The Playlist: Arcade Fire / Blood Orange / Twin Shadow
The songs that are hot on our playlist this week
Sounding as ambitious as ever, Arcade Fire (below) leave folk-rock grandiosity behind them and move into a world of dark, epic disco.
Among the world's most exciting songwriters and producers at the moment, Dev Hynes returns to his day job with a track recalling his protégé Solange.
Old Love / New Love
Although George Lewis Jr has long flirted with the idea of the dance floor, this track is his first voyage into dance music itself.
It's been a while since MC Ride and crew put out something new, but this self-release (distributed via the band's Facebook page) is more than worth the wait.
The New Zealand teenager recently signed to Universal after becoming the first woman in 17 years to top Billboard's Alternative Songs chart. This is her first major label release.
Return from the Stars
The new single by eclectic Portland-based producer Paul Dickow is a moody, evocative, slow burner.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
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Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant