One big blowout before things start winding down for Christmas: On CD, Hatebreed and DevilDriver play hard while Slipknot's Shawn Crahan takes an alternative approach with To My Surprise. Former Jeff Buckley cohorts The A.M. release their debut, and there's singer-songwriter magic from Aqualung and Sarah McLachlan.
Howling Book is the latest from Eleven, whose members have played with everyone from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Pearl Jam, The Hedwig And The Angry Inch soundtrack is reworked by the cream of alt-rock cool as Wig In A Box and Audio Bullys raid their record boxes in the latest Back To Mine.
On DVD, Depeche Mode release a bigger and better version of their seminal tour documentary 101, director Peter Jackson releases a bigger and better version of The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers and Ricky Gervais brings us stand-up in Animals Live. And on the big screen Richard Curtis directs Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman and Bill Nighy in Love Actually.
On the live circuit we catch up with punkers Motion City Soundtrack and turntablist extraordinaire Kid Koala, and hook up for a chat with Latin metallers Ill Niño on the recent Roadrage tour.