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Manic Street Preachers: The Ultra Vivid Lament review – magic, melancholy and a debt to Abba
The Manics channel Benny and Björn in an album of mostly sparkling songcraft

Phil Mongredien

12, Sep, 2021 @12:00 PM

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New Order review – still plugged into the future after all these years
The classic hits come along like buses, and a Joy Division encore is moving, but New Order are one of the few bands of this vintage whose new material you also want to hear

Dave Simpson

12, Sep, 2021 @11:46 AM

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‘Rewrite Rule, Britannia!’ What would you do with the Last Night of the Proms?
Its patriotic songs ignited a culture war last year. Is it time to rethink the Proms’ closing concert? A panel of leading musical figures suggest some alternative ways of approaching the contentious evening

12, Sep, 2021 @11:23 AM

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The Last Night of the Proms review – musically much to enjoy
Business was nearly back to usual for a high-spirited final Prom with lively soloists Stuart Skelton and accordionist Ksenija Sidorova; while it was the impact of Brexit rather than Covid that was a focus of protest

Tim Ashley

12, Sep, 2021 @11:15 AM

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Louis Armstrong and the spy: how the CIA used him as a ‘trojan horse’ in Congo
Book reveals how the jazz musician unwittingly became party to secret cold war manoeuvres by the US in Africa

Jason Burke Africa correspondent

12, Sep, 2021 @8:45 AM

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Park Hye Jin: Before I Die review – forthright to a fault
Bedroom-dreamy and in-your-face all at once, the young rapper-producer’s debut album is a bit of a puzzle

Kitty Empire

12, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Spiers & Boden: Fallow Ground review – a walk on the bright side
The ace duo confound with a folk album featuring not one song about death…

Neil Spencer

11, Sep, 2021 @3:00 PM

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A decade after she died, I can finally grieve the Amy Winehouse I knew and loved
Coming to terms with the loss of my friend Amy Winehouse, amid the media frenzy that surrounded her death, has taken me 10 years

Naomi Parry

11, Sep, 2021 @2:00 PM

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One to watch: Sad Night Dynamite
This top Somerset duo rustle up a spooky brew of hip-hop, dub and notable vocalists including FKA twigs and Moonchild Sanelly

Damien Morris

11, Sep, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Nick Cave & Warren Ellis review – not for the faint of heart
Touring songs from lockdown album Carnage and the grief-stricken Ghosteen, Cave and Ellis draw the audience headfirst into a maelstrom of emotions

Kitty Empire

11, Sep, 2021 @1:00 PM

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The week in classical: Berlin Philharmonic/ Petrenko; Partenope at the Lucerne festival
Mesmerising Schubert and sparkling Handel were highlights at this year’s ‘crazy’ Swiss festival

Fiona Maddocks

11, Sep, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Classical home listening: Anna Lapwood, Jeremy Denk and the best of Edinburgh
The organ of Ely Cathedral is put through its paces in Lapwood’s solo debut; and a new Mozart recording from Denk is not to be missed

Fiona Maddocks

11, Sep, 2021 @11:00 AM

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