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Album Review: Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun

MASTODON is a band that’s worked hard and earned their respect through touring hard for nearly fifteen years and repeatedly writing phenomenal records that are bursting with character. They’ve pioneered a multi-layered sound of equal...

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Shows you may have missed – One season wonders

IF YOU’RE like me, you’ve probably watched the first season of Firefly multiple times. Every time I reach those last shots of the good ship Serenity flying away, I know I have the film and...

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Are UK festival headliners monotonous?

ABOUT three years ago, I read an article in Q Magazine regarding festival headliners. The article complained that there were four primary acts that dominated the big UK festivals, and that newer acts weren’t...

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New Studio Ghibli Movie Trailer Revealed

A NEW MOVIE trailer has been released for the latest Studio Ghibli movie When Marnie Was There. This is the first film since Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement although it will not be the first post-Miyazaki Ghibli film...

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Welcome to SCM!

WELCOME to the launch of Surprisingly Competent Media. This is an arts dedicated site that will bring you the latest arts news, reviews and opinions on all the latest film, TV, games and much...