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Essential Albums: Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West 

20 Jan 18

Modest Mouse evoked the terror of a rapidly changing world on their 1997 magnum opus, reviews Harry Hetherington The post Essential Albums: Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West appeared first on Redbrick .


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Single Review: BØRNS ft. Lana Del Rey – God Save Our Young Blood 

20 Jan 18

The new BØRNS and Lana Del Ray collaboration combines both of their respective sounds but brings out the best in neither artist, reviews Jake Kilshaw The post Single Review: BØRNS ft.


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Review: Coco 

20 Jan 18

Film Contributor Ellen Macleod is impressed by the level of cultural detail in Pixar’s latest fare: Coco The post Review: Coco appeared first on Redbrick .


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Stability: 2018’s Buzzword? 

20 Jan 18

Comment Writer Tom Moran questions the use of the word ‘stable’ by prominent world governments The post Stability: 2018’s Buzzword? appeared first on Redbrick .


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Preview: Carnival Magnifico – Winter Edition 

20 Jan 18

Greg Woodin previews the next Carnival Magnifico event, coming to Birmingham’s Boxxed on January 26th The post Preview: Carnival Magnifico – Winter Edition appeared first on Redbrick .


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Why the War on Drugs is Unwinnable 

20 Jan 18

Music Editor Issy Campbell explores the necessity of education and decriminalisation surrounding the safe use of recreational drugs The post Why the War on Drugs is Unwinnable appeared first on Redbrick .


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Review: Molly’s Game 

19 Jan 18

Film Critic Todd Waugh Ambridge is impressed by Mollys Game the directorial debut of acclaimed screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin The post Review: Molly’s Game appeared first on Redbrick .


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Review: All The Money In The World 

19 Jan 18

Featuring the unprecedented decision to swap out its starring actor at the eleventh hour, Film Critic Luis Freijo reveals whether All The Money In The World was worth the effort The post Review: All The Money In The World appeared first on Redbrick .


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Is The NHS in Crisis? … Again? 

19 Jan 18

Comment Writer Rahim Mohamed argues more needs to be done in order secure our National Health System The post Is The NHS in Crisis? … Again? appeared first on Redbrick .


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Hollywood’s Diversity Dilemma 

19 Jan 18

Comment Writer Natalia Carter discusses the diversity dilemma within Hollywood and the modern film industry.


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The Streets: Heroes Become Weak 

19 Jan 18

Felix Page reviews The Street’s comeback single and ponders whether one of Birmingham’s biggest cultural exports has lost his touch The post The Streets: Heroes Become Weak appeared first on Redbrick .


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Essential Albums: The Spice Girls – Spice 

19 Jan 18

Suraj Hallan talks The Spice Girls legendary debut album, an empowering milestone in pop culture feminism The post Essential Albums: The Spice Girls – Spice appeared first on Redbrick .


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Live Review: Blondie 

19 Jan 18

Naomi Penn reminisces about Blondie’s unsurpisingly kick-ass Arena show earlier this winter The post Live Review: Blondie appeared first on Redbrick .


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Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 

17 Jan 18

Film Critic Matt Taylor touts Awards hopeful Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as one of the films of the year The post Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri appeared first on Redbrick .


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Iran: The Politics of The Economic Protests 

16 Jan 18

Comment Writer Tom Moran argues Iran needs a large-scale change in light of the recent protests The post Iran: The Politics of The Economic Protests appeared first on Redbrick .


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Live Review: Reflect Launch Party 

16 Jan 18

Music Editor Thom Dent attends an exciting night of the best in student underground, amid the atmospheric dinge of Digbeth’s Monastery The post Live Review: Reflect Launch Party appeared first on Redbrick .


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Is Theresa May’s Environmental Plan Credible? Hardly 

16 Jan 18

Comment Writer Rhi Storer questions the Conservative’s environmental policy The post Is Theresa May’s Environmental Plan Credible? Hardly appeared first on Redbrick .


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Review: The Darkest Hour 

14 Jan 18

As Gary Oldman starts to receive awards-attention for his role as Winston Churchill, Film Editor Patrick Box checks out the Darkest Hour The post Review: The Darkest Hour appeared first on Redbrick .


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FA Cup Third Round Summary 

13 Jan 18

Olli Meek reflects on the FA Cup third round fixtures, with Arsenal crashing out to add to Arsene Wenger’s woes.


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Redbrick Sports 2018 Predictions 

13 Jan 18

Redbrick Sport give their predictions for 2018, discussing the top four and relegation battle as well as the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.


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An Interview with Keith Allen: Hector, Christmas & Populism in Film 

12 Jan 18

With the Holiday period behind us, Todd Waugh Ambridge reflects on a previous interview with actor Keith Allen, star of 2015’s Hector; a film that presents the holidays from a rarely considered viewpoint in British Society The post An Interview with …


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Redbrick’s Albums of 2017 

12 Jan 18

Redbrick Music takes a look back at the best albums of 2017.


