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DVD review: Empire State

As the noughties descended into disillusionment over crippling debt and record unemployment, recalling the optimism of the eighties is refreshing.  However, past the initial exuberance of the decade shown in TV’s Glory Daze (2010), lies a graveyard brimming with faux pas.  Here, buried under the shell suits and shoulder pads, is a British film so […]

Bella Union Christmas Service – live review

Bella Union is one of the better known independent record labels in the UK, having released albums by underground darlings Fleet Foxes, Beach House and Laura Veirs. Tonight’s gig at the Union Chapel is an opportunity to showcase the calibre of their artists, as well as warming hearts with Christmas-themed fun. First act Lanterns on […]

A Nightmare Before Xmas: Victor Castillo and Luke Kopycinski

Amour Efernal, by Luke Kopycinski A fog of dark surrealism is blanketing a quiet pocket of London as Westbourne Studios provides a respite from the sugar-coated holiday season.  The intriguing themes of childhood duality from Victor Castillo and the fantastical sensuality of Luke Kopycinski offer a brooding refuge from a frozen capital. For a self-styled […]

The Weekend Before Xmas

Soon family duties, shopping errands and present wrapping will be all we have time for, until then, it’s time for one last blow out. It is after all, the weekend before Xmas. Tonight: Warm with Motor City Drum Ensemble at Plastic People. Hailing from Stuttgart, Germany’s very own motor city, Danilo Plessow aka Motor City […]

Koudlam at The CAMP

Parisian resident Koudlam is relatively unknown on these shores, but a pre-Christmas show at the Camp in Shoreditch serves to promote his new single out at the end of January. Taking to the stage in shades and an oversized blazer, with a head of tousled hair to boot, Koudlam looks every inch the street poet. […]

Interpol at o2 Brixton Academy

Eight years ago Interpol’s debut album Turn On The Bright Lights returned Joy Division-esque atmospheric post-punk to the pop culture fray. Despite selling poorly initially, as the decade went on their influence snowballed, and today they can be credited with having facilitated the commercial path for bands like Editors and White Lies. Taking to the […]

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