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New releases on CD & DVD

Album: Kings of Leon - When You See Yourself

Barney Harsent

Over the course of seven albums and nearly two decades, Kings of Leon have gone from spiky, short bursts of adrenaline-fuelled garage rock to swollen stadium pomp, full of big builds and grandiose gestures.

Album: Arab Strap - As Days Get Dark

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Shortly after Arab Strap split up in 2006, Malcolm Middleton was quoted saying “I don’t think we should ever get back together”. That’s the sort of fighting talk that’s just begging to be cast up by tired old hack music writers tasked with reviewing the inevitable comeback – but the trick, in this case, was that the comeback was never inevitable. The Falkirk duo built a reputation on electro-acoustic songs about drink, drugs and shagging.

Blu-ray: Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald...

Graham Rickson

Jindřich Polák ’s 1963 film Ikarie XB-1 (also available from distributor Second Run) still seems fresh, a cerebral, visually arresting sci-fi which...

DVD: T S Eliot - The Search for Happiness

Graham Fuller

“How it went with the women,” Martin Amis’s phrase for what most straight men are likely to contemplate in the evenings of their lives, would have...

Album: Jane Weaver - Flock

Kieron Tyler

Flock ends with “Solarised”, a glorious five-plus minutes excursion into retro-futurist pop with the artistic smarts of Saint Etienne and Stereolab....

Album: Blanck Mass - In Furneaux

Mark Kidel

Healing the disorientation of our pandemic times

Album: Alice Cooper - Detroit Stories

Thomas H Green

50+ years into his career the veteran shock rocker's latest is contagiously entertaining

Album: Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains - Banane Bleue

Kieron Tyler

French-born singer-songwriter Frànçois Marry’s soft focus celebration of internationalism

Blu-ray: The Ascent

Tom Birchenough

Rich insights into Larisa Shepitko's final masterpiece in a new Criterion edition

Album: Willie Nelson - That's Life

Liz Thomson

Willie Nelson takes another dip into the great American songbook

Blu-ray: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Graham Rickson

Wes Anderson's tragi-comic European epic returns

Album: Maxïmo Park – Nature Always Wins

Kathryn Reilly

Less political and more introspective: the arty Geordies two decades in

Album: Ghetts - Conflict of Interest

Nick Hasted

Mature redemption songs from a grime master

Album: Mathieu Boogaerts - En Anglais

Tim Cumming

The spirit of Chanson comes to south London

Album: Mogwai - As the Love Continues

Joe Muggs

The Glasgow guitar noise veterans crash into indie Valhalla

DVD/Blu-ray: Mogul Mowgli

Saskia Baron

A powerful performance reminiscent of the young De Niro marks out this quasi-autobiographical tale

Blu-ray: The Last Warning

Graham Fuller

Paul Leni's backstage murder farce is a magicianly tour de force

Album: Tindersticks - Distractions

Guy Oddy

The Midlands’ perpetually disappointed romantics go minimalist

Album: Sia - Music

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Pop star's movie tie-in misses the mark

Album: The Pretty Reckless - Death By Rock And Roll

Russ Coffey

The New York quartet's latest is bewitching and raw, if not entirely original

Album: slowthai - TYRON

Harry Thorfinn-George

Midlands MC musters juicy moments on hit'n'miss second album

Blu-ray: Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion

Daniel Baksi

Elio Petri's political foray into the Italian absurd

Album: Django Django - Glowing in the Dark

Joe Muggs

A much needed ray of fluorescing festival fun from the indietronic troupers

DVD/Blu-ray: Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story

Nick Hasted

Scorsese and Dylan's smoke and mirrors can't obscure an exhilarating tour

Album: Paul Leary - Born Stupid

Guy Oddy

Butthole Surfer keeps the freak flag flying high

Album: Foo Fighters - Medicine at Midnight

Nick Hasted

Anthems for an imaginary festival

Album: The Staves - Good Woman

Liz Thomson

The Staveley-Taylors kick over the traces

Album: John Carpenter - Lost Themes III: Alive After Death

Guy Oddy

The film director and soundtrack composer releases his first solo album in five years

DVD/Blu-ray: The Masque of the Red Death

Graham Fuller

Horror is a many-splendoured thing in Roger Corman's 1964 film of Poe's tale

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