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Single Review: Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All The Stars 

11 Jan 18

Kendrick Lamar & SZA’s collaborative track sounds great on paper, but offers the best qualities of neither artist, says Greg Woodin The post Single Review: Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All The Stars appeared first on Redbrick .


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Single Review: Justin Timberlake – Filthy 

9 Jan 18

Justin Timberlake’s new single is undeniably catchy, but weirdly far removed from his new ‘man of the woods’ aesthetic, reviews Rhi Storer The post Single Review: Justin Timberlake – Filthy appeared first on Redbrick .


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Single Review: The Vaccines – I Can’t Quit 

9 Jan 18

Pablo Doyle reviews an infectious and simplistic return from The Vaccines, that marks something of a return to their earlier work The post Single Review: The Vaccines – I Can’t Quit appeared first on Redbrick .


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Eleven Spotify Playlists You Need To Hear Right Now 

9 Jan 18

Redbrick’s resident playlist expert Rhi Storer fills us in on ten mixes that are vital additions for your 2018 Spotify library The post Eleven Spotify Playlists You Need To Hear Right Now appeared first on Redbrick .


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Georgia Toffolo Cannot Be The Face of The Tories 

7 Jan 18

Comment Writer Helena Shaw discusses the implications of Toff’s celebrity status and language on her credibility as the voice of young Conservatives The post Georgia Toffolo Cannot Be The Face of The Tories appeared first on Redbrick .


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Ignorance Cannot Be Blamed for Logan Paul’s Deplorable Video 

7 Jan 18

Comment Editor Alex Goodwin denounces YouTuber Logan Paul’s exploitation and ignorance of mental health issues The post Ignorance Cannot Be Blamed for Logan Paul’s Deplorable Video appeared first on Redbrick .


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NFL Post-Season Preview- Part 2: NFC 

6 Jan 18

In the second instalment of his NFL post-season previews, James Law focusses on the NFC The post NFL Post-Season Preview- Part 2: NFC appeared first on Redbrick .


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NFL Post-Season Preview- Part 1: AFC 

6 Jan 18

James Law gives Part 1 of his NFL Post-Season preview, starting with the AFC The post NFL Post-Season Preview- Part 1: AFC appeared first on Redbrick .


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Liverpool’s Defensive Troubles: Is van Dijk The Answer? 

1 Jan 18

Digital Editor Alex McDonald gives his take on what could be the signing of the January window, with Liverpool securing Virgil Van Dijk for a world-record fee of £75million The post Liverpool’s Defensive Troubles: Is van Dijk The Answer? appeared…


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Erasmus Will Keep Students Connected to Europe 

27 Dec 17

TV Editor Matt Dawson offers an insight into his Erasmus year, and how he feels more European post-Brexit than ever The post Erasmus Will Keep Students Connected to Europe appeared first on Redbrick .


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Review: Bright 

27 Dec 17

Film Critic Thomas Leaman is not feeling the magic in the Netflix original fantasy-cop-drama Bright, the latest from Suicide Squad Director David Ayer The post Review: Bright appeared first on Redbrick .


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Review: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 

26 Dec 17

Film Critic Phoebe Hughes-Broughton is pleasantry surprised by the latest Dwayne Johnson vehicle, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the belated sequel to the 90s classic The post Review: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle appeared first on Redbrick .


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Spoiler Review: The Last Jedi 

24 Dec 17

Digital Editor Patrick Box can’t resist getting involved in the furious debate surrounding Star Wars The Last Jedi The post Spoiler Review: The Last Jedi appeared first on Redbrick .


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Single Review: Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé – Perfect Duet 

24 Dec 17

Is Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé’s ‘Perfect Duet’ a perfect duet? Comment Editor Kat Smith doesn’t think so The post Single Review: Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé – Perfect Duet appeared first on Redbrick .


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Mariah Carey’s Christmas Compulsion 

24 Dec 17

Ben Johns gives his opinion on Mariah Carey’s relationship with the festive season The post Mariah Carey’s Christmas Compulsion appeared first on Redbrick .


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Stop Selling My Education 

21 Dec 17

Music Editor Luke Charnley explains why we must stop focusing on the financial value of our university education The post Stop Selling My Education appeared first on Redbrick .


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The Budget: It’s Time Hammond Took His Own Advice 

21 Dec 17

Comment Writer Rahim Mohamed argues that the 2017 Autumn Budget has done nothing to alleviate the stereotype attached to the Conservative party The post The Budget: It’s Time Hammond Took His Own Advice appeared first on Redbrick .


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Multi-Review: The Last Jedi (Spoiler Free) 

21 Dec 17

Arguably the biggest release of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi requires Redbrick Film’s combined forces to be properly reviewed The post Multi-Review: The Last Jedi (Spoiler Free) appeared first on Redbrick .


