Music

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Baker Boy, Julia Jacklin and Darren Hayes: Australia’s best new music for July
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

Nathan Jolly

05, Jul, 2022 @4:31 AM

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Wireless festival 2022: weekend one review – Playboi Carti stomps on the competition
Across three days of raging rap, it’s Little Simz, Rico Nasty and Tyler, the Creator who also stand out with their imagination and mic technique

Thomas Hobbs

04, Jul, 2022 @12:38 PM

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Olivia Rodrigo review – pop punk icon fizzes with energy
Rodrigo’s lyrics resonate powerfully with a teenage audience, as her passionate bedroom ballads and nimble covers articulate both heartbreak and rage

Dave Simpson

04, Jul, 2022 @10:01 AM

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How the light gets in on the darkest days | Brief letters
Brief letters: Leonard Cohen’s Anthem | Champagne socialists | Betting on high blood pressure | Relatives at Wimbledon | Country diary’s play on words

03, Jul, 2022 @4:28 PM

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Gwenno: Tresor review – more alluring Cornish psych-pop
The Welsh sound artist, performing almost entirely in Cornish, explores nature and motherhood on her ambitious third album

Neil Spencer

03, Jul, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Alcina review – Handel’s enchanting opera glitters with retro glamour
Jane Archibald rises to the challenge as nightclub proprietor Alcina, as this lavish, campy production – with punchy playing by the OAE – transports the action to a 1960s Italian metropolis

Tim Ashley

03, Jul, 2022 @12:02 PM

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Guided By Voices: Tremblers and Goggles By Rank review – a fine addition to an illustrious indie legacy
The prolific Ohio group’s latest is as packed with invention as ever, leaning towards their proggier side

Phil Mongredien

03, Jul, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Nick Cave: Seven Psalms review – yearning for mercy and grace
Cave’s grief continues in spoken-word form, with lovesick prayers – and glimmers of respite

Kitty Empire

03, Jul, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Adele tells of guilt over cancelled Las Vegas shows, break with her father and being a ‘sad person’
Singer tells BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs she became a ‘shell of a person’ after deciding the residency could not go ahead

Vanessa Thorpe Arts and media correspondent

03, Jul, 2022 @7:01 AM

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Scott Hamilton: Classics review – a swinging jazz makeover for Dvořak, Ravel and more
The veteran US tenor saxophonist, pianist Jan Lundgren and co transform a selection of popular classical tunes

Dave Gelly

02, Jul, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Opera director condemns Raab’s sneers at Angela Rayner’s visit to Glyndebourne
John Berry says ‘champagne socialism’ criticism of Labour’s deputy leader by Tory minister is ‘sad and embarrassing’

Dalya Alberge

02, Jul, 2022 @1:44 PM

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One to watch: NoSo
The Korean-American singer-songwriter toys with the nuances of identity and escapism on their guitar-led debut album

Ammar Kalia

02, Jul, 2022 @1:00 PM

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