Music

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Ellie Goulding review – a born crowdpleaser pulls out all the stops
The returning veteran teased her fans with some restrained recent numbers before unleashing pure pop catharsis

Katie Goh

08, Oct, 2021 @2:45 PM

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Jesy Nelson: Boyz review – derivative and dated P Diddy mashup
The former Little Mix singer’s long-awaited debut is a farrago of incomprehensible lyrics and queasy tropes that undermines her self-help journey

Laura Snapes

08, Oct, 2021 @1:51 PM

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John Coltrane: A Love Supreme Live in Seattle review | John Fordham's jazz album of the month
This amateur 1965 recording from a Seattle club shows Coltrane and his ensemble, expanded to include saxist Pharoah Sanders, at a pivotal moment

John Fordham

08, Oct, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Magdalena Bay: Mercurial World review – poolside pop with seductive charm
The LA duo’s debut offers sultry grooves and wraithlike vocals alongside a mix of sweetness and distortion

Laura Snapes

08, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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‘If there is a God, this is what he put us on Earth to do’: the unlikely return of Tears for Fears
When personal tragedy struck Roland Orzabal, he found solace returning to a band with its own fractious history. Now, with their first album in 17 years, he and Curt Smith say they’ve come full circle

Laura Barton

08, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Martinů: Les Fresques, The Parables, Estampes review | Andrew Clements's classical album of the week
The Czech composer’s meditations on Piero’s Arezzo frescoes are among the fascinating works on this rewarding disc

Andrew Clements

07, Oct, 2021 @5:31 PM

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Ben Lee, Lisa Mitchell, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Australia’s best new music for October
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 and Guardian Australia

07, Oct, 2021 @4:30 PM

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‘The cover is supposed to be provocative’: the daunting task of redesigning Nirvana’s Nevermind
With a lawsuit from the famous baby – now 30 years old – prompting the band to consider altering the artwork, five album artists give us their alternative takes on the grunge classic

Daniel Dylan Wray

07, Oct, 2021 @2:39 PM

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Sam Fender: Seventeen Going Under review – music that punches the air and the gut
The North Shields songwriter replaces his former broad-brush politicking with rousing but arrestingly bleak, personal material that puts his indie-rock peers in the shade

Alexis Petridis

07, Oct, 2021 @11:00 AM

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From hardcore to bardcore: Kedr Livanskiy, the Russian producer inspired by Tolkienists
Livanskiy’s operatic vocals and hazy beats put her at the forefront of Moscow’s underground club scene. Now she’s retreated from the city to the forest to nurture her imagination

Aron Ouzilevski

06, Oct, 2021 @11:48 AM

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Patti Smith review – punk, poetry and the raw power of connection
From punk ragers to stories of Blake and Bunyan, the poet laureate of dissent wrings blood, sweat and love out of every second of stage time

Emma Garland

06, Oct, 2021 @10:45 AM

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‘It was much bigger than me’: Terence Blanchard on being the Met Opera’s first Black composer
The renowned musician makes history with his staging of Fire Shut Up in My Bones starting a new era for a historically white and staid New York institution

David Smith in Washington

06, Oct, 2021 @6:25 AM

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