The Guardian

Hold Your Own review powerful poetry from Kate Tempest

She may have been pipped to the Mercury prize, but her latest collection is a winner.

The Game of Our Lives: The Meaning and Making of English Football by David Goldblatt review

An enlightening survey of the game in the post-Thatcher era, as it fell prey to nefarious owners and inept administratorsWe all well, many of us have our own football mythology, and mine goes something like this. In childhood, the obsession binding thin

Coolatully review touching tale of tough times in rural Ireland

Finborough theatre, London With its echoes of Brian Friel and Conor McPhersons The Weir, this prizewinning play paints a plausible picture of the modern Celtic twilight Continue reading...

Prince Lestat by Anne Rice review blood drinkers with iPhones

Rices vampires take on the digital age but have they bitten off more than they can chew?Bloodsucking is not a free ride. The drawbacks of being a vampire extend beyond draughty castles, unsociable hours, an overly formal dress code and the occasional mob

Neil Young: Storytone review orchestra-backed album thats better without the orchestra

(Warner)Neil Youngs fifth album in as many years comes in a standard version that defies any expectation raised by that word. Its backing band is a full orchestra and choir, whose gooey strings and slangy swing make standard stuff like guitar solos surplu

Parker Millsap: Parker Millsap review a new Americana hero

(Okrahoma Records)It can be tough for a young, largely unknown artist to open the show for an established band, but Parker Millsap demonstrated how it should be done with his appearance alongside Old Crow Medicine Show in London last weekend. Hes 21, from

The Flaming Lips: With a Little Help from My Fwends review predictable Beatles cover album

(Bella Union)The space between uplifting pop and out-and-out weirdness is a fertile area successfully mined by the Beatles, who showed how transcendent pop could be: match indelible tunes with the strangest sounds and lyrics and a splendid time is guarant

Dean Blunt: Black Metal review extraordinary, in a baffling way

(Rough Trade)Dean Blunts mission to confound continues, and confounding Black Metal most certainly is. For its first half, this is his indie-pop record: the presiding sound, with filigree electric guitar patterns laid over acoustics, to subdued effect, is

Fuse ODG: T.I.N.A. review Afrobeats star loses some of his distinctive sound on debut album

(3BEAT)A south Londoner of Ghanaian extraction, Fuse ODG is one of the most prominent faces in the UKs Afrobeats scene and T.I.N.A. is not the name of his robot girlfriend, but an acronym for This Is New Africa. Blending styles from two continents (three

Simple Minds: Big Music review epic, over the top, and all the better for it

(Caroline International)Despite being 16 albums in, Simple Minds are surprisingly current in many ways. Theyve installed Chvrches man Iain Cook as a co-writer, while their overwrought production and heart-on-sleeve openness has been aped by the likes of r