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Joe Muggs
Thursday, 18 July 2024
Two of the biggest trends in 21st century pop culture today have been “poptimism” – broadly, the idea that pop as such is as serious and worthy of analysis as any other artform –...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 17 July 2024
Jenna Coleman seems to pick her roles with care, whether it’s Queen Victoria, the girlfriend of mass murderer Charles Sobhraj in The Serpent, or “occult detective” Johanna...
Veronica Lee
Wednesday, 17 July 2024
Hannah Berner isn't a big name in stand-up (yet), but she's well known enough in the United States to have come to Netflix's attention. Her fame comes from TikTok and Instagram (...
Mark Kidel
Wednesday, 17 July 2024
The artist Bill Viola died, after a long illness, early in the morning of Friday 12 July. I had the privilege of getting to know him while making a documentary about his life and...
Ellie Roberts
Wednesday, 17 July 2024
Indie rock duo the Raveonettes add an ethereal touch to 10 popular songs in their latest album, made up entirely of covers. Sing…, which features renditions of tracks by Gram...
Lucia Lucas
Tuesday, 16 July 2024
Until last week, Tippett’s New Year had not been staged since 1990, probably because it’s considered very hard to produce. I think it is generally harder than Britten. It’s also...
Helen Hawkins
Monday, 15 July 2024
A stark end-title at the end of this collection of short films sums up the dire situation the UK is in: one in five people,...
Guy Oddy
Monday, 15 July 2024
Orange Goblin have been flying the flag for exuberant biker rock for the best part of a generation. Yet, somewhat incredibly...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 14 July 2024
Michael Thevis made his money from pornography. In the Seventies, his Atlanta warehouses were stuffed with most of America’s...
Helen Hawkins
Saturday, 13 July 2024
Who was Stefan Zweig? It's likely that it's mostly older folk who studied German literature at A-level who have encountered...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 13 July 2024
 Fauré: Complete Music for Solo Piano Lucas Debargue (Sony)In lots of ways I was ready to like this boxset of the...
Harry Thorfinn-George
Saturday, 13 July 2024
Apparently when actress Maika Monroe first saw Nicolas Cage in his full Longlegs get-up, her heart-rate skyrocketed to 170...
Kieron Tyler
Saturday, 13 July 2024
Paint a Room is idiosyncratic, but it is an absolute joy. Accessible too. Permeated with a summery vibe, its 10 songs...
Robert Beale
Friday, 12 July 2024
Buxton International Festival offers one thundering success, one uneasy compromise and one surprisingly enjoyable experience...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 12 July 2024
The question Korean director Jason Yu is asking in this eerie little spine-tingler (his debut feature) is “how well do you...
Sebastian Scotney
Friday, 12 July 2024
Voice and piano. The combination can have a simplicity, a conversational freedom, a rightness about it, as it does here. “My...
Adam Sweeting
Thursday, 11 July 2024
It’s over 50 years since men last landed on our orbiting space-neighbour, but director Greg Berlanti's Fly Me to the Moon...
Thomas H Green
Thursday, 11 July 2024
In the world of popular music, tangential connections to success are profile-raising. They offer an immediate connection to...
Nick Hasted
Wednesday, 10 July 2024
Mia Goth’s mighty Maxine finally makes it to Hollywood in Ti West’s brash conclusion to the trilogy he began with X (2022),...

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★★ VISIT FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN, HAMPSTEAD THEATRE Slim, overly earthbound

ATLANTA - HOTBED OF 70S SOUL GRC is one of America's great soul labels

★★★★ CHRIS COHEN - PAINT A ROOM Former Deerhoof man fashions a shimmering gem

★★★★ BUXTON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL Power and glory in early Verdi

CLASSICAL CDS French piano music, a star-studded concerto, two Finnish symphonies

★★★★ ORANGE GOBLIN - SCIENCE NOT FICTION Biker rock from London’s metal veterans

★★★ LONGLEGS Like its titular killer, this summer's most hyped horror film leaves no trace

disc of the day

Album: Lava La Rue - Starface

Cosmic pop star harks back to a time when eclecticism came easily

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tv

The Jetty, BBC One review - lowlife in a Northern town

Jenna Coleman stars in a dark tale of abuse and exploitation

The Turkish Detective, BBC Two review - a bad business in the Bosphorus

Barbara Nadel's Inspector Ikmen novels reach the screen

The Night Caller, Channel 5 review - all he hears is radio ga ga

Robert Glenister and Sean Pertwee star in smartly-written thriller

film

More Than One Story review - nine helpings of provocative political theatre

Cardboard Citizens shine an unforgiving light on poverty in the UK

Longlegs review - like its titular killer, this summer's most hyped horror film leaves no trace

A white-knuckle experience, but not much more, despite Nicolas Cage on familiar form

Sleep review - things that go bump in the night

Weird nocturnal phenomena threaten couple's marital bliss

new music

Album: Lava La Rue - Starface

Cosmic pop star harks back to a time when eclecticism came easily

Album: The Raveonettes - Sing…

The Raveonettes add their twist to 10 popular tracks with new cover album

Album: Orange Goblin - Science Not Fiction

Spirited biker rock from London’s metal veterans

classical

Classical CDs: Ballades, barcarolles and hammer blows

French piano music, a star-studded concerto and two Finnish symphonies

NMC Recordings at 35, Dutch Church, London review - a fitting celebration

British new music label marks its anniversary with a brilliant array of voices and styles

Concert Theatre DSCH, Norwegian CO, QEH review - visually stunning, viscerally thrilling Shostakovich

Wildly inventive staging, combining choreography and lighting, is a total triumph

opera

First Person: trans opera singer Lucia Lucas on Tippett’s 'New Year' and her life in music

The baritone’s success with Birmingham Opera Company has led to further reflections

theartsdesk at the Buxton International Festival - power and glory in early Verdi

An enjoyable surprise in ingenious Handel oratorio staging

First Person: Katharina Kastening on directing slimline Bizet in a year rich in 'Carmen' productions

Peter Brook's 'La Tragédie de Carmen' further reimagined at Buxton

theatre

More Than One Story review - nine helpings of provocative political theatre
Cardboard Citizens shine an unforgiving light on poverty in the UK
Visit from an Unknown Woman, Hampstead Theatre review - slim, overly earthbound slice of writer's angst
Christopher Hampton's love of Stefan Zweig's text becomes a drawback
Grud, Hampstead Theatre review - sparky investigation of a geeky friendship
Two awkward science nerds and a violent alcoholic father are oddly likeable company

dance

Ashton Celebrated, Royal Ballet review - peerless delights from the master step-smith

A delicious triple bill kicks off a worldwide Fred-fest

Rocio Molina, Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival review - mystery and dark magic, with a giggle

Annual Spanish showcase opens with a dancer intent on subversion by edgy games

The Winter's Tale, Royal Ballet review - what a story, and what a way to tell it!

A compelling case for ROH's ballet-friendly rebrand

Books

Kelly Clancy: Playing with Reality - How Games Shape Our World review - how far games go back

The acclaimed neuroscientist on the world and history of games, in all their variety

Hugo Rifkind: Rabbits review - 31 wild parties and a funeral

Comic novel rides the rollercoaster of 1990s teenagerdom among the Scottish elite

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