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Stephen Rylance
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Based in London, Stephen Rylance writes on an eclectic range of interests, from music to film, books to art, videogames to opera. His blog,, is a unique space for voracious culture junkies everywhere.

Stephen has worked in journalism and not-for-profit sector communications for more than ten years.


Thursday, October 29 2009

Agonies of an 'Antichrist': Lars von Trier in the Forest of Unreason

Despite the efforts of some to dismiss it as a prank, Antichrist is a serious film and its disturbing extremes speak of broad and deeply felt moral, social, and ultimately, political anxieties.

Tuesday, October 20 2009

Magazine: The Correct Use of Soap

Magazine's The Correct Use of Soap is such a wayward, iconoclastic record, so willfully out of kilter with its own time, that its sound-world and emotional landscape remain unique in pop.


Wednesday, December 16 2009

Grant-Lee Phillips: Little Moon

If he’s not careful, Grant-Lee Phillips could become the Paul Weller of alt-Americana.

Thursday, December 10 2009

James Yorkston: Folk Songs

Beards are strictly optional as James Yorkston serves up a collection of traditional folk songs with a fresh, contemporary edge.

Monday, November 30 2009

Pere Ubu: Long Live Pere Ubu!

Cleveland's finest pay tribute to the granddaddy of Dada.

Monday, September 7 2009

Cornershop: Judy Sucks a Lemon for Breakfast

Cornershop reopen for business with a dip into the melting pot of British Asian pop.

Wednesday, September 2 2009

The Clean: Mister Pop

Kiwi punk legends return with a laid-back pop record that isn't afraid to experiment.


Tuesday, July 29 2014

This Is the Day: The The - 'Soul Mining: 30th Anniversary Edition'

Thirty years later, Soul Mining remains The The's most vital work.

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