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American Animals

A heist, a comedy of bluntest errors and an essay on the woeful realities of collective fraternal fantasy rolled into one; like most other triune creatures, American Animals is leaden-footed and graceless. With each head pulling in opposing directions, Cerberus’ inarticulate limbs are left splayed upon the floor, nonthreatening and aimed in every direction, but […]

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Film Reviews

Blade Runner 2049: A Round-Up

With the much-anticipated Blade Runner 2049 now in cinemas, we asked our writers whether it lives up to the hype.  Mert Kece – 5 Stars: Blade Runner 2049 is a masterwork of modern cinema. Every aspect of the movie is so meticulously crafted that by the time the credits roll after 240 minutes, the viewer is left […]

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Features Lifestyle Wellbeing

Living with Bipolar Disorder: Seeing the Positives

Content warning: Suicidal Ideation, Bipolar Disorder, Mania   In a society where mental illness is demonised, I decided it was time to clarify exactly what having Bipolar Disorder can really feel like. For all its ups and downs (pun intended), I have written this account as honestly as I could face. It is also important to […]

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Live Music

Holy Wave LIVE @ Sneaky Pete’s

Texan surf-psychedelia five-piece Holy Wave are the epitome of a band born into the wrong generation. Everything from the vintage sensibilities coalescing to form the kind of hook-driven jams best listened to after a hefty dose of Dr Leary’s marvellous medicine. Psych-rock revivalists Brian Jonestown Massacre might be considered excessively convincing in their emulation of […]

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albums Music

Lapsley – Long Way Home

Winner of last year’s One to Watch title at Merseyside’s GIT awards, Holly Lapsley Fletcher has slowly began to gain recognition for her creative talents. Lapsley is a musician in every sense of the word. Classically trained but electronically-orientated, she writes, performs, and produces all her own tracks, Long Way Home – her newly released […]

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Interviews Music

Back and in Fashion: Lust For Youth find confidence

Copenhagen based three-piece Lust for Youth are due to release their most dramatic, emotive and gin-soaked LP t date. With melancholy lyrics, persistent 909 beats and reverb-laced guitar motifs, the group’s forthcoming album Compassion strikes the converging point between dejection and pure bliss. Originally the solo project of Hannes Norrvide, Lust For Youth’s sound have developed […]

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Yuck – Stranger Things

With the departure of former lead-singer and songwriter Daniel Blumberg seemingly leading to a softer, more ethereal sound (see previous album Glow & Behold and the Southern Skies EP), Yuck have returned to the more visceral style defined their self-titled debut with their latest album, Stranger Things. Opener ‘Hold Me Closer’ gets the record off […]

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Music

Live Music Matters: Supporting Local Venues

‘Nothing ever happens here’, the tongue-in-cheek moniker of Summerhall’s headlining gig series, is an apt description of Edinburgh dwindling music scene. For a city boasting at least 267 live music venues and playing host to the largest arts festival int he world, The City of Edinburgh Council’s (CEC) barbaric licensing laws, consistent failure to support […]