Playlist: Crystal Castles / Jason Lytle / Death Grips / Field Music / Lust For Youth / Tennis
Wrath of God
The electro-indie pioneers' (above left) new single that captures the band's love of goth and heavy dance. Alice Glass' fragile yet cutting vocals are a highlight.
Get Up and Go
The second single from the Grandaddy frontman's latest solo record. Much like his day-band's work, Lytle's solo career is chronically underrated.
The stand-out track from DG's self-leaked album 'The Money Store'. The leak has left DG estranged from Columbia Records, with the label shutting the band's website down earlier this week.
Born Again Cretin
The Sunderland band follow-up their Mercury Prize nomination with this excellent Robert Wyatt cover. Field Music have previously covered Syd Barrett and Pet Shop Boys.
Lust For Youth
Dark post-punk from Swedish multi-instrumentalist Hannes Norrvide. Driven by cold, haunting synths, this track is one of three new songs on the re-release of his debut LP.
One of the more underrated bands of modern times tackle a Television classic. Tennis (above right) will be heading into the studio to record album number three very soon.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Planes go hybrid-electric in important step to greener flight
- 2 Christmas comes early to Hong Kong, as millions of bank notes spill out onto busy street
- 3 Antonio Martin shooting: Police and protesters clash over teenager's death just five miles from Ferguson, Missouri
- 4 Northern Lights above Britain: Stunning Aurora Borealis illuminates Northumberland sky on Christmas Eve
- 5 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Christmas Day TV guide 2014: What to watch from Strictly Come Dancing to the story of Frozen
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Game of Thrones season five: First preview clip shows a beardy Tyrion, a moody Cersei and a distressed Arya
The Interview is finally released after Sony hack and terror threats – but reviews of North Korea satire are mixed
Christmas TV guide 2014: The best shows to watch from Doctor Who to Downton Abbey
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food