February 6th, 2017 by

Director: Barry Jenkins Cast: Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Naoime Harris, Janelle Monáe, Mahershala Ali Certificate: 15a Running Time: 111 minutes Release Date: February 10th Black and gay? It’d easy to see the Oscar reaction to Moonlight as a knee-jerk tokenism response to last year’s #OscarsSoWhite troubles, and the fact that we’re all still a bit “really??” every time […]


December 1st, 2016 by

There has been a bit of an annoying phenomenon happening of late that we’ll refer to as The Max Martin Singles Controversy. If you’ve managed to bag him to do the majority of your album, like he does for Taylor Swift, Britney Spears or Ariana Grande, then you’re pretty much guaranteed an LP full of hit singles. […]


November 24th, 2016 by

Director: Robert Zemeckis Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Matthew Goode, Lizzy Caplan Certificate: 12a Running Time: 124 minutes Release Date: November 25th Huh. For a film with such pre-loaded baggage, the last thing you’d expect it to be this forgettable. Even putting aside the on-set ‘did they/didn’t they?’ sexual antics, you can’t help […]

Tove Lo – Lady Wood

October 31st, 2016 by

Tove Lo loves a good “fuck”. From the self-aware start to the opening track ‘Influence’ – “First line, take mine; I’m fine as fuck”, to the title of album closer ‘WTF Love Is’, Tove’s love affair with expletives is one half of the reason why she’ll remain the thinking person’s favourite pop star while remaining […]

Doctor Strange

October 23rd, 2016 by

Director: Scott Derrickson Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen and Chiwetel Ejiofor Certificate: 12a Running Time: 115 minutes Release Date: October 25th It’s right there in the title. Strange. This was Marvel’s chance to let loose and have a little fun by doing something a little different, but aside from some trippy […]

AlunaGeorge – I Remember

September 19th, 2016 by

Three years since Aluna Francis and George Reid co-produced their debut album Body Talk, and much like a lot of The Next Hot Thing, everything was dependent on that follow-up step. It kicked off fantastically with the first single ‘I’m In Control’, recruiting Popcaan for an electro-moombathon face-off that is just as catchy now as […]

Saturday, Longitude – Marlay Park, Dublin

July 22nd, 2016 by

After last year’s issues that we raised on this very site, the announcement of Major Lazer as one of the headliners brought up some fears that it was going to be even worse this year. Reports from the night before that the average age of attendants at the Kendrick Lamar gig was barely legal didn’t […]

Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman

May 20th, 2016 by

In 2014, Grande released what was arguably the best pop song of that year, Love Me Harder’, a pulsing, sexed-up duet with The Weeknd. That sound was then evident quite clearly in his most recent album Beauty Behind The Madness, and Grande continued to work with some interesting artists – Major Lazer, Cashmere Cat – […]

Katy B – Honey

April 27th, 2016 by

Pop music is rarely a solitary activity. As much as the major pop stars would like to have us believe that they are completely self-reliant, every single one of them depends heavily on the talents of others to keep them where they are. Following a particularly trying year in which her brother died as a […]

Pet Shop Boys – Super

April 4th, 2016 by

Three years since Electric, Tennant and Lowe re-team with career Viagra Stuart Price, but whereas their last collaboration sounded more forward-thinking that anything else in their CV – stick it on there, you’d still think it’s been sent back from twenty years in the future – Super finds the trio mostly looking back over sounds […]

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

March 22nd, 2016 by

Director: Zack Snyder Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jeremy Irons and Holly Hunter Certificate: 12a Running Time: 151 minutes Release Date: March 25th How you feel about Man of Steel is going to heavily influence how you feel about Dawn of Justice. Did you dig the heavy sci-fi leanings, […]

Miike Snow – iii

March 17th, 2016 by

Four years since their last album Happy To You which saw better reviews but lesser sales than their self-titled debut, and it was fair to assume that the weird experiment that was Miike Snow had run its course. Christian “Bloodshy” Karlsson had moved on to form Galantis, Pontus “Avant” Winnberg seemed to have gone to ground, […]

10 Cloverfield Lane

March 11th, 2016 by

Director: Dan Trachtenberg Cast: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher Jr Certificate: 15a  Running Time: 104 minutes Release Date: March 18th The odd thing about 10 Cloverfield Lane is that it might be the first movie in existence that is better suited to viewers who haven’t heard of – let alone seen – […]

Rihanna – ANTI

January 29th, 2016 by

It feels like an age since Robyn Fenty dropped an album, but perhaps that’s because from 2005 to 2012, she released no less than seven LPs, and then went relatively radio quiet for nearly three and half years. Despite joining the race much later, with ANTI she’s now had more records out than Christina Aguilera, […]