Music / 09/06/2021 Squid bring incredible energy to The Halls with help from Bath Days

Squid are easily one of the most exciting bands in the UK – probably the world – so the chance to see them in such an intimate setting as The Halls is one that has to be leapt on. To make things even more interesting, their performance was for their Fieldworks Tour, a tour in...

Music / 04/06/2021 ALBUM REVIEW: Casino Rockets – Reality Distortion Field

Reality Distortion Field is the debut album from Halifax four-piece Casino Rockets, and it’s been a long time coming. The first single for the album, ‘Black & Red’, was released back in 2018, and since then the band spent a huge amount of time refining each track alongside their day jobs, not to mention the...

Music / 04/06/2021 ALBUM REVIEW: Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend

Wolf Alice’s Blue Weekend isa tightly packed and exquisitely produced album which takes the best of their previous works while managing to create its own identity. The instrumental arrangements are refined and contained, while Ellie Rowsell’s vocals and lyricism are at an all-time high. The album opens with ‘The Beach’, a beautiful arrangement of acoustic...

Arts / 23/05/2021 Spring wakes up to Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening is an emotional rollercoaster. In early December, The University of East Anglia’s Drama and Musical Theatre Society made the decision to put on its own version of the Tony Award Winning Musical. It was rehearsed entirely on Zoom. It was recorded independently. It was filmed. In other words, this show was unlike anything...

UEA Live / 10/05/2021 UEA Live with Ali Smith and Sarah Wood: “When is a space not your space, even when it is your space?”

Here’s a joke from the 1970s: “What do you do when you see a space man?” “I don’t know, what do you do when you see a space man?” “Park in it, man” In collaboration with the East Anglian Film Archive, filmmaker Sarah Wood and writer Ali Smith presented their exclusive short film ‘The New...

TV / 05/05/2021 A Rewatch of… How I Met Your Mother

A beloved American sitcom following the ups and downs of love, friendship, and adulthood, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ triumphed in charming fans for more than 200 episodes within its nine series run. With its relatable characters and storylines, unique structure and mix of humour and drama, audiences could not help but fall in love...

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Film

Promising Young Woman: Review

Trigger Warning: Rape, sexual assault Emerald Fennell’s directorial debut Promising Young Woman has been picking up awards left and right, from BAFTAs to Critics’ Choice Awards; it also has several Oscar nominations.  Promising Young Woman tells the story of Cassie Thomas, a nearly-30 medical school dropout who seeks to avenge the death of her best…

Film

Godzilla VS Kong: Review

Until recently, the only “giant monster” or “kaiju” media I had consumed were the episodes of Power Rangers I’d watched as a child, the first Pacific Rim movie (which rules), and the 2014 Godzilla movie – which provoked a tepid reaction at best. However, due to the influence of a friend obsessed with kaiju movies,…

Gaming

Most Memorable Gaming Experiences

Pokémon FireRed Every Friday, if I’d been well-behaved that week, my mum would drive me to The Game Zone, a video game rental shop not far from our house whose stock of retro games I wouldn’t fully appreciate until years after it closed down. There, I would pick up the same copy of Pokémon FireRed…

Gaming

Gambling in Gaming

Gambling can be a slippery slope and in the gaming industry it is commonly linked to online poker, or slot machines. But gambling is so intrinsically linked to gaming that it appears even in games that you wouldn’t necessarily expect. Yet what is more concerning is that it appears in a form that even young…

Music

ALBUM REVIEW: Squid – Bright Green Field

It’s been a couple of years since Squid’s breakout single ‘Houseplants’, an expertly organized mess of post-punk and jazz, but the band formed in Brighton has pushed their experimentation and genre-dabbling to a whole new level on their debut Bright Green Field. The first single, ‘Narrator’, is a sprawl of shrieking instrumentals, cryptic song writing,…

Music

An interview with Grammy nominated Wolf Alice: talking Blue Weekend, returning to live performance, and more

Wolf Alice are a band that need no introduction, but here’s one anyway. For the past decade they’ve showcased their exceptional versatility, first as a duo of frontwoman Ellie Rowsell and guitarist Joff Oddie, then later expanding to form a four-piece with bassist Theo Ellis and drummer Joel Amey. Their music is a marvel to…

Music

It’s a love story: Taylor Swift kicks off re-recordings with ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’

When Scooter Braun bought Taylor Swift’s masters for an alleged $300 million in 2019, there was no doubt in Swift’s mind that she would be reclaiming her first six albums through carefully constructed re-recordings. This would both make the original records worthless and give Swift full ownership of her back catalogue. It makes sense that…


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