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- From dancing on stage with Pharrell Williams to being on the same line up as Tom Jones, this week we Get To Know the dreamy sounds of JONES!
- Our new series continues with Brahms - for some a reactionary, for others a radical, the highly wrought dramas of his symphonies and concertos and the quiet distinction of his chamber works have ensured his music enduresThis series began last week with Beethoven. Among the composers who took up the daunting challenge of the symphonic form, none was more aware of the legacy than Johannes Brahms (1833-97). The responsibility weighed heavily upon him, and it took him many years to emerge entirely f
- Will Ferrell’s new Eurovision movie dances to the bouncing beat of schlager, Germanic folk-pop reclaimed from the spectre of nationalism by embracing kitschAt the beginning of the new Netflix movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, aspiring musicians Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) are workshopping material that will hopefully be good enough for Söngvakeppnin, the Icelandic talent show for a Eurovision place. But performing at a local bar, their attempts
- Rapper also unveils intention to end police brutality, return ‘fear and love of God’ to schools and appoint Elon Musk to run space programmeKanye West has given more details about the policy platform he will adopt in his bid to become US president in November, declaring himself anti-abortion, sceptical about a Covid-19 vaccine and keen to return “fear and love of God” to education.In an interview with Forbes, he announced that he would run under the banner of the Birthday
- Desolation Center was a festival in the California desert without food, drink or toilets, but with a lot of hallucinogenic drugs. Lee Ranaldo recalls the danger – and the freedomIn 1983, 20-year-old promoter Stuart Swezey was sick of his gigs getting shut down by Los Angeles cops. On a road trip across Mexico he had an epiphany: move them out to the desert. Under the name Desolation Center, he booked local post-punk bands Minutemen and Savage Republic, hired some school buses and drove peo
- The family nearly organised an intervention
- He's setting the record straight
- Tom Meighan’s former bandmates also condemn assault of ex-fiancee as ‘totally unacceptable’ Domestic abuse charities have criticised as inappropriate the sentence of community service given to the former Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan for assaulting his former fiancee.On Tuesday evening Meighan’s former bandmates condemned his “totally unacceptable” behaviour, saying it had left them with no choice but to ask him to leave the group.Continue reading...
- Despite living much of her life in the UK, the jazz musician became a victim of the hostile environment policy. She talks about her fight to remain – and strengthening her rootsDuring lockdown, UK jazz artist Bumi Thomas has found space to spread out in her local park. “I take my guitar and howl,” she laughs. “I love it!” As the world starts to understand just how much black women feel they have to reduce themselves, it’s soothing to think of a carefree Thomas
- Pretenders singer writes to the Guardian over treatment of couple trained by Linford Christie• Letter: London police should focus on gangs – Chrissie HyndeThe Pretenders singer, Chrissie Hynde, has described her shock at witnessing a “disturbing and aggressive” incident in which police stopped and handcuffed two black athletes who were driving home with their three-month-old baby.On Monday, the Met referred the incident to the police watchdog. The Met had previously insist
- #lilhuddyisoverparty has been trending online
- They've both added fuel to the rumours
- As the new decade dawned, indie and rave collided and a seismic party began. Bands from the Happy Mondays to Primal Scream relive that explosion of pills, thrills and endless possibilities ‘I remember going to parties,” says Anna Haigh, “and dancing on buses as we sped along the motorway – to Step On, Hallelujah, Loaded, Come Together, Fools Gold, The Only One I Know, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Sit Down.” She pauses then more memories come pouring out. “F
- Beginning a new series celebrating 20 iconic festival sets across history while 2020’s festival season is cancelled, we go back to Beyoncé’s superhuman desert sessionIf Beyoncé’s fanbase, the Beyhive, is something of a cult, then her live performances are their holy pilgrimage. Although I had been on three previously, in Boston, Amsterdam and London, I felt relieved when she had to cancel her Coachella performances in 2017 due to her pregnancy – there was no
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The London-based trio’s second album is an enjoyably jagged, ambitious cacophonyDream Wife are a very modern rock band: they sing about queer love, miscarriage and misogyny; they work with an all-female recording team; and they have a podcast. And yet the London-based trio’s music recalls lost nights at midweek indie clubs and Karen O’s fingerless gloves. The follow-up to their self-titled 2018 debut continues to blend 2000s guitar bands with yelping riot grrrl w
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The controversial reggae star returns with a majestic howl of rage and an inspired mix of dancehall, roots and rockBuju Banton is the 90s Bob Marley in Jamaica. In the UK, it feels necessary to recall his miserably homophobic single Boom Bye Bye, which cast a poisonous pall over his nascent international career in 1992. Banton wrote it aged 15, half the age Eric Clapton was when he ranted about “keeping Britain white”. But we don’t read about Clapton&rsquo
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Indie-disco’s cool operator serves up a rueful platter of euphoric opulenceMichael Lovett is a British indie disco eminence grise. A touring member of Metronomy, he played on Christine and the Queens’ first album; he’s also shared band members with Hot Chip on his previous outings as NZCA Lines. There’s a common aesthetic here, but Lovett is no bit player. His squelchy, impeccably produced music deserves a bigger stage – or at least credits on p
- From art to architecture, from festivals to films, our expert guests spotlight the hottest cultural events and share their own summer touchstonesObserver critics pick the biggest summer releases Continue reading...
