Jenny & Johnny – I’m having Fun Now

(Warner Bros, 29/11/10) It was ironic that I’m Having Fun Now finally arrived on British soil during the coldest November for a century. Jenny Lewis, of Rilo Kiley, and her singer-songwriter beau Johnathan Rice combine to create a summery pop…

An Ocean of Noise

Jean-Xavier Boucherat goes to see Grouper, and talks with Room 40’s Curator, Lawrence English. It could be that I’m growing up but lately, I find the image of a room packed full of people listening to a performer in…

Sound of tha Police

Here’s what Arika say – Music is always about more then just music. Don’t get them wrong there’s no sort of pretentious sentiment here, just an honest to god admission that any tune you hear has more behind it…

Wholesome Prison Blues

Is prison really so bad for a musician’s career? Sure, losing their human rights is bound to be a bit of a downer, but in return they get plenty of time to write new material and some colourful experiences…

Why So Serious, Glasgow?

Lauren Martin on how to have fun – Joker, Girl Unit, and James Blake at Numbers, 05/11/10 I cannot remember the last time a Numbers event in Glasgow was quiet. Their nights seem to thrive on word of mouth and…

Get yo Towels Out

Wavves – The Arches It was fitting that the Arches played host for the first night of San Diego three piece Wavves’ European tour. The usual sound problems that so often blight the Arches fit into the band’s careful…

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…

Black Swan (dir. Darren Aronofsky)

Rosa Downing looks at whether Darren Aronosky's latest foray into mainstream cinema is something to make a song and dance…

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…