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Battles review – joyful, ear-bleedingly loud grooves from sonic scientists
Respectful head-nodding turns into full-blown crowdsurfing as the trio bend their complex, instrumental sounds into weird and complex shapes

Danny Wright

29, Oct, 2015 @3:05 PM

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Simple Things festival review – masterfully curated and delivered
The two-day weekender put math-punk with mumblecore, house, grime and happy hardcore as Battles and Galcher Lustwerk played to impress

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

26, Oct, 2015 @2:54 PM

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Laneway festival announce CHVRCHES, Grimes and Flume on 2016 line-up
Featured on the tastemaking music festival bill are Brooklyn indie rockers DIIV, Baltimore’s Beach House and Canadian future pop duo Purity Ring

Elle Hunt

22, Sep, 2015 @7:04 AM

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Battles: La Di Da Di review – still powered by playfulness
The New York trio dispense with the singers, but not the fun, on an album of inspired and wide-ranging experimentation

Kitty Empire

20, Sep, 2015 @6:59 AM

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Playlists to live by: musicians choose soundtracks to their favourite pastimes
For every activity, there’s a song to speed the time or sweeten the moment – we asked Chvrches, Mercury Rev, Beirut and more to pick their top tunes

Interviews by Priya Elan and Kathryn Bromwich

06, Sep, 2015 @6:00 AM

Latitude 2012: festival preview

Ava Lockyear and John Burke: From Amadou & Mariam to Zola Jesus, here's our pick of the lineup at this weekend's Latitude festival

Ava Lockyear and John Burke

11, Jul, 2012 @9:36 AM

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Bloc.2012: festival preview

Here's our pick of some of the acts playing the London Pleasure Gardens this weekend

Rachel Obordo

03, Jul, 2012 @4:20 PM

Battles: Dross Glop – review

It's a little disjointed as an album, but there are some fine moments among this collection of Battles remixes, writes Dave Simpson

Dave Simpson

12, Apr, 2012 @8:16 PM

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Battles: 'Our music is supposed to be fun'

Despite losing their frontman, American alt‑rockers Battles have made one of the albums of the year. Hermione Hoby joins them in LA to find out how

Hermione Hoby

06, Aug, 2011 @11:05 PM

Battles: Gloss Drop – review

Battles' new album lacks the thrust of their debut, but they've turned up the fun without their former frontman, says Killian Fox

Killian Fox

04, Jun, 2011 @11:08 PM

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Ice Cream by Battles proves avant garde music can be fun: but who do they rate?

If you like us, say the New York experimentalists, then try a bit of Breadwinner, Black Dice or Nisennenmondai. They're all in Spotify for you here, too

Louis Pattison

03, Jun, 2011 @11:05 PM

Music Weekly podcast: Battles and Gwilym Gold

The New York experimentalists discuss the departure of their vocalist, while Gwilym Gold tells us about the Bronze format – where a track is never played the same way twice

Presented by Alexis Petridis and produced by Scott Cawley

03, Jun, 2011 @4:12 PM

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