- Test your arts knowledge with these questions from our criticsThe recent TV version of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads featured a slew of 2020 actors reprising roles first taken in 1988 and 1998. Two monologues were newly written, and two, A Cream Cracker Under the Settee and Waiting for the Telegram, were not refilmed, being deemed unbetterable. Who was the original talking head in both cases? Thora HirdAlan BennettMaggie SmithThe daughter of an Irish musician is currently enthralling some o
The Melbourne ensemble reunite with the father of Ethio-jazz for a driving Cuban, funk, reggae workoutLike one of its sinuous melodies, Ethiopian jazz continues to take unexpected turns. Melbourne’s Black Jesus Experience are one such, an eclectic eight-piece fronted by a female Ethiopian singer, Enushu Taye, with members of Australian, Moroccan, Māori and Zimbabwean heritage. This, their second collaboration with Mulatu Astatke, founding father of Ethio-jazz, proves an absorb
The Changingman reveals his spiritual side on his funky, shimmering 15th solo albumWhen you think of Paul Weller, you do not picture him on Hollywood’s notorious Sunset Strip. Baked either by the sun or lurid neon, a tourist hell trading on successive eras of American nightlife notoriety – 40s gangsters, 80s hair metallers – it is not the sort of locale where anyone, let alone a scion of precision-cut, post-mod cultural rectitude, should find inspiration.And yet his 1
- With nods to Prince and Anderson .Paak, the Californian’s funky soul-pop is as lurid as her videosWhile she begrudgingly refers to her trippy, kaleidoscopic musical melange as “funky soul pop”, 24-year-old California musician Remi Wolf isn’t a huge fan of genres. “I don’t believe in labels like that, though, because they literally don’t make sense any more,” she told i-D earlier this year. “Everything is soup.”Pinpointing all the refere
- Their songs of ‘bikes, jewellery and JD Sports’ have made the West Yorkshire rappers an underground hit. Now they’re aiming for the mainstream
It is a sweltering afternoon in Minsk, Belarus, yet Bad Boy Chiller Crew are looking decidedly, well, chilled. Already an underground sensation in West Yorkshire, the Bradford bassline rappers have escaped the British lockdown to plan the next phase of their ascent. They have come to Belarus on “medical tourism and business”
- The musician on being bigger in the US than the UK, his footballer’s legs and owning a guitar used on The Eagles’ Hotel CaliforniaBorn in London, Gavin Rossdale, 54, co-founded the band Bush in 1992. They went on to sell 20m records and, in 2013, Rossdale was awarded the Ivor Novello award for international achievement in songwriting. The band split in 2002, but reformed in 2010; their latest album, The Kingdom, is out on 17 July. Rossdale has three sons with the singer Gwen Stefani,
- With alt-folk disguised as speed metal and teen pop masked as skatecore, picking a moniker that suits your sound can be tricky What they should sound like A biker gang of bionic speed metal abattoir workers playing guitars made by stringing pneumatic drills with electrified barbed wire, while screaming Katie Hopkins tweets at the volume of two black holes colliding, through amps last used to pour molten indestructium into the cast for a Terminator leg. Continue reading...
- This week we’ve got painful breakup bop, dreamlike retro-futuristic pop and dolled-up boyband plop Continue reading...
- For many in underground metal, performance is an outlet for personal trauma and hardship. How are bands coping?
To some outsiders, metal appears chaotic, violent and devoid of emotional value, but inside the message is one of solidarity. Nothing exemplifies this better than the pit. Moshing could be considered dancing, and like any dance, there are rules. If someone falls down, everyone must get that person back on their feet, dust them off and shove them back into the chaos.For many in undergro
- Officer Joseph Mensah was found to have acted in self-defence in two of the shootings, with another currently under reviewJay-Z’s social justice initiative Team Roc has called for a Wisconsin police officer to be fired and prosecuted, after he shot and killed three people while on duty.Joseph Mensah, of Milwaukee suburb Wauwatosa, killed Alvin Cole, Antonio Gonzales and Jay Anderson in three separate incidents between 2015 and 2020. He is under review for the most recent killing, of Cole,
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Moore’s genre-blending electronic pop is an unsettling exploration of isolation and selfhood in an over-connected ageIn her previous releases Elsewhere and We Used to Bloom, British-Jamaican artist Denai Moore incorporated R&B, folk and electronic influences, positioning her sound as having no boundaries. For her third album, her genre-blending tracks explore the paradoxical isolation that arises in an age when we are supposedly more connected than ever. Continue readin
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Coldcut and an inspiring array of South African and British musicians – plus the late Tony Allen – combine on this beguiling albumCall and response is a key form in music, from west African drum circles to jazz and hip-hop. It’s a means of musical dialogue, the connection of two differing ideas into a tentative unity. For South African and British collective Keleketla! – meaning “response” in Sepedi – it is the foundation for their self-titl
- Each month we add 20 new songs to our Spotify playlist. Read about 10 of our favourites here – and subscribe on Spotify, which updates with the full list at the start of each month Continue reading...
