Music

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Britney Spears’s conservatorship terminated after nearly 14 years
Musician regains independence after legal arrangement denied her right to make key life decisions

Sam Levin in Los Angeles

12, Nov, 2021 @11:11 PM

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Metronomy review – brand new songs have buoyant, ebullient vibes
The band’s forthcoming seventh album might be heading for the middle of the road, but this show was an ebullient mix of crowdpleasers and breezy new material

Michael Cragg

12, Nov, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra/MacMillan review – Capperauld’s dance of death has style but lacks substance
Jay Capperauld’s macabre new work – Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death – is full of orchestral colour but felt unresolved. The premiere was preceded by serene performances of Wagner and Ives

Rowena Smith

12, Nov, 2021 @1:44 PM

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Steps review – sugar-coated extravaganza of bangers
Two-hour set of joyously choreographed hits showcases a band who look to be having almost as much fun as their audience

Dave Simpson

12, Nov, 2021 @11:22 AM

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Placebo: ‘It’s not the end of the world. It’s just the end of the human species’
The alt-rockers brought gender fluidity into the 90s mainstream – and are now reckoning with climate apocalypse, surveillance culture and how to escape our horrific reality

Sasha Geffen

12, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Hearing could restore Britney Spears’s independence after nearly 14 years
Judge’s decision could cancel arrangement that has controlled singer’s career, finances and personal life

Sam Levin in Los Angeles

12, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Juçara Marçal: Delta Estácio Blues review | Ammar Kalia's global album of the month
Melding industrial 808s with melodic softness, Marçal weaves disparate strands into a playful and powerful whole

Ammar Kalia

12, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Would Schubert have liked cat videos and Squid Game memes? TikTok’s classical music sensations
The platform is full of tips, in-jokes, insights and some great mini-recitals, perfect for demystifying the music world. Our critic even learns how to play the violin hook to Britney Spears’ Toxic

Erica Jeal

12, Nov, 2021 @8:00 AM

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‘It was secret and naughty’: the birth of Ministry of Sound – a photo essay
Photographer Dave Swindells was one of the few to discover the London nightclub when it opened 30 years ago – and capture its streetwear, Sloanes and giddy energy. He takes us back

Dave Swindells

12, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Let’s Eat Grandma: ‘How can I view death purely in a negative way when someone I love is dead?’
Childhood friends who would finish each other’s sentences, Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth were growing apart. Then Hollingworth’s boyfriend died aged 22. The pop duo explain what they learned in a devastating year

Laura Snapes

12, Nov, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Taylor Swift: Red (Taylor’s Version) review – getting back together with a classic
Swift re-records the 2012 album on which she first embraced synth-pop, tweaking songs and adding others: a mix of saccharine fluff and superb keepers

Laura Snapes

12, Nov, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Crowe/Byrne/Nordberg review – London international festival of early music: enchantment, engagement and swagger
Lucy Crowe, Liam Byrne and Jonas Nordberg performed music from the 17th and 18th centuries, and revelled in the graciousness of Errollyn Wallen’s brand new Angel Waters

Flora Willson

11, Nov, 2021 @3:52 PM

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