Modern Miss

Online TV show ‘KateModern’ has made a star of Tara Rushton. She tells Dan Poole about becoming a success in the UK.

Interview: Alex Zane

Most of you will recognise Alex Zane from Popworld, Channel 4’s Sunday morning music show. Quite a few of you will recognise him as the quizmaster from Balls of Steel, the comedy show – also on Channel 4.

Interview: C4’s ‘Freshly squeezed’ Rick Edwards

The latest fresh-faced attitude-laden presenter to take up the T4 baton is none other than Mr Rick Edwards. Straight out of the Steve Jones school of chiselled jaws and witty banter, you can watch him weekday mornings fronting Freshly Squeezed on Channel 4 with the ever lovely Alexa Chung.

Music review: James - Hey Ma

If Hey Ma marks the return of James into the national consciousness, it does so with great aplomb and, perversely, sentimental devotion to the time that originally spawned the group.

Music review: The Courteeners - St.Jude

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t actively dislike the Courteeners. In fact, it might actually be impossible to dislike a band with a chorus that goes “What took you so long/ Was there a queue at the post office?”

Music review: Youthmovies - Good Nature

An unusual band, Youthmovies specialise in what can only be described as indie/prog. The Oxford five-piece sound like a cross between Tool and the Arctic Monkeys, or perhaps the offspring of Battles and Babyshambles with added trumpets.

Music review: Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid

This band have been around for a while; since 1991, in fact. In that time they always seem to have skirted the edge of the public’s consciousness.

Music review: Supergrass - Diamond Hoo Ha

Supergrass were on the scene back when Britpop was an exciting new era of UK music, rather than a derogatory term muttered in the same breath as Girl Power. In fact, much like that of the Spice Girls, this return to the spotlight smacks of trying to reclaim past glories.

Film review: Once

You’ve never seen a musical like this before, although I use that word loosely: if you’re after show tunes, stick to Chicago. Once is about a chance meeting of two kindred spirits who come together because of their love of music.

Interview: Puppini sister Stephanie O’Brien

“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” trill The Puppini Sisters on their latest album – The Rise and Fall of Ruby Woo – and they should know. Arriving on the UK music scene last year, they have forged a reputation as modern-day purveyors of the Forties scene, all red lipstick, jazz hands and show tunes.

Film review: Control

This biopic of Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division was extremely hyped when it came out. However, as is often the case when something is so hyped, it leaves you feeling quite deflated.

Film review: Brick Lane

Adapted from Monica Ali’s widely acclaimed 2003 novel, this is an intimate portrait of a family and a bittersweet love story.



Interview: Athlete lead singer Joel Pott

Dan Poole talks to the lead singer of Athlete about graphic novels and Peruvian birds

Music: The 10 best independent UK music outlets

CDs aren't yet seen as ancient relics but things could be heading that way. The success of downloadable music has seen a definite shift in the way people listen to music. Not only that, but many who do buy CDs tend to do so online rather than the high street.

Interview: Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac

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