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I saw Solange at XOYO in London this week. Here’s what I thought of it.

Few members of the audience had probably heard Solange’s music before October, when she released ‘Losing You’, a faultless, mellow sort-of dance track that has a brilliant bubbly drum beat and an equally brilliant video. Now 26, she has paired up with Dev Hynes (yes, that Dev Hynes, of great talent but terribly-named band), signed to independent label Terrible Records (run by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor) and found an individual, authentic sound that fits her almost as well as her radically-patterned suit.

(You can read the full review here.) High-res

I saw Solange at XOYO in London this week. Here’s what I thought of it.

Few members of the audience had probably heard Solange’s music before October, when she released ‘Losing You’, a faultless, mellow sort-of dance track that has a brilliant bubbly drum beat and an equally brilliant video. Now 26, she has paired up with Dev Hynes (yes, that Dev Hynes, of great talent but terribly-named band), signed to independent label Terrible Records (run by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor) and found an individual, authentic sound that fits her almost as well as her radically-patterned suit.

(You can read the full review here.)



I saw The Amazing Spider-Man last weekend, and it was EXCELLENT. I should explain that this is very high praise coming from me because I’m not really a fan of comic-book movies, and I did not enjoy the films with Tobey Maguire. (Actually I don’t remember the films with Tobey Maguire, but that can’t be a good sign.)
I will, however, definitely remember Garfield as Peter Parker/Spidey. Parker skates (he’s super fun!), he likes science (he’s cleverer than you but not a dick about it!), and sews his own costume (he’s sensitive but also practical!). If Spidey had been played by anyone else I might not have enjoyed it as much. Scratch that, I definitely wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much. I knew Garfield was a talented actor (he is heart-breaking in Never Let Me Go) but he was so good in this film I think I’m actually looking forward to the next instalment in the revamped franchise. 
Due to a long and complicated series of events we ended up paying £13 to watch the film in 3D; I wish I could say it was so good that it was worth it, but I probably wouldn’t think a film was worth £13 even if I was actually in it. However, The Amazing Spider-Man was almost worth it. Almost.

I saw The Amazing Spider-Man last weekend, and it was EXCELLENT. I should explain that this is very high praise coming from me because I’m not really a fan of comic-book movies, and I did not enjoy the films with Tobey Maguire. (Actually I don’t remember the films with Tobey Maguire, but that can’t be a good sign.)

I will, however, definitely remember Garfield as Peter Parker/Spidey. Parker skates (he’s super fun!), he likes science (he’s cleverer than you but not a dick about it!), and sews his own costume (he’s sensitive but also practical!). If Spidey had been played by anyone else I might not have enjoyed it as much. Scratch that, I definitely wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much. I knew Garfield was a talented actor (he is heart-breaking in Never Let Me Go) but he was so good in this film I think I’m actually looking forward to the next instalment in the revamped franchise. 

Due to a long and complicated series of events we ended up paying £13 to watch the film in 3D; I wish I could say it was so good that it was worth it, but I probably wouldn’t think a film was worth £13 even if I was actually in it. However, The Amazing Spider-Man was almost worth it. Almost.