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Live Review: Ho99o9 / Kate Mo$$ 

21 Dec 17

Music Editor Thom Dent witnesses a bizarre, powerful and truly unique show from two of America’s most left-field punk acts The post Live Review: Ho99o9 / Kate Mo$$ appeared first on Redbrick .


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Redbrick Rewind: The Thing (1982) 

21 Dec 17

As we enter the dead of winter Film Critic Matt Taylor checks out the 4K restoration release of John Carpenter’s seminal polar-based horror The Thing The post Redbrick Rewind: The Thing (1982) appeared first on Redbrick .


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Single Review: Thunder Jackson – Guilty Party 

19 Dec 17

The debut single from synth-pop duo Thunder Jackson promises big things for 2018, Alex Carmichael reviews The post Single Review: Thunder Jackson – Guilty Party appeared first on Redbrick .


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Black Site: An Intro to Filmmaking 

19 Dec 17

TV Editor Matt Dawson and Film Critic Phoebe Christofi preview the indie flick Black Site and chat to the director Tom Paton about the production process The post Black Site: An Intro to Filmmaking appeared first on Redbrick .


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Warwick Davis Q&A 

19 Dec 17

Ahead of his appearance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, TV Editor Matt Dawson attended a Q&A session with Warwick Davis at the 2017 MCM Birmingham Comic Con The post Warwick Davis Q&A appeared first on Redbrick .


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Single Review: First Aid Kit – Fireworks 

18 Dec 17

First Aid Kit’s latest single is a bittersweet folk odyssey, Music Critic Laura Mosley reviews The post Single Review: First Aid Kit – Fireworks appeared first on Redbrick .


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Greatest Hits: Iesha Thomas 

18 Dec 17

Iesha Thomas gives us the run down of the five most important songs in her life The post Greatest Hits: Iesha Thomas appeared first on Redbrick .


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City’s Christmas Cracker 

18 Dec 17

Sports writer Tom Leaman looks at how being top of the Premier League table at Christmas bolsters Manchester City’s probability of winning the title come the end of the season The post City’s Christmas Cracker appeared first on Redbrick…


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Why You Should Try Ashtanga Yoga 

18 Dec 17

Sports writer Ida Thagesen reviews her experience of Ashtanga yoga, and explains why more people should take it up as a great way of exercising The post Why You Should Try Ashtanga Yoga appeared first on Redbrick .


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Live Review: Bongo’s Bingo 

17 Dec 17

The latest instalment of club night sensation Bongo’s Bingo is as rowdy and eccentric as ever, says Sorcha Hornett.


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A Very Redbrick Christmas 

16 Dec 17

With the holiday season in full swing, Redbrick Film’s contributors each makes their case for the best Yuletide film The post A Very Redbrick Christmas appeared first on Redbrick .


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Live Review: Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes 

15 Dec 17

Life & Style editor Maddie Bourne wins the exclusive chance to attend Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes’ Birmingham gig, and even meet the frontman backstage The post Live Review: Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes appeared first on Redbrick .


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Live Review: Kasabian 

15 Dec 17

Music’s Caitlin Nash witnesses a spectacle of a set by Kasabian at Arena Birmingham The post Live Review: Kasabian appeared first on Redbrick .


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Live Review: Pumarosa 

13 Dec 17

Pumarosa bring their unique, atmospheric brand of post-punk to the Hare and Hounds with explosive results, Jonah Corran reviews The post Live Review: Pumarosa appeared first on Redbrick .


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Redbrick Rewind: In a Lonely Place 

13 Dec 17

With the recent release of Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool and the controversy that still swirls around Hollywood, Film’s Luis Freijo takes a look back at the 1950 Classic In a Lonely Place starring a young Gloria Grahame The post Redbrick Rewind: …


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Live Review: Marsicans 

13 Dec 17

Josh Parker catches Marsicans’ support slot for Jaws at the Institute, finding their short set to be reason to believe the hype The post Live Review: Marsicans appeared first on Redbrick .


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Live Review: Lewis Capaldi 

13 Dec 17

James Hill has a quick catch-up with up-and-coming singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi before attending his O2 Institute gig The post Live Review: Lewis Capaldi appeared first on Redbrick .


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Single Review: Catherine McGrath – Thought it Was Gonna Be Me 

9 Dec 17

Catherine McGrath’s latest single showcases the promising talent of the upcoming singer-songwriter, Hannah Strong reviews The post Single Review: Catherine McGrath – Thought it Was Gonna Be Me appeared first on Redbrick .


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Sci-Fi Sequels: The Transcendent Part 1 

9 Dec 17

Film Editor Patrick Box begins a four-part Redbrick Rewind series on science fiction sequels, exploring how Empire Strikes Back defined the Star Wars universe The post Sci-Fi Sequels: The Transcendent Part 1 appeared first on Redbrick .


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Black Friday: The Nightmare Before Christmas 

9 Dec 17

Comment Writer Amelia Hiller analyses Black Friday and explores its implications on modern-day consumerism The post Black Friday: The Nightmare Before Christmas appeared first on Redbrick .