Papa Roach, Steve Hackett, Thunder REVIEWS: This week's new rock album releases

Steve HackettAt The Edge Of Light(Inside Out)***** 5 stars Steve Hackett has had many Eureka! moments during his stellar Genesis and solo career and his latest At The Edge Of Light continue his golden roll of inspired releases. The intense recipe of world (and otherworldly) musical sounds on this faultless recording, explode in all directions […]

The week's best rock album releases from Nick Mason, The Pineapple Thief and Gryphon

Nick Mason. Fictitious Sports. (Warners). **** 4 Stars. Roping in the avant-garde talents of Carla Bley and Robert Wyatt, with the rock talent of Chris Spedding, Mason delivers an abstract yet tuneful underpinning to these whip-smart songs. Where on occasion the musical path might veer off into the abstruse for some, it’s the deadpan delivery […]

Bull rider Marcos Gloria flies into Showdown Sunday with week's top score

Edmonton's Marcos Gloria put down the highest bull riding score of the week to leap frog into Showdown Sunday. Gloria, who hails from Brazil, had a dazzling fourth-run ride of 90.50 aboard the formidable Whiskey Hand to easily win Friday. However, he was locked in a three-way tie with Americans Jess Lockwood and J.B. Mauney for fourth […]

REVIEW: The week's best Rock and Metal albums from Black Sabbath to Saxon and more

Black SabbathSupersonic Years – The Seventies Singles Box Set(BMG) ★★★★★ Big Brummy bangers Black Sabbath were not only a legendary albums and live act, they also released seminal hit singles during their seventies heyday, too. Collected here is the band’s entire singles output from their sensational seventies rock years. This superbly crafted box set contains […]

Royal wedding beauty tips with this week's beauty counter

The Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Beauty Look Palette (£45; has six complementary shadows, including a stylish powder blue, in velvet matts and luminous shimmers to define eyes, while the blush and highlighter will let you sculpt cheeks in tones that enhance sun-kissed skin. ___________________________________________________________ Nothing will show up stained teeth more obviously than a […]

REVIEW: This week's best Rock & Metal releases from The Damned to Black Stone Cherry

BLACK STONE CHERRY Family Tree. (Mascot). ***** 5 stars. Hard Southern rockers Black Stone Cherry hit the jackpot with this their sixth release. These Kentucky boys have built a reputation as a must-see live band and many of the songs on Family Tree will become fan favourites for years to come. In fact, it’s their […]

Prepare for Easter with this week's line-up of stunning products

PR This week’s selection of products are sure to add a but more sparkle to your life EASTER RISING Salted caramel and chocolate hot cross buns, £1.70, Marks & Spencer (0333 014 8000, Purists might argue that this particular flavour combination makes these more of a cake than a hot cross bun, but however […]

Find out your beauty frenemies with this week's hot tips

It’s a catchy phrase that’s inspired movies aplenty, and one that I’ve recently realised could also be applied to many of my most long-standing skincare and make-up habits. Despite being someone who should know better, my ablutions are littered with “beauty frenemies” – there’s so much I do because it’s quick, easy or I’ve always […]

This week's top party-proof make-up products from Urban Decay, Smashbox and more

From left to right: Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara, £19.50, This does everything: silica in the formula volumises (13.7 times as much, apparently), superfine fibres add length, and the specially designed comb reaches and separates out every lash. It will also stay smudge-free through even the wildest nights on the dance floor. Lancôme Teint Idole […]

Clear thinking: This week's best skin care products from Dermalogica and more

hen I was a teenager, my sister used to pin me down to attack my blackheads – and still would given half the chance, I expect. I know she’s not alone. You could divide the world cleanly into two groups – squeezers and those whose stomachs are turned at the thought.  These days, there’s a […]