Nothing wild about Wild Nothing

Wild Nothing, Arches; 9/11/10 I love going to gigs, don’t get me wrong. But the one thing I hate when reviewing live music is that tense moment beforehand. You say your name at the door, and the girl (who,…

The Ward (dir. John Carpenter)

Once upon a time, a filmmaker named John Carpenter directed a string of creative entries in the horror, sci-fi and action genres. Some of these proved to be highly influential (Halloween, The Thing, Assault on Precinct…

Avey Tare – Down There

Avey Tare – Down There (Paw Tracks) Down There is weird. There’s no other way of putting it. An assortment of voices take it in turns to hum and murmur, drifting in and out from behind dampened drum beats…

A Braid Of Voices

Boy & Bear, Captain’s Rest, 2/12/10 Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Boy & Bear are a five piece outfit that are taking the burgeoning indie-folk pocket by storm. They have been lavished with critical acclaim since early 2009 but have…

The Cinema-Trip and Film as an Experience

With a trip to the cinema costing upwards of a fiver these days, is the experience of sitting in a dark room with noisy, chatty, mobile-phone-using strangers still worth it? Sean Greenhorn…

Kanye Dig It?

Kanye West is never far from controversy. If he isn’t speculating that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”, it’s probably because he’s busy accusing MTV of institutional racism. It’s flavoured opinions such as these that have cast him…

Russian Cinema: From Eisenstein to Sokurov

Mateusz Zatonski takes us through the history of Russian Cinema, from Eisentein's hugely influential Battleship Potemkin, through Tarkovsky, up to Bekmambetov, Sokurov and the Russian New…

Spanish Cinema: A Brief History

Max Horberry explores contemporary Spanish Cinema, and interviews leading Spanish film-buff Lluís Bonet on his opinion of the film industry in…