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More memories of Christine McVie and the Juniper Blossom blues club | Letters
Letter: On one of the several occasions that we booked them, the whole band came to stay at my mother’s house after the gig, writes Jack Monck

06, Dec, 2022 @6:36 PM

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Santa Claus is coming to frown! Why the best Christmas songs are sad and slow
Who says festive numbers have to be merry? Marvin Gaye’s prisoner-of-war lament is a touching treat – while Prince’s track about a guy getting over a yuletide death with banana daiquiris is the jewel of the genre

Emma John

06, Dec, 2022 @3:51 PM

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‘I will outshine them all’: the enduring genius of Bloc Party
As US pop-punk band Paramore claim the London band as the primary influence on their new album, we look at how Bloc Party bridged the gap with emo – and continue to inspire young artists today

Jenessa Williams

06, Dec, 2022 @3:00 PM

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The 50 best albums of 2022 – 50 to 41
Featuring breakout debuts, collaborations and killer comebacks, across pop, soul, punk, indie and rock – but who had the best album of the year?

Safi Bugel, Shaad D'Souza and Laura Snapes

06, Dec, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Sia, Lime Cordiale, and Pnau with Troye Sivan: Australia’s best new music for December
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, Dec, 2022 @11:56 PM

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The Cure review – top goths tease their bleak but beautiful new album
Robert Smith and his men in black deliver haunting headphone music on a megadome scale in a sprawling set of greatest hits and tasters of the upcoming Songs of a Lost World

Malcolm Jack

05, Dec, 2022 @1:33 PM

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BBC Sound of 2023: Fred Again, Gabriels and Rachel Chinouriri among nominees tipped for success
Dance music acts dominate the award, whose previous winners include Adele, Stormzy, Sam Smith and Haim, with many having already had breakout success via TikTok

Laura Snapes

05, Dec, 2022 @11:32 AM

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‘I can only tell which records are which by the choruses’: Carl Cox’s honest playlist
He whacks a bit of Diana Ross into his setlists and adores Stevie Wonder, but which track does he hate because the singer went out with his ex?

Rich Pelley

05, Dec, 2022 @7:00 AM

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The 20 best songs of 2022
Alongside landmark records from Kendrick and Beyoncé, the year saw standout tracks from Steve Lacy, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more

Safi Bugel, Shaad D'Souza and Laura Snapes

05, Dec, 2022 @6:00 AM

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How Painters and Dockers’ hedonistic rocker Paulie Stewart cheated death – with help from some ‘punk’ nuns
Thanks to a liver transplant and a Timorese nun familiar with Stewart’s link to the Balibo Five, the Melbourne singer is alive to tell his remarkable story

Andrew Stafford

05, Dec, 2022 @1:55 AM

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RM: Indigo review – BTS star’s slick solo debut
The K-pop phenomenon’s frontman strikes out alone with the help of guest stars Erykah Badu and Anderson .Paak

Tara Joshi

04, Dec, 2022 @3:00 PM

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White Lung: Premonition review – sweet but samey swansong
The Canadian punks’ final record before they disband is best when it plays to their strengths

Phil Mongredien

04, Dec, 2022 @1:00 PM

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