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Cave In: Heavy Pendulum review – an unapologetically fierce beast
With gargantuan riffs and amps turned up to 11, pure metal is tempered with the grace and complexity that have become the band’s trademark

Stevie Chick

20, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Vangelis, composer of Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner soundtracks, dies aged 79
Greek composer topped US charts and won an Oscar with Chariots of Fire’s uplifting piano-led theme

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

19, May, 2022 @4:44 PM

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‘She told Martin Luther King: tell ’em about the dream!’ The eternal life of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson
Fifty years after her death, friends and fans including Al Sharpton assess the legacy of a singer who took gospel mainstream and became ‘as big as Beyoncé’

Stevie Chick

19, May, 2022 @1:05 PM

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Fleetwood Mac’s 30 greatest songs – ranked!
The soft-rock giants are masters at turning relationship turmoil into radio-friendly gold. But which song did Stevie Nicks only contribute one word to, which did Christine McVie claim was about a dog, and – crucially – which is their best?

Alexis Petridis

19, May, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Mavis Staples & Levon Helm: Carry Me Home review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week
On poignant yet defiant recordings made in 2011 shortly before Helm’s death, Staples’ commanding vocals give enormous vibrancy to blues, folk and soul standards

Alexis Petridis

19, May, 2022 @10:15 AM

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‘Cool is the enemy!’ Eurovision hero Sam Ryder on how he ditched his ego and found his joy
From Essex wedding singer to the face of British pop, it’s been a wild ride for Sam Ryder. He talks about the hard graft behind his meteoric rise

Zoe Williams

19, May, 2022 @5:00 AM

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John Peel: personal records and memorabilia set for Bonhams auction
Items including a handwritten letter from David Bowie and Peel’s horn gramophone will be up for sale next month

Laura Snapes

18, May, 2022 @2:53 PM

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‘Her playfulness is infectious’: meet the 12-year-old behind 2022’s most beguiling album
Known for his wide-ranging collaborations, LA jazz outsider Sam Gendel’s latest finds uninhibited common ground with his partner’s little sister, Antonia Cytrynowicz

Shaad D'Souza

18, May, 2022 @10:54 AM

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The Killers review – Brandon Flowers thrills intimate venue with Vegas showman swagger
The sound system at this rare small gig struggles to handle the Killers’ bombast, but it hardly matters with a crowd of millennial super fans primed to roar back the hits

Jenessa Williams

18, May, 2022 @10:51 AM

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a-ha: The Movie review – Take on Me hitmakers relive the highs and the lows
An air of self-loathing and regret hangs over this 40th-anniversary documentary about the Norwegian trio who shot to fame in the 80s

Cath Clarke

18, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Nigerian singer Obongjayar: ‘In life, you get through or you get trampled over’
After a hardscrabble childhood in Nigeria, the genre-defying artist chafed against his family when he moved to the UK – but the struggles find stunning voice in his music

Christine Ochefu

17, May, 2022 @2:48 PM

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My Chemical Romance review – emo’s elder statesmen march into new era
Frontman Gerard Way’s emo scream is back at full throttle as a new generation of adoring fans join in the rowdy singalongs

Elle Hunt

17, May, 2022 @11:49 AM

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