- With festival season cancelled, we’re starting a new series asking stars for their dream lineups. First up is Rufus Wainwright, blending opera and Florence WelchI am a big fan of Venice and my husband and I have spent quite a bit of time there. Even when it’s teeming with tourists – which it won’t be now – I find it gloriously enthralling, so my festival would simply have to be there. Everyone would ride gondolas so we’d all be socially distanced and there wou
- As the prince of American alternative turns 50, we select his finest moments, from bluegrass ballads to breakup masterpieces and ‘beefcake pantyhose’Beck’s most recent album, Hyperspace, was a missed opportunity, a gorgeously produced modern R&B album with barely any strong tunes. But See Through is good – its wash of synths paired with a staccato chorus makes it evocative of Swae Lee. Continue reading...
- Jamaica’s reggae megastar received a hero’s welcome when he came home after seven years in a US jail. ‘No guts, no glory – that’s my genesis,’ he says in a rare interview At the end of 2018, the reggae star Buju Banton returned to Jamaica after almost seven years in a US prison, and Norman Manley international airport was mobbed. His flight was delayed, the chants of “We want Buju” ramped up, then after a brief prayer huddle in the customs area, he
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Having lived through death, prison, homelessness and drug epiphanies, Margo Price is well equipped with country music’s subject matter – but treats it without sentimentality
Earlier this year, in a round of interviews to promote her third album – its release ultimately delayed by the coronavirus pandemic – Margo Price announced her intention to publish a memoir. On the face of it, that seems a little presumptuous. It is, after all, just four years since her d
- This week we introduce you to the Afrobeat, R&B-pop music of Rebecca Garton for our Get To Know artist!
- Performers warn UK culture secretary of mass insolvencies as £4.5bn live music industry falters under Covid-19Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney and Dua Lipa are among 1,500 musicians and bands calling for the government to take urgent action to help live music in Britain avoid collapse due to the coronavirus pandemic.A letter signed by artists, including Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Coldplay, Annie Lennox and Sam Smith, warned
- British talents such as 808 Melo and AXL Beats are working with big names like Drake and Travis Scott – but the killing of scene linchpin Pop Smoke has created crisisFor a few joyful, sweaty months last summer, Welcome to the Party by Brooklyn drill rapper Pop Smoke was the sound of New York. His smoky baritone seemed predestined for greatness, melding perfectly with the chaos compacted into the beat. But in a New York rap scene full of earned self-reverence, not many knew this was a track
- He felt lost and outclassed in the chart-topping Roll Deep crew alongside Wiley. But now the Londoner is making grime’s most honest, soul-searching tracksManga Saint Hilare should be out touring his new album Make It Out Alive but, like the rest of us, he’s at home using his time to learn new things. “I’ve been learning how to make beats, improving my Photoshop skills and designing Instagram filters for promotion,” he says. “Things that can help my ting, reall
- Group say they are ‘deeply devastated’ by allegationsMickey Madden, bassist with pop-rock group Maroon 5, has been arrested on charges of domestic violence.Los Angeles police confirmed the arrest to the New York Post’s Page Six, with Madden posting bail of $50,000 (£43,000). The identity of the alleged victim has not been revealed. Continue reading...
- Seed Beauty are allegedly concerned about protecting their "trade secrets"
- She said the YouTuber "manipulated" her into criticising James Charles
- Martha Reeves discusses the making of and the political impact of a Motown hit that became the unintentional soundtrack to a tumultuous time in AmericaA few weeks ago, the Motown singer Martha Reeves went to her first protest march since this historic wave began. “I saw people from everywhere, walking together in peace,” she told the Guardian. “They weren’t rioting, or beating, or fighting, but walking together in harmony.“Some were even doing line dances!” sh
- This new track sees Kanye at his very best, corralling his anger with masterful focus into an apocalyptic vision of AmericaAmerica, divided along racial and political lines and led by its own Herod, faces an invisible plague and a public reckoning against its history of violence. It’s against this Biblical backdrop that Kanye West imagines the next apocalyptic event, in one of his most focused and arresting tracks for years.Wash Us in the Blood sees the rapper call for a blood rain to deli
- The heavy metal pioneers talk about drugs, groupies, pink Cadillacs, the curse of Motörhead’s Lemmy – and being huge in SwedenIt’s hard to fathom why Girlschool aren’t more celebrated. Forty years on from their first album, Demolition – released in June 1980 – and they are still the most successful all-female British rock band ever. They reached the Top 10 of both the singles and albums charts; they headlined the Reading festival in 1981; they filled
- The Archie Andrews look is long gone
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