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Smerz: meet the Scandi-pop duo who can read each other's minds
The Norwegian group are so close that they write songs from their bandmate’s perspective. ‘It feels like a secret diary,’ they say

David Renshaw

26, Feb, 2021 @1:00 PM

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LSO/Ward review – from fierce dynamism to gorgeous indulgence
Works by Bacewicz and Schreker bookended Strauss’s Oboe Concerto with Juliana Koch the exemplary soloist

Tim Ashley

26, Feb, 2021 @12:46 PM

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This week's new tracks: Francis Lung, Dua Lipa, Slowthai
This week we’ve got an upbeat ode to the hangover, yet another poppy breakup song, and some seriously dark grime

Mark Beaumont

26, Feb, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Billie Eilish's film shows post-Britney pop pressures are as tough as ever
The first digital-native superstar has far more music industry power than her pop predecessors, but she still faces toxic levels of scrutiny

Hannah Ewens

26, Feb, 2021 @10:15 AM

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Jeremy Pelt: Griot – This Is Important! review – a jazz album for everyone
Storytelling trumpeter Pelt boldly crosses genres and ages with agile contemporary bop, ballads and spoken word passages

John Fordham

26, Feb, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Architects: For Those That Wish to Exist review – a scream in the face of climate doom
Cobweb-blasting singing, brain-invading melodies and skin-scouring riffs offer no relief from this wrestling match with impending disaster

Rachel Aroesti

26, Feb, 2021 @8:30 AM

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'It was tribal and sexual': Alice Cooper on the debauchery of Detroit rock
When the shock-rocker returned to the place of his birth in the 60s, he found a raw paradise of unsegregated rock’n’roll. As Cooper releases an album celebrating the city, he and his peers relive one of the US’s greatest music scenes

Michael Hann

26, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Lawyer for Britney Spears' father responds to fans over conservatorship
Father Jamie Spears ‘saved Britney’s life’ says lawyer in response to the #FreeBritney movement that has advocated for the pop star

Guardian staff and agency

26, Feb, 2021 @2:25 AM

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Lady Gaga’s dog walker shot as two of her French bulldogs stolen
Dog walker is ‘recovering well’ while musician offers $500,000 reward for return of dogs Koji and Gustav

Miranda Bryant

25, Feb, 2021 @6:54 PM

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Deeper truth behind opera’s swan songs | Brief letters
Brief letters: Terminal lucidity | Crime fiction | Clothes | Weather page | Yorkshire’s west coast


25, Feb, 2021 @5:33 PM

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Louis Clark obituary
Keyboard player with the Electric Light Orchestra who went on to create the Hooked on Classics series with the Royal Philharmonic

Adam Sweeting

25, Feb, 2021 @5:32 PM

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Julien Baker’s teenage obsessions: ‘I had Leonardo DiCaprio’s hair. I was a mess’
As she releases her third album, the US indie rocker reminisces about waffles, hardcore Christian punk and her terrible skateboarding

As told to Dave Simpson

25, Feb, 2021 @3:13 PM

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