor, who just happens to be a woman. Retaining the Norse god's punchy moniker, the new Thor will be...

News posted in Books / Authors on 15th July 2014

Gerard Depardieu Ramps Up The Sleaze In 'Welcome To New York' Trailer

Gerard Depardieu Ramps Up The Sleaze In 'Welcome To New York' Trailer

Enjoyed The Wolf of Wall Street but wished it caused more controversy? Try Welcome To New York, another movie inspired by Dominique Strauss-Kahn's real life downfall and revelling in the scandal, excess and debauchery of...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 15th July 2014

Essex Woman Asks Plastic Surgeon For A Kim Kardashian

Essex Woman Asks Plastic Surgeon For A Kim Kardashian

The world is no stranger to eerily obsessed fans spending money to look like their celebrity idol but every so often an individual comes along who tips the scale. Memories of the "youth-obsessed" Justin Bieber...

News posted in Bizarre / Weird Wonderful on 15th July 2014

Nebraska Teens Make Headlines With Stealthy Paul McCartney, Warren Buffett Selfie

Nebraska Teens Make Headlines With Stealthy Paul McCartney, Warren Buffett Selfie

Internet fame may not exactly be hard to come by these days but it's hard to begrudge limelight to the snap-happy antics of a few rather cheeky Nebraskan teens who made the most of celebrities...

News posted in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 15th July 2014

'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Dominates Box Office With Strong Summer Debut

'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Dominates Box Office With Strong Summer Debut

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has proved its mettle by dominating the box office on its first weekend of opening. The sci-fi sequel swung to the top of the movie charts with a...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 15th July 2014

Manic Street Preachers Named Most Lyrically Diverse As 'Futurology' Released

Manic Street Preachers Named Most Lyrically Diverse As 'Futurology' Released

A tasty chunk of news for the music nerds: Manic Street Preachers have been found to be the most lyrically diverse act in a study of Welsh artists. Wales Online conducted the study to celebrate...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 14th July 2014

Crash Comedian Tracey Morgan Leaves Hospital And Sues Walmart

Crash Comedian Tracey Morgan Leaves Hospital And Sues Walmart

Tracey Morgan is well on his way to recovering from the June 8th car crash that saw him hospitalised for weeks. The comedian has reportedly returned to his home afterundergoing therapy at a rehabilitation center...

News posted in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 14th July 2014

Ariana Grande Graduates From 'Sam & Cat' To International Pop Career

Ariana Grande Graduates From 'Sam & Cat' To International Pop Career

Ariana Grande has penned a heartfelt letter signing off from her short-lived stint as one half of Nickelodeon's Sam & Cat. Rumors had plagued the production for months suggesting that a cancellation of the show...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 14th July 2014

'Constantine': NBC Says No To Bisexuality But Yes To Smoking As Comic Book Fans Await TV Adaptation

'Constantine': NBC Says No To Bisexuality But Yes To Smoking As Comic Book Fans Await TV Adaptation

Plenty of comic book fans have been left baffled after discovering that the character Constantine in NBC's upcoming adaptation of the same name will not be portrayed as bisexual, contrary to his graphic novel depiction....

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 14th July 2014

Will.i.am Celebrates 10th UK Number One With 'It's My Birthday'

Will.i.am Celebrates 10th UK Number One With 'It's My Birthday'

Will.i.am's actual birthday may not be until March but the rapper should be partying regardless after having earned his tenth UK number one single with 'It's My Birthday.' A cover of A.R Rahman's 'Urvashi,' the...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 14th July 2014

Channel 4's Utopia Airs Despite Furore Over Tory MP Murder Plot

Channel 4's Utopia Airs Despite Furore Over Tory MP Murder Plot

Utopia, Channel 4's controversial new drama, aired last night amidst a furore over certain character depictions and concerns over plotlines. The second series of Dennis Kelly's controversial programme aired last night in the UK and...

News posted in Movies / TV / Theatre on 14th July 2014

A Week In News: North Korea Threatens Seth Rogen, George Clooney Gets Angry, And Robin Thicke Is Knocked Out

A Week In News: North Korea Threatens Seth Rogen, George Clooney Gets Angry, And Robin Thicke Is Knocked Out

Seth Rogen Vs. North Korea: Seth Rogen should be feeling a little nervous right now. The actor and funnyman, who is preparing for the fall release of new movie The Interview, has been threatened after...

News posted in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 11th July 2014

"Omnomnom!": Boys II Men Turn Wendy’s Pretzel Tweets Into Hilarious Song

"Omnomnom!": Boys II Men Turn Wendy’s Pretzel Tweets Into Hilarious Song

Remember the Fast Food Rockers with their "Pizza Hut, Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut" lyrics? Or the "Dayum" YouTube guy convulsing with excitement for his fast food find? Well Boys II...

News posted in Bizarre / Weird Wonderful on 11th July 2014

Beyonce And Jay Z's World Tour French Show To Be Broadcast By HBO

Beyonce And Jay Z's World Tour French Show To Be Broadcast By HBO

Feeling glum because you didn't manage to get tickets to see Beyoncé and Jay Z present their "On The Run" world tour? Well, worry not: HBO will be bringing the couple's eagerly anticipated live shows...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 11th July 2014

Kesha Talks Being A Victim Of An Eating Disorder And Why She’s Not “A Train Wreck”

Kesha Talks Being A Victim Of An Eating Disorder And Why She’s Not “A Train Wreck”

Kesha has finally opened on the subject of the eating disorder which sent her to rehab last winter and forced her to take time out of her singing career whilst she recovered. "That first day...

News posted in Fashion / Beauty on 11th July 2014

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The Distillers Release First New Music In 15 Years

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Brody Dalle's band dropped their first new music since 2003's 'Coral Fang'.

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