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Burt Bacharach: an astonishing creator of impermeable classics and super-smooth pop
He was dubbed ‘easy listening’ but this was nonsense. His dazzling music, a result of classical tuition and nights in bebop clubs, defied categories – and made stars of soul singers, rock bands and mum-friendly crooners

Alexis Petridis

09, Feb, 2023 @9:19 PM

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‘Those stoner days were hugely liberating’: Kiwi musicians reflect on a counterculture like no other
Cut off from the ‘swinging’ innovations of 60s London, a generation of New Zealand musicians forged an underground scene that propelled the nation’s modern identity

Garth Cartwright

24, Jan, 2023 @8:00 AM

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David Crosby: a maddening musical genius who thrived through the chaos | Alexis Petridis
Crosby could be overbearing and convinced of his own brilliance – but despite the ups and downs of his time with the Byrds and CSNY, he was always proven right

Alexis Petridis

20, Jan, 2023 @2:09 PM

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Heart full of soul: the maverick genius of Jeff Beck, the ‘guitarist’s guitarist’ | Alexis Petridis
He began with bubblegum pop in the Yardbirds, then moved on to psychedelia, funk, jazz fusion, even techno – but no matter what the genre, Beck was always ahead of the curve

Alexis Petridis

11, Jan, 2023 @10:35 PM

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Perú Selvático: Sonic Expedition into the Peruvian Amazon 1972​-​1986 – review
Beach meets jungle on this classy compilation of vintage cumbia

Neil Spencer

10, Dec, 2022 @4:00 PM

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Perú Selvático: Sonic Expedition 1972-1986 review | Ammar Kalia's global album of the month
A new compilation collects the fuzzed-out, jungle-born head-rush of wah wah and reverb that rethought a traditional folk music of Peru

Ammar Kalia

02, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Open-minded and truly eclectic: Nik Turner was the spirit of Hawkwind
Despite his sometimes turbulent relationship with the rest of the band, Turner’s saxophone was an integral part of their gritty and cathartic 70s sound

Alexis Petridis

13, Nov, 2022 @5:49 PM

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The Orielles: Tableau review – cherry-picking genres to make a rich feast of musical ideas
The West Yorkshire trio flit from R&B to funk to dance to indie in their ambitious, disorienting fourth album

Jenessa Williams

07, Oct, 2022 @7:00 AM

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‘It paved the way for all of us’: the classic garage rock compilation Nuggets at 50
Half a century on from its release, we track down the surviving artists from the hugely influential record and hear how the double LP changed their lives and careers

Daniel Dylan Wray

05, Oct, 2022 @9:00 AM

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‘There was a bucket where you could squeeze sweat out of your clothes’: OZ, the club that changed Japanese rock
The venue, which opened in Tokyo in 1972, created a pioneering space for musical experiment. As a record of its wild last days is released, habitués recall how it ‘brought legitimacy to the underground’

Patrick St Michel

26, Sep, 2022 @10:56 AM

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Vieux Farka Touré and Khruangbin: Ali review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week
This collaboration between the son of Mali guitar legend Ali Farka Touré and the hypnotic Houston trio defies categorisation to float off in its own beatific and unhurried mood

Alexis Petridis

22, Sep, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Steve Lacy: Gemini Rights review – a sumptuous listen
This singular talent goes to the next level with his deliciously languid second solo alum

Tara Joshi

17, Jul, 2022 @2:00 